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BOHREN & DER CLUB OF GORE- Dolores CD (PIAS Recordings, Belgium, 2008)

Imagine you’re sitting in a luxury loft. Designer furniture all around you. A big, big window. Sun slowly setting. Body parts at your feet. BOHREN & DER CLUB OF GORE deliver the soundtrack to this picture.

There used to be this crazy Hardcore Thrash band from Germany, called CHRONICAL DIARRHOEA, hailing from Mühleim an der Ruhr, one fucking shit hole of a place to live (at least that’s what Georg Kreisler said about the nearby city of Gelsenkirchen). They came out of the blue with their frenzy debut EP. The second EP, “Royal Carnage” was released on my old label and in between was a so-so LP. Then I lost touch with them. Some years ago, I heard they had a new band which was rumored to be totally weird. I didn’t care care. The 90s to me were a musical desert.
A few weeks ago, Thorsten sent me an email, saying how much he digs the blog (especially the Metal stuff) and that he’s the drummer of BOHREN & DER CLUB OF GORE. He wanted to send me the new CD when it’s out and I said, sure, you’re welcome, send it in, I like getting promos.

I didn’t know what to expect, but I certainly didn’t expect this. Cool Jazz, David Lynch-type soundtrack mayhem – I don’t know what else, all amalgamated into something wicked for which I hardly find the right words. All stretched out to the maximum, creating soundscapes, patterns, windows and above all a stifling atmosphere that weighs tons and tons, yet maintains a certain laxness. This laxness (“Lounge-feeling”) is what really makes BOHREN & DER CLUB OF GORE sound minacious and guileful. This is seriously disturbing.

Wonderful. I have found a new fave band! Thanks Thorsten!

The band’s homepage.
The label’s homepage.

The band is currently on tour and will play in Luzern Saturday 15. of November. Be there!