The Moon Lay Hidden Beneath A Cloud

The Moon Lay Hidden Beneath A Cloud

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Founded in Austria in 1993, The Moon Lay Hidden Beneath A Cloud was a medieval martial ambient project formed by musician Albin Julius and vocalist Alzbeth. The music was all created electronically, shifting in style from pure ambient soundscapes to pounding martial anthems, while the vocals ranged from soothing ethereal lovesongs to shouted declarations of war and destruction. All the bands releases were through their own personal label Arthur's Round Table which was based in Switzerland, and distributed by World Serpent. The group disbanded in 1998 after Albin's and Alzbeth's partnership broke up. In 2000 Alzbeth released ART 13, which is a complete book of lyrics, and is stated to be the final word in the project.
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The Moon Lay Hidden Beneath A Cloud Discography

Albums

The Moon Lay Hidden Beneath A Cloud The Moon Lay Hidden Beneath A Cloud (Album) Arthur's Round Table Switzerland 1993 Sell This Version
The Moon Lay Hidden Beneath A Cloud Amara Tanta Tyri (Album) Arthur's Round Table Switzerland 1994 Sell This Version
The Moon Lay Hidden Beneath A Cloud A New Soldier Follows The Path Of A New King (Album) Arthur's Round Table Switzerland 1995 Sell This Version
The Moon Lay Hidden Beneath A Cloud Were You Of Silver, Were You Of Gold (MiniAlbum) Arthur's Round Table Switzerland 1996 Sell This Version
The Moon Lay Hidden Beneath A Cloud The Smell Of Blood But Victory (Album) Arthur's Round Table, Arthur's Round Table Switzerland 1997 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Deutsch Nepal & The Moon Lay Hidden Beneath A Cloud Deutsch Nepal & The Moon Lay Hidden Beneath A Cloud - A Night In Fear (EP) Arthur's Round Table Switzerland 1996 Sell This Version
The Moon Lay Hidden Beneath A Cloud Yndalongg Arthur's Round Table Switzerland 1996 Sell This Version
ART 05 The Moon Lay Hidden Beneath A Cloud Kostnice(7", Ltd, Num) Arthur's Round Table ART 05 Switzerland 1996 Sell This Version
ART 07 The Moon Lay Hidden Beneath A Cloud & Hybryds The Moon Lay Hidden Beneath A Cloud & Hybryds - Madhr(7", Ltd) Arthur's Round Table ART 07 Switzerland 1996 Sell This Version
ART 10 The Moon Lay Hidden Beneath A Cloud Untitled(7", S/Sided, Ltd, Num, Pic) Arthur's Round Table ART 10 Switzerland 1997 Sell This Version

Compilations

ART 12 The Moon Lay Hidden Beneath A Cloud Rest On Your Arms Reversed(CD, Comp) Arthur's Round Table ART 12 Switzerland 1999 Sell This Version

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welltoplease

welltoplease

June 12, 2017
What did Linda Baby Doll have to do with the break-up? It really diminished the music.

Spunky.D

Spunky.D

November 9, 2016
any mention or source of the live footage that was on YouTube for awhile...
so sick with her and the lit torches... will sell my dead soul for a copy...
florian.krizanic

florian.krizanic

September 18, 2014
The band changed my life !
griftegard777

griftegard777

June 6, 2014
TMLHBAC truly have no equals! Strange that no other band have tread down the path they paved - can't think of a single one that has managed to muster the gritty, ancient feeling Julius and Alzbeth conjured up. Please, if anyone has got any tips of a band I should check out, let me know!
AtraxMorgue

AtraxMorgue

June 4, 2013
The greatest band on planet earth..No need more comments
dalakouras

dalakouras

November 26, 2011
edited over 5 years ago
Here is the most cult band of industrial scene.
Scrap_Iron

Scrap_Iron

March 31, 2009
A real cult band back in the days and even more today, as their vinyls and CDs have forever disappeared from the market and will never ever be reissued (Albin and Alzbeth are not exactly on friendly terms).
Their music is still very much worth a listening, even if some of the albums and tracks inevitably show their weakness.
Musically speaking, the most interesting work is "The Smell Of Blood But Victory", a martial nightmare about war and destruction still standing above anything Der Blutharsch and his many imitators have achieved to the present. The mini-album "Were You Of Silver, Were You Of Gold" is a fine example of their ritual and folk influences, while earlier albums are more in the medieval vein, but less convincing (usually too many tracks and too long).
Alzbeth's vocals and the lyrics were, in my opinion, the strong part of The Moon's universe: apart from her unquestioned ability to shift between several different tones and vocal styles, the lyrics were extremely rich and complex, most coming from her philological studies about medieval history and legends. The book of lyrics, released immediately after the band's disbandment, is a precious document in this sense, with explanations and additional info for each song.
A pity that Alzbeth has never come out with her long-announced new project. The official website has disappeared too, so it's definitely time for the moon to lay beneath the clouds and never shine again in the night sky.

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