The Moon Lay Hidden Beneath a Cloud

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The Moon Lay Hidden Beneath a Cloud
Origin Austria
Genres Dark ambient, experimental, neofolk, martial industrial, post-industrial
Years active 1993–1998
Labels Arthur's Round Table
Members Albin Julius
Alzbeth

The Moon Lay Hidden Beneath a Cloud (styled The Moon lay hidden beneath a Cloud) was an Austrian musical duo composed of Albin Julius and Alzbeth. Their music reflected their deep fascination with myriad aspects of European medievalism including ritual, clerical chants and the daily experience of the peasantry.

Overview[edit]

Their music combined modern electronics, tape loops and samplers with medieval instruments such as the shawm, hurdy gurdy, and Hexenscheit. Alzbeth was the primary vocalist for the group and often sang traditional songs in numerous archaic languages including Middle High German, Latin and Old French. Julius provided distorted and backup vocals.

When performing live, the band often played in old churches, fortresses, medieval prisons and theatres that provided an appropriate atmosphere for their static, militaristic performances.

Early on, the band provided no official photographs or any more information outside of a Swiss mailing address found inside of the albums. The band rarely appeared live or granted interviews. No songs were ever given official titles. After their split, both of the duo were considerably more vocal and promotional images were released.

With each subsequent 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 (1997).

In 1998, the duo, also a couple, parted ways and recorded no new material. All of the group's music was released on their own Arthur's Round Table record label and distributed by World Serpent Distribution.

Post-Split[edit]

At the same time as the recording of The Smell Of Blood But Victory, Julius released material on a then-side project he called Der Blutharsch. This has subsequently become Julius' main project after the split. Julius has since played live and released some Der Blutharsch covers of TMLHBAC material that he has claimed was originally intended for Der Blutharsch.

Alzbeth did erect an official TMLHBAC website and has said that she will be releasing material by a musical project of her own.

In 2000, Alzbeth released a book after the duo parted ways. This hard-back and cloth-bound book included lyrics, photographs and references for the historical themes used by the band.

In 2004, likely spurred by the bankruptcy of World Serpent Distribution and the subsequent out of print status for the band's entire catalogue, Alzbeth announced through her mailing list that Julius and she had decided to rerelease their back catalogue in some form in the future.

Discography[edit]

Albums and EPs[edit]

Year Title Format, Special Notes
1993 The Moon Lay Hidden Beneath a Cloud CD
1994 Amara tanta tyri CD
1995 A New Soldier Follows the Path of a New King CD
1996 Yndalongg 10"
1995 Kostnice 7"
1996 Were You of Silver, Were You of Gold? 12"/CD
1996 Madhr 7"
1996 A Night in Fear MCD, featuring Deutsch Nepal.
1997 Untitled 7"
1997 The Smell of Blood but Victory 2xCD box including a CD 5" and poster limited to 2000 copies. Disc 1 was rereleased afterwards.
1999 Rest on Your Arms Reversed CD, collection of all material on limited releases, all bonus tracks, compilations and unreleased material.

Compilations[edit]

Year Title Format, Special Notes
1995 Knights of Abyss CD
1996 ON: The World and Everything in It CD
1996 Palace of Worms CD
1996 Terra Serpentes 2xCD

Other[edit]

Year Title Format, Special Notes
2000 The Book of Lyrics Hard-backed, cloth-bound book. Limited to 777 copies.

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