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PAUL CHAIN VIOLET THEATRE- Detaching from Satan 12"EP (Minotauro Records, Italy, 1984)

cover scans currently down Post numba 200 is approaching quickly, and since I once said to myself, that this would be the end for Goodbadmusic, it’s time to unleash the very very best while there’s still time.

There must be something terribly wrong with things in general, down there in Italy. PAUL CHAIN (born Paolo Catena) was founding member of DEATH S.S., one of the bands that I truely truely truely truely consider GENIUS. Luckily, when DEATH S.S. split up, it wasn’t the end, cause what madman PAUL CHAIN delivered afterwards and ever since, in an uncountable amount of records, is one of a kind and of the same quality. It’s even save to say that PAUL CHAIN carried on the torch of DEATH S.S. while the band under the same name terribly degenerated after Paul’s split. And this, you guessed it, is his first and best effort.

Singing in a language that doesn’t exist (the inlet says “it’s purely phonetic), this man manages to combine the over-sweetness and rottenness of southern italian religiosity with riffs that have to be heard to be believed. Not too much metal wanking here, just totally out in space leads and an aura that weighs a fucking ton. This record IS depressing and it’s like somebody drags you into an icecold bath during the songs. Fuck me Jesus, I could go on and find metaphors for how “Detaching from Satan” works on me forever and ever. Have you ever heard such a Dante-esque metal record? This is not of this earth. The only complaint I have that his is just a 12″ and not of the playing time of the boxsets Chain later released (one was a totally twisted opera!).
I remember how I kept writing letters to Paul Chain, without ever hearing back from him. And I mean, I even made Kurt from Siege respond me back in the day – but Paul Chain? No way. Too cool to answer fan mail. I follow that formula too now.

If you think a “punk” (people in their 40s with a goood income) shouldn’t listen to metal cuz it’s just not okay or something, then please leave this blog at once and never come back. Thank you.

To my german speaking readers: I strongly suggest to read Peter Winkler’s “Friedhof der bitteren Orangen” [“Cemetary of the bitter oranges”] while playing this (don’t know whether the book’s been translated into english or other non-civilized languages).

More stories about DEATTH S.S. and how “Detaching from Satan” helped me to pull more than one girl between my sheets of ecstasy (as the NEON HEARTS call it) over the past years, when I post DEATH S.S. withdrawn 7″ “Evil Metal”.

I’ve taken the song titles and their order as it’s on the cover and labels. It’s kinda weird cuz I swear I hear “Voyage to Hell” in the refrain of “Occultism” and so on. Anybody got the CD reissue of this? How’s it there?
Occultism.mp3
Voyage to Hell.mp3
Armageddow [sic].mp3
17 Day.mp3

PS: Have you looked at Paul Chain’s photograph on the record cover? Know what I mean?

19 Comments

  1. Milky AFN (i'm so bored of tee vee)

    Enough silly yelping on my part.
    I’ve got stuff to activate.
    I’ve figured out now that I can get the most work done if I stay up for three days then sleep for an entire day (repeat). Right now I’m coasting on the bridge between day 2 and 3. I AM VERY serious about my work, but constantly straddle the line between living-rage and humanoid cartoon. TOO DA LOO.

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    Posted on 23-Jan-07 at 16:30 | Permalink
  2. Erich

    “Erich” will answer mail, but “Erich” gets a lot of mail, has a lot of work to do and is a lazy slob.

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    Posted on 24-Jan-07 at 02:11 | Permalink
  3. fred

    Wow. Wha happened here.

    >>Glam style of all things, if worn with a certain vibe can become terrifying to the straights and squares.

    “I am extweme! So extweme I wear a dwess while I am sitting at my computer at night. So extweme that I wuv punk and hate metal. So extweme that I wissen to 30 year ode punk wekkids off of 15 year old KBD comps. So extweme that as I hate metal I dwess up like Poison. So extweme that when I post to blog forums, I don’t just post once but fifty times, cause typing to blogs is like shooting a mchine gun! I am extweme. I AM THE PUTH!”

    Punk was ’77-’82. Sorry you missed it. Glad you’re ketchin up, but maybe your time would be better spent finding your OWN music.

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    Posted on 24-Jan-07 at 06:03 | Permalink
  4. Anonymous

    I meant the comparison as a great compliment. Absolutely

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    Posted on 24-Jan-07 at 07:05 | Permalink
  5. Anonymous

    I usually listen to punk and hardcore but some metal or hard rock bands (Motorhead, Slayer, Angel Witch, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple)are great.

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    Posted on 24-Jan-07 at 08:13 | Permalink
  6. Slobodan Burgher

    PUNK WILL NEVER BE BORN!!!!!!!!!!

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    Posted on 24-Jan-07 at 08:35 | Permalink
  7. Anonymous

    yeah milkman go and listen to some motherfocking hip hop. that’s your style i can sense it.

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    Posted on 24-Jan-07 at 08:42 | Permalink
  8. Erich

    Dude, Milky – you’ve got your own space now. Please use it!

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    Posted on 24-Jan-07 at 12:06 | Permalink
  9. Anonymous

    Erich, lately you’ve been forgetting to put the teddy on the covers.

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    Posted on 24-Jan-07 at 14:50 | Permalink
  10. milky afn general delivery kopperston wv 24854 usa

    I posted that before I knew you had made me space!
    I’m sorry

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    Posted on 24-Jan-07 at 16:55 | Permalink
  11. Erich

    The teddy walked away.

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    Posted on 25-Jan-07 at 00:53 | Permalink
  12. Anonymous

    Thanks for posting this up. Been looking for a copy of this EP that I can put on my Ipod for a long time. My Turntable is dead so the records has not been spun in a long time. Any chance of you putting up King of the Dream, Ash or In the Darkness too? that would be nice 😀

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    Posted on 26-Jan-07 at 08:01 | Permalink
  13. Erich

    I might be putting up some DEATH S.S. and mmaybe the two rare PAUL CHAIN 7″s. It’s unlikely I will rip full length PC albums.

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    Posted on 26-Jan-07 at 08:20 | Permalink
  14. Anonymous

    Trolling for dummies

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    Posted on 26-Jan-07 at 16:55 | Permalink
  15. Holy crap…I’d never heard this before, but it’s amazing. Thanks for turning me on to this stuff.

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    Posted on 28-Apr-09 at 18:04 | Permalink
  16. Mads B

    Post Armageddon too, pleeeease! And everybody into Italian doomy occult horror stuff should check out Abysmal Grief and Black Oath – they’re awesome!

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    Posted on 24-May-10 at 20:38 | Permalink
  17. Yeah, Erich, the track you have as Occultism is actually Voyage To Hell. Occultism was also recorded by the band Run After To in their 1985 demo, and you can hear there that it’s the song you have labeled as 17 Day. So, in this upload:

    Occultism is actually Voyage To Hell
    Voyage To Hell is actually 17 Day
    17 Day is actually Armageddon

    So Occultism is the one that wasn’t uploaded. I hope I was clear enough.

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    Pancho Cochino Reply:

    Sorry, I realized I fucked up when I said that Occultism is the one you have labeled as 17 Day, and just made things more confusing. Just pay attention to the list I posted. Occultism wasn’t actually uploaded, this is the track: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZfSIIDCUdM

    Run After To version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rKtio3P0nw&feature=related

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    Admin Reply:

    The tracks are mixed up on the EP, that’s where the confusion comes from. Maybe there was a second pressing which was corrected, I don’t know.

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    Posted on 25-May-10 at 04:18 | Permalink
  18. Yeah, apparently that happened on the first pressing but was fixed later.

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    Pancho Cochino Reply:

    This is the info I got from an italian collectionist:

    “The first press was misspressed,two vinyl version exist , the first one with stickers and tracklist on label(because of the misprinting of the tracklist on Side A & Side B) and the second with “minotauro”
    on label; also the cover has slight difference ( the border lines and the “detaching from satan” fonts).”

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    Admin Reply:

    Thanks for the info! I hve the rarer uncorrected version which made it in about 5 known copies to Switzerland upon its release.

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    justin Reply:

    I have the much rarer dutch version on pink swirled vinyl. Only two were made and I have both. The song titles are correct but they are in swazilandish and of course it has the extra track “Water Pipe”.

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    Admin Reply:

    Yeah, “Water Pipe”, mmmm, smokes!

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    Posted on 28-May-10 at 07:06 | Permalink
  19. DD

    Hey man, you talk about writing to Paul Chain…I have his phone number, I phoned and he answered!!!!! That was great moment!!!!!!!!!

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    Posted on 04-Jun-13 at 14:33 | Permalink

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