Ol' Scratch - The Sunless Citadel (2009)

Another really great Sludge album by a recently disbanded band (after 5 years of existence and this only LP, released last year). What a shame. Would you mind to go on and do other records like this please instead of splitting? We, little desperate human rubbish trying to live in this dustbin called world, need you more than ever. If you don't dislike a bit of High On Fire and a touch of stoner in your Black Sabbathic sludge, you'll adopt this sunless citadel and class it in one of the best LP of the last year. Riffs are killers but more than that, they propose an amazing patchwork of styles (even stoner-folk à la Acrimony on "Tree of Woe" or true gothic in the incredible "Brink of the Maelstrom", in streaming below) that few could manage to keep consistent. And when they are sludge, they are (listen to the monstruous "Draconian March" or the superb final of "The Goatbridge"). They will be missed. Enjoy their souvenir here.

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Pale Roses - Sol Invictus / Heroes' Dawn fake 7" (2010)

Pale Roses is the neo-folk side-project of the singer-lyricist of Modern Funeral Art (see here). His new album is just out and if you like the late Simon Finn (there) or Dave Cousins' Strawbs (no link to put for Strawbs since I've been asked to remove them all or the blog was closed), you must not miss this gem. Based primary on stories of 1st world war (I've been obsessed by this me too 20 years ago, but now I must say I don't care much), there's a melancholic and ghostly climax that takes you by the hand like death will do one day. I chose 2 songs but I could have chosen others. Just that I thought that these 2 would have made a superb single if we lived as we used to live, in times where talent is given its place whereas rubbish only is given the one. Enjoy it here and then go to buy this great LP there.

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Man - Back Into The Future - The Complete Roundhouse Concert (1973)

In 1973, Man is on an ascending curve. The Be Good To Yourself album has been a minor but real success, they are considered a great stage band and they are recording a new album with the future producer of the punk movement Vic Maile. They decide the album will be double, featuring a concert given at the Roundhouse in London on 24th June. They will drop the new songs from the album and will only leave 3 of them, not the best actually. Two years ago, a revised version of the album was released in a box set with the complete set and this is the one I post here. The band is in the same formation than for the concert recorded one year before and posted here. The last time since Mick Jones will disbanded a band that he felt was more and more the Phil Ryan one. So he will reunit with Deke Leonard the next year (always with the fantastic Terry Williams on drums, that you can appreciate the drumming genius all along the concert). But this is another story. Here we are 37 years ago (and some months), listening to Man, who invited a Welsh male choir to back them on "C'Mon" for a really good version. But "Bananas" (in streaming, with its famous lyrics "I like to eat bananas cos' they got no bones / I like to take marijuana cos' it gets me stoned") was also a great one. So let's go back into the past and enjoy the whole set here (or there) for part 1 and there (or here) for part 2.

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Mary Bell - s/t (2007)

Mary Bell was one of the youngest (10 yrs old) killer in history (it was in the sixties) and the Nederland sludge band that took her name for calling themselves created one of the most killer sludge metal in history. Released 3 years ago, not much has been received from them but this Melvino-Sunno))Sleep massive sound hammer is something to taste once in a lifetime. It's not far to be one of the heaviest thing ever produced in rock music. After the 24 min of the last track ("Delirium") I'm not sure you'll still remember what's your name. Don't have a gun near you, you may be in such a state you could feel OK to kill yourself by tonight. Sorry for the bad quality of the cover, I did not find a better one but the music doesn't need any nice wrapping. It's extreme as you can't imagine. I hope they'll do something else one day or another. Meanwhile enjoy it here. Their myspace's there.

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Man - I'm Dreaming 7" (1973)

This should have been the single issued some months after the Back To The Future album but it was not released for a reason I ignore. Shame cos' it was again a splendid song by Mick Jones (his style is quite obvious here) and this may have helped the band to improve his success which was quite good with the charting of their double LP. The 2 songs of this aborted single were issued only 2 years ago in the Back To The Future CD box. Here they are in their supposed initial situation. Taste them here, they're great.

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Dispirit - Rehearsal at Oboroten (2010)

It's dark as none could imagine. It's atmospheric black metal at its best. It's the music we need when all's wrong. It's the new project of John Gossard, the man behind the guitar of Weakling and Asunder. And it's Xasthur meets Khanate somewhere but you'll find hundred other nd better references I'm sure. No matter, it's idiosyncrasic and not plagiarism. Even nostalgics of 80's dark wave will find their (un)happiness in it. Actually it's not far from the Schnittke's Requiem in a sense. It's not a CD nor a vinyl (maybe a rehearsal but why make it public therefore?) so the cover sleeve is unformatted this way but it's nice. Enjoy this drowning in horror here. And then, try to have a RIP-sleep.



Alfred Schnittke - Requiem

The year Golden Earring released the Switch album, Alfred Schnittke finished his sublime Requiem, one of the doomest piece of music of the century. Here is a great version by the Swedish Radio Choir conducted by Tonu Kaljuste. Not all the available versions are that good but this one is truly thrilling. The quiet intro and outro do not prepare the listener to the terrorizing atmosphere of the piece, closer to Mussorgsky or Carl Orff than to Faure or Mozart. Any doom fan should have listened to that once in lifetime. Maybe an occasion to explore so-called classical music and find other way to vibrate to music sharing death themas with doom. This recording was issued on an album with Miserere from Henryk Gorecki on Caprice. I chose to invent a fake LP with only the Requiem on it but I encourage you to buy the album. Enjoy this masterpiece here.

Difficult to select a piece of the whole for the streaming so I chose the introït ("Requiem Aeternam", also the outro) that makes me shivering like if I laid naked in the winter snow so it's it I chose.



Golden Earring - Kill Me (Ce Soir) 7" (1975)

I will not hide this personal opinion: "Kill Me (Ce Soir)" is my fave Golden Earring song and, more than that, one of the most incredibly mind-shaking song ever written. The first time I heard it on a French radio, in January or February 1975 (terrible bad year for rock), I instantly felt caught and drowned by the oppressing atmosphere and the drama of the track. It's always a mystery when everything seems to be at best in a song when so many are failing here and there with weak parts, arrangements or instrument choices. The song contents some French lyrics with the invention of a non-existing word: "assassination" (pronounced "à la Française") when the right word is "assassinat", but finally it's OK with the "tion" at the end and it was not even a problem for me. The song was not the hit it deserved to be (but was in Nederland of course) and announced the great "Switch" album. A fifth member was added to the band in the person of Robert Jan Stips, future Nits, on keyboards and it was a very good idea and it brought a new sound richness. In brief, if you always skip my Golden Earring posts because it's not you cuppa blood, try to try for once in your life. The B-side consisted in "Lucky Number", a more than Stonian song (era Sticky Fingers) not featuring on the album and only available on the As & Bs Singles compilation. It's a nice rocker and worth to feature in a Golden Earring MP3graphy. Sorry for the sleeve, I don't have the single. Moreover, I put the long version of "Kill Me" and not the edit one (as in the TV clip below), it's criminal to fade this song before the 4th min as they did on the 7". Enjoy this double winner here.

Below "Lucky Number"



Golden Earring - Instant Poetry 7" (1974)

It was a real challenge to follow the mondial success of "Radar Love", and in April 1974 "Instant Poetry", their 7th single for this formation, was an attempt to do it. It failed although it reached n°3 in their native land. But more importantly, it showed the way on which the band was walking, and it was quite exciting. Even if the chorus is not a total success, the general tone is a mix between Led Zeppelin and Alice Cooper, and it surely works. A preparation for what will be the peak of creativity of the band. The B-side was a deception since it consisted in a recycled song from the album Together released 2 years earlier. I really hate that to have old anachronical songs on flipside of singles. It's important to specify that "Instant Poetry" is on none of the official albums of the band, but only in various singles compilations. A reason to enjoy it here.


A nice clip filmed in front of garbage with garbage sound.


HKY - s/t (2009)

Another great band from France, less doomy or sludgy than what I use to listen, more Omega Massif-esque with reminiscences of Godflesh. The important is that they sure know how to drive their mammoth sonor beast and never sound self-indulgent. I encourage you to buy this EP with its complete artwork and real sound here. Meanwhile, enjoy this huge piece of meaty there.

Below, a clip for one of the tracks. Except if similarly named, it seems that it was done by Carcinos from the great Huata. It's not my favorite among the 4 tracks but it's excellent too.