27-04-2009, 14:08 | Dominik T.
DIE WEISSE ROSE - A MARTYRIUM OF WHITE ROSES CMI19
DIE WEISSE ROSE - A MARTYRIUM OF WHITE ROSES CMI197, COLD MEAT INDUSTRY,
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a martyrium of white roses
the solitary volcano
unser leben geht dahin wie ein geschwätz
at the doorsteps of our temple
as the last of the petals are shattered
It might seem strange that a band without a single release to its name has played concerts and festivals all over Europe. But anyone who has ever experienced Die Weisse Rose on stage knows why.
More than concerts, Die Weisse Rose's performances are elaborate rituals, caleidoscopic (or even psychedelic) experiences. Elements such as uniforms, burning torches, snippets of old schlagers, segments from documentary films and philosophical proclamations are wowen together by orgies of live drums and electronic sounds.
Die Weisse strives towards what Wagner called "Gesamtkunstwerke" total works of art. When most other bands talk about Gesamtkunstwerke, it sounds pretentious. When Die Weisse Rose do it, it makes sense.
Die Weisse Rose also like to think of their songs as "audiodocumentaries". Again, such a seemingly pretentious term makes sense, as Die Weisse Rose's art is just as indebted to the History Channel as to Throbbing Gristle.
To bolster Die Weisse Rose's lineup (which really consists only of the band's mastermind, Thomas Böjden) over the years the unit has recruited collaborators to its ranks that makes DWR smack of an Industrial supergroup. From Marco Deplano (Foresta di Ferro), Gerhard (Allerseelen), Kim Larsen (Of the Wand and the Moon) to name but a few.
In return, Thomas Böjden has returned the favour and played with a who's who of of the Industrial and Neofolk underground, from well-established outfits like Blood Axis, Rome and Foresta Di Ferro to up-and-coming Austrian neofolk bands like Jännerwein and Klammheim.
Now, Die Weisse Rose are for the first time available on record. If you fear that we have another "martial" clone band on our hands, prepare to be pleasantly surprised. The music is painstakingly crafted and orchestrated to perfection to include electronic elements, field recordings and real instruments, and its creative merits really stand out in an underground culture where bands of far lesser talents than Die Weisse Rose would release three albums in the time Die Weisse Rose have patiently worked on theirs.
True to Cold Meat Industry's renowned production values, the album will be released both as deluxe digipack CD with 24 pages booklet and as gatefold vinyl.
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