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Black Earth - Bohren & der Club of Gore

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Genre: Indie Rock & Punk / Artist: Bohren & der Club of Gore / Audio CD released 2005-04-04 at Wonder

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      19.09.2009 18:50
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      Well worth the money.

      Founded in 1992, Bohren Und Der Club of Gore are a dark ambient jazz band from Germany. They have roots in, and are associated with black metal. They are currently signed to Mike Patton's record label, Ipecac Recordings.

      Black Earth (2004) is Bohren's fourth album and is generally considered to be the release that popularized the group in the United States. The sound of the album, and indeed the band's overall output, is quite difficult to quantify, given the genre-defying and genre-defining nature of the music itself. Horror-jazz,' 'Dark-jazz' and 'Noir-ambient' are just some of the phrases that have been thrown around in reference to Bohren und Der Club of Gore.

      The album successfully fuses and juxtaposes, primarily in tone, elements of Black metal, particularly that of bands like Khanate, Burzum and Mayhem, with some of the freeform modal avant-jazz and cool post-bebop 50s and 60s; Influences from masterworks such as John Coltrane's 'A Love Supreme' and Miles Davis' 'Birth of the Cool' are pretty prevalent from the beginning of Black Earth, with its slow, sustained saxophone, downtuned double-bass, understated, echoing high-hats, bass drums and snares all coming together to create one long, unique, eerie, smoky, film-noir atmosphere to ring throughout the entire album, all driven by the deafeningly slow, smooth piano. - The kind of thing you'd expect to hear in a darkened beatnik dive bar in the seventh circle of Hell, thick smoke-rings circling the slowly decomposing clientele.

      Such meticulous attention to an epic sense of foreboding and dread has only ever really been successfully explored in circles of Black Metal and Funeral Doom. Something which is reflected in the interesting, if somewhat generic album art. (See cover.) There is no room for tongue-in-cheekedness in Black Earth. It is, to all intents and purposes, a serious album. Although on the surface it may seem a little repetitive, it is superbly layered, and can be listened to over and over again, each time with an increasingly intense sense of staunch conviction, particularly in its epic climaxes and crushing diminuendos. - Strongly recommended to anyone with an interest in Black Metal or Jazz.

      Tracklisting

      "Midnight Black Earth" - 8:45
      "Crimson Ways" - 6:39
      "Maximum Black" - 7:38
      "Vigilante Crusade" - 7:30
      "Destroying Angels" - 7:10
      "Grave Wisdom" - 6:32
      "Constant Fear" - 6:27
      "Skeletal Remains" - 7:58
      "The Art of Coffins" - 12:04

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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 Midnight Black Earth
      2 Crimson Ways
      3 Maximum Black
      4 Vigilante Crusade
      5 Destroying Angels
      6 Grave Wisdom
      7 Constant Fear
      8 Skeletal Remains
      9 Art of Coffins