Der Blutharsch - Fire Danger Season

Achtung! Der Blutharsch! - On the occasion of Der Blutharsch's 5th anniversary, WKN issued this four-CD-set packaged in a bag of brown leather designed for you to take with you in the field, if neccessary, I guess. Two of the CDs contain remixes and cover versions of past Der Blutharsch songs, the third one consists of all songs Albin Julius contributed exclusively to samplers over this period of years, and the fourth one is a band-logo-shaped CD which, as a special gift, gives us about 19 minutes of unreleased material.
As for the remix-CDs, I must admit that I was a bit disappointed as the large part of the featured bands does not manage to capture Der Blutharsch's spirit. What is worse, is that some of the cover versions are downright boring and obviously suffering from a lack of originality. There are some great new versions though, nameley the remixes by Sophia, Bearer of the Inmost Sun, :Of the Wand and the Moon:, Hybryds, Apoptose, Dernière Volonté and, of course, Death in June - Many enemies bring much honour. Mainly HauRuck!-Acts such as C.O.Caspar.vsp, Novy Svet and Mushroom's Patience sign for the weaker tracks. The technoid remixes by PAL and His Divine Grace should better be taken as a joke.
Der Blutharsch-connoisseurs will be glad to realize that the unreleased material on CD #4 is more than forgettable snippets. Despite its shortness and the fact that there is no actual "hit" on this CD, it's a fine item that shows the rather experimental side of Der Blutharsch.
While not a must-buy, the Fire Danger Season will definitely please Der Blutharsch's fan community. The packaging done with caring focus on detail and a small band poster contribute their part to warm your patriotic hearts.

Dirk A.
Winter 2003

Der Blutharsch - Fire Danger Season features Remixes / Cover-Versions by:
Hybyrds - Apoptose - I-C-K - Novy Svet - Decadence - Dernière Volonté - :Of the Wand and the Moon : - Death in June - Wump:s:cut - Mental Destruction - C.O.Caspar.vsp - Tribe of Circle - Sophia - Bearer of the Inmost Sun - Scivias - Granmahd - Con-Dom - Deutsch-Nepal - Mushroom's Patience - P.A.L - His Divine Grace