Der Blutharsch - _Live in Copenhagen_
(Wir Kapitulieren Niemals / Tesco, 2006)
by: Nikola Shahpazov (5 out of 10)
Austrian band extraordinaire Der Blutharsch has comfortably transformed from a Laibachian ambient / martial industrial act into truly unconventional psychedelic rockers. _Live in Copenhagen_ clearly belongs to their second musical era, with a tracklist highlighting picks from the last two records _Time Is Thee Enemy_ and _When Did Wonderland End?_ plus older tracks, rearranged as to fit the new stylistic direction.

While all the aforementioned albums were rather enjoyable, the Der Blutharsch live experience still lacks consistency and power. You can't help but feel at least a bit sympathetic towards the true underground feel of this concert recording, but apart from that it's still a fuzzy and somewhat amateurish effort that fails to deliver. There has been little or no mastering, and consequently at places the sound is raw or even chaotic.

Vocals are something of a low point, but so is the whole performance -- that new formula demands repetitive guitar riffs, making the sound way too loud and at times openly rock (or even metal) to the point that one can hardly believe this is actually Der Blutharsch.

All in all, _Live in Copenhagen_ might appeal to hardcore fans only, as it will hardly be a charming experience for anyone else.


(article published 24/2/2007)

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