Blood Axis [Neofolk/Martial][Discografía][MF]




Blood Axis es una banda estadounidense de música Neofolk y Post-industrial formada por el periodista y escritor Michael Moynihan junto a la músico y autora, Annabel Lee.


Reseña

Michael Moynihan fundó Blood Axis en el año 1989, esto después de haber participado en una gira por el Japón junto al pionero de la música experimental Boyd Rice. Moynihan había creado anteriormente "Coup De Grâce", un proyecto multimedia con el que tuvo actuaciones en directo y produjo varios cassettes y Booklets.

El primer trabajo de Moynihan bajo su nueva nominación fueron dos canciones: Lord Of Ages y Electricity. Estos temas de música Dark Ambient fueron bien recibidos en Europa y esto hizo que les seguieran dos temas más, que aparecieron en el compilatorio de bandas Post-Industrial elaborado por el sello Cthulhu Records Im Blutfeuer. En 1995, Moynihan lanzó el primer álbum de estudio llamado The Gospel Of Inhumanity, el nombre que utilizó es el de una pista homónima.

Moynihan mezcló en The Gospel Of Inhumanity la música del Barroco compositor Alemán, Johann Sebastian Bach y la del neoclásico compositor Ucraniano, Sergei Prokofiev con la música electrónica moderna. Moynihan incluyó un registro del poeta Estadounidense Ezra Pound, extraído del largo poema incompleto que Pound escribió desde 1915 hasta su muerte, al que llamó 'The Cantos'. Michael además incluyó fragmentos de las obras de Nietzsche y Longfellow, así como otras de su propia autoría.

En 1997, Blood Axis da un concierto para el décimo aniversario del sello Sueco Cold Meat Industry, cuyo círculo de bandas relacionadas conforman los ciminetos musicales, estilísticos e ideológicos del Post-Industrial. Esta grabación en vivo fue editada y publicada por el mismo sello en un Album-CD llamado 'BLOT: Sacrifice in Sweden', el cual resulta, para el publico afín, en una excelente obra impregnada de principio a fín de atmósferas sombrías, interpretado con una instrumentalización alternativa que hace que las versiones de esta sesión en vivo sean mucho más dramáticas y distintas a las anteriores versiones de estudio. Blót; Sacrifice In Sweden pronto se convierte en un clásico en el genero Post-industial






Desde la publicación de The Gospel Of Inhumanity a Blood Axis se integró la músico multi-instrumentalista Annabel Lee, la cual ha desempeñando un papel como miembro permanente contribuyendo en las coposición, en voces, violín, viola, acordeón y otros instrumentos. Esta nueva facultad que Anabel le da a Blood Axis, da lugar a un sonido mucho menos electrónico, más alejado de su pasado proveniente de la música experimental junto a Boy Rice, además de influir las letras, pues provoca un mayor énfasis en el politeísmo germano y un enfoque folclórico y pagano.

Durante la producción del album 'Absinthe', Blood Axis colabora junto al artista francés Erik Konofal (fundador del proyecto experimental Les Joyaux De La Princesse) en un álbum titulado Absinthe; La Folie Verte, que se publica en el año 2001 en ediciones limitadas de lujo y contienen un elaborado Booklet con relatos sobre el uso de la Absenta en el París de finales del siglo XIX y principios del siglo XX. Este material es exclusivamente Experimental y supone un nicho distinto a lo que Blood Axis ha hecho durante su existencia como banda, más parecido a la labor de "Les Joyaux De La princesa" que a lo que Blood Axis hacía entonces, probablemente debido al proceso de grabación basado en el correo y las contribuciones dominantes de Konofal.








Albums


The Gospel Of Inhumanity (5 versions) Cthulhu Records, Storm (1996)
Blót: Sacrifice In Sweden (3 versions) Cold Meat Industry (1998)
Storms Of Steel Over Germany '98 (CDr, Ltd) Not On Label (1998)
Witch-Hunt - The Rites Of Samhain [Blood Axis & In Gowan Ring & Not On Label] (Blood Axis Self-released), Not On Label (InGowanRing Self-released), Not On Label (Witch-Hunt Self-released) (2001)
Untitled [Blood Axis & Robert Nicholas Taylor*] (CDr, Ltd) Not On Label (Blood Axis Self-released), Not On Label (Robert N. Taylor Self-released) (2002)
Absinthe - La Folie Verte [Blood Axis & Les Joyaux De La Princesse] (3 versions) Athanor (2002)
Absinthia Taetra [Blood Axis & Les Joyaux De La Princesse] (CD, Album, Ltd, Dig) Athanor (2004)
Surrounded (CDr, Ltd) Not On Label (Blood Axis Self-released) (2005)*
Born Again (3 versions) Storm (2010)






The Gospel Of Inhumanity (1996)




Label: Cthulhu Records, Storm
Catalog#: CR 19, STRM 05
Format: CD, Album, Digipak
Country: Germany
Style: Martial Industrial, Dark Folk, Neoclassical, Experimental

Bitrate: 320 Kb/s.
Size: 126.96 MB.
Server: Mediafire



Tracklist:

1. The Gospel Of Inhumanity (5:48)
2. The Voyage [Canto I] (4:35)
3. Eternal Soul (4:04)
4. Between Birds Of Prey (8:16)
5. Herr, Nun Laß In Frieden (5:02)
6. Reign I Forever (6:16)
7. Absinthe (7:07)
8. Storm Of Steel (10:57)



Credits
Performer, Recorded By, Engineer ? Michael Moynihan, Robert Ferbrache
Songwriter ? Blood Axis

Notes
Conceived in the Winter of 1994/95 by Blood Axis. Entirely performed, recorded and engineered at Absinthe Studios (Denver, Colorado).
Reissued in 1998 by Elfenblut & Storm (here) and again in 2001 on Storm via Tesco Distribution (here).

















Blót: Sacrifice In Sweden (1998)




Label: Cold Meat Industry
Catalog#: CMI.X
Format: CD, Album, Cardboard Slipbox Slider
Country: Sweden
Year: 1998

Bitrate: 320 Kb/s.
Size: 154.15 MB.
Server: Mediafire


Tracklist:

01. Sarabande Oratoria (4:03)
02. Herjafather (7:09)
03. Seeker (3:35)
04. Electricity (6:09)
05. Lord Of Ages (6:44)
06. The March Of Brian Boru (3:49)
07. The Gospel Of Inhumanity (4:48)
08. Eternal Soul (4:04)
09. Between Birds Of Prey (8:50)
10. Reign I Forever (7:21)
11. The Hangman And The Papist (4:11)
12. Storm Of Steel(8:54)



Credits
Artwork By [Blót Illustration] - Erik Werenskiold
Artwork By [Engravings] - Acharius
Artwork By [Front Cover Painting] - Carl Larsson
Artwork By [Graphic Design] - Karmanik , Moynihan
Artwork By [Woodcuts] - Olaus Magnus
Bodhrán - Michael Moynihan
Edited By [Reprocessed By] - Robert Ferbrache
Engineer [Live Sound Assistance] - Albin Julius
Guitar - Robert Ferbrache
Keyboards - Robert Ferbrache
Mastered By - Robert Ferbrache
Mixed By [Remixed By] - Robert Ferbrache
Organ [Melodeon] - Annabel Lee
Photography [Live Photos] - Tureid Turesson
Songwriter - Blood Axis (tracks: 1, 2, 4, 5, 7 to 10, 12)
Violin [Electric] - Annabel Lee
Vocals - Michael Moynihan


Notes
Master tapes digitally recorded 15th of November 1997 at Skylten, Linköping, Sweden during the 10th anniversary feast of Cold Meat Industry.
Reprocessed, remixed and mastered in December 1998 at Absenta Studio, Westminster, CO, USA.
Front cover painting "Midvinterblot" used by kind permission of Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, Sweden.














Storms Of Steel Over Germany '98 (1998)




Label: Not On Label
Catalog#: none
Format: CDr, Limited Edition, Unofficial Release
Country: Germany
Released: 1998
Genre: Electronic
Style: Modern Classical, Neofolk

Bitrate: 224-320 Kb/s.
Size: 96.03 MB.
Server: Mediafire



Tracklist:

01. Herja Father
02. Seeker
03. The March Of Brian Boru
04. Electricity
05. Lord Of Ages
06. The Gospel Of Inhumanity
07. Between Birds Of Prey
08. Instrumental
09. The Hangman And The Papist
10. Eternal Soul
11. Walked In Line
12. Storm Of Steel
***



Notes
This release is limited and numbered to 13 copies.
The original cdr comes in a black foldout papercover and includes a tracklist + one further insert.
This release reflects the Blood Axis concert in Meissen, Germany, 21. November 1998 as organized by Las e.V. & Sigill Kulturmagazin.
This release was later bootleged by CorZar Records as "Live In Meissen".











The Rites Of Samhain [Blood Axis & In Gowan Ring & Witch-Hunt] (2001)




Label: Not On Label (Blood Axis Self-released) ? none, Not On Label (InGowanRing Self-released) ? none, Not On Label (Witch-Hunt Self-released) ? none
Format: CDr, Album, Limited Edition
Country: Portugal
Released: 2001
Genre: Electronic, Rock
Style: Folk Rock, Experimental, Neofolk

Bitrate: 224-320 Kb/s.
Size: 63.47 MB.
Server: Mediafire



Tracklist

01. Welcoming By Harold McNeill [Harold Arthur McNeill] (0:28)    
02. I Lay Stretched On Your Grave / Morning Dew [Witch-Hunt] [Witch-Hunt] (5:25)    
03. Two Magicians [Witch-Hunt] (3:48)    
04. Sea Ritual [Witch-Hunt] (4:58)    
05. Dead Men's Slip-Jig [Witch-Hunt] (2:11)    
06. The Rolling Of The Stones [Witch-Hunt] (5:51)    
07. The Black One [Witch-Hunt] (2:38)
08. The Rolling Of The Stones [In Gowan Ring] (5:58)    
09. The March Of Brian Boru [Blood Axis] (7:02)
10. Follow Me Up To Carlow [Blood Axis] (3:21)



Credits
Bass ? Aaron Garland (tracks: 1 to 9)
Bodhrán, Accordion, Vocals ? Michael Moynihan
Drums ? Markus Wolff (tracks: 2 to 7, 9)
Fiddle, Vocals ? Annabel Lee
Guitar, Banjo, Bass, Vocals ? Robert Ferbrache (tracks: 9, 10)
Instruments [Stringed Spade], Whistle, Vocals ? B'eirth

Notes
CDr limited to 100 copies in special hand-made fold-out sleeve with maple leaf. Sold only at select Blood Axis concerts in Portugal.
1-7: Live on Samhain, Oct. 31, 1999
8: From "The Pact: ...Of The Gods" compilation
9: From "Ten Years Of Madness (Behind The Iron Curtain)" compilation
10: Unreleased











Untitled [Blood Axis & Robert Nicholas Taylor*] (2002)




Label: Not On Label (Blood Axis Self-released) ? none, Not On Label (Robert N. Taylor Self-released) ? none
Format: CDr, Limited Edition
Country: Portugal
Released: 2002
Genre: Electronic
Style: Modern Classical, Neofolk

Bitrate: 224-320 Kb/s.
Size: 45.62 MB.
Server: Mediafire


Tracklist:

01. Herjafather [Blood Axis]     (7:06)
02. The Hangman And The Papist [Blood Axis]    (3:48)
03. The March Of Brian Boru [Blood Axis] (7:03)   
04. Follow Me Up To Carlow [Blood Axis] (3:24)
05. Universal Soldier's Song [Robert Nicholas Taylor*] (5:05)    
06. Waiting For The Fall [Robert Nicholas Taylor*](2:14)



Notes
Private surround-sound CDr limited to 32 copies.
Requires DTS decoder for surround sound.











Absinthe: La Folie Verte [Blood Axis & Les Joyaux De La Princesse] (2002)




Label: Athanor
Catalog#: ATNR 017
Format: CD, Album, Limited Edition, Digipak
Label Country: France
Style: Martial Industrial, Dark Folk, Neoclassical, Experimental

Bitrate: 320 Kb/s.
Size: 128.65 MB.
Server: Mediafire


Tracklist:

01. Folie Verte (I Am The Green Fairy)
Lyrics By - Auteur Anonyme
02. Symphonie Verte (And Here I Am, An Absintheur...)
03. Minutes D'Absinthe (Let Me Be Mad, Mad With Absinthe)
04. Absintha Taetra (Opaline)
Lyrics By - Ernest Dowson
05. Poison Vert (D'Après Frédéric Barbier)
Music By - Frédéric Barbier
06. Avec Les Fleurs... Avec L'Absinthe (With Flowers And With Women)
07. Absinthine (D'Après Emile Duhem)
Music By - Emile Duhem
08. Variations Sur Le Thème De Corelli (By Venus And Cupid)
09. Variations Sur Le Thème De Corelli (That Night, I Drank Deeply)
10. Princesse Verte (D'Après Emile Spencer)
Music By - Emile Spencer
11. Fée Verte, Vous Êtes Jolie (Chanté Par Affre)
***
Total Time: 52:40



Credits
Lyrics By ? Corelli* (tracks: 3, 8, 9)
Music By ? Blood Axis, Les Joyaux De La Princesse
Piano, Organ ? Eugénie Tudy

Notes
Limited to 800 copies in full-color digipak cover with 12-page booklet.













Absinthia Taetra  [Blood Axis & Les Joyaux De La Princesse](2004)




Label: Athanor
Catalog#: ATNR 025
Format: CD, Album, Limited Edition, Digipak
Label Country: France
Style: Martial Industrial, Dark Folk, Neoclassical, Experimental

Bitrate: 320 Kb/s.
Size: 135.16 MB.
Server: Mediafire


Tracklist:

01. La Folie Verte (Scène Vécue Créée Par Noriac Et Lanjal)
02. Variations Musicales (D?Après Francis Popy)
03. Au Fond Du Verre (Grande Scène Créée Par Berard Et Duprat)
04. Absinthe Patriote (Champ D?Honneur 1914-15)
05. Minutes D?Absinthe (D?Après Une Nouvelle De Corelli)
06. Avec Les Fleurs Avec Les Femmes...Avec L?Absinthe (D?Après Charles Cros)
07. L?Oxygenee C?Est Ma Sante (Marche Pour Limonaire Par Elisee Cusenier Et Alfred Bert)
08. Absinthe Eternelle (Chanté Par Affre)
09. Folie Verte (Variation Au Violon Par Annabel Lee)
10. La Buveuse D?Absinthe (Musique De Gustave Ferrari)

Enregistrement Public: 22 Octobre 01 "Triologia De Endovellico" (Sintra, Portugal)

11. La Folie Verte
12. Absinthia Taetra (Aux Bienfaisantes Ligues Anti-Alcooliques)
13. Avec Les Fleurs, Avec Les Femmes...
14. Sur Le Thème De Corelli, Variations Musicales (Attendu Que L?Absinthe Rend Fou Et Criminel)
15. Bois Ton Absinthe (De Francis Marty)
16. A Ta Santé Mon Brave (Sur Le Thème Musical De La Princesse Verte)
17. Fée Verte, Que Vous Êtes Jolie (D?Après Affre)
***
Total Time: 01:00:03



Notes
The complete tracks from Absinthe - La Folie Verte 2x10". Tracks 11-17 recorded live in Sintra, Portugal, 22 Oct. 2001.
Limited to 1000 copies.











Born Again (2010)




Label: Storm
Catalog#: STRM-12
Format: CD, Album, Digipak
Country: US
Released: May 2010
Genre: Folk, World, & Country, Rock
Style: Folk Rock, Celtic

Bitrate: 320 Kb/s.
Size: 131.81 MB.
Server: Mediafire


Tracklist:

01. Invocatio (1:09)
02. Song Of The Comrade (5:57)
03. Mâdhu (5:44)
04. Wulf And Eadwacer (5:21)
05. The Dream (7:18)
06. Hard Iron Age (3:46)
07. Churning And Churning (3:40)
08. The Vortex (8:22)
09. Erwachen In Der Nacht (6:46)
10. The Path (5:28)
11. Born Again (5:49)
12. Exvocatio (1:33)


Credits
Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Written-By, Producer - Robert Ferbrache
Bodhrán, Vocals, Producer, Written-By - Michael Moynihan
Melodeon, Piano, Violin, Vocals, Written-By - Annabel Lee

Notes
Comes in six-panel digipak with 24-page booklet.















Singles & EPs

Walked In Line / Ernting [Blood Axis / Allerseelen] (2 versions) Storm (1994)
Käferlied / Brian Boru [Allerseelen / Blood Axis] (3 versions) Stateart (1998)*
The Dream / Fröleichen So Well Wir [Blood Axis / Andrew King] (7", Ltd) Storm (2010)






Walked In Line / Ernting [Blood Axis / Allerseelen] (1994)




Label: Storm
Catalog#: STRM-001
Format: Vinyl, 7", Limited Edition, 45 RPM, Red
Country: US
Released: 18 Jul 1994
Genre: Electronic
Style: Industrial, Experimental

Bitrate: 320 Kb/s.
Size: 18.18 MB.
Server: Mediafire


Tracklist:

A. Blood Axis - Walked In Line

Performer - Michael Moynihan, Alfred Thomas
Written-By - Joy Division


B. Allerseelen - Ernting

Performer - Kadmon



Notes
Limited pressing of 500 copies, red vinyl.
Includes insert.
Cat# mentioned on insert and etched on the vinyl.



Credits
Mastered By ? Robert Ferbrache
Translated By [Middle High German Translation] ? Michael Moynihan

Notes
Side A: Recorded, produced, and mastered at Absinthe Studios, Westminster, Colorado, 2008-9.
Alternate mix from the version on the Blood Axis album "Born again" (Storm/Tesco, 2010).
Side B: Recorded & produced at Retina II, London, 2008-9.
Except for Anne's vocals which were recorded at DieKleeneHexe Studios, 2009, courtesy of Isabel Hübner.
Mastered at Absinthe Studios, Westminster, Colorado.
Alternate mix from the version on the Andrew King album "Deus Ignotus" (Epiphany, 2010).
The 7" comes in a debossed cardboard sleeve with a 7"-sized leaflet containing credits & lyrics.
Limited edition of 500 copies.













The Dream / Fröleichen So Well Wir [Blood Axis / Andrew King] (2010)




Label: Storm
Catalog#: STRM 09
Format: Vinyl, 7", 33 ? RPM, Limited Edition
Country: US

Bitrate: 320 Kb/s.
Size: 21.50 MB.
Server: Mediafire


Tracklist:

A. Blood Axis - The Dream (6:28)

Fiddle - Annabel Lee
Lyrics By - Walther von der Vogelweide
Producer [Produced By], Recorded By, Keyboards - Robert Ferbrache
Vocals, Percussion - Michael Moynihan


B. Andrew King - Fröleichen So Well Wir (3:56)

Artwork By [Image Scan] - Lloyd James
Drums - John Murphy
Flute, Organ, Loops, Sampler [Samples] - Hunter Barr
Lyrics By - Oswald von Wolkenstein
Producer [Produced By], Recorded By - Andrew King , Hunter Barr
Vocals [Vox], Bells [Sleigh Bells], Loops, Sampler [Samples] - Andrew King
Voice [Sprecherin] - Anne Schliephake.












Compilations

Ultimacy (CD, Comp) Storm (2011)






Ultimacy (2011)



Catalog#: STRM-13
Format: CD, Compilation
Country: US
Released: 2011
Genre: Rock
Style: Neofolk, Industrial, Post-Industrial, Ambient, Martial, Folk

Bitrate: 320 Kb/s.
Size: 137.69 MB.
Server: Mediafire


Tracklist:

01. The Ride
02. Wir Rufen Deine Wölfe
03. Mandragora [Alraune]
04. The March Of Brian Boru
05. Follow Me Up To Carlow
06. Der Gefallene Engel
07. Herjafather
08. The Hangman And The Papist
09. Bearer Of 10,000 Eyes - Lord Of Ages
10. Electricity
11. Life
12. Eternal Soul [Germania Mix]
13. The Storm Before The Calm
14. Walked In Line



Credits
Artwork By [Design] ? Davide Maspero
Compiled By ? Michael Moynihan, Robert Ferbrache
Mastered By ? Robert Ferbrache
Photography ? Max Ribaric

From the liner notes by Michael Moynihan:
"Ultimacy (1991 - 2011) collects the final versions of all the singles and compilation tracks released by Blood Axis during the two decades since the project was founded. These pieces appear in a reverse chronological order, beginning with more recent work and moving back through time to the distant past."

Ultimacy was compiled by Michael Moynihan and Robert Ferbrache in 2011. Mastered by Robert Ferbrache at Absinthe Studios, Westminster, Colorado. Photography from the archives of Max Ribaric. Design by Davide Maspero.













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