Der Blutharsch

Der Blutharsch

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Der Blutharsch is the main project of Austrian musician Albin Julius. Following in the footsteps of Autopsia and Laibach, Julius creates a marching music of bombastic rhythms and folkish melodies, often infused with historical military speeches and orchestral samples. The earlier works tended towards a minimalistic sample-based instrumental style in an industrial/ambient vein, while more recent material has headed into a folk/acoustic sound, often accompanied with live vocals and instruments.

Der Blutharsch's first release was a self-titled picture LP released in late 1996 on the Arthur's Round Table label, but the project didn't became Julius' main musical outlet until 1998 after the break-up of his previous band The Moon Lay Hidden Beneath A Cloud. The first CD album "Der Sieg des Lichtes Ist des Lebens Heil" was released that year, followed by a series of limited EP's, before the release of the masterpiece "The Pleasures Received In Pain" in 1999.

Almost all of the bands releases are through Julius' personal austrian-based label "WKN" ("Wir Kapitulieren Niemals"), which was distributed by World Serpent UK until 2000, when it switched to Tesco Distribution in Germany. Since 2001 various musicians have acted as part of the band, but Albin Julius currently claims Der Blutharsch to have four permanent members: Marthynna, Jörg B. (of Graumadh), Bain Wolfkind (of Novo Homo) and himself.

The band officially disbanded in 2010, but was newly founded as Der Blutharsch And The Infinite Church Of The Leading Hand in the same year.
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Der Blutharsch Discography

Albums

Der Blutharsch Der Blutharsch (Album) Arthur's Round Table Switzerland 1996 Sell This Version
Der Blutharsch Der Sieg Des Lichtes Ist Des Lebens Heil! (Album) WKN Austria 1998 Sell This Version
Der Blutharsch The Pleasures Received In Pain (Album) WKN Austria 1999 Sell This Version
Der Blutharsch The Long Way Home WKN Austria 2000 Sell This Version
Der Blutharsch The Track Of The Hunted (Album) WKN Austria 2000 Sell This Version
Der Blutharsch When All Else Fails! (Album) WKN Austria 2001 Sell This Version
Der Blutharsch Time Is Thee Enemy! (Album) WKN Austria 2003 Sell This Version
Der Blutharsch Live At The Monastery (Album) WKN Austria 2005 Sell This Version
Der Blutharsch Live In Copenhagen (Album) WKN Austria 2006 Sell This Version
Der Blutharsch When Did Wonderland End? (Album) WKN Austria 2005 Sell This Version
No Catalogue number Der Blutharsch Live In Lisbon(LP, Album, Ltd, Num, Cle) Not On Label No Catalogue number Portugal 2006 Sell This Version
Der Blutharsch The Philosopher's Stone (Album) WKN Austria 2007 Sell This Version
HHE 022 CD Reutoff vs Der Blutharsch Reutoff vs Der Blutharsch - Kreuzung Drei(CD, Album, Ltd) Ewers Tonkunst HHE 022 CD Russia 2008 Sell This Version
Der Blutharsch Flying High! (Album) WKN Austria 2009 Sell This Version
Der Blutharsch A Night Of Confusion Not On Label Austria 2009 Sell This Version
Der Blutharsch Live In Leiden (Album) WKN Austria 2010 Sell This Version
WKN 38 Der Blutharsch Live In Praha(DVD-V, PAL + Box, Ltd) WKN WKN 38 Austria 2010 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

WKN01 Der Blutharsch Der Blutharsch(7", Ltd) WKN WKN01 Austria 1997 Sell This Version
Der Blutharsch The Moment Of Truth WKN Austria 1998 Sell This Version
Der Blutharsch & Deutsch Nepal Der Blutharsch & Deutsch Nepal - Apöcalyptic Climäx 2 WKN Austria 1999 Sell This Version
WKN07 Der Blutharsch Gold Gab Ich Für Eisen(CD, Mini + VHS, NTSC, PAL + Box, Ltd) WKN WKN07 Austria 1999 Sell This Version
WKN 6 Der Blutharsch Der Gott Der Eisen Wachsen Ließ(CD, Maxi, Ltd) WKN WKN 6 Austria 1999 Sell This Version
Ain Soph / Der Blutharsch Ain Soph / Der Blutharsch - Split WKN Austria 2000 Sell This Version
WKN12 Der Blutharsch Thank You!(7", S/Sided, Ltd, Gre) WKN WKN12 Austria 2000 Sell This Version
WKN13 Nový Svět / Der Blutharsch Nový Svět / Der Blutharsch - Inutiles(7", Ltd, S/Sided) WKN WKN13 Austria 2000 Sell This Version

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dalakouras

dalakouras

August 25, 2012
edited over 4 years ago
Albin's path is a classic Spenglerian example. It was all born with TMLHBAC, reached its climax with DB, and now dying with DBATICOTLH. The circle is closed. Consumatum est. Amen.
daredevillive

daredevillive

June 2, 2009
Der Blutharsch are the remains of inspiration of one great project "The moon lay hidden beneath the cloud", which was a witches tome of magick encompasing the occult side of europe together with ethnological time capsules of slavic and germanic tribes. In this new incarnation the author unwittingly lost identity in trade with aesthetics of right wing ideology. There is a couple of fine moments in ever growing discography, but its hard to fight against uninspired hyperproductivity for one without much time on hands. In the end the author himself confirms that "time is the enemy", which is taking irony to extreme levels.
Crijevo

Crijevo

March 2, 2007
edited over 2 years ago
The problem with Der Blutharsch and many of their contemporaries isn't necessarily in all of its strange shadowplay mixing history with suspicious politics - it has more to do with the fact them being just one in a row of bands that without any such memorabilia wouldn't have existed in so-called 'work of art'. Nazi imagery in that sense has been flirted with by so many before them, none of these examples are either better or worse in their controversy than Der Blutharsch arriving much too late to preach in such fashion. Denying aesthetic form in favour of rawness, their music is a hotch-potch of military this-and-that, occasionally effective and/or provocative but as a whole it is mainly a reprise of things many might take seriously wrong. Der Blutharsch themselves have certainly taken on Laibach's primary idiom of total art with occasional 'pop' pretensions, but the more you hear it, the more pompous it gets.
enfantterrible

enfantterrible

February 15, 2007
edited over 10 years ago
What is Der Blutharsch? what really represents?
Artistically speaking I notice a Romantic longing for a certain period of the past, rejection towards modernity and a political stand now clichéd and anachronic.

Their ideals as a whole may be outdated yet they are interesting precisely because of that. There’s a necessity for nostalgia and a longing for what is lost in Europe, in the world, for our past, and the tragedy behind what is left behind whether it was tragic or magnificent. Things that will never return, That’s the triumph of Der Blutharsch and many of his cloned disciples and contemporaries. They captured a feeling and transformed it into art. Then comes the form. Its syncretism and proudness, its well crafted musical structures that could be the soundtrack for a Riefenstahl film are great on their own. That’s what counts for music. That’s what ultimately counts for art.

Der Blutharsch is great precisely because it had the balls to disrupt the order, to confront the artistic world and the public, yet their music has an almost childlike simplicity, it is almost a tantrum for a lost toy. Marches and more marches, speeches, more marches, entire songs sampled from old recordings no one remember now and melancholic ambient pieces, at some point some European folkloric references.

Aside from the musical aspect, Der blutharsch is just another of the countless number of bands that want to fall into the category of political interpretation and identifiable character, lets call it right wing or fascism (which is no difference these days) people that want to chase a battle for their beliefs and opinions through art. That’s a lot better than bombing the hell out of a country with the backing that comes from a submissive society totally numbed by their political correctness, their oh-so “moral” mentality and the necessity to preserve their comfort at all costs.
As long as the artist remain in the very core of art creation and vision, he will preserve his stability and above all, his credibility. That’s something that Laibach (working in similar political quest) acquired yet at some point of their career they had to clarify their ideological position in order to be “accepted” by the statu quo, something that Der Blutharsch has never done and probably never will.
Der Blutharsch chased a fight for the right to say something through art yet they lost it in two fronts, the personal one (the man behind the project) and artistically. First because Albin Julius ended like a lost soul, a pariah (even thought he should have known that the war he declared with his art should have a tremendous cost for his persona) an alcoholic who now easily retracts from his artistic advancements and entered the more common and comfortable grounds of pop music instead of the irregular and dangerous underground territory he was walking before. Secondly the evident retraction and virulence of their artistic creation was suppressed/censored or declared as banal by the artist himself, that way losing ALL credibility and solid stand of his previous declaration. Their favourite time phrase “wir kapitulieren niemals” is just a bluff now.
On the other hand no real anti-modernist/13-year-old-like-attitude wannabe fascist could have such eagerness for money and capitalistic endeavours such as Mr Albin Julius has demonstrated.
Julius is great for one thing, and that is not his "ideology" whatever that may be (nobody can be sure about that, after all his works are a fuzzy fascism that venerates Julius Evola and D’annunzio) but for his creations, his music. Loathing? Great? That’s the listener choice, if you don’t like the content… Then don’t buy it.

Music has the right to be politic, music proposed as a declaration for the non lineal political social dogma or away from the standard of the political correctness as well.
Above all, this is music, therefore art, and art has no limits even if the reaching of their choosen political premise (the content) in itself contradicts the parameter of the unlimited character of the art and the music in general as it’s stated. That’s why art is great. It’s strongly polemic and has to be free to create admiration or loathing. Restrictions or censoring towards art can only lead to a “good” or “acceptable” art which is not far away from the precedent of the Enterte Kunst displayed by National Socialism as a premise for artistic creation. Another limit. In our now limited and dried land of opportunities and progress named after “civilization”.

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