Komthurs letzter Ritt

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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

Der grauende Morgen fand lauter bleiche Gesichter,
und die schöne Sonne färbte sie nicht,
denn alle wussten wohl,
dass nun erst das Schrecklichste kommen werde.

So war die Spinne bald nirgends,
bald hier, bald dort,
bald im Tale unten,
bald auf den Bergen oben.
Die Kunde von diesem Schrecken
war natürlich alsobald ins Schloss gedrungen.

Der Komthur wappnete sich gut
und ritt ins Tal hinauf, sich vermessend,
nicht rückkehren zu wollen,
bis sein Ross die Spinne zertreten.

Wilde Hunde sprangen um ihn her,
der Falke sass ihm auf der Faust.
Als auf des Ritters Helm
die Spinne glotzte giftig, schadenfroh ins Land.

Die Menschen schrien grässlich auf und flohen in Wald und Schlucht.
In glühendem Zorne rief und ritt er den Menschen nach
bis er und sein Ross über eine Fluh hinab zu Tale stürzten.

Dort fand man Helm und Leib,
durch den Helm hindurch
hatten die Füsse der Spinne sich gebrannt
dem Ritter bis ins Gehirn hinein,
den schrecklichsten Brand
ihm dort entzündet, bis er den Tod gefunden.

Mancher suchte zu fliehen.
Die einen wollten das Tal verlassen,
aber gerade die fielen der Spinne zu.

Das Untier ward immer boshafter,
immer teuflischer.

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from Die schwarze Spinne, released January 24, 2020

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