When Thomas M., a friend of his (Roman) and I tripped through the USA in summer of 86, I met a lot of bands and people. One of the bands we came in contact with was a group everybody was talking about in Florida: MORBID ANGEL. I don’t remember how it went, but we were invited to see them play a private gig for the three of us in their rehearsal space (which was actually a house, somewhere in southern Florida). This took place immediately after they had recorded what was at the time supposed to be their debut LP, but didn’t see the light of day until years later (“Abominations of Desolation” – the band’s later bassist David Vincent originally planned to release this on his “label”, along with the also never-released debut 12″ by MASSACRE). We were quite impressed, especially by the bands original drummer who was also the singer. I had recorded that session and I’ve seen it floating around in tradelists in the past.
After we went home, I stayed in touch with Trey who is actually a very nice and gentle bloke. He kept sending me rehearsal- and demotapes of MORBID ANGEL and when the three track demo “Thy Kingdom come” came out, he asked me how I felt about releasing two of the three songs on a 7″. That’s how the first MORBID ANGEL record came about to be a super limited release – ca. 680 copies (numbered throughout 666, ca. 100 on white vinyl and a dozen on grey vinyl). It’s been heavily bootleged since. As always, Thomas handled the distribution of the disk, and I got my share of a handful of copies …
I still like this 7″ for its urgency and power. Take the imagery for what it is – image – and there’s no reason not to enjoy this smasher!
Quote of the moment:«What strikes me is the fact that in our society, art has become something which is related only to objects and not to individuals, or to life. That art is something which is specialized or which is done by experts who are artists. But couldn't everyone's life become a work of art? Why should the lamp or the house be an art object, but not our life?» (Michel Foucault)
On heavy rotation:
Complex, complicated - and definitely (thank Satan!) not a Metal album.
Roaming and exploring, raping and violating the empty spaces between genres such as Hardrock, Metal, Indierock and Pop like hardly anybody else before. Quite impressive, but definitely not easy going. Metal blockheads will hate this - which is exactly what I was hoping for. GHOST definitely succeed in implementing the postmodern (but thankfully not ironic) satanic image. Songs like "Monstrance Clock" or "Secular Haze" have a presence like hardly anything I can think of, breaking and re-establishing an entire lyrical topic with wit, intelligence and elegance. No ideology, no petty identity scheme comes from this - GHOST leave you in the cold with their concept. This is quite masterful and goes definitely a step further than what's been happening in this field in the past decades. All in all, this might be the beginning of something new in the longer run. I was hoping for such an album for a very long time now.
Movie of the moment:
«Liberal Arts». A highly enjoyable love / coming of age movie. Light as a love affair that went well.
Book of the moment:
Lanchester's «Capital» might be slightly over-ambitioned, but nevertheless is an enjoyable book about the current financial crisis, as set in a London town street, where the new collides with the old and many things - collapse.
- CHEETAH CROME MOTHERFUCKERS- s/t 7″EP (Cessofonya Records, Italy, 1981) May 12, 2013
- In memoriam Jeff Hanneman (1964-2013): SLAYER- Instrumental rehearsal session for “Hell awaits” (1985) May 3, 2013
- GHOST- Year Zero Video March 26, 2013
- OVERDRIVE- s/t 7″EP (Boring Grantham Records, UK, 1981) March 7, 2013
- ANTISECT: Out from the Void 7″ (Endangered Musik, UK, 1986) January 20, 2013
- SCREAMING SNEAKERS- Marching Orders 12″ EP (Screaming Sneakers Records, USA, 1982) January 6, 2013
- F- You are an E.P. 12″EP (Intendo Distorto Records, USA, 1984) December 28, 2012
- VENOM- Witching Hour Video Clip December 26, 2012
- GHOST- Secular Haze Live in Linköping, Sweden, December 2012 December 16, 2012
- KLEENEX- Hedi’s Head Video Clip December 14, 2012