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KILLFLAVOUR founded in 1995 somewhere around Saarbrücken/South West Germany. Core members since the beginning were vocalist Andreas Eid, Marc Schönwald (drums) and Axel Rothhaar (bass, synth, guitar). Currently the quintet is completed by Manuel Stuhlsatz (synth, organ) and guitarist Uwe Kartes.

While constantly struggling through psychedelic/space and krautrock territories their music comes exclusively improvised and is provided with a special hypnotic attitude. There never were and still are no certain ideas or plans for structures, which gives every tune a very unique and not repeatable mystical character. During recent years KILLFLAVOUR produced two single productions and four full-fledged albums. The last one 'Freilicht' was released on German label Boulangerie Sturm in 2010.

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 Forest Mirror by KILLFLAVOUR album cover Studio Album, 2017
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Forest Mirror
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Review by Rivertree
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3 stars Since way back in 1995 the band KILLFLAVOUR stands for a mostly instrumental blend of post, space and kraut rock. This provided with a somewhat dark-mooded flair and mystical flow, in parts similar to other German acts like Electric Orange, Space Invaders, Weltraum, Knall. They all are stepping up with the same approach, maybe tradition if you will. Aiming to offer live in the studio recordings, which are absolutely unique, while intuitively played and therefore capturing quite an unrepeatable occasion. So this album was taken in spring 2016 and mastered with vintage analogue equipment. Concerning the current line up the band is comprised of the surviving Uwe Kartes on guitar, drummer Marc Schönwald and Manuel Stuhlsatz (synths).

Alexander Britz is new to the crew, appearing with some unconventional or even strange vocals, featuring references to ... eh, I would say Damo Suzuki and Jim Morrison maybe. Thus, surprise, a regular bass guitar is missing here. Not a big problem though. And then suddenly the band even sees former member Ulrich Steffens returning back, but this happened after the recordings were already made. Now according to the cover art as well - the eye of the wolf (nope, not the tiger!) - with reason they themselves are calling this style 'darkkraut' which is related to a touch with nature. And building upon a tribal-flavoured In But Not Of This World it's processing like a crawl somehow. The drum playing comes motoric, partially minimalistic, this undoubtedly provided with intent.

The tracks are gradually taking shape, it's certainly hypnotic, maybe you can call it dreamy too, and they basically are variating with care. Hiding Nature is more focussed on the synthesizer hereby, due to exotic bird calls and some soloing activity. The extended Word As Shape evolves to the album highlight then, while featuring a special melancholic atmosphere, more dynamics and a gripping flow overall. Uwe Kartes sensitive guitar delivers a sophisticated mix of space and post, turns out to be an important trademark again. While counting in those special vocals 'Forest Mirror' is quite an unique affair, though a grower too, which definitely needs to invest some time - 3.5 stars.

 Freilicht by KILLFLAVOUR album cover Studio Album, 2010
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Review by Rivertree
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3 stars KILLFLAVOUR is a German space/neo kraut hybrid band from Saarbrücken which apparently feel comfortable when acting from the beackseat by preference. The band consisted of five members when it comes to this item. They come together here and there in order to jam while missing any plans or provided structures beforehand and have recorded several professionally produced albums and EP's so far, which showcase the experimental character of the music. However, being underway since 2005, they still remain a local phenomena, an insiders' tip 'til today. Live gigs were rarely given, so overall this looks like a project which is contented with the way it is.

Recorded in 2007 and released in 2010 'Freilicht' is their current collection, consisting of song titles which are in German as well as English. Space rock typical synths and guitars are the main weapons. Although they are equipped with a vocalist in person of founding member Andreas Eid, this is nearly instrumental, which means relaxed trippy improvisations are offered basically, with repetitve hypnotic fundament. The opener Invade My Me proves this emphatically. The extended title track has been culled with reason, for me the highlight without a question. This comes close to Electric Orange in style, including empathic guitar work.

The captivating Mountains' Room follows, something hallucinating which adapts the use of mushrooms maybe, pretentious drumming inclusively. Afterwards, as for my impression, the spirit goes down the drain towards the end a bit, even though the Can tinged long track Thwart Majesty is given, where Andreas Eid successfully tries to reference the typical Damo Suzuki vocal style. Overall though I mean this is an album which definitely derserves it to be part of a well-assorted space respectively kraut rock collection.

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