Totenheer – “Die Schwarze Spinne” – Black Metal from Switzerland

Totenheer – “Die Schwarze Spinne”
Self-Released (Distribution: BergStolz Distribution)
24 January 2020

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.

In January 2018 the album was recorded, mixed and mastered by Christoph Brandes at Iguana Studio.

Totenheer was founded in the winter of 2010, by Türst (guitar), Abaddon (drums), Komthur (vocals) and Davill (bass) in Lucerne. The sound of Totenheer is powerful, energetic black metal. The lyrics mainly deal with local legends from Central Switzerland, Bern and Graubünden, war and anti-Christian themes.

In October 2011 we started recording our first album at the Helvete Studio in Lucerne, which was recorded by Stefan Walker and mastered by V.O. Pulver at Little Creek Studio.

In May 2012, Abyss, a young, excellent guitarist, joined Totenheer. In August 2013 the album “Wüetisheer” was released by Bergstolz Records in cooperation with Asgard Hass.

Andy Meyer – 5 & 7 String Basses, Vocals
Matt Wees – Art, Lyrics, Vocals

Country: Switzerland
Genre: Black Metal