Der Blutharsch ‎– Der Blutharsch


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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ART 9 Der Blutharsch Der Blutharsch(LP, Album, Ltd, Pic) Arthur's Round Table ART 9 Switzerland 1996 Sell This Version
WKN 14 Der Blutharsch Der Blutharsch(CD, Album, RE) WKN WKN 14 Austria 2001 Sell This Version
WKN 14 Der Blutharsch Der Blutharsch(CD, Album, RP, 3rd) WKN WKN 14 Austria 2007 Sell This Version
none Der Blutharsch Der Blutharsch(13xFile, Album, RE) WKN none Austria 2013


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June 29, 2015
referencing Der Blutharsch, LP, Album, Ltd, Pic, ART 9

It's surprisingly difficult to judge the debut Der Blutharsch offering simply on its own merits, especially knowing how the projects sound and direction evolved over the years, and how the whole "martial industrial" sub-genre exploded in output a little bit after this 1996 release.

For what it's worth, this is a very minimalistic industrial LP; all instrumentlal tracks, relying heavily on march music and classical layers to create some atmospheric moments, with a few english language samples thrown into the mix to give somesort of thematic narrative. The Badenweiler Marsch (a popular Imperial and National Socialist era march) makes a subtlle appearance mixed in the background on a couple tracks. To Albins credit, many of the songs here have a complexity and attention to detail that you notice more with each listen, a trait i saw with alot of his other releases.

There are no real 'stand out' tracks here; the A and B sides all blend into one another nicely, it doesn't hurt that all the songs are 'untitled' aswell. Track B2 (the 'do you want to be executed for robbing a church?' sample song) is probably the best known one on here though, as Albin was using it in live concerts for years later, with some added live vocals.

One thing this LP does better than alot of the militaristic industrial releases that came after it by diffrent (some might say copy-cat) artists, is it really creates a strong Germanic volkish aesthetic and rich organic atmosphere, but in subtle ways without beating you over the head with a monotonous drum beat or melodramtic synth line. This mature artisitc approach Albin brings is an appealing element that is missing from alot of the colder and more pretentious "Roman-Legion" martial music floooding the scene these days (see...Triarii, Arditi, Wappenbund, etc).


August 28, 2012
referencing Der Blutharsch, CD, Album, RE, WKN 14

Archaic military ambient. A document.


June 4, 2004
referencing Der Blutharsch, LP, Album, Ltd, Pic, ART 9

This is the most sought-after Blutharsch release, together with the first 7". A beautiful picture disc reproducing the shot of a division of Austrian alpine soldiers' oath on one side, and the tomb of a German soldier on the other. The music is very different from any other Blutharsch release, it's more ambient and gloomy, with no vocals. Most orchestral samples are taken from Leni Riefenstahl's film "Triumph Des Willens". One of the tracks on side B can still be heard today in their live sets, with additional lyrics "Im Blut mussten wir stehen, bis über die Schuh".