tempobet yeni adresi
like this concert review

17/03/2012 : DER BLUTHARSCH - Concert at Magasin4 in Brussels on 15th March 2012

DER BLUTHARSCH

Concert at Magasin4 in Brussels on 15th March 2012

Concert
Dark AmbientKrautrockLo-fiMartialNeofolkPsychedelicSpacerock

[80/100]   
17/03/2012, Philippe BLACKMARQUIS

An apocalyptic dream: that's how I would describe this small festival masterly organised by Michel Kirby, owner of the Elektrocution Record Shop in Brussels. On the bill, the legendary Austrian band Der Blutharsch together with bands from their collective: Varunna, Bain Wolfkind, Deutsch Nepal and Aluk Todolo.

The program started very early, at 6pm, due to the very strict curfew regulation imposed on Magasin4 by a few insane neighbors (a shame if you think that the owners spent thousands of euros to isolate the concert hall).

The first band, Varunna, from Italy, proposes a 'classic' military neo-folk. Unfortunately, the concert had to stop after 7 minutes because the singer, Alessio B., had problems with his voice. Too bad. Bain Wolfkind took the stage a few minutes later. Originally from Dublin, Ireland, Bain Wolfkind is like a sleazy, drug-induced Nick Cave playing a very dark psychobilly, surf, blues swamp music with electronic overtones. Alone on the stage, he looks like a drunken red light district punk hero, stumblin' to grasp his beer. The lyrics are in the Pulp Fiction imagery with crime fiction and B grade Americana. In the background, video's of Betty Page strengthen this stifling porno atmosphere. Bain played songs from his CD's "Music For Lovers And Gangsters" and "Swamp Angels" and one brand new song: "In The Shadow Of The Slaughterhouse", off his brand new MCD "Lone Wolf". As a whole, the show lacked a bit of tension and presence. Bain confided after the show that he "wasn't in a good mood". Anyway: it was a fascinating performance by an artist to follow!

Here is a live video of the concert, when he played one of his best known song, "Pimp Stick", off the CD "Music For Lovers And Gangsters".

Deutsch Nepal was next on the bill. Lina Baby Doll, or Der General (real name Peter Andersson), produces a strange music, a bit dark ambient, industrial, tribal or ritualistic but always interesting, layered and blackly humorous. On the stage, Der General seemed to be a little drunk, to say the least. His vocals were dislocated and he was continuously drinking beer. The music was a deep and fascinating industrial ambient sound, enriched by hypnotic rhythms, voice samples and repetitive structures. The video's presented abstract frames and images alternating with the moving picture of a dog's frightening face. The general atmosphere in the hall was apocalyptic and the audience seemed to be hypnotized by the show, even though Andersson's attitude and vocals gave us a feeling of "could do better".

Watch the video as Deutsch Nepal played the track "Heartbomb".

Even though they played before Aluk Todolo, probably because of logistic reasons, Der Blutharsch And The Infinite Church Of The Leading Hand, were clearly the act everybody was eagerly waiting for. Der Blutharsch (“snow drenched in blood”, “dried blood” or “scab” — but really a reference to a Swiss mercenary company circa 1600 AD) is the musical project of Albin Julius. In the beginning, the band played a neoclassical martial music, a genre Albin contributed to found with his previous project, The Moon Lay Hidden Beneath a Cloud. But later, his music evolved towards a dark, lo-fi, psychedelic-industrial "neo-krautrock", with influences like Amon Düül. This European tour was set up to promote their brand new CD: "The Story About The Digging Of The Hole And The Hearing Of The Sound Of Hell". After dates in Eastern Europe and Scandinavia, the band is stopping by in Brussels before going to Paris and Milan.

The band starts the concert with one of title tracks of the new CD. On stage, they create an incredible "wall of sound", which gives a totally new dimension to the songs in comparison with the CD's. Albin stands behind his vintage Hammond organ and samplers, accompanied by his wife Marthynna on vocals and Korg synthesizer. On the Rickenbacker bass, Alessio B (from Varunna), has a huge, saturated sound that fills the soundscape. Bain Wolfkind plays the drums and on guitar, we discover Niko, from Seven That Spells, the substitute for Jorg B., who could not come as he has just become a father. All through the show, we are treated with mesmerizing rhythms and vocals, captivating songs, immersive bass-lines and sublime guitars. The ritual atmosphere with the candles and the beautiful figure of Marthynna, with her long dark hair, is reminiscent of Rosa Crvx. No dull moments as the band played songs from their entire career, with a focus on the more recenbt "krautrock" LP's. Heavenly noise from Hell, enticing, enchanting, absorbing your attention … Only negative points: the vocals could have been more prominent in the mix and, in my opinion, the band should have played much longer... Watch out for their upcoming CD, due in summer, which Albin described as "dance music in a very kinky way". Hum...

Check this video as the band plays in the encore the track "Birds Of Prey", from their last CD.

The following video features a track from the forthcoming album. The video is a bit somber but you get to hear the incredible "wall of sound" of that band on stage!

Difficult to get on stage after such a perfect moment. The French band Aluk Todolo brought a radical change in style with their instrumental black metal. With one guitarist, one bassist and one drummer, they create obsessive rhythms, minimal bass lines and abyssal disharmonic lead guitars, constantly on the edge of strident feedback noises. After a few 'songs', we realize the link with Albin's music as the hypnotic, trance-oriented sounds draw us in a psychedelic, lo-fi nightmare with stabbing vibrations and a heavy, subliminal tension.

Watch an excerpt from the performance here!


Note that Aluk Todolo will be opening for SUNN O))), the cult band from the Drone scene, on 15th June in Hoboken.

Philippe BLACKMARQUIS
17/03/2012


 

Next reviews
REVOLTING COCKS (THE) • Got Mixxx?
BENE GESSERIT • A High, Happy, Perverse And Cynical Cry Of Joy
OBJECT • Mechanisms Of Faith
VARIOUS ARTISTS • From Earth To Sirius
FANTASTIQUE NIGHTS • Mona Mur & En Esch; Katz Kab; Le Baron 5
ALBERTO MORAVIA • Contempt | De minachting
JOHN FOXX AND THE MATHS • Concert in Aarschot on 25th October 2012
DER NOIR • A Dead Summer
CHAOS ALL STARS • I Need It All
THE BEAUTY OF GEMINA • Iscariot Blues

 

Other reviews from DER BLUTHARSCH
DER BLUTHARSCH • The story about the digging of the hole and the hearing of the sounds from hell

 

Same genre: DARK AMBIENT
DAEMONIA NYMPHE • Witches' Lullaby
FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY • Mechanical Soul
HA:PEOPLE.3.55 • El Dia de la Bestia, Part 2 : WAR!
COLIN EDWIN • POINTS OF ORIGIN
LUKE LUND • Hopium
EMPUSAE • Iter In Tenebris
PETER BJARGO (ARCANA) • Structures and Downfall
ACRETONGUE • Ghost Nocturne
UNIDENTIFIED MAN • Memento Mori
ANNINA MELISSA • Exhibition of Death

 

Same genre: KRAUTROCK
MOTOR!K • Motor!k
VARIOUS ARTISTS • A BRIEF HISTORY OF: KRAUTROCK AND THE GERMAN MUSICAL REVOLUTION
CRIMEN • Silent Animals
EXPLODED VIEW • Exploded View
CAMERA • Phantom Of Liberty
JASTREB • Orient And Occident
NOTHING BUT NOISE VS PROTHESE • Music For Muted TV 2
ONE UNIQUE SIGNAL • Hoopsnake
THE LOVED DRONES • Good Luck Universe:
INWOLVES • Involves

 

Same genre: LO-FI
AMY STUDT • Happiest Girl in The Universe
STACIAN • Person L
XOSAR • Xymeria
LUXVID • Trench
SUBHEIM • Foray
MATT ROCK • Get Blank
LOREN NERELL AND MARK SEELIG • Tree Of Life
THE MEN • New Moon
MONGOLITO • Acedia
GERARD HERMAN • Fêta Justice

 

Same genre: MARTIAL
AIMAPROJECT • Di AimA Il Segno
DERNIERE VOLONTE • Prie Pour Moi
WINTERHART • Ryk Of Glory
ORDER OF VICTORY & SACRIS TANDEM • Strength Of Materials
ORDER OF VICTORY & TSIDMZ • Third Rome / Terza Roma
ORDER OF VICTORY • Lost December - A tribute to COLD DESIGN
ORDER OF VICTORY • Memento Belli
LUPI GLADIUS • Veritas
IN SLAUGHTER NATIVES • Cannula Coma Legio
ROSA†CRVX • Review of the concert in Brussels on 19 January 2013

 

Same genre: NEOFOLK
DEAR DEER / EMBERS • Split
AIMA & THE ILLUSION OF SILENCE • Music for certain rituals
DEATH IN JUNE • THE CORN YEARS
MONICA RICHARDS & ANTHONY JONES • AESTUARIUM
PETER GUNDRY • V Ö L U R
AIMA • Haiku Irregolari In Forma Di Musica
ORDO ROSARIUS EQUILIBRIO • Ménage à quatre
HEILUNG • Live at The Islington Assembly Hall
SANGRE DE MUERDAGO • Os Segredos da Raposa Vermella
RUMMELSNUFF & ASBACH • Rummelsnuff & Asbach

 

Same genre: PSYCHEDELIC
THE MEMBRANES • What Nature Gives… Nature Takes Away
ORPHAN GOGGLES/ ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE MELTING PARAISO U.F.O • Split Single
THE TEAR GARDEN • The Brown Acid Caveat
DANIELLE DE PICCIOTTO & ALEXANDER HACKE • Perseverantia
FOLK DEVILS • Beautiful Monsters
THE TEMPEST • 5 Against The House
TRUE WIDOW • Avvolgere
ROBBING MILLIONS • Robbing Millions
MAIDAVALE • Tales of the Wicked West
DURAN DURAN • Pop Trash

 

Same genre: SPACEROCK
RITUAL SERVICE, MOTHER WITCH AND & DEAD WATER GHOSTS AND GOOSLA • Live at The Volume Club, Kiev, 7th December 2018
LOTUS THIEF • Gramarye
THE CLAYPOOL LENNON DELIRIUM • Monolith of Phobos
TIDES FROM NEBULA • Safehaven
RADAR MEN FROM THE MOON • Subversive I
THE TELESCOPES • Hidden Fields
CAUDAL • Ascension
PARáRA

Music reviews

22
04
PINK TURNS BLUE
There Must Be So Much More
21
04
POTOCHKINE
Sortilèges
20
04
BLUTENGEL
Fountain of Destiny
19
04
DAEMONIA NYMPHE
Witches' Lullaby
18
04
TERMINAL SERIOUS
Love Was Lies
16
04
AD:KEY
I can't feel you

NEWSLETTER

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter.

NEWS

21
04
Today, 35 years ago, Siouxsie and the Banshees released Tinderbox!
16
04
36 years ago, The Sisters Of Mercy performed No Time To Cry on German TV!
16
04
On this day, 36 years ago, The Sisters Of Mercy performed ‘No Time to Cry’ on German TV
15
04
On this day, 20 years ago, FAD GADGET performed his first legendary come-back show!
14
04
In memorian.... The Punk Empowerment Of Poly Styrene (° 3 July 1957 †25 April 2011)
13
04
34 years MUTE records released 'Let Your Body Learn' by Nitzer Ebb!

Concert reviews

24
09
RED ZEBRA
29 augustus 2020 - Zarlarswing

GET A COPY OF OUR MAGAZINE
SEND TO YOUR HOME

INTERVIEWS

20
04
TERMINAL SERIOUS
I ask myself time after time: can love still save us?
15
04
BLEEDING RAVEN
Never really took myself serious... still don’t...
12
02
DIVE
We All Can Ask Us The Question ‘Where Do We Go From Here?'
10
02
RAYMOND WATTS (PIG)
'It’s not a re-discovery. It’s finding the way in to let the stuff out...'
02
02
JOHN 3:16
I regularly come across animal remains at various stages of decomposition. That started to affect me, and that's where the concept of the record was born.

PHOTOS

15
04
FAD GADGET
Mean Fiddler, London, England
25
09
PETER HEPPNER
Strandkorb Open Air Mönchengladbach
20
09
STAR-INDUSTRY
Liège New Wave Festival
20
09
DEER DEAR
Liège New Wave Festival
20
09
LARVA
Liège New Wave Festival
20
09
LIZARD SMILE
Liège New Wave Festival
20
09
DELERITAS
Liège New Wave Festival

ADVERTISE
IN PEEK-A-BOO

VIDEO CLIPS

22
04
ANNA VON HAUSSWOLFF
Mountains Crave
21
04
SECRETS OF THE MOON
Man Behind The Sun
20
04
VIOLENT VICKIE
Cicle Square
19
04
VUKOVAR
When Rome Falls (Official Video)
19
04
SECRET ZOO
Enslaved
18
04
TROUBLE FAIT'
Beads of Emerald
17
04
LYNCELIA
Self-Mystery Girl