Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Die Macht - Blut unter den Fahnen (2006)

Die Macht is the conceptual creature of Swiss mastermind JF, who already released a CDr on French label Slaughter in Art last year, titled Instinct de Survie. The EP caused quite a buzz and got many rave reviews, yet it was but an appetizer for the real thing: Blut unter den Fahnen (heavy 12" vinyl, in embossed sleeve with various inserts, hand-numbered, ltd. 500) could be considered Die Macht real conceptual debut.
First side, "Mit unseren Fahnen ist der Sieg", depicts the first stage of any conflict, when the war machinery conquers all and seems unstoppable. Side B "Blut unter den Fahnen" speaks of downfall, sacrifice and final despair. This is darkest ambient / martial industrial music, with an elegant neo-classical touch, in the same league as - and it will definitely appeal to fans of - Toroidh, Arditi, Turbund Sturwerk or Les Joyaux de la Princesse. Yet Die Macht has developped its own, very unique sound, huge, powerful, menacing, like an all-engulfing darkness. Hard as Krupps' steel, heavy as lead, cold as the night. The tracks build up slowly, from the distant echoes of church organs and bells to heavy drums and full orchestral power complete with air sirens wailing. Music of fire and steel, of pride and honour, of death and nothingness. Music that arise from the blood-drenched European soil. Last track is so apocaliptically noisy you'll think your needle is damaged. One can see the bombers vomiting death upon the burning city of Dresden. As Europe history is re-written again and again, a few do remember.

Review taken from SoleilNoir.

01 - Mit unseren Fahnen ist der Sieg Part I
02 - Mit unseren Fahnen ist der Sieg Part II
03 - Mit unseren Fahnen ist der Sieg Part III
04 - Mit unseren Fahnen ist der Sieg Part IV
05 - Blut unter den Fahnen Part V
06 - Blut unter den Fahnen Part VI
07 - Blut unter den Fahnen Part VII
08 - Blut unter den Fahnen Part VIII

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