Genre/Influences: Apocalyptic-rock, psychedelic, industrial-rock, krautrock. .
Background/Info: Set up and driven by the creative spirit of Album Julius (formerly involved with The Moon Lay Hidden beneath A Cloud and of course Der Blutharsch) Der Blutharsch And The Infinite Church Of The Leading Hand strikes back with a new opus in their already impressive discography.
Content: The style and influences haven’t really changed. The album reveals another ‘freestyle’ opus, which is dominated by different kinds of rock music. From pure apocalyptic passages to psychedelic parts, the band prefers to call it ‘neu kraut music’. It also sounds a bit like time traveling getting us back to 60s, and also the early 80s. Is this the imaginary hybrid between Pink Floyd and Can? It might appeal for fans of both fans.
+ + + : The krautrock style is definitely back again, but Der Blutharsch And The Infinite Church Of The Leading Hand is different and more diversified. They’ve created their proper sound, which also makes their originality. I like their hypnotic/psychedelic approach remarkably exposed at “Just Because I Can”. The 60s touch emerging on “Make Me See The Light” is another attention grabber. I also have to say a word about the female singer Mathynna who injects a truly spirit to the work. Her timbre of voice has something bewitching, which is totally appropriated with the hypnotic elements.
– – – : There are several cool and noticeable songs featured at “Wish I Weren’t Here”, but maybe not the ultimate, transcendental experience!
Conclusion: Der Blutharsch And The Infinite Church Of The Leading Hand remains a particular experience, which often reminds me of a revival of hippie music.
Best songs: “Just Because I Can”, “Make Me See The Light”, “He Is Here”.