Bohren & Der Club Of Gore
Beileid


3.5
great

Review

by Alucard125 USER (8 Reviews)
May 14th, 2011 | 11 replies | 7,067 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Bohren enchant once again with a short but powerful album.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Beileid is the first release by Bohren & Der Club of Gore since 2008’s Dolores, a softer affair amongst the bands usually more brooding and sinister sound. Musically, the band blends both established sounds of their previous albums with new ideas to create a completely new and refreshing album.

The album kicks off with Zombies Never Die (Blues), which is the shortest track present and also the most recognisable in sound by those familiar with the band. Listeners will straight away be reminded of Black Earth, as the track subtly builds for the first three minutes, then is brought to life by the slow, moody saxophone. Also present is the same vibraphone style used throughout Dolores. Impressively, what sounded lighter on the previous album now sounds melancholic and full of despair. Despite being around 7:30 minutes in length, the track doesn’t seem long enough. It leaves the listener yearning for a few more minutes of its dark atmosphere, instead ending on a single, characteristically loud hit of a drum.

The next track,’ Catch My Heart’, is a cover of a heavy metal song, originally performed by Warlock. The vocal duties on the track are performed by guest vocalist Mike Patton, (better known for his role in Faith No More), and is the first track that the band has ever done to feature vocals. The decision is unusual, as the idea of singing to such an atmosphere creates great potential for spoiling it. Although some may be put off by the vocals, the track overall proves quite successful, even for those unfamiliar with the original song or vocalist. The band makes the transition between the two genres very well, making it completely their own. The track is best considered as unique however, as a permanent change in direction certainly wouldn’t suit the band, and vocals seem out of place in their music.

The album ends with the title track ‘Beileid’, more reminiscent of Geisterfaust for its much quieter and less provocative approach, and length of 14 minutes. It is the track most fitting to the mood of the album – the funeral scene on the cover, the word ‘Beileid’ itself meaning ‘condolence’. It’s sad and reflective. The track contains some effective sounds, such as the noise of a deep bell ringing periodically in the background.

The major drawback of the album as a whole is the length. Being so comparatively short to their previously work, it doesn't have the depth to capture you in ways like Sunset Mission was able to. However, it still manages this very well given its limited running time. As with all of Bohren’s albums, Beileid is best enjoyed on an evening alone. If you’re a fan of the band’s work, then this is a worthy, but not essential addition to their hugely enjoyable catalogue.



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DoubtGin
May 14th 2011



6748 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

they start to disappoint

Nikkolae
May 14th 2011



4823 Comments


good review, i'll check this out

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lobby
May 14th 2011



1251 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

need to listen to this one more

Consigliere
May 14th 2011



229 Comments


Cant wait to get my hands on this..... one of my top 5 most anticipated albums of '11.
I'm still nervous about the Mike Patton track though, i really really hope they dont fuck it up.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
May 14th 2011



18238 Comments


Woah i didn't know this came out yet, time to get.

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Josh D.
May 14th 2011



13967 Comments


I still need to hear all of Black Earth and then get this.

ev0ken
May 14th 2011



586 Comments


cool, i just found out this was getting released like 2 days ago.

Alucard125
May 15th 2011



534 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah I was really excited when this came out. Zombies Never Die is everything you want from a Bohren track. The Mike Patton track is the weakest on here, the vocals just seem a little out of place.

Spare
May 15th 2011



5270 Comments


so many albums i don't know about from bands i like this year

balcaen
May 20th 2011



3183 Comments


honestly, i think this is a pretty dramatic fallout from sunset mission or even recent stuff like dolores. probably not quite a 2 though. guess i'll write a counter review pretty soon

Alucard125
May 27th 2011



534 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I agree it's not as good as Sunset Mission, but because it's only three tracks it doesn't really get
to establish as much of a mood as SM did...and atmosphere is essentially what a Bohren album is about.
For what it is, I think Beileid still manages this very well.

It'll be very interesting to read a counter review though, I hope you do it.

...in fact, rating change. Im going to add a little extra to the review.



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