Bohren & der Club of Gore


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Gore Motel (1994), 6.5/10
Midnight Radio (1995), 7.5/10
Sunset Mission (2000), 7/10
Black Earth (2002), 6.5/10
Geisterfaust (2005), 6/10
Dolores (2008), 6/10
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German instrumental combo Bohren & der Club of Gore (keyboardist Morten Gass, guitarist Reiner Henseleit, double bassist Robin Rodenberg, drummer Thorsten Benning) penned the modest ominous ambience of Gore Motel (1994) sounding like a more lively and less geometric version of the Necks.

That idea transcended its original scope on the double-disc Midnight Radio (1995), whose pieces were rendered hypnotic, subdued, slow, stark and evocative by super-heavy bass notes and catatonic drumming. In other words, the music that used to be driven by guitar and piano was now driven by the rhythm section but in a negative way, by downplaying and limiting it rather than by propelling and emphasizing it. Labradford's ambient noir was perhaps the main influence.

After a long hiatus, the quartet returned in a jazzier configuration (having replaced Henseleit with saxophonist Christoph Cloeser) that crafted the ambient noir jazz of Sunset Mission (2000) and the even slower and gloomier Black Earth (2002 - Wonder, 2011).

In attempt to escape the limitations of their format, Geisterfaust (2005) toyed with vibraphone, tuba and a choir, while Dolores (2008) generally veered towards thicker arrangements.

(Translation by/ Tradotto da Federico Morganti)

La combo strumentale dei tedeschi Bohren & der Club of Gore (Morten Grass alle tastiere, Reiner Henseleit alla chitarra, Robin Rodenberg al contrabasso, Thorsten Benning alla batteria) concepė la dimessa atmosfera di Gore Motel (1994) risultando come una versione pių viva e meno geometrica dei Necks.

L’idea trascese il suo scopo originale nel doppio Midnight Radio (1995), i cui pezzi erano resi ipnotici, sottomessi, lenti, austeri ed evocativi da un basso particolarmente pesante e da un drumming catatonico. In altre parole la musica, prima guidata da chitarra e piano, era ora guidata dalla sezione ritmica, ma in maniera negativa, minimizzandola e limitandola piuttosto che incentivandola ed enfatizzandola.

Dopo una lunga interruzione, il quartetto fece ritorno in un assetto pių jazz (dopo aver rimpiazzato Henseleit con il sassofonista Christoph Cloeser) che produsse il noir jazz ambient di Sunset Mission (2000) e Black Earth (2002).

Nel tentativo di fuggire i limiti del loro formato, Geisterfaust (2005) giocava con vibrafono, tuba e coro, mentre Dolores (2008) virava in generale verso arrangiamenti pių corposi.

The EP Mitleid Lady (Latitudes, 2009) contains just the ten-minute title-track, recorded in 2006.

The mini-album Beileid (Ipecac, 2011) contains a 13-minute cover of Warlock's Catch My Heart with Mike Patton on vocals and the more typical 14-minute Beileid.

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