Saturday, 19 September 2015

The Moon Lay Hidden Beneath A Cloud – The Smell Of Blood But Victory (1997)

Country: Austria

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Founded in Austria in 1993, The Moon Lay Hidden Beneath A Cloud was a medieval martial ambient project 
formed by musician Albin Julius (also in Der Blutharsch) and vocalist Alzbeth.
The music was all created electronically, shifting in style from pure ambient soundscapes to pounding martial anthems, 
while the vocals ranged from soothing ethereal love songs to shouted declarations of war 
and European medievalism including ritual, clerical chants.
When performing live, the band often played in old churches, fortresses, medieval prisons 
and theaters that provided an appropriate atmosphere for their static, militaristic performances.
All the bands releases were through their own personal label Arthur's Round Table 
which was based in Switzerland, and distributed by World Serpent.
With each release the band presented themes traveling further into European history 
and becoming more martial, choral and bombastic in approach, culminating in their final album, 
the largely World War II-inspired The Smell Of Blood But Victory 
which was released as a limited edition box of 2000 copies including CD, a bonus MCD and a poster.
The group disbanded in 1998 after Albin's and Alzbeth's partnership broke up.
In 2000 Alzbeth released ART 13, which is a complete book of lyrics, photographs and references 
for the historical themes used by the band. This book is stated to be the final word in the project.
The Memory link contains also the book in pdf format.



  1. I just realized it's been waaaaay too long since I last listened to The Moon Lay..., I almost wore out my tape dubs of the first album and this. I wish I had bought the albums back when they didn't cost an arm and a leg. :( But thanks for this!

    1. I got your point here.I wish i had bought them too.Sometimes as i go through various old mailorders from the 90s and seeing old stuff that i missed out purchasing (at really normal prices or even as special offers!) i got really pissed off as most of these today costs a fortune as it usually happens with releases from independent and now (most of them) obsolete labels. But thats least we had our chance and we did not waste it with other releases :-)

  2. Thank you so much for upload this album... I have searched for many years... it is an excellent masterpiece.