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3.11 | 37 ratings | 5 reviews | 11% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1971

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Chub Chub Cherry (4:23)
2. Brain Brain (16:16)
3. God (10:07)
4. Head Tear of the Drunken Sun (12:00)

Total Time: 42:26

Line-up / Musicians

- Werner Klug / bass
- Peter Bahrens / drum, percussion
- Hajo Teschner / vocal, guitars

Releases information

LP Philips 6305 095 (1971)

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SILBERBART 4 Times Sound Razing ratings distribution

(37 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(11%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(38%)
Good, but non-essential (35%)
Collectors/fans only (8%)
Poor. Only for completionists (8%)

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Review by Mellotron Storm
4 stars SILBERBART were a power trio from Germany who released one album back in 1971.These guys are twisted man, I mean they aren't normal ! When the singer screams and shrieks he sounds like a young Geddy Lee, and the music here is very psychedelic and "out there" at times, while at others it's heavy and raw. Some great ideas from these guys though as they take us on a trip far from what is sane and normal. Yes this is vintage Krautrock.

The first song "Chub Chub Cherry" is my least favourite and the most straight forward of the 4 tracks. It's the shortest (4 1/2 minutes) too as the others all clock in at over 10 minutes. Aggressive guitar and raw vocals lead the way until the chorus where he whispers "chub chub cherry" a few times.That's the part I don't like. "Brain Brain" is haunting to begin with as softly sung vocals come in. A sudden unexpectant explosion of sound erupts 3 minutes in with a chilling and deranged scream for good measure. It kicks into an uptempo melody 5 1/2 minutes in and vocals come in before 6 minutes. I really like the guitar 7 minutes in and the psychedelic freak outs that follow. A "far out" calm settles in and then he starts singing in a reserved manner before 12 1/2 minutes. A heavy beat arrives before 14 minutes and the guitar starts to make some noise.

"God" is heavy and kind of dark to open. Nice. It turns psychedelic before 2 minutes before kicking back in a minute later with an awesome guitar solo that lights it up. Vocals are back before 4 minutes. It turns gloomy with almost spoken vocals then it kicks back in again. Fantastic sound 8 1/2 minutes in. Several times this song seems to end but then starts up again. "Head Tear Of The Drunken Sun" is where he reminds me of Geddy when he screams, and he does that a lot. Haha. A nice heavy sound here and it's kind of catchy. It turns spooky almost alarming really before 6 minutes. Dissonant sounds follow or maybe insane is the word i'm looking for. It kicks back in before 9 minutes. Nice bass here with some blistering guitar a minute later. Vocals are back again 10 1/2 minutes in.

An adventerous trip into the bizarre and unknown awaits for all who are willing to take the chance.

Review by Guldbamsen
3 stars Diabolus in Musica

Starting out with a somewhat straightforward heavy prog song with screeching vocals - sounding like you´ve just surprised the singer in the shower while he was busy masturbating to an Iron Maiden track, this album is anything but your normal progressive recording. Chub Chub Cherry, as the starter´s called, is what I´d call an anomaly within 4 Times Sound Razing, and for lack of a better phrase to pin it down - it just feels pasted on, standing tall like a lesbian gorilla at your local church´s Christmas sermon. It´s a pity, because the rest of the album screams for a better and far more appropriate beginning - one who could tell stories of the scheming devil inside the music, and how it got there.

When you get past this rather uncharacteristic opener from Silberbart, and venture some minutes into the following Brain Brain, you realize what an amazing, out there and freakishly original record this is - and perhaps first of all, how different this band really sounds! As a matter of fact, the avid listener will probably get to that conclusion far earlier than that, and most likely feel disorientated and perplexed - thinking: is this really the same band? If so, how did those drugs manage to take a hold so damn quickly?

The main ingredient to this mayhem, is the amazing storm-trooper guitarist Hajo Teschner, and although I don´t particularly enjoy his vocals, which are close to distraught, semi yelping, acid drenched and approaching that of someone crying out helplessly from a bad dream, - you can´t really dismiss this guy´s extraordinary talents on the guitar.

How does it sound then? Hhmm.... Imagine this highly gifted axeman being taken away by the government on some bull[&*!#] charge, like wearing too many shirts with orange colours, licking stamps at the veggie section in the local supermarket, or being quite fond of Cat Stevens even after he really went solo - it doesn´t matter though. This musical prodigy gets thrown in the darkest pit you could ever imagine, bereft of light, food, and constantly subjected to a mind-numbingly loud playing soundtrack of Boney M, Schlager music, Metal Machine Music and Dolly Parton played at the wrong speed. This goes on for a week or 2, and then finally before releasing this poor guy, they tell him that they had to barbecue his beloved poodle, simply because of an overpowering curiosity - due to a baffling question raised during one crazy night of Trivial Pursuit. Then imagine driving, what now surely must be one ticked off bugger to the nearest gig, where his band-mates eagerly await the return of their front man, and then you´re nearly there. The wildness and total brutality of Teschner is what drives this band. He roams some of the same lands as Tony Iommi, even if he sounds much more bewildering and enraged.

The music here is created by this terrific guitar creating demented riffing, spiralling solos that seem to go off the map - to never never land presumably. Behind the man possessed sits one hell of a drummer, who much like Ginger Baker, is able to conform whatever hard hitting psychedelic mantra subjected to him into some form of groove. And boy does he provide groove! With some aptly placed double-pedal work, and a penchant for long drawn out musical bridges performed on the toms, the Baker reference is not that far off. Just beware of some of the jamming bits, which lurks around this album like long lost booby-traps of the east. They sit comfortably, awaiting the unsuspecting listener, and BOOOM! goes off - blasting you out of your comfort zone with some furiously played guitar, that sounds like it´s successfully been mated with an Indian raga gone berserk. The drumming patterns shift, and goes completely mental - mimicking a tropical storm with roaring cymbals and insanely played anti-rhythms.

You really have to give it up for the bass player here. Werner Klug is his name, and he is what keeps this earth-shatteringly musical mania from torpedoing out beyond any form of comprehension. He is very much the quintessential bass player operation, which he quite magnificently masters down to the t. He works like great big tent poles for a mad circus from hell, and keeps the thing from flying away in the impending hurricanes, which oddly enough seem to stem from the performers themselves. Cirque du Soleil brings its own storms y´know?

I´d recommend this captivating album to fans of The Flower Travelling Band´s Satori. Devotees of early heavy German psychedelic hard rockers like Jane, Birth Control, Black Widow, - and maybe to those out there in the big wide world, who can imagine a porous and slightly demented version of Black Sabbath running wildly across violet landscapes of melting Krautrock sands. 3.5 stars.

Review by Dobermensch
1 stars By 1971 things were getting rockier, hairier and generally more flared. 'Silberbart' went the whole 9 yards... and not just when ordering their trousers.

This is an annoying hard psych album from 1971 that is generally uninteresting, other than the vocals of Hajo Teschner which have to be heard to be believed.

I listened to this driving to work last week and decided not to wear my seat-belt simply because I wanted to die in a motor way crash before this album finished.

This is a rough and grainy sounding recording in the same vein as 'Guru Guru, Night Sun and Nosferatu'. That doesn't mean it's any good folks.

Listening to vocalist Hajo Teschner is an excruciating experience. What is intended as a vocal roar from Tarzan comes out as a thin, wandering shriek that shares its pitch with a ten year old child who is narrowly averting some Play Station disaster. It's feeble in the extreme, none more so than in 'Chub-Chub-Cherry' which on hearing is enough to make your neck curl up to your ears.

The vast bulk of '4 Times Sound Razing' is utterly forgettable and the parts that aren't, you wish were. Extremely raw electric guitars are wailed out for all who are willing to listen, and quite frankly, I'm not one. There's even a part where the bass is out of synch with the rest of the band.

Even their so-called masterwork 'Brain Brain' issues forth an ugly, crude straight Kraut track that could be better executed by any number of bands from the same era.

This is a towering monument to drivel and quite frankly exudes all the expressive physical dynamism of an unplugged Standard Lamp. Similar in many ways to my most disliked album in the entire Archive by 'Hairy Chapter' - this runs it a close second. Despite having a great sleeve this is one of the poorest albums I've ever heard.

Latest members reviews

4 stars This is one of the heaviest psyche albums ive heard!!! The band is a trio, bass, guitar and lacks any type of influence: electronic, jazz or eastern that could define a lot of the bands in the Kraut! genre. This is straight out heavy psyche-freak out. The albums starts off with Chub- ... (read more)

Report this review (#110736) | Posted by Doobie | Monday, February 5, 2007 | Review Permanlink

4 stars This is another good german band, close to Eloy. It is almost unbelievable, how three guys can make such noise! Their music is similar to Blue Cheer and 2066 and Then: they like long numbers, with a lot of hard'rockin guitar. But that album is more psychodelic than the albums of Blue Cheer and 2 ... (read more)

Report this review (#97166) | Posted by PeteWarsaw | Sunday, November 5, 2006 | Review Permanlink

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