mardi 17 novembre 2009

THE MOON LAY HIDDEN BENATH A CLOUD (all discography and book)

I think all of you that come the R.N. know this amazing project, they are one of my favourite bands of all time, like Dead Can Dance and Muslimgauze. I decide to post all the records here on R.N., this posts were on the other blog that im a contributor "The Rosemary Locale" (music blog that i dont post anything along time ago...), but i think they fit very well here, so i tranfer them to R.N. Behind the original records that i have, in this same post you find the book with all music letters created by Alzbeth. I know that its easy to find some of TMLHBAC records on the blogger world, and i also know that allmust that what you find was taken from my posts on The Rosemary Locale :P

"The Moon lay hidden beneath a Cloud (TMLHBAC) was an Austrian musical duo composed of Albin Julius ( Der Blutharsch). and Alzbeth. Their music reflected their deep fascination with myriad aspects of European medievalism including ritual, clerical chants and the daily experience of the peasantry.Their music combined modern electronics, tape loops and samplers with medieval instruments such as the shawm, hurdy gurdy, and Hexenscheit. Alzbeth was the primary vocalist for the group and often sang traditional songs in numerous archaic languages including Middle High German, Latin and Old French. Julius provided distorted and backup vocals."

The project name describe a phenomenon that occur in every place on earth, its a real situation that we can present. This situation provoke different reactions and experiences on people. Some feel exalted others stronger, free, depressed or puzzled with the scenery. But all feel noble with the phenomenon. The TMLHBAC music must be feel by the listener in personal way, This is the reason why they never put names on tracks and label their music, the space is open to fantasy…
Becouse the tracks are untitled, i will only say how mutch them are in ich record.The music was released on their own Arthur's Round Table record label and distributed by World Serpent Distribution.

Alzbeth presents - The Book of Lyrics (2000)

The book included lyrics, photographs and references for the historical themes used by the band.

Hard-backed, cloth-bound book. Limited to 777 copies


L.A.A. - Mass for the Dead [2002] DCD

L.A.A. was the Pre - The Moon Lay Hidden Beneath a Cloud project,” Mass for the Dead" is a 2 x CD, Unofficial Release recorded on 1990-91. The first CD is studio material, thus rather clear sounding, whereas the second CD contains tape recordings done during sessions; the sound quality is very poor and the tracks are more or less identical to those on the first CD. Limited edition of 500 copies.

CD1 - VII tracks

CD2 - V tracks


The Moon Lay Hidden Beneath a Cloud (1993)

This was the first official record from TMLHBAC.

“ On the begin Arthur was transported to Avalon. Bloody bells and drums mourn over is leaving. Meanwhile in the Round Table swords were raise on silence. In the woods an orgiastic dance was performed around the incandescent fire. Gloomy dances with fairys that mixed with the bewitch virgins by the immortal dragons. Lancelot notice from the mist…”

Words translated from the interview to TMLHBAC ,on the defunct Portuguese Azorean zine “Crepusculi Aurora” issue #1, 1998 (you find here on R.N.)

-X tracks


Amara Tanta Tyri...(1994)

“ Skeletons dance trough the marching sound of the pagan warriors. Two faces, Albin and Alzbeth. An austrian scream by the night. Few words…the mystery persist. Names don’t exist and aren’t foreboding. Denominations don’t exist too, only to not capture the imagination and limit the evasion.The laceration emotions only stay. Despite the unknown sound, something is familiar, like it always exist in us studded on our chest.”
Words translated from the interview to TMLHBAC ,on the defunct Portuguese Azorean zine “Crepusculi Aurora” issue #1, 1998 (you find here on R.N.)

Second Album of TMLHBAC, the one with more Medieval influences. This is the re-issue which came in a jewel case with A.R.T., World Serpent and WKN contact information.

-XXIII tracks


A New Soldier Follows The Path Of A New King (1995)

I like all records from TMLHBAC but this one is very special for me, becouse was my first approach to their sound, i perfectly remember the story behind this one. I was in school and one of my friends that in that time listen some stuff in Gothic Ethereal and DarkWave field, had visit a music store in Lisbon called "Symbiose" and he take to me their catologue, and in all that they have there was a very strange name that catch my attention, and when he had back to the store i had tell him to buy that one, and when i listening that, i think to my self "what the f.... is this? its AMAZING :) so from that time im a big "fan" of the band :)

" The castle ruins continue cursed.Black words of victory are now listen. A new order emerge from the silence. The standards where risen to the wind on the proclamation of heretic rites. Meanwhile, the intense and painful fog proceed. Angels chants invade our body,that is tortured on the front of our eyes. Alzebeth voice invoke the eternal blood...the Graal search is incessant and obsessive, like the religion images. Cristh is again crucify by the Alzbeth chant, with the sounds of Julius and words of Crowley, that are reveal by the moon and the sounding fog. Tradicional melodies drag appear to is own slow agonizing decomposition.The holy nation is involve by a atmosphere were scottish sounds and movie pictures by Kenneth Branagh, mix up on a spiral to the final battle."

Words translated from the interview to TMLHBAC ,on the defunct Portuguese Azorean zine “Crepusculi Aurora” issue #1, 1998 (you find here on R.N.)

Third Album of TMLHBAC, The first pressing is a limited edition folded cardboard sleeve with A.R.T. and World Serpent contact information. Later re-issues came in a jewel case with A.R.T., World Serpent and WKN contact information.

-XX tracks


Kostnice (1996, Vinyl 7")

Kostnice was recorded at the ossuary of Köstel Vsech svatých (All Saints' Church) in Bohemia.It has to be said that the music on this live recording is a bit thin and the sound quality does not compare with the studio-recorded CDs.
Issued in a limited edition of 222 numbered copies. Packaged in a paper similar to parchment-style and sealed with wax seals.

- II tracks


A Night In Fear (Split cd with DEUTSCH NEPAL) (1996)

A Night In Fear (1996 ART 8) is a joint production of the Moon lay hidden and their good friend, Lina of Deutsch Nepal. This is not a split CD but a close collaboration between the two parties, creating a neo-folk/ritual-industrial hybrid which is more than the sum of its parts. The CD cover appears to feature some jolly huntsmen, but in usual minimalist Moon style other details are marked by their absence.
Released in a jewel case with textured paper.

- III tracks


The Moon Lay Hidden Beneath A Cloud & Hybryds - Madhr (1996, vinyl 7'')

This 7" was originally ment to be givin away at the 1996 concert of both groups at a church in Weißenburg, Germany. Although due to unacceptable restrictions from the Weißenburg Church Council, the concert was cancelled, and the 7" was made available through Arthur's Round Table. Initially ment as a split release by the two bands, it later evolved into a collaboration as each band "finished" the tracks of the other artist. Limited edition released in a sleeve with an embossed Algiz rune.

- IV tracks


Were You of Silver, Were You of Gold (1996)

"Were you of silver, Were you of gold" (1996 ART 6) contains eight tracks which were specially written and recorded for the Dutch Radio 3/VPRO show 'Grand Disco Classique' and first broadcast in October 1995. This will also was issued in a limited (to 500) vinyl edition with an extra track.The theme reflects their "inner conflict" with the bloody history of Yugoslavia and its style is very Balkan indeed.

- VIII tracks


Yndalongg (1996, Vinyl, 10")

Yndalongg containing unreleased tracks, all recorded at Little Saxam Church, Suffolk
The A side is more typical of the duo's normal style,first track concerns the heinous 'Children's Crusade' of 1212 in which corrupt merchants traded on Christian zeal to transport thousands of children from Marseilles to Alexandria where they were sold into slavery. The song has a strong melody line, clever counterpoising of Elisabeth's two vocal tracks. The second track appears to be a thematic sequel.
The B side has a laid-back, ambient-industrial instrumental which is very like some Nurse With Wound.
Yndalongg is a 10" and comes in a grey sleeve with a grey poster featuring the group's logo. Limited edition to 555 copies.

- III tracks


S/T (1997, 7")

Vinyl, 7", Picture Disc, Single One-sided picture disc, Limited numbered edition of 222 copies.

- II tracks


The Smell Of Blood But Victory (1997, Box Set)

The definitive work of The Moon Lay Hidden Beneath A Cloud. Symphonic strata of orchestral samples, beating martial rhythms and haunting chants evocate a very frightening vision of war and destruction. Track 02 is the one which will be reworked and used by Albin Julius with his solo project Der Blutharsch as the famous "God Punish England". CD 2 includes one of the best tracks ever by the band: it is about the madness of nazi SS commander Heinrich Himmler and the music is a powerful Wagnerian orchestration which would be worth of the best Laibach and Autopsia. The final track is a beautiful 14 minutes loops created using a sample from Prokofiev's "Alexander Nievski".

<----cd1 - XVIII tracks

cd2 -VI tracks ---->

Double CD box including poster. Limited edition 2000 copies.


Rest On Your Arms Reversed (1999)

Another great record with a collection of all material on limited releases, all bonus tracks, compilations and unreleased material.

- XVII tracks


AD 18.8.1997 (Der Tag, Als Die Pest Zum Treffen Kam) 2007

Bootleg from The Moon Lay Hidden Beneath A Cloud's live appearance at Moritzbastei during the Wave Gotik Treffen Festival, Leipzig 1997. There are 2 editions of this release. Mine comes in a brown slipcase cover with brown inner sleeve, the other is in Grey and both are limited to 444 copies. There is also a Special edition in boxset with bonus DVD (incl. live footage), a photo and a pin. Limited and numbered edition of 99 copies, that i dont have :(

-XI tracks

ETERNAL LIFE TO "THE MOON LAY HIDDEN BENEATH A CLOUD" and many thanks to your wonderfull sounds and songs

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