Die Weisse Rose – A Martyrium of White Roses

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Although Die Weisse Rose only has one album, they have already created a stir in the controversial martial industrial neofolk genre. The band name refers to a German resistance group that resisted the Nazis. Die Weisse Rose is also a bit of a supergroup that has seen involvement from prominent figures in the genre, but primarily led by Thomas Bojden, who also does the predominant spoken word vocals. A Martyrium of White Roses is their only album and it is a very solid work. The atmosphere is quite dark, mysterious, and introspective at times. Much of the album sounds well-placed within a World War II movie soundtrack. The opening title track begins with the sound of rain as organ provides a backdrop for German spoken word and martial drums. The Solitary Volcano is one of the better tracks on the album and features organ, violin, and slow martial drums. Several songs have a strong militant style to the drumming, as well as the overall mood of the album, such as Unser Leben Geht Dahin Wie Ein Geschwatz and Nicht Schuldig. At the Doorsteps of Our Temple is a slower piano piece that also has that wartime-era atmosphere. Finally, the album closes, with another of my favorites, As the Last of the Petals Are Shattered, with organ, violin and rain. A Martyrium of White Roses is a solid album that delves into nature and the human side of a dark era in history. This album should be of interest to those who like Rome, Death in June, Of the Wand and the Moon, etc.

Genre: Martial Industrial Neofolk
Country: Denmark
Label: Cold Meat Industry
Release: May 27, 2009

1. A Martyrium of White Roses
2. Im Nebel
3. The Solitary Volcano
4. Letzter Wille
5. Unser Leben Geht Dahin Wie Ein Geschwätz
6. At the Doorsteps of Our Temple
7. Nicht Schuldig
8. As the Last of the Petals Are Shattered

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