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3.34 | 23 ratings | 4 reviews | 4% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1971

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Lucifer
2. Salve Oimel
3. Another Room
4. Trip
5. Harmagedon Dragonlove
6. Tired
7. Witches Meeting
8. Red Lebanese Pt. 1
9. Red Lebanese Pt. 2
10. Run Off

Line-up / Musicians

- Andreas F. Cornelius / drums
- Robert J. Schiff / bass
- Harald H.G. Thoma / guitar, vocals
- Cord Wahlmann / lead vocals, harmonica

Releases information

LP Pilz 20 20114-7 (1971)
CD Ohrwalschl OW 026 (1994)
CD Alcinous AL 0105 (2001)

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(23 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(4%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(35%)
Good, but non-essential (52%)
Collectors/fans only (9%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by philippe
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4 stars This is a bizarre blend between hard rockin songs of Scorpions at their very beginning with stoned atmospheres from the krautrock galaxy. The heavy jamming guitar sessions represent a real musical attraction, constantly propulsive with space rock effects. "Lucifer" is a heavy rock "trip", featuring an aggressive blast of rhythmical guitars, stoned voices. " Salve Oimel" is exclusively made of recitations. "Another Room" goes back to an intense spaced free sounding rock, largely made of echoing groovy guitars, a lot of "trippeness". "Trip" is an amazing, almost "ethereal" acid rock composition. "Tired" is a boggie, rock 'n roll song, in the tradition." Witches meeting" is a pretty good heavy rock improvisation dominated by inspired guitars. Hippy freak like style in the genre of Shanandoa. Heavy psych-out musical action that will ravish fans of krautrock!
Review by Dobermensch
3 stars Dies Irae (Day of Wrath), is in fact a Latin hymn from the thirteenth century. There we go, I bet not many people knew that. What? you did ... smarty pants... all of you! .

What we have here is, as other reviewers have commented, a band that sound remarkably like 'Black Sabbath' - a band I've never been keen on. However, the saving grace is the fact that there's a fair bit originality in amongst the run of the mill heavy rock numbers.

Take a look in 'YouTube' for the great video to 'Trip'. (It really is a video - whoever said 'Bohemian Rhapsody was first there is wrong!). You'll see some dodgy characters here who's faces you'd just love to punch! A great tune which is very reminiscent of Floyd circa 'Meddle' but NOT representative of the album as a whole.

Unfortunately most of the other tracks are pretty much straight rock, although the album is disturbingly catchy considering I really can't be bothered with this style of music.

Rainer Wahlmann's vocals are pretty good but derivative in their execution. The drums get pass marks too with some bloke named Andreas Cornelius giving it some serious 'welly'. But, crumbs almighty - gonna sack that harmonica! Yeeuuuch!

A real mish mash of an album that barely scrapes 3 stars. From the dreadfully bad to the dull and ordinary to the surprisingly cool within it's short 36 minute duration. It's not bad... but nothing great.

Latest members reviews

3 stars Tripped out psychedelic blues/rock which can be compared to everything from Chuck Berry on quailudes to some early Earth/Black Sabbath. Recorded over a period of 25 hours by top-flight German recording engineer Connie Plank at Star recording studios in Hamburg in June '71, this one off album fro ... (read more)

Report this review (#185090) | Posted by Vibrationbaby | Thursday, October 9, 2008 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Dies Irae was a 70`s progressive/psychedelic Hard Rock Band from Germany. Their sound is quite similiar to Black Sabbath at some times (especially Track 1. Lucifer, 3.Another Room). This similiarity has it reasons in the quite dark and slightly satanistic(?) song texts dealing with topics like ... (read more)

Report this review (#75350) | Posted by Rapataz | Tuesday, April 18, 2006 | Review Permanlink

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