Best wishes to everybody for 2019!
Again in english, because its a funny kind of training. I’m useing online-dictionary now. But choosing right words is sometimes a problem:
When you find a good record – is it a discovery or a detection? Or is it „woorshd“, how germans say for „there is no difference.“?
To much 70s stuff in my last post? So for this one:
Several Species of Bludgy-Favorites –
from the period after the wallfall.
- We start in the early 90s: First I was on the hunt for all my greats, that I couldn’t buy in the time before 1989. But not only 70s or 80s records were filling my music-closet. „Impurity“ from the NEW MODEL ARMY came out 1990 and were under my first aquirements too. In Vinyl. Later on also in CD-Version, because it’s a very good record. I startet buying CD around 1994. Justin Sullivan (the mastermind) is an unremovable Idealist. A fighter for equality. A political Poet. A Peter Garrett (Midnight Oil) from England.
- Hüsker Dü were down around 1990, so Bob Mould starts his Solo-Career. I’ve got a very long Fan-Phase to his Music. His first Album „Workbook“ is his best, I think. Melodic, jazzified (a little), mostly acoustic, a silent surprise from the Pope of Sonic Sounds. But after a while he founded a new Bandproject: Sugar and the very strong debut was „Copperblue“, including the wonderful „If I can‘t change your mind“. Hey man, he don’t must change my mind as well, because he got me on the hook for years.
- Pere Ubu is a band, founded in the 70s; but I like some of their late Albums more than the early stuff. I love the band from their beginning: 30 seconds over Tokyo, final solution, sentimental journey. My favorit West-Radiostation played these 3 tracks 1978 – so I want a record! But „Cold War Times“: you couldn’t get Punk-Records in East-Germany in legal ways. So I had to wait untill the 90s. First the early Material was not on CD, so I bought the currently releases „Pennsylvania“, „Ray Gun Suitcase“ and „world in collision“. Good records. Years later at last „the modern dance“ came in my shop; the CD-Version. I thought I had the best together, but: 2002 happend the birth of „St Arkansas“! Speak it like „‘s’ain’t our cancer“; Soundtrack of midlife crisis, when you reached your 42th birthday, and you see how boring life is in the eternal 9 to 5 job. Everywhere is party, except on your place. This Masterpiece shut it all down. If I lose one day all of my music (God bless me from that!) – the „St Arkansas“ is a MUST-HAVE! I had to buy it again. I’m to old for spotify!
- In 1999 the Nuclear Blast Lable produced an Compilation of new trends in Heavy Metal: „The beauty of darkness“; Metal developed at this time quickly in many interesting directions. Before that I was absolutly no metal-head. Iron Maiden, Motörhead, Metallica, Kreator … I knew the names, but I saved my money and my ears from that. Now with this Compilation in my hands I noticed Amorphis with their big one „Elegy“! Epic concept album about an old finish saga. Including „My kantele“. Therion with „Mega therion“ an inspiring Sound-Bastard of Deathmetal and Classic. I had to search for the full Albums and I‘ve got them!
- The real Masterpiece of new unorthodox metal seems to be „Wildhoney“ from Tiamat. It sounds like a better soundtrack to „Lord of the rings“ than the official one. You hear sounds from the swamps, voices of Elfs, Orcs growling, Golum singing, mostly acoustic guitars, but hypnotizing slow heavy wardance-drumming. Gorgeous!
- One of my best detections are Haggard! Haggard came from Bavaria. 4 Deathmetal-Dudes with 13 companiens with classical instruments. They made two very good concept-albums about Nostradamus. And thou shall must … the seer“(1999) and „Awaking the centuries“(2000). MUST-HAVES! Both! I’ve seen the Band two times live. It works on stage too! (The following Albums are not my cup of tea, my kind of beer, anymore.)
- Opeth is a band from Sweden, who skipped the metalhorizon wider and wider with their releases. Many good albums till „Heritage“! The Peak of Art was „Watershed“. In words and music perfect. A complicated story about a dude, who lost his grandpa and discovers after the funeral, that his grandpa had a dark secret in his biography. He reads some old letters from grandpa to grandma, from their younger days. Now the grandson stands on the watershed: If he banned his grandpa out of his memories, he is an ungratful Dude, who learned once so much from this forefather; but if he stays grateful, his remorse says: Shame on you! You are loving a killer! Opeth using between brutal Deathmetalchords excerpts from the famous Argus-Album by Wishbone Ash („I hate to be a warrior“ and „throw down your sword“). I see this album somewhere among the grandmasters like „Electric Ladyland“ by Hendrix, „Quadrophenia“ by the Who, „Tales from topographic ocean“ by Yes and „dark side oft he moon“ by Pink Floyd, it’s a rockhistorical milestone.
So far my taste of detections from the years after the reunification of Germany.