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Schloss Tegal is an American duo of Richard Schneider and Mark Burch. Their name is taken from a psychiatric hospital within a castle of the same name in Germany, where experiments were conducted on the patients during WWII. Schloss Tegal were formed sometime in the early 80's, appearing on a couple of compilations and releasing a few tapes on their own record label, Tegal Records. Their first release was Procession Of The Dead in 1989.

Schloss Tegal can be considered one of the first Dark Ambient groups, alongside Lustmord, and Raison D'etre, though ST often use samples, and Industrial and Power Electronic influence as well. ST are a very graphic and gruesome group as well, albums often explore human perversity and extremes with equally shocking album artwork and linear notes.

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Black Static TransmissionBlack Static Transmission
Cold Spring UK 2006
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Black Static Transmission by Schloss TegalBlack Static Transmission by Schloss Tegal
Cold Spring
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Neoterrik Research by Schloss Tegal (2005-05-09)Neoterrik Research by Schloss Tegal (2005-05-09)
Cold Spring
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Schloss Tegal: Oranur III Schloss Tegal: Oranur III "The Third Report" [CD]
Tegal Records
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Schloss Tegal: The Myth Of Meat [CD]Schloss Tegal: The Myth Of Meat [CD]
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The Grand GuignolThe Grand Guignol
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Neoterrik ResearchNeoterrik Research
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Myth of MeatMyth of Meat
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2.00 | 3 ratings
The Grand Guignol
4.58 | 5 ratings
Oranur III

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 The Grand Guignol by SCHLOSS TEGAL album cover Studio Album, 1993
2.00 | 3 ratings

The Grand Guignol
Schloss Tegal Progressive Electronic

Review by Dobermensch
Prog Reviewer

2 stars Despite being their most reviewed and analysed recording, I find this first 'Schloss Tegal' recording something of a dirge. The internal sleeve photos show victims of Jack The Ripper and pics of Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer and possibly Henry Lee Lucas. And yes, it does sound how it looks... Ugly.

This is a tuneless scourge of noise. A drone-fest of mechanical grinding whines that is far less inspired than later recordings, which are far more appealing to the misanthropist within me. I bought this in '94 and have rarely listened to it since.

Scraping the layers of dust off the outer casing and listening to it anew has done little to help me see it in a new light. 'The Grand Guignol' resembles sounds that belong in a Pittsburgh Steelworks. Normally I'd love that kind of stuff in that 'SPK', 'Throbbing Gristle' style of approach, but there's very little to grab hold of here. It's grey, dull and bleak, and has a constant use of original human torture shrieks.

Slurpy, wet background noises have looped murderer vocals laid on top uttering such phrases as ' Hunting for Humans'. over and over again.

More screeching painful sounds follow as droning keyboards wail and throb with 'Certificate of the Wound', where bloody goings on are thrown in your face with agonising male and female shrieks of terror. It reminds me of 'Mark of the Devil' - that video nasty that was so grim it didn't see a full release until this year.

Spooky and grim - yeah. but on the listenability scale this scores zero. This is the sound of Zombie's biting into your arms translated into entertainment.

"Look at the World' has a hideous looped vocal 'I could kill someone' played over a flat tuneless chord which leaves me wishing I'd left this disc well alone in it's dust covered mummified state. Far better was to follow when they left all this 'murder' filth and depravity behind.

 Oranur III by SCHLOSS TEGAL album cover Studio Album, 1994
4.58 | 5 ratings

Oranur III
Schloss Tegal Progressive Electronic

Review by Dobermensch
Prog Reviewer

5 stars 'Oranur III' is the creepiest album I own. Even more so than 'Current 93's' "Nature Unveiled". Turned up loud, it sounds like zombies clawing out of graveyards. Almost purely electronic at source it's a swirling, throbbing and groaning recording that is unlike any other I've heard.

]Oranur III' is based on the theories of Wilhelm Reich with his outsider beliefs in 'Orgone' technology, UFO's and 'Cloudbusting' machines. This deep droning menace of an album sounds like all of the aforementioned condensed into a 40 minute prototype exercise in terror.

Comparisons could be made with bands such as 'Throbbing Gristle', 'Kluster' and 'Lustmord'. However, there's something deeply unsettling and undeniably disturbing about this particular recording. It's unrelenting in its oppressiveness.

The opener 'Oranur III' has a very eerie metallic drone which becomes very intense through waves of slowly pulsing keyboards. You can just imagine the creature from John Carpenter's 'The thing' slowly creeping up behind your back as you fiddle about with a torch unable to figure out if the batteries are working.

'Scary Bejeesus' is the only way to describe 'Dark Eyes'. A sliding, slushy drone of weird chords is played under effected spoken vocals which recite alien abduction encounters. In itself this should be laughable, but this and the following track '"L5' paint a very spooky and real death-like scenario. Gruesome sludgy, whining keyboards grate and grind creating in a swirling death effect leaving the listener very unnerved.

The HP Lovecraft inspired 'Beyond the Wall of Sleep' evolves into a more ethereal sound, like an old Victorian haunted mansion. If you listen carefully enough you can almost hear voices from past millennia in the distorted keyboard chords.

'You Just Got Tired' has more alien abduction female screams going on but is delivered with a swirling, electronic semblance of a tune, which runs through my mind for hours after completion. Beautiful... but ugly.

This is probably my most listened to album of all time since purchasing it in '95. 'Oranur III' is only suited to listeners of the more extreme end of prog. It is without a drum, guitar, bass, or tuneful vocal.

On the whole, this will be abject torture to most prog listeners. For me it's a thing of beauty that has not been matched in it's genre since it's release..

Thanks to sheavy for the artist addition.

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