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FAUST WAKES NOSFERATU

Faust

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Syzygy
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2 stars In recent years there has been something of a trend for bands to play live 'underscores' to classic films, especially from the silent era. The choice of Faust to accompany the classic 1921 Nosferatu by FW Murnau was an inspired one, and they rose to the occasion admirably. They had already recorded an LP of music inspired by the film (which contains completely different material to this release) and their accompaniment was true to both the spirit of the original and their own wayward, anarchic reputation.

Although it comes from the same year as Live in Edinburgh, this album is very different beast indeed. It is probably the quietest album Faust have ever released, with long stretches of spooky ambience that sound more like Irmler solo than a group performance. Other members of the band make some significant contributions, especially guitarist Steven Wray Lobdell, but there is relatively little full ensemble playing. There are some passages that are more recognisably in the band's signature style, particularly on the opening and closing tracks, but it's mostly an exercise in atmosphere and texture. As such it works well - there's a genuinely dark, disturbing mood pervading the whole playing time - but some editing might have made for a stronger CD release.

As good as all this must have been at the time (a friend of mine saw the performance and was highly impressed) this album doesn't always work as a stand alone piece of music; without the accompanying visuals, some of the pieces seem to spend a lot of time going nowhere in particular. It's worth tracking down if you're a fan of Faust in particular or avant prog in general, (it's recently been made available as a download on emusic) but it's definitely non essential.

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Mellotron Storm
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3 stars Apparently this was composed by FAUST as sort of a companion piece of music to go with the classic vampire movie from 1922 called "Nosferstu" which was a silent film. Interesting because ART ZOYD did the official score for the re-issue of that film back in 1989. And it should also be noted that FAUST did an LP under this title too which was inspired by the film but is completey different from the cd version. It is also interesting to compare this with ART ZOYD's version and for my taste ART ZOYD have the better version by far. It's 20 minute less in length compared to FAUST's but more importantly when you listen to ART ZOYD's release it really comes across as music for that film while FAUST's just seems so random most of the time without any connection at all in my opinion.

"Ausbruch Nach Rumanien" opens with samples of various sounds including horses trotting on the street. Atmosphere here too. Spoken words 1 1/2 minutes in. Dark music takes over as it trips along. A haunting calm after 7 1/2 minutes. Percussion and louder sounds follow. It's haunting again 16 minutes in. Sounds start to come and go and they get quite loud. Silence from 20 1/2 minutes straight through to 1 1/2 minutes into the next song "Verwirrung". I hate silence in an album. Anyway various sounds start to get louder before 4 minutes. A calm after 6 1/2 minutes. It's noisy again 8 minutes in then it settles as this continues throughout.

"Telepathia" opens with atmosphere then sounds start to pulsate. Silence 3 1/2 minutes in. Organ comes in before 4 minutes and builds. It settles back as other sounds start to come and go. "Kampf Der Machte" has these faint organ sounds then drums and other sounds take over around 1 1/2 minutes. The beat stops at 4 1/2 minutes as random sounds come and go to end it. "Das Unheil Breitet Sich Aus" has these banging sounds and more. A calm before 3 minutes. Guitar 4 1/2 minutes in with a beat and atmosphere to the end. "Die Entscheidung" is eventually led by pulsating noises that will lead the way.

Not a bad album but too long for what it is in my opinion. ART ZOYD did it much better.

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