Premiere – Stahlsarg Resist Fascism on “Das Fallbeil”

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In 1942, students at the University of Munich, with the help of their professor, started an anti-Nazi resistance movement called the White Rose, printing six leaflets denouncing the crimes of Adolf Hitler and the National Socialist Regime. In 1943, the core group of siblings Sophie and Hans Scholl and their allies were arrested by the Gestapo for exposing the mass murder of Jews in Germany and spreading their anti-war leaflets across the country. Sophie Scholl and her brother were both executed by guillotine for their resistance. Today, I’m pleased as hell to introduce Stahlsarg and their ripping, melodic black metal tribute to Sophie’s courage, “Das Fallbeil.”

Stahsarg may be a relatively new name to most of you, but their brand of mid-paced, melodic black metal will have instant appeal. On their sophomore album, Mechanisms of Misanthropy, you’ll find Windir-esque rhythmic progressions married to icy riffs evoking the wintry glory of Paysage D’Hiver, but with a lush, almost pristine production that lends clarity and precision to the varying blasts and harmonious leads. This level of fidelity can often be a hindrance to black metal, but the British quartet are proficient musicians, and every note, every fill, every shriek is used to full effect to weave a stunning tale of courage in the face of overwhelming adversity, of choosing to do right when the status quo is against you.

“Das Fallbeil is about Sophie Scholl & The White Rose movement and the lengths people will go, to stand up for their beliefs in an environment of intense danger. The track features a guest vocal from Kim Dylla (Gwar, A Winter Lost)”

Dylla’s involvement does more than lend credibility to an already stellar track, however, Speaking for the voiceless Sophie Scholl, she extols virtue and morality with a thick, piercing German sneer that exudes steadfastness. It’s a wonderful complement to such killer tunes, and I can only imagine Scholl would be proud.

In a time when metal should be saying much but seems so often to fall silent in the face of the status quo it should be resisting, it’s refreshing to hear a metal band (and a black metal one, no less), digging into the past to speak truth to power.

Mechanisms of Misanthropy is out October 31st on Non Serviam. You can pre-order it here or here.

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  • Howard Dean

    I watched the movie Die Weiße Rose for a class in college. Pretty crazy story.

    A Paysage D’Hiver namedrop will always pique/peak my interest.

  • This was a great read, W. Also, the music is super awesome and melodic! Will put this one at my radar.

  • CT-12

    Sort of related, just a half-assedly interesting addition: my buddies went to Poland this summer and the day they arrived, every car in the street, all the people, and everything else essentially stopped for a few minutes, and there was some sort of demonstration in the Main Square of Krakow. They were sort of freaked out, but they later learned they had arrived on the anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising, which was a significant effort by the Poles to drive the Nazis out of Poland. Pretty cool they got to witness that basically an hour after getting off their plane haha.

  • GoatForest

    Awwwww yeah! I’m digging this album’s theme quite a bit.

  • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

    Cool write up dude! I like Stahlsarg’s first album, Comrades in Death, but its relentless charge and enthusiasm holds it back a little, not all the parts hit home and the ones that do don’t always get the full work out that they should. Had a ton of potential though. This song seems to be moving forward on the right tracks, fierce, melodic and focused. Really looking forward to the full length coming out, they played another new one or two when I saw half their Incineration festival set earlier this year (I missed the end to go see Shrines).

  • Brutalist_Receptacle

    EXCELLENT WRITE-UP AND TRACK

  • highly dug it. (there’s also two more tracks available for streaming on the bandcamp site)

    • Óðinn

      Yeah, it’s pretty good. I’ll be buying this on the first day of its release.

  • Óðinn

    Thanks for this, W. Much appreciated.

  • GrumpDumpus

    GODDAMNIT IT WAS MUCH EASIER ON MY POCKETBOOK WHEN EVERY BLACK METAL BAND HAD THE LYRICAL INSPIRATION OF A 6 YEAR OLD THREATENING TO BEAT UP EVERYONE’S DAD WITH HIS DAD’S HELL-PENIS

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