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IXTHULUH

Psychedelic/Space Rock • Austria


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Founded 1975 the band was named IXTHULUH since spring 1976. IXTHULUH was a krautrock band from Austria. Started with jazzrock the band soon changed in an own direction, you can assign soonest to psychedelic-rock. At the beginning enhanced by bands like CAN, Gato BARBIERI or GONG they started early looking for the own sound. The group bought an old farmhouse in 1977 and changed from the band Ixthuluh to the Kollektiv Ixthuluh. 1979 Werner Ponesch splitted up with his meanwhile founded Ixthuluh record shop, which came along well to a major independent label in Austria.

Totally five disks document the work history. The best album is the 1980 recorded "Tea At Two", which appears compact and shows best the characteristic sound and the intensity. Jams for hours, cosmic guitars and offroad rock music. The sound is in this phase partially very psychedelic, the delay is experimental toy and lead instrument. The band's hardcore Dita and Matsch play with guests or temporary members. The musicians change permanently (the instruments), often though during a jam. This CD with the length of an old vinyl double-LP ist the reference for the intensely and intimate access to the music, which IXTHULUH seeked always new.

The group disbanded at the end of 1981.


Why this artist must be listed in www.progarchives.com :
IXTHULUH was one of the progressive psychedelic krautrockers, independent an far off music business. The recordings, especially "Tea At Two" show the psychedelic potential, with the last album "What's The Name" IXTHULUH features Werner Katzmair on his Fender guitar. There was a circle of people from the local art scene, musicians, painters and dawdlers, and IXTHULUH was playing music for their numerous parties, every a small live performance.

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2.38 | 4 ratings
Yes, We Are A Jazzband
1976
2.00 | 4 ratings
No Money For A Radio
1979
3.20 | 11 ratings
Tea At Two
1980
2.38 | 6 ratings
What's The Name
1981
3.00 | 2 ratings
Some Chimeras
2014

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1.05 | 2 ratings
Outtakes
1979
3.00 | 2 ratings
This Was - The Craft Of
2006

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 Some Chimeras by IXTHULUH album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.00 | 2 ratings

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Some Chimeras
Ixthuluh Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by slush2

3 stars Years ago I wrote a few Ixthuluh reviews. Now I got the new CD Some Chimeras and played within a week several times. This is typical Ixthuluh food, extended fusion-jams far out. However, and this is surprising, is the fact that the recording quality of this CD is much better than that, what Ixthuluh published 10 years ago. No idea where they unearthed this stuff. The music is not very different from the earlier recordings, but the better sound makes it much more pleasant by listening to these unconventional pieces. Especially Track 4 (the well disposed Lindworm starts like a Pop-Song and develops to fusion underground) and the Chamber Rock session (a wild mixture without any style) I like. This is really wild Kraut. Musically more catchy are the first three tracks, this is more fusion, similar to the first Ixthuluh release "Yes We Are A Jazzband". But more interesting I find the following thren tracks. The endlessly long closing track Superspych goes underground, as if Fat Freddy's Cat does a Zen meditation (10 hours motionless). Anyway, an interesting extension of Ixthuluh, I would not mind if they dig more of this better recorded material.

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 This Was - The Craft Of by IXTHULUH album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2006
3.00 | 2 ratings

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This Was - The Craft Of
Ixthuluh Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Rivertree
Special Collaborator Psych/Space Team & Band Submissions

3 stars For those who get to know IXTHULUH ...

'This compilation shows the bow of the musical way the band went through the years' comments Ernst Matscheko who administrates the musical (and spiritual) heritage of the band. 10 tracks were offered from the four regular albums 'Yes, We Are A Jazz Band', 'No Money For A Radio', 'Tea At Two' and 'What's The Name'. Some of them are newly remixed. Additionally we also have two previously unreleased tracks as a 'candy for the hardcore fans'. So at the end the band IXTHULUH presents nearly 75 minutes with improvised music which are standing for a turbulent phase in the 70s. Very experimental and unique according to the situation the band recorded the songs. Well - is it Krautrock from Austria or 'only' Psych? Everybody has to find the right answer on his own.

The album starts with a Medley of excerpts from the first release - very jazz rock oriented jams with a differing sound quality. Flowers, Stones and Early Morning - taken from the second album - is obviously more psych driven and therefore represents a change in the musical direction - my personal favourite. With Hell's jazz and Sadly, the previously unreleased tunes, the band has finally arrived the heavy psych universe. Ambient sounds are following sometimes accompanied by a mysterious psychotic saxophone. Skating in moonlight finally remarks a change to a better sound quality and a more grooving sound back to the jazz rock roots a little bit.

A very special and unique compilation - no barrier to check this out - Ernst Matscheko offers the IXTHULUH songs for free to download from his website. There is even given an instruction for making your own CD cover - don't miss the train!

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 What's The Name by IXTHULUH album cover Studio Album, 1981
2.38 | 6 ratings

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What's The Name
Ixthuluh Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Easy Livin
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin

2 stars Laying things to rest

"What's the name" was the last album recorded by the enigmatic band "Ixthuluh". Once again, the band's core members bring in the odd guest, and "borrow" instruments to help them in their quest. The tracks were recorded in a single take live, but the recording methods and equipment used (one tape recorder) lead to an unsatisfactory quality of sound.

The music once again consists of the improvisational Krautrock the band favour. We open with a dull percussion solo "In the bushes", which is thank fully sub-titled "Short version"! The album really starts therefore with "Start our fuzzy dreams", a simple guitar riff with mumbled and distorted vocals. "Fewa Blues" is the first chance we get to experience something slightly more refined, the pleasant guitar being supported by some atmospheric keyboards.

There are, perhaps inevitably, some impenetrable indulgences here. "Hornet in a bees basket" is complete nonsense, devoid of anything remotely musical. The keyboards return though for "Synthetic heaven", another pleasantly atmospheric piece with strong bass. "Visit from town" is the hardest track on the album, with an orthodox rock beat and some bluesy feedback guitar.

"Strings" is an unexpectedly delicate run through an acoustic instrumental. The playing is rudimentary, but the overall effect is satisfactory. "Camel trophy through seven dirty puddles" is a more adventurous lead guitar improvisation, which tends to ramble somewhat but at least offers some excitement.

Of the longer tracks, "Sailor's dream" is a 10 minute piece, which is based on ambient keyboard sounds with drifting lead guitar. It is actually a decent performance, marred only by the dubious quality of the recording. The similarly long "Desert nights" features Adi Nimmerfall on flute. The piece continues the relaxed, ambient atmosphere of "Sailor's dream", the flute adding a welcome extra dimension.

While "What's the name" continues to demonstrate Ixthuluh's alarming lack of quality control, both in terms of sound and substance, it is a better album over all than those which preceded it. The laid back atmosphere of a number of the tracks makes for a more accessible and acceptable listen, although it is necessary to skip across some of the more outlandish indulgences.

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 Tea At Two by IXTHULUH album cover Studio Album, 1980
3.20 | 11 ratings

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Tea At Two
Ixthuluh Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Easy Livin
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1 stars Musical chairs

It seems Austria will never be among the heavyweights when it comes to contributing to the prog genre, but Krautrock band Ixthuluh made a bold attempt in the late 1970's and early 80's to fly their flag. "Tea for two", the band's third studio album recorded in 1980, is generally hailed as their most accomplished and coherent. Quite why this is though, is hard for me to grasp!

By this time, the band revolved around guitarist Dita Lasser and drummer Ernst Matscheko, who brought in guest musicians as required. The assembled group would often swap instruments during lengthy jams, not always ending up with one with which they were familiar!

While the album consists of eight tracks in total, over half of it is occupied by two tracks each lasting 24 minutes. The first of these, "Forbidden fruits" is a never-ending jam with psychedelic and space rock influences, but a distinct lack of focus! "The long trail to Gila bridge" opens with some Shadows like improvised guitar, the entire track consisting of bass, guitar and drums only. During its (what seems like) week long tenure, the musicians swap instruments, resulting in what is technically known as a complete mess.

The opening "Welcome, touch me" is a sparse piece, devoid of any real melody, but featuring some reasonable guitar noodling. This gives way to the 12 minute "Sittin' on my lonely chair", the most rock based song on the album. Unfortunately, the prime achievement of the track is to highlight why the band tends to stick to instrumentals, the vocals being decidedly tuneless. Apart from the vocals, only guitar and drums are used on the track, leaving it sounding rather lifeless.

The shorter tracks are equally rambling, even the sax on "So sad" adds nothing to a bass loaded ramble.

I readily admit that this type of music is not what I favour. Normally however, I will willingly acknowledge the technical ability of the band members, even if I am left cold by the music itself. When however the band members start playing instruments they are unfamiliar with, they pass beyond mere indulgence, and leave themselves open to accusations of being disrespectful to their audience. In short, I can find no redeeming features here whatsoever.

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 Outtakes by IXTHULUH album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1979
1.05 | 2 ratings

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Outtakes
Ixthuluh Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Easy Livin
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1 stars Past caring

After recording four albums, Austrian Krautrock band Ixthuluh decided to call it a day. Their jazz orientated, jam based albums never really offered anything exciting or innovative, so this collection of outtakes from the period during which they recorded their first two albums was never going to be essential. The tracks here are presented chronologically, but since the period covered is less than three years, that is not significant.

On the majority of these track, de facto band leader Dita Lasser tends to dominate, his guitar work being the cornerstone of virtually all the tracks. "Foxy rock" has strong similarities with Jimi Hendrix "Voodoo chile", and "Underground crawler" is pure retro instrumental rock and roll". "Black dancers in fur in front of the mirror" has some reasonably pleasant softer guitar, some diverting flute, and some interesting if overlong bass noodling.

The rare vocals on the brief bass laden "She was no to buy" show all too clearly why the band almost exclusively recorded instrumentals. "Flags in sharp north wind" features the sax of Max Wedl, who also pops up on the all too aptly named "Boring Sunday afternoon, little bit drunk". This tedious rambling dirge makes freeform jazz seem structured and appealing. Wedl has a couple of solo flute tracks which display his virtuosity while also being reasonably interesting. I'm not sure if the closing "Radio gnome" is actually intended as a cover version. By the time this 12+ minute ramble through noises and effects came around I have to admit I was past caring.

While there are obvious influences taken from bands such as Gong and Can, Ixthuluh appear to have been determined here to take the worst of those influences as their starting point.

In summary, it is all too apparent why these tracks were originally left behind. Ixthuluh's quality control was at best dubious when it came to what did make it onto their albums. The fact that these tracks were deemed sub-standard says it all.

As with all Ixthuluh's albums, "Outtakes 1977-1979 is avalable for free download at www.matscheko.at/ix_dl.html

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 Yes, We Are A Jazzband by IXTHULUH album cover Studio Album, 1976
2.38 | 4 ratings

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Yes, We Are A Jazzband
Ixthuluh Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Easy Livin
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2 stars Yes we are a very average jazz band.

The album title says it all here. De-facto band leader guitarist Dita Lasser shares centre stage with saxophonist Max Wedl for some lengthy jazz improvisations. On later albums, Lasser would go on to have a much greater influence in the sound of Ixthuluh but here he allows Wedl to largely dominate things.

While the tracks were pre-rehearsed, they are essentially live studio jams. The title track is nine minute sax dominated improvisation. "It's cool", whose main theme is apparently used on other tracks, is a 13 minute sax and guitar improvisation, with drum and bass solos too. To be honest, the latter track is somewhat tedious, the constant repetition of the main theme rapidly becoming more than a little irritating. The other longer tracks "Spring air" and "Konglomerat" are more of the same, while "Black Aschbach" is a wearing 5 minutes of drums and bass.

There are occasional notable exceptions to the main feel of the album. "You can be free" is a Hendrix like rock number with strong lead guitar work by Lasser, and some rare vocals. "The ride" also has the Hendrix guitar and rock beat, but is more improvised. "Dancing in the rain" sounds a bit like the Shadows playing a western theme down at the local pub, while "Illegal travel" appears to be an improvisation on the backing track for the Beatles "Daytripper".

In all, a competent if largely anonymous debut with stronger jazz, especially sax, leanings than on later albums.

Sound quality wise, the album is somewhat variable, being digital transfers from almost 30 year old analogue tapes. This album is currently available for download in full at the band's website www.matscheko.at/ix_dl.html

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 No Money For A Radio by IXTHULUH album cover Studio Album, 1979
2.00 | 4 ratings

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No Money For A Radio
Ixthuluh Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Easy Livin
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1 stars No wonder!

Although "No money for a radio" was only Ixthuluh's second album, it already represents a transition phase for them. The band bought a house together, losing both their original bassist and drummer in the process, and proceeded to move away from the traditional jazz of their first album towards a psychedelic direction. While guests were brought in to bolster the line up, no direct replacements for the departed members were brought in, the remaining members playing various instruments, almost on the basis of who got there first! Hence, any line up indications of who played what should be taken with a large pinch of salt.

The results were predictably poor, and this album represents their least focused, and frankly worst album (as readily admitted by the band). In their quest for a new direction, the band decided to forgo quality controls, and to experiment publicly. By way of mitigation, they explain that for this album the listener should appreciate the ideas, rather than the technical aspects of the music. Unfortunately, it is painfully apparent that ideas were also in short supply, many of the tracks being clearly devoid of any inspiration whatsoever.

There are some occasional moments of relief, notably the flute sections on "Sleep Song In Rain And Meadow" and "Offroader", and some Pink Floyd ("Ummagumma") spacey sounds on a few tracks, but they only offer momentary breaks in the tedium.

The recording quality reflects the basic nature of the equipment used, but this could have been compensated for to some extend through avoiding the use of long sparse sections.

Even though the entire album is available for download at the band's website www.matscheko.at/ix_dl.html, this is one to avoid.

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 No Money For A Radio by IXTHULUH album cover Studio Album, 1979
2.00 | 4 ratings

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No Money For A Radio
Ixthuluh Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by slush

3 stars Some really terrific krautrockt-pieces, near rather weak unexceptional. Unfortunately, the most is recorded very badly, the sound is to regurgigate. Aside this KC'S Earthbound is a studio recording. Nevertheless, pieces like " Flowers, Stones and Early Morning " or the strange and original "offroader" lift out the record of the Austrians about the average. The album is altogether in spite of the mentioned weakness an interesting document from the kraut-era, very independently and self-willedly played and never boringly. Not essential, but stylistically already clearly and to recommend for all this one which like the charm of kraut.

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 What's The Name by IXTHULUH album cover Studio Album, 1981
2.38 | 6 ratings

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What's The Name
Ixthuluh Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by slush

2 stars Bootleg quality. Recorded with a 2-track tape recorder and cheap microphones. But some totally freaked out songs, far more better than many studio recordings. This isn't Ixthuluhs best album surely, but despite the low-fi-sound quality, it does capture Ixthuluh at a very unusual and crazy phase in their development. I'd recommend this to people who already know Ixthuluh, maybe from the previous Tea At Two. Of course, it's jam music, but this last line-up of Ixthuluh did a job without consideration to your sensitives and brings some compact songs, strange and different. Could be essential, but the sound is awful.

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 Tea At Two by IXTHULUH album cover Studio Album, 1980
3.20 | 11 ratings

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Tea At Two
Ixthuluh Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by slush

5 stars The third album of the Austrian Kraut rockers is a frequently overlooked piece of music which is to be brought only difficultly in a category. The fusion roots of the band are to be recognized rarely, i cannot name it RocknRoll and Austrian folk music is not ascertainable already at all. And the group, nevertheless, succeeded in submitting an exceptionally coherent album which takes along with the shorter pieces as well as with the extremely long tracks the listener in it's world and surprises anew with guitar sounds and bass lines according to instinct and a percussion which orientates exclusively by itself and lies beyond every school. Although you cannot speak from perfection in the conversion, or - maybe - just therefore, the whole album leaves an uncommonly compact and alive impression, no weak piece is to be thought on it. Although it lasts as an earlier double album nearly eighty minutes, boredom never arises, behind every corner waits a new facet. Ixthuluh has succeeded with "TeaAt Two" a masterpiece of the progressive rock which is unique in this form and also surprises with the fact that it comes from Austria where no established Prog scene has existed at this time. Download and marvel!

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