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3.27 | 26 ratings

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4 stars An atonal, sprawling mass of machine noise that must have been completely out of synch with all other albuns created in the very early 70's. Personally I love this kind of stuff. 80's experimental band 'Zoviet France' surely took inspiration from these three guys from Deutschland.

Conrad Schnitzler who had recently appeared on Tangerine Dream's 'Electronic Meditation' is at the helm of this most experimental of early 70's bands. 'Klopfzeichen' sounds remarkably like Throbbing Gristle's 'Journey through a Body' & 'Shadow of the Sun' from 1981.

You won't find any guitars, drums or bass here. What you get instead are bowed metals and numerous acoustic objects pushed through electronic filters.

There's not much in the way of music or tunes present. This one's all about atmosphere - and it's pretty bleak stuff, complete with spoken German female vocals which add to the desolation that is conjured up.

Played back loud, it produces thoughts in my mind of the aftermath in Dresden in February '45.

Heavy stuff indeed.

Dobermensch | 4/5 |


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