Der Pakt mit dem Teufel

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    Totenheer writes history.... More precisely: Totenheer set the novella "The Black Spider" by Jeremias Gotthelf from 1842 to music with 14 songs. The story tells of farmers in slavery in the 13th century in the Emmental. Under the threat of death, the tyrannical bailiff forces them to plant a hundred full-grown beech trees on the castle hill in no time at all. In their distress, they gave the order to the devil. As a reward, the devil desires nothing much, nothing more and nothing less than an unbaptized child. In a wild and stormy night, the devil fulfills the order. The peasants, however, try to trick him and cheat him out of his wages. But his revenge is terrible: the devil sends them the black spider, a symbol of the plague. The 74-minute concept album begins with dulcimer sounds that underline the scene as unison. This finally changes the mood ominously. The album offers powerful, brute and dark sounds to a primal human fear. Old legends of the past are transformed into a parable-like narrative about Christian-humanistic ideas of good and evil.

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    Totenheer writes history.... More precisely: Totenheer set the novella "The Black Spider" by Jeremias Gotthelf from 1842 to music with 14 songs. The story tells of farmers in slavery in the 13th century in the Emmental. Under the threat of death, the tyrannical bailiff forces them to plant a hundred full-grown beech trees on the castle hill in no time at all. In their distress, they gave the order to the devil. As a reward, the devil desires nothing much, nothing more and nothing less than an unbaptized child. In a wild and stormy night, the devil fulfills the order. The peasants, however, try to trick him and cheat him out of his wages. But his revenge is terrible: the devil sends them the black spider, a symbol of the plague. The 74-minute concept album begins with dulcimer sounds that underline the scene as unison. This finally changes the mood ominously. The album offers powerful, brute and dark sounds to a primal human fear. Old legends of the past are transformed into a parable-like narrative about Christian-humanistic ideas of good and evil.

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lyrics

Über die Achsel des Weibes eine schwarze Hand.
Grinsender Teufel.
Die Männer hob der Schreck von dannen.
Christine - handelt mit List,
als ob sich der Teufel übertölpeln lässt.

„Ich begehre das Kind ja nicht zum Voraus.
Sobald man mir verspricht,
das erste zu liefern ungetauft,
so bin ich schon zufrieden.“

Tanze mit ihm – Christine Ein Tanz mit dem Teufel
Ein Kuss von ihm – Christine Der Pakt mit dem Teufel

Der Grüne besiegelt den Pakt mit einem Kuss.
Wie spitziges Eisen aus Feuer, durch Mark und Bein, durch Leib und Seele, ein gelber Blitz, freudig verzerrt des Grünen teuflisch Gesicht -
Donner als ob der Himmel zerspringt.

Und sie flieht den Berg hinan,
glühender das Brennen der Wange da wo des Grünen Mund sie berührt.

Tanze mit ihm – Christine Ein Tanz mit dem Teufel
Ein Kuss von ihm – Christine Der Pakt mit dem Teufel

Es ward eine wilde Nacht.
In Lüften und Klüften heulte und toste es,
als ob die Geister der Nacht Hochzeit hielten

in den schwarzen Wolken,
die Winde die wilden Reigen
spielten zu ihrem grausen Tanze,

die Blitze die Hochzeitsfackeln wären
und der Donner der Hochzeitsegen gereichet

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from Die schwarze Spinne, released January 24, 2020

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