Taufsakrament

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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

Dringlicher wird die Angst - der Grüne werde sich künden
fordern was ihm gehört - ums Haus der heilige Bann.

Ruhig gebar das Weib – und ungestört taufte der Priester das Kind
alle freuten sich höchlich – alle Angst war verschwunden.

Wie sie meinten, hatten sie den Grünen einmal angeführt,
konnten sie es immer tun - mit dem gleichen Mittel.


Mit düsteren Augen, glühenden Wangen – mit zucken im Gesicht
der Priester das Wasser sprengte.

Ein feurig Eisen wo Christine des Grünen Kuss empfangen
der Pein nahm nicht ab, unmerklich wuchs der Punkt auf der Wange.

So wich der Schlaf - das Essen, wie Feuerbrand
der schwarze Punkt ward grösser - und dunkle Streifen liefen von ihm aus.


Da geschah es, dass wiederum ein Weib ein Kind erwartete.
Diesmal war die Angst nicht gross, die Leute wohlgemut;
sobald sie zu rechter Zeit für den Priester sorgten, meinten sie,
des Grünen spotten zu können.

Nur Christine war es nicht so.
Je näher der Tag der Geburt kam,
desto schrecklicher ward der Brand auf ihrer Wange,
desto mächtiger dehnte der schwarze Punkt sich aus,
deutliche Beine streckte er von sich aus,
kurze Haare trieb er empor,
glänzende Punkte und Streifen erschienen auf seinem Rücken,
und zum Kopfe ward der Höcker,
und glänzend und giftig blitzte es
aus demselben wie aus zwei Augen hervor.

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from Die schwarze Spinne, released January 24, 2020

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