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Abenteuerliches Herz (2002): Gotos =/= Kalanda

Allerseelen, Abenteuerliches Herz (Aorta, 2002)

[originally posted 22Nov2002]

A phallic rock stands before a stone tablet on the album cover.

Where the demons dwell. Where the banshees live, and they do live well.
photo credit: deluidspreker.de

It pains me to write this…

Allerseelen first caught my attention seven years ago with the brilliant “Santa Sangre,” a contribution to the Im Blutfeuer compilation (Cthulhu, 1995). I picked up Ultra!’s comp, The Nitha Fields, based on the strength of it, and the two Allerseelen songs on it (“Alle Lust will Ewigkeit” and “Traumlied”) were similarly brilliant. So I acquired their latest album, Abenteuerlichers Herz (Adventurous Heart). And it is painful.

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I See Good Spirits…and I See Bad Spirits (1988): You’re Never Gonna Change My Words

My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult, I See Good Spirits… and I See Bad Spirits (Wax Trax!, 1988)

[originally posted 17Sep2001]

A montage of sixties pictures of various sorts decorates the album cover.

And this is what the devil does.
photo credit: Amazon

TKK’s debut disc, the soundtrack for a film that never got made (the members of the band met in film school), is one of the first and one of the best releases from the Chicago arm of the scene that has now come to be known as “industrial dance.” Combining the more aggressive pop style Ministry showed on their Twitch release with heavy metal chord progressions and a decidedly darker lyrical bent than much of what was coming from the scene in 1988, Good Spirits/Bad Spirits blazed the trail that the rest of the Chicago bands followed a few years later, when Ministry and its various hangers-on became popular. Far from being the usual industrial-dance beatfest, this disc wanders from turnkey dancefloor work (“Do You Fear for Your Child?”) to anthem rock (“These Remains”) to almost-stock-metal (“Gateway to Hell”) and back again during the slightly-under-an-hour it runs. Instead of being inconsistent, the whole comes off sounding much more interesting than your average album in the genre. On first listen, you’re never sure what’s coming next, and after the unpredictability wears off, the songs themselves are catchy enough for repeated listening. Just don’t try to decipher the lyrics. They’re awful. *** ½

>1 (2000): Murder Inc. Writes a Book

The Damage Manual, >1 (Invisible CDEP, 2000)

[originally posted 13Jul2000]

photo credit: chrisconnelly.com

We buy a hammer for daddy.


I’m about willing to go on record at this point as saying that Chris Connelly can simply do no wrong. In a fifteen-year career spanning any number of bands, he has yet to put a piece of music in front of me that I don’t like. And arguably his greatest contribution to modern music was a one-off in 1991 called Murder Inc., a five-piece spinoff (one of many) from the massive and ever-changing Pigface/Ministry 1989-1991 touring band. Murder Inc. is long behind us, and very much lamented, but its two major brains, Connelly and Martin Atkins, have gotten back together and put together yet another act, The Damage Manual. They put “Sunset Gun” up on their website, and I rejoiced. The names have changed, but it sounded to me as if Murder Inc. had risen from the dead, substituting ex-PIL bassist Jah Wobble for the now-departed Murder Inc. bassman Paul Raven.

It’s not the full-length I was hoping for, but >1 is enough to tide me over till the album comes out. The same mix of styles that informed Murder Inc. surfaces here, albeit with a more industrial-dance slant to it (not surprising, given that it’s an EP meant for clubs and the like more than anything), but the same aggressive, fun-loving, and always-drunken spirit pervades this recording. If you liked Murder Inc., you will find The Damage Manual to be a perfect way to soothe your heartache that MI never reformed. If you never heard Murder Inc., imagine some of the Ministry tracks that Connelly did vocals for back in ’89 revamped, reprocessed, industrialized, and rapped while thoroughly sloshed. It’s a beautiful thing. *** ½

 


“Sunset Gun”.

Cruel (1997): Inbustrial Glance

Splatter Squall, Cruel (unreleased, 1997, available for free on their
website)
[originally posted 9May2000}

photo credit: discogs.com

Note: it’s been thirteen years. Links are most likely dead.

Free music. How much better can you get than that? The band’s 1997 opus delecti, and their final album, never got released, so they just MP3d the thing and put it up at their website, http://www.bolwerk.de/splattersquall/, in the Audio section. With a CD burner and a color printer, you got yourself an official copy of the album without paying a cent, unless it costs you by the minute for your internet access.
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