Death Organ — 9 to 5
(Ad Perpetuam Memoriam APM 9506 AT, 1995, CD)
by Peter Thelen, Published 1995-07-01This is some heavy stuff! If crunchy swirling Hammond B3 at full volume through Leslie speakers — accompanied only by bass and drums — is something that might interest you, then listen up. Death Organ is a new band from Sweden, a five piece of drums, bass, organ, vocals and vocals (more on the vocals... ahem... later). Per Wiberg plays his Hammond with demonic vengeance, like the world's about to end after the last song of the show. I'm reminded of those good old days, Hush era Deep Purple, Atomic Rooster, the early Nice... yes, those heady days before rock music was spoiled by synthesizers (well, let's make believe it was..). Believe me, you won't even miss the guitar! The band has two lead vocalists, Joachim Sjostrom and Patrik Schultz — one sings a powerful and very appropriate hard-rock style, while the other sounds like the devil himself! The two trade off during the vocal sections, and also with the other members — which works well, recalling Faith No More, though the death-metal vocals are way out of place here, an anachronism that can be a little irritating at times, but more often I have trouble keeping a straight face while listening to this guy. Ultimately one learns to ignore, appreciate, or just accept them. Like my good friend Ken said: it sounds a little like Cookie Monster trying to sing "Karn-Evil 9." Regardless, I think it's a good album — granted it may not be for everyone; the music itself is powerful enough to overcome any problems in the vocal department. After a few listens you might just end up liking it!
Related artist(s): Death Organ
Glenn Branca RIP – Experimental guitarist and composer Glenn Branca has died at the age of 69. He was known for compositions featuring large ensembles of guitars, and for the use of feedback. He founded his band Theoretical Girls in the mid-70s as an art-punk answer to what he saw as the increasing commercialization of punk music. His compositions were highly influential, with such figures as David Bowie, Thurston Moore, and John Lurie among his fans. » Read more
OBEY Convention XI Set for May 24-28 in Halifax – As the 2018 festival season rapidly approaches, we’d like you to be aware of a real treasure of diverse and creative music that’s going to take place in Halifax, Nova Scotia, next month. The OBEY Convention is on its 11th outing, and features a wide range of artists from around the world. From avant-industrial noise to experimental takes on Classical Chinese music, from chamber jazz to doom metal, from ambient soundscapes to Canadian First Nations drumming, you’d be hard pressed to find a festival with more variety in sound anywhere in the world. » Read more
Close to the Rain Festival in Bergen Announces Lineup – Now in its second year, the Close to the Rain Festival of progressive music is scheduled to take place in Bergen, Norway, on June 7 - 9. They've got an amazing slate of bands lined up, including such powerhouses as Anekdoten, Major Parkinson, Arabs in Aspic, Tusmørke, and many more. » Read more
Seaprog 2018 Artist Announcements Raise Festival's Profile – Seattle's Seaprog festival has been going since 2013, and the 2018 edition features a slate of artists that's sure to bring more attention to the event. Cheer-Accident, Bubblemath, and Free Salamander Exhibit are in the first round announcement of performers. In keeping with their tradition of focusing on regional artists, they will also present a number of artists from Washington and Oregon. [Edit: Just added: Inner Ear Brigade] » Read more