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Mystery Bands III: POWER OF THE SPOKEN WORD- Language of a dying Breed LP (Sacrifical Records, USA, 1984)

Repost from August 11 2006 of one of the most spectacular yet forgotten Hardcore LPs of the early 80s. New information & band photos added. Full album download in a fresh 320 kb/s rip.

You know, there are bands that are easy to like, just like there are people with whom you will easily get along. Then there are bands that need time. To like them requires a bit of work and patience. Liking such bands increases your skills to like more of their kind, weirder ones. So it appears like this: Taste is not something that accepts or declines at once, it’s not so much of a spontaneous reaction, a habitual way of adressing yourself to an object; taste is an elaborated aesthetic. POWER OF THE SPOKEN WORD is not one of these bands everybody likes just like that. Finding access to them requires a fair amount of labour. One could use a simple and rather pittoresque metaphor which would compare the band’s music to a secret spot where there’s many a pleasure to find and enjoying them would require finding a way through the forest of your own ignorane first. But I’m not using such laughable speech here. Not me!
Before there was “Pagan Metal”, there was “Pagan Hardcore”. Here’s an excerpt from “The Language of a dying Breed”, the band’s theme song: “In this age they say it is wrong, to drink the wine of the knowledge of the ancients, and are we forbidden to speak the language, so if you’re like me and you happen to be, an ungodly pagan – and if you believe, in spiritual rebellion then you must speak, the language of the dying breed.”

The overall atmosphere of POWER OF THE SPOKEN WORD’s only vinyl release (the band came from Nebraska, surprise surprise) pretty much fits into that magical-mystery-ancient-rites-smoke-and-fire – style. Some of the most bizarre and original vocal tracks here; a band like no other and quite possibly (maybe together with SPIKE IN VAIN who had another bizarre LP not so much unlike the aesthetical concept of this one) the inventors of what you might want to call Pagan Hardcore. Even when the band plays fast Hardcore, it’s totally off the wall. “Decide or die” clearly belongs to the fastest songs of the 1984 era, although the music is not about speed, inf fact the fast parts are few. All songs are kept short and effective.

Who knows more about them? They also had a couple of songs on BCT’s “Brain Of Stone” comp tape which I might add if there’s a need for it. Maybe nobody else will like this. It would make me happy if somebody would share the pleasure with me.

Download POWER OF THE SPOKEN WORD’s “Language of a dying Breed” LP here. (.zip file: Choose”save target as”)

So here’s the additional info I received upon the initial posting. Thanks Marty & Andre!

Here’s what I found out about the band: Drummer Phil Judt has a website that used to include a FAQ and forum. Now it only a homepage with an email link. Since he mentioned POTSW on the old site, I think he would open to answering questions if you had any.

According to this website — , guitarist Steve Schleich died in November 2000 of a drug overdose.

Curiously enough, there’s a press release online recording the dedication of a park named for a Stephen Schleich who also died in Nov. 2000. However, THIS Stephen Schleich was an attorney and realtor, and was involved in providing affordable housing. They could be the same man.

By the way, Mott-Ly, the artist who did the album art, died recently. Here’s an article:

Mott-Ly was in the very first punk rock band I ever saw — the Tunnel Dogs. They opened for Husker Du at a 1983 show.

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Years Playing 198? – 1985
Jake Ryan – Vocals
Steve Schleich – Guitar
Phil Judt- Drums
Language of a Dying Breed – 1985- Sacrificial Records
Members came from: Hymn To Joy
Members went to:

The photos are from the Brickyard in Lincoln ne.

They were on this site.