[Reviewed by stark]
Let’s check in with Albin and his trippy tank commando. Sorry,but each time I think of the present-day face of Der Blutharsch (or Der Blutharsch And The Infinite Church Of The Leading Hand) I can’t help but envision a Panzerkampfwagen VI (a popular “Tiger”) painted like those hippie Volkswagens.You know, rainbows, flowers, peace symbols and the face of Jimi Hendrix.
It always makes me wonder that even though they don’t have anything to do with any post-industrial agenda now, they still have quite a huge fanbase within this community.Some people have turned their back on Albin Julius’ collective, but perhaps even more fans have accepted this stylistic revolt without any ado. Me? I had a short period of fascination with martial industrial music about ten years ago, but it didn’t take much time for me to realize the emptiness, futility and lack of perspective in this genre.
Apparently, this Austrian band felt the same way as you won’t find anything that would link them with their past. For a couple of years now (from the moment they expanded their moniker) they’ve managed to anchor themselves in krautrock and psychedelia so strongly that I feel they’ve reached the peak and cannot go any further. But is that their intention, I wonder.
So once again we have energetic, pulsating songs filled with crazy solos, organs and vocals which are but another piece of the puzzle. Again, I have objections about the sound which sometimes is muffled, sometimes lacks power when it should burst with flowers and narcotic mosaics.
Normally, I would say it’s time for drastic change, but – as I wrote in the “Sucht & Ordnung” review – “There’s been one in the past and that’s enough”. If they feel this is their musical home and there are still folks who love and cherish them, why the hell not. It’s their choice.
“What Makes You Pray” still gives up a few moments of pleasure (I especially enjoyed the songs 7 to 9); I would be lying if I viewed this as a revelation or any sort groundbreaking material that could remain in my CD player for months.
Der Blutharsch And The Infinite Church Of The Leading Hand – What Makes You Pray