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Silberbart - 1971 4 Times Sound Razing

ARTIST: Silberbart
ALBUM: 4 Times Sound Razing
LABEL: Philips
SERIAL: 6305 095
YEAR: 1971


LINEUP: Hajo Teschner - vocals, guitars * Werner Klug - bass * Peter Behrens - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Chub Chub Cherry * 02 Brain, Brain * 03 God * 04 Head Tear Of The Drunken Sun

Fans of early 70's German prog rock will probably be well aware of this underground classic, which at four tracks runs well over forty minutes. This was the only vinyl statement heard from this trio, but it left an impact as almost 40 years later prog rock buffs are still enthusing over the warped and tortured acid rock captured so brilliantly. Describing with any degree of accuracy what is going on here is almost impossible as it veers from very heavy early metal to a gentle lulling nightmare. These guys easily compete with the likes of Deep Purple and Uriah Heep at their heaviest, and it's impossible not to hear some Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath in the mix also. Where they came from and how is like finding a needle in the haystack as you would expect.

The Songs
'Chub Chub Cherry' at four minutes is the only thing remotely masquerading as a standard track, albeit remarkably heavy, with Geezer Butler style bass work competing with thunderous riffs and soloing with shades of Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Page. Very advanced for 1971, lacking unfortunately the quality production of bigger shots. At 16 minutes 'Brain, Brain' is a bizarre journey into psychedelic hell, with devastating passages that put Black Sabbath to shame, exploding out of nowhere and then retreating into soft dreamy passages. This is power trio material that you would expect of The Who live. The track takes so many tangents keeping up is almost futile, but it's so ambitious and effective that it's a must hear. 'God' lays down powerhouse drumming and a general wall of noise that could be seen as a prototype thrash kind of intensity. Again slower sections mix with the instrumental onslaught and a finale that never seems to end. More of the same with 'Head Tear Of The Drunken Sun' which has a pretty amazing passage from the four minute mark that is simply a blur. After another feedback driven slower middle section, things get even more maniacal at the ten minute point, with a proper tear up to end a fascinating album.

In Summary
What inspired these men to create such a racket is unknown, but it destroys many a supposedly heavy band from the time, and by that I mean the likes of Bang, Dust or Blue Cheer. It differs from the established prog rock giants because it toys with such offbeat excursions into experimental keyboard areas with a believable sense of menace. At its heaviest it's way up there, but as mentioned earlier still sounds crude compared to Purple's 'In Rock' due to low production values. It's a minor issue however, because this comes from a time when experimenting actually threw up original ideas. So many bands existed like Silberbart that counting them is impossible. This is a great investment for any serious fan of a great period in rock history.

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#1 | Eric on June 05 2008 01:53:03
Fun to see this here Alun. Good German early prog and nothing to do with the 'Krautrock' movement of drug induced jams passing as 'music'. I think I had a boot/ pirate CD of this at one time on the 'Germanfon' label, but I haven't seen it for a while... need to do some digging here in the homefront methinks!

By the way, when you get back from the Far East you are more than welcome to visit Glory Daze North! Just a couple months of summer left! lol!
#2 | tompa on August 06 2008 23:45:43
Never would have thought an album like this would get a mention on glory daze. Good that it did, though! Freaky, spaced-out, experimental, yes...some good hardrock moments but also a couple of overlong songs that makes me, at least, lose interest occasionally.
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