Bohren & Der Club Of Gore
Black Earth


4.5
superb

Review

by hyperi0n STAFF
March 6th, 2011 | 44 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist


I like music. I like it because there seems to be a sound for everything you will ever think or feel. It doesn't require a ten year musical degree to understand the ideas you're listening to. You can space to a droning atmosphere or dissect riffs or do just about anything you want with it with little experience at all. But there's one kind of music that is tantamount to every other brand, a kind of music that transcends the definition of music. That music is the music that transports you into a different world. It's the music that dissolves reality and places you into its own dimension. It is its own setting and its own landscape. Its power is not to entertain but to consume and require that every vibration and every singular sound be given the utmost attention. It doesn't require that you seek its meaning or expend any energy trying to understand. It is only here to inspire the mind to shed the shackles of being and fly towards the vastness of its own world.

This is what Black Earth does. Bohren & Der Club of Gore, in creating this collection of music, have fashioned not just an album but an entire chronicle of musical notes. It's slow and deliberate presentation set at the pace of a shadowy and sexy noir film makes any reality melt away at the beckoning hand of its sounds. The dimly lit streets of a dark and heavy cityscape ooze the atmosphere of the introspective piano and the creamy saxophone drowned in dreamy ambience and plunge the mind into something as dark as it is seductive. Its crawling tempo seeks not to rouse or to energize but to spark a deep contemplation, a kind of dialogue with the soul. The ethereal twisting of the saxophone is reminiscent of a lone, mysterious vehicle creeping along under the glow of the sleeping neighborhood, not seeking anything more than to simply exist and enhance what lies ahead.

There is no evil here. It's not the darkness of feigned malevolence or hatred. The gloom of the winding woven passages of Black Earth is a journey to a catharsis, a hopeful voyage across the iron and steel fortress of night towards the dawn of something new. There is nothing here to confuse or confound. Its deliberate simplicity speaks more than the soaring melodies of any large scale orchestra or technical musical achievement ever could. It is the soundtrack to the soul, something only a very few musicians have ever achieved. No matter the background of the listener, no matter the level of intellect or comprehension that person holds, everyone will find some truth in the musical lines of Black Earth. It is music in its purest and simplest form, free from the pretensions of the modern views of art. Nothing yet exists that is quite like the sounds captured in this recording, and it will be quite some time before anything reaches the ground on which Bohren & Der Club of Gore have tread with Black Earth.



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Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
March 6th 2011


18492 Comments


It's been a while since i've reviewed an album and after reading a lot i decided to try something a bit different.

Comments and suggestions always welcome.

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DoubtGin
March 6th 2011


6752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

so smooth

Consigliere
March 6th 2011


231 Comments


Good review.

This is probably my least favourite Bohren album ( its still awesome though )... way too doom-ish for my liking, buts its nice to see some more Bohren reviews.



BallsToTheWall
March 6th 2011


44409 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album rules. Great review.

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Thane
March 6th 2011


2165 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love this album. So chill.

Good review man, pos'd!

Josh D.
March 6th 2011


13968 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This kind of music is awesome, just starting trying to get into it.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
March 6th 2011


18492 Comments


This is a really good place to start, it's the first album of this type i heard.

Look into the other three in the reviewer rec section as well.

Josh D.
March 6th 2011


13968 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I've heard of KDJE before, but the one song I've listened to from these guys today is nice and mellow; good listening.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
March 6th 2011


18492 Comments


Yup, this is probably the doomiest release i've heard from them, but it's also my favorite.

Destroying Angels is just plain amazing.

Josh D.
March 6th 2011


13968 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I listened to "Midnight Walker" and "Prowler" from Sunset Mission, and they are really good.

ev0ken
March 6th 2011


586 Comments


Sunset Mission is excellent. I havent really listened to this one yet though.

Josh D.
March 6th 2011


13968 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'll probably get both to start.

Alucard125
March 6th 2011


534 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

My favourite album by these guys. Each album is so unique, whilst sounding just like them.

Alucard125
March 6th 2011


534 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

...and I found that you should listen to their albums in the release order, starting with Sunset Mission.

Relinquished
March 6th 2011


25060 Comments


rulesss

jingledeath
March 8th 2011


7104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

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TheyTookErrJobs
March 18th 2011


283 Comments


Scary shit

Josh D.
March 18th 2011


13968 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Still need this, been listening to Sunset Mission a lot.

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
October 29th 2011


8822 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i adore this, does anyone have anything similar that isn't the kilimanjaro darkjazz ensemble/mount fuji doomjazz?

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br00talkid96
October 31st 2011


85 Comments


Jerks who rated this below 4.5 CLEARLY have no idea what GOOD music is/have a brain that is too small to decipher all the intellectual intricacies within the music and the depth of the subliminal lyrics.



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