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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.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Die schwarze Spinne via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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lyrics

Hans, des armen Weibes Mann,
hatte sein Versprechen nur zu gut gehalten,
nicht eilen den Priester zu holen.
Langsam war er seines Weges gegangen.
So war es spät geworden,

bevor er auf Sumiswald kam.

Schwarze Wolken jagten über den Münneberg her, jede Wolke ward zum Kriegesheer,
ohne Unterlass brüllte der Donner, zornesvoll heulte der Sturm.
Geborsten war der Wolken Schoss, Fluten stürzten nieder, Flüsse barsten auseinander
ohne Unterlass brüllte der Donner, zornesvoll heulte der Sturm.

Es sauste brauste und tosete, als sollten diese Töne zusammenschmelzen
zur letzten Posaune, die der Welten Untergang verkündet.
Feurige Garben fielen über das Dorf, als sollte jede Hütte aufflammen,
zur letzten Posaune, die der Welten Untergang verkündet.

Wie der Held zur Schlacht stürzte der Priester den Kilchstalden nieder,
stürzte zum kühnsten Kampf, drang zwischen den Grünen und Christine,
schmetterte zwischen sie die drei heiligen Namen,
hält das Heiligste dem Grünen ans Gesicht,
sprengt heiliges Wasser
über das Kind und trifft Christine zugleich.

Da fährt mit fürchterlichem Wehegeheul
der Grüne von dannen,
wie ein glutroter Streifen zuckt er dahin,
bis die Erde ihn verschlingt.

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from Die schwarze Spinne, track released October 25, 2019

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