Der Blutharsch

Der Blutharsch was an Austrian martial industrial, neofolk and psychedelic rock project created in 1996 by Albin Julius.[1][2]

Der Blutharsch
Der Blutharsch Logo.svg
Background information
Also known asDer Blutharsch And The Infinite Church Of The Leading Hand
OriginAustria
Genres
Years active1996–2022
Labels
  • WKN
  • Arthur's Round Table
  • Ewers Tonkunst
MembersAlbin Julius
Marthynna
Bain Wolfkind
Jörg B.
Websitehttp://www.derblutharsch.com

Group leader Albin Julius died on 4 May 2022.[3]

HistoryEdit

Originally a side project to The Moon lay hidden beneath a Cloud, Julius' first release as Der Blutharsch was a self-titled picture disc (1996), limited to 250 copies. Early Der Blutharsch recorded material was very dark ambient in sound, heavy on historic samples and post-industrial melodic drones. As the discography progressed, the material became more lively, with the more bombastic approach and a focus on a form of martial industrial with emphasis on neoclassical instrumentation combined with experimentalism. Subject matter and imagery largely derived from historical topics relating to the history of Germanic Europe.[4]

With the release of Time Is Thee Enemy! in 2003, Julius took Der Blutharsch into the direction of a grunge band. Gone were the martial aspects of Der Blutharsch, only apparent to some extent in promotional imagery. Instead of a one-man project, promotional material showcased the project as a fleshed out group. Live shows continued in this direction with a focus on placing the group further into the area of psychedelic rock. Subsequently, any traces of the previous focus on historical themes disappeared with new promotional imagery showcasing references to psychedelic pop art.[5][6]

Julius released all Der Blutharsch material on his own record label, WKN (Wir Kapitulieren Niemals). This translates from German to English as We will never surrender.[7][8]

LiveEdit

Live, Der Blutharsch started as a one-man electronic music show. Later, Albin Julius performed as a two or three man show, with martial drumming and spoken (or shouted) lyrics. This can be seen in the Gold Gab Ich Für Eisen (1999) and God Blast America! (filmed 2002, released 2011) videos. Later, Der Blutharsch became a full band, with acoustic instruments and female vocal accompaniment. Julius has since enlisted several musicians as "full time" members of the group with the setup of a traditional rock band. In September 2009 they played at the Incubate (festival) in Tilburg, Netherlands.[9]

Symbolism and aestheticsEdit

Originally, Der Blutharsch used a logo that was a single Sig Rune within a triangular shield, reading 'Der Blutharsch' in the upper portion of the triangle in a Fraktur font. This appeared on most early Der Blutharsch vinyl releases and on the original Der Blutharsch website, but was replaced on later pressings by the new logo. On later Der Blutharsch releases, the original Sig Rune logo was replaced with an iron cross embellished with oak leaves. Reissues of old material also excluded the previous logo in favor of the 'new' logo.

ControversyEdit

Julius' output is often described as neo-fascist owing to his frequent use of military-related themes and fascist aesthetics, including Third Reich-era material, in the composition of his works.[10] Der Blutharsch released 7" split singles with the Italian neo-fascist bands Zetazeroalfa and Sotto Fascia Semplice and Austrian doom metal band Our Survival Depends On Us, but has also worked with the anarchist industrial band Terroritmo, now called Wakinyan. In 2004, Der Blutharsch was forced to cancel a performance in Israel after protests from members of the Israeli cabinet and Knesset, the mayor of Tel Aviv, and the Anti-Defamation League.[11][12][13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Der Blutharsch". AllMusic. Archived from the original on 22 February 2016. Retrieved 8 February 2021.
  2. ^ "Albin Julius". Encyclopaedia Metallum. Archived from the original on 3 October 2015. Retrieved 8 February 2021.
  3. ^ Albin “Sunlight” Julius passed away
  4. ^ "Der Blutharsch interview". Occidental Congress. Archived from the original on 8 January 2005. Retrieved 8 February 2021.
  5. ^ "Der Blutharsch". Discogs. Archived from the original on 21 January 2014. Retrieved 8 February 2021.
  6. ^ "Der Blutharsch And The Infinite Church Of The Leading Hand – "Sucht & Ordnung"". NOmelody Magazine (in European Spanish). 15 August 2017. Retrieved 10 February 2021.
  7. ^ "WKN". Discogs. Archived from the original on 22 October 2014. Retrieved 8 February 2021.
  8. ^ "Der Blutharsch". MusicBrainz. Retrieved 8 February 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ "Incubate festival - 2009 Acts". 23 April 2014. Archived from the original on 23 April 2014. Retrieved 8 February 2021.
  10. ^ Shekhovtsov, Anton (December 2009). "Apoliteic music: Neo-Folk, Martial Industrial and 'metapolitical fascism'". www.shekhovtsov.org. Archived from the original on 5 December 2009. Retrieved 15 October 2019.
  11. ^ "Tel Aviv performance of alleged Austrian neo-Nazi band postponed". www.hagalil.com. Retrieved 8 February 2021.
  12. ^ "Protest against concert of ultra Right band". www.doorbraak.eu. Retrieved 8 February 2021.
  13. ^ RadioGuys.nl. "Concert van Der Blutharsch in Tel Aviv afgelast na protest". Sleutelstad. Retrieved 8 February 2021.

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