Absurd (band)

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Absurd
Origin Sondershausen, Germany
Genres Black metal,[1] RAC,[1] pagan metal[2]
Years active 1992–present
Labels Darker Than Black
Website http://www.hordeabsurd.com/
Members Ronald “Wolf”[3] Möbus
Sven “Unhold” Zimper
Past members Hendrik “Jarl Flagg Nidhögg” Möbus
Sebastian “Dark Mark Doom” Schauseil
Andreas “Chuck Daniels” Kirchner
Udo “Damien Thorn” H.
Tormentor

Absurd is one of the best-known National Socialist black metal bands[4] in Germany, classified as right-wing extremist by the Thuringian Landesbehörde für Verfassungsschutz.[5]

The band was originally founded in Sondershausen by Hendrik Möbus (also known as - on the circuit and later on official Compact Cassette and later CD liner notes - as Randall Flagg / Jarl Flagg Nidhögg / JFN) and Sebastian Schauseil in 1992, with a third member, Andreas Kirchner, joining at a later stage.

Their lyrics concern nationalistic, pagan (Hendrik Möbus is the founder of the Deutsche Heidnische Front), pro-heathen revivalist Germanic, and anti-Judeo-Christian themes.

The band achieved infamy because its (original) members (now no longer in the band since 1999) murdered the 15-year-old Sandro Beyer in 1993. The canonical motive is that Beyer was privy to an illicit relationship of Schauseil's with a married woman, and had been spreading rumours about this and other activities of the band.[6] On 29 April in Sondershausen, Möbus, Schauseil, and Kirchner enticed Beyer to a meeting, and strangled him there with an electrical cord. Kirchner, in a now infamous quotation, was reported as saying: “Oh shit—now I’ve completely ruined my life.”[7] Schauseil claimed to have heard a voice in his head saying “Kuster Maier”, which made no sense but was interpreted by him as “töte Beyer” (‘kill Beyer’).[8]

Hendrik Möbus[edit]

In prison, Möbus was able to carry on with the band under the temporary name "In Ketten" (German for "In Chains").[citation needed] After the murder, this became a cult band with Neo-Nazi groups.[citation needed] No releases were made as 'In Ketten' but some of the tracks recorded were used on the 'Facta Loquuntur' album. The tape Thuringian Pagan Madness shows on its cover the grave of the murdered Sandro Beyer, and inside says: "The cover shows the grave of Sandro B. murdered by horde ABSURD on 29.04.93 AB".[9]

The band members were released on parole in 1998, because they had been under eighteen when they had committed their crime. Shortly after release, Möbus violated the terms of his parole when at a concert he performed the Hitler salute,[10] which is illegal in Germany. His parole was consequently revoked. He managed to flee to the United States, where he met William Luther Pierce, but was captured there.[11] He was arrested by U.S. marshals. In 2001, after his request for asylum was denied, he was sent back to prison for the remaining three years for murder. For mocking his victim and for the Hitler salute he was sentenced to a further twenty-six months. On 15 May 2003 he was again sentenced to four years in prison.[citation needed]

Schauseil is still involved with the underground metal scene; he performed between 1999 and 2004 with the folk-influenced nationalist band Halgadom, the black metal project Wolfsmond (also featuring bassplayer Unhold, who currently plays drums in Absurd), and the neofolk band In Acht und Bann. He has distanced himself from National Socialism and politics in general,[citation needed] as evidenced by the current direction of Wolfsmond and as stated in an interview he conducted with Vampire Magazine.

In 2002 Pantheon (USA) released a tribute album to Möbus, called Jarl die Freiheit (‘freedom to Jarl [Flag Nidhögg]’).

Band history since 1999[edit]

The band Absurd has continued in existence since 1999, going through many changes of personnel, and losing all of its original members. The leader is Wolf, Hendrik's brother, with Sebastian Schauseil performing the occasional clean vocal part on releases such as Asgardsrei (1999), Werwolfthron (2001), Totenlieder (2002).

Music style[edit]

The demos and the first album “Facta Loquuntur” have strong Oi! and Rock Against Communism (RAC) influences.[12] Musical idols were bands like Mercyful Fate/King Diamond,[12] Manowar,[12][13] Danzig[12][13] and especially Der Fluch,[12][13] a band covered by Absurd on both Der fünfzehnjährige Krieg and the split release Weltenfeind, whereas the Scandinavian bands were no significant musical or lyrical influence.[12][13] On the other hand, the band called itself a black metal band from the very beginning; in an interview with the pupil magazine of his school, Hendrik Möbus said Absurd would play the hardest, rawest and most ingenious black metal in Germany[14] Michael Moynihan and Didrik Søderlind classified the band’s early recordings “more akin to ’60s garage punk than some of the […] Black Metal of their contemporaries”,[15] and according to Christian Dornbusch and Hans-Peter Killguss, the second demo Death from the Forest had no similarities to black metal neither of the first nor the second wave, but was rather a mixture of primitive hard rock and punk rock elements. Due to its musical dilettantism, the band was not taken seriously by black metallers for a long time.[1] In an add in Sub Line magazine, the same demo was praised as “unholy, hard guitar rock, wild and boisterous; for all the dark souls out there” (“unheiliger, harter Gitarrenrock, wild und ungestüm; für all die schwarzen Seelen dort draußen”).[16] The Mansion of Metal site classified it as “essentially crappy punk rock/RAC” and claims the “Thuringian Pagan Madness” demo to have black metal influences.[17]

Hendrik Möbus called the Asgardsrei EP the band’s first holistic piece of work, adjusted in concept and layout as well, and the band’s step away from its former musical dilettantism; however, still spoke of dilettante music, and Ronald Möbus criticised the final mixing.[3]

Discography[edit]

 Demos[edit]

  • Eternal Winter (1992)
  • God's Death (1992)
  • Death from the Forest (1993)
  • Sadness (1993)
  • Out of the Dungeon (1994)
  • Ubungsraum (1994)
  • Thuringian Pagan Madness (1995)
  • Sonnenritter (1999)

Albums[edit]

EPs/Splits[edit]

  • God's Death / Sadness (self-released, 1994)
  • Totenburg / Die Eiche split with Heldentum (Burznazg / Silencelike Death, 1997)
  • Asgardsrei EP (IG Farben, 1999)
  • Wolfskrieger/Galdur Vikodlaks split with Pantheon (Nebelfee Klangwerke, 2002)
  • Raubritter EP (Nebelfee Klangwerke, 2004)
  • Ein kleiner Vorgeschmack single (Nebelfee Klangwerke, 2005)
  • Grimmige Volksmusik EP (Nebelfee Klangwerke, 2005)
  • Raubritter / Grimmige Volksmusik (Darker than Black, 2007)
  • Weltenfeind split with Grand Belial's Key and Sigrblot (WTC, 2008)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Christian Dornbusch, Hans-Peter Killguss: Unheilige Allianzen. Black Metal zwischen Satanismus, Heidentum und Neonazismus, p. 52.
  2. ^ Absurd-Reviews at FinalWar
  3. ^ a b "Interview by Sheol-Mag". Archived from the original on 24 October 2009. 
  4. ^ Thilo Thielke: Töten für Wotan. In: Der Spiegel, no. 38, 2000, 18 September 2000, p 134.
  5. ^ Verfassungsschutzbericht des Freistaats Thüringen - 1999 (PDF) Punkt 4.6
  6. ^ Michael Moynihan, Didrik Søderlind: Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground. Feral House 1998, p. 256f.
  7. ^ Michael Moynihan, Didrik Søderlind: Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground. Feral House 1998, p. 246.
  8. ^ Michael Moynihan, Didrik Søderlind: Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground. Feral House 1998, p. 247f.
  9. ^ Absurd: Thuringian Pagan Madness, Capricornus Prod. 1995.
  10. ^ [1]
  11. ^ [2]
  12. ^ a b c d e f Michael Moynihan, Didrik Søderlind: Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground. Feral House 1998, p. 250f.
  13. ^ a b c d „Mit den größten und nachhaltigsten Einfluß auf uns, sowohl musikalisch als auch lyrisch, haben nicht etwa skandinavische Black Metal-Bands ausgeübt. Neben Manowar und Danzig war es vielmehr eine deutsche Horrorpunk-Band, welche zum Zeitpunkt unserer Bandgründung bisher nur zwei Veröffentlichungen in den frühen 1980er-Jahren herausgebracht hatte. Diese Inspiration wirkt bis heute fort.“ Absurd: Der fünfzehnjährige Krieg, W.T.C. Productions/Nebelfee Klangwerke/Darker Than Black Records 2008.
  14. ^ Billerbeck, Liane von; Nordhausen, Frank: Satanskinder. Der Mordfall von Sondershausen und die rechte Szene. 3. revised edition, Berlin 2001, p. 158.
  15. ^ Michael Moynihan, Didrik Søderlind: Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground. Feral House 1998, p. 260f.
  16. ^ Sub Line, no. 3, march 1993, p. 53.
  17. ^ “Thuringian Pagan Madness” review

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