The material here was writing during and right after the “Satan macht frei” album, and as such perfectly fits in the evolution of Blackdeath towards apocalypse. Upon first hearing, the material has the primitive aggression like “Bottomless armageddon” and previous albums, but upon closer listening you’ll find the riffs and song writing are slowly morphing into their later sound as heard on “Vortex” and “Katharsis” albums.
As with all Blackdeath material, “Totentanz” is in a way sounding strangely removed from a natural, organic sound. These songs are the last Blackdeath songs to feature drum computer and combined with the atypical melodies and sounds with hysterical and possessed vocals give the whole an unhuman aura that is uncanny.
Originally, part one (“Totentanz”) was a split CD/LP with Mortifera – as a kind of continuation of the first split between Celestia and Black Draugwath.
The second part (“Totentanz II”) was a split CD/LP with Leviathan, who invited Blackdeath. For a lot of Blackdeath devotees, this was the introduction to the band and remains a favourite to many.
This release will feature both “Totentanz” part remastered to sit together better, and with slightly changed song order.
Comes as six-panel digipack with a booklet. Lyrics and the history behind the release are included in the 8 page booklet.