Label:Tesco Organisation – TESCO 078
CD, Album
Style:Dark Ambient, Neofolk


1Die Drei Schwestern4:26
Vocals [Traditional Wiccan Chant Sung By]Heike Robertson, Liz Crow
3Ein Jahr Und Ein Tag7:36
4Haltet Euch Fern!8:08
5Vivian Und Wiebke5:53
6Berkanas Traum
Performer [The Dream Of Witches, Falling Trees And The Dying Sun]Amélie (2), Annika (6)
VocalsApoptose, Silke*
7Im Bannwald8:04



Presented in a foilprinted eight-panel gatefold digisleeve with an inner sleeve and a booklet including lyrics. On three inner panels are printed, with relief letters, the three stanzas of the poem "Wo noch kein Wandrer gegangen" by Josef Karl Benedikt von Eichendorff.

Merry Meet: Traditional Wiccan chant taken from the CD "Chanting" by Liz Crow and Heike Robertson. Reproduced with kind permission of Liz Crow and the Museum of Witchcraft in Boscastle, England.

Voice samples on 2, 4 & 5 taken from the movies "Lawn Dogs" (GB 1997), "Io non ho paura" (I, ES, GB 2003) & "Ginger Snaps Back" (CDN 2004).

Thanks to: Kerstin Ethner, Tobias Sperling and the whole Fanfarenzug Leipzig; Liz Crow, Graham King at the Museum of Witchcraft in Boscastle; Gary Carey; SeBiG; kimsonJa; Joachim & Klaus at Tesco and Silke, Amélie & Annika.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (From sticker): 4038846000782
  • Matrix / Runout: 0403675602 R 1952 / Tesco078
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI LT58
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI Z939

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Bannwald (LP, Album, Limited Edition, Reissue, Remastered, Brown / Clear - Smoked)Tesco OrganisationTESCO 139Germany2020
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Bannwald (7×File, FLAC, Remastered, 24 Bit)Tesco OrganisationTESCO 139Germany2020
Bannwald (LP, Album, Limited Edition, Numbered, Reissue, Remastered, Special Edition, Clear w/ Brown Smoke)Not On Label (Apoptose Self-released)TESCO 139Germany2020
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Bannwald (8×File, MP3, Album, Reissue, Remastered, 320 kbps)Not On Label (Apoptose Self-released)noneGermany2020
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  • paddyosolivan's avatar
    An excerpt

    "Those unfamiliar with Germany’s Apoptose are missing out on one of the strongest contributors to the dark ambient genre. Normally saturated by the likes of Lustmord and the well-known throng of CMI staples such as Raison d’être and Desiderii Marginis, the meek and modest Apoptose rarely get a look-in at the top end. However, Apoptose are deserving of much more notoriety than they currently receive, chiefly due to the immense amount of focus and variation that goes into each release. Apoptose’s music is not filled with long swathes of dark ambient backwashes, its intention is not to drop you into a ‘dark zone’ and let you meander around for an hour without handing anything else to you. Each album is an exploration on a particular theme, filled with variety, thick ambience, atmosphere, wonder and discovery, all without overboiling the pot. 2010′s “Bannwald” has just appeared here at HH for review, and it’s better late than never for one of the finest works dark ambient has seen in recent years.

    “Bannwald” is wholly dedicated to witchcraft, specifically witchcraft and the lore of the forest. The entire album drips with symbolism and references to it, of which it’s important for us to delve into to gain a full understanding of the 50 minutes of music which comprise this release. The word ‘Bannwald’ refers to a specific untouched forested area, a wooded wilderness which is allowed to develop on its own with no interference or influence from human intervention. The Bannwald exists within the Kellerwald ["bare forest" or "charcoal forest"], a low mountainous region in Hesse, central Germany, which is subject to special conservation status. As a result of its conservation, much of the Kellerwald thrives with its own natural life, with ravens, black storks, peregrines and red deer being some of the main inhabitants. But the inner Bannwald seems to take on a life of its own, and being left to evolve as it may, it takes on a certain natural mysticism and sentience. It’s little surprise then, that the literal translation of the word ‘Bannwald’ is “spell forest”.
    • Blue_meth's avatar
      Edited 11 years ago
      So much good appreciations of this release drived me to my favorite records store.
      Since at home listening to this beautiful piece of art, I'm "haunted" ! This true story about these missing girls in this forest are very useful in music, cinema and reality but these sounds put the despair in front of your ears. Sounds of nothingness, frogs, nature and forest mixed with amazing Electronics... It seems to make one and only track, perfect to spend a beautiful winter evening in front of a fireplace with a Single Malt.


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