eclipsed No. 143 / 9-2012

Four for Eternity: Sabbath's "Vol. 4."

"Vol. 4" is perhaps the most underrated album of Black Sabbath by the music interested public. Fans and connoisseurs see it differently, however, because the LP with the low association title is one of the most important in the career of the band that is so decisive for the history of hard rock. The fact that the album was released in September 1972 still borders on a miracle in view of the massive cocaine consumption of the band.

Part 13 The great discussion on the present and future of the genre

For the second time in our series of articles on the history of progressive rock, we have brought together experts to discuss with them. This time we wanted to know how musicians, journalists, organizers and label managers assess the development since the eighties and the current state of the genre. Besides, they also told us what in their opinion is the most important prog album of the past 30 years.

M-Maybe he became ill and couldn't leave the studio!

Colour Haze spent two years polishing their new album - involuntarily. The people of Munich have set up their own studio and had to struggle with the pitfalls of technology. But the efforts have paid off: "She Said", the title of the new double album, is Stonerrock, which can hardly be played better.

A real alternative

Van der Graaf generators are considered an uncompromising band. As a band whose albums demand a lot from the listener. Her new work bears the short title "ALT" - the English abbreviation for "alternative" - and consists exclusively of instrumental fragments, improvisations and jams. No lyrics, no vocals and no sophisticated song structures disturb the experimental frenzy of the three grey gentlemen.

Hopp or topp

Let's go back to square one. Michael Sadler, who retired from Saga in 2007 for private reasons and hired again in 2011, has now recorded his first studio album with the Canadians. What's the matter with you? Because, according to the 58-year-old Welsh man himself, it simply feels "right again".

The Alpha Woman

Four years have passed since their last work "Flavors Of Entanglement". During this time, however, the native Canadian was by no means inactive: She got married, became a mother and recorded "Havoc And Bright Lights", a remarkable new album that sees itself as an all-round blow against God and the world.

The classic hard rock god

In the last few months there has been hopeful news. Jon Lord is feeling better, he's even back in the studio. Therefore, the news of the death of the 71-year-old organist and composer was astounding. Like Donna Summer and Robin Gibb recently, the Deep Purple Man also succumbed to cancer. We remember the stations in the career of the great musician.

Keep the text up! Cult songs and their meaning

Watch your step! From 18 September 2012, there will be a body size standard. According to this, people are only allowed to grow to a maximum height of 1.20 metres. Through this decree, the authorities want to control the housing shortage and accommodate double the number of tenants in one property, while homeowners collect double the rent. Genesis prophesied this at least 40 years ago in "Get 'Em Out By Friday".

Survival fight as artistic inspiration

Marianne Faithfull, great-grandniece of scandal author Leopold von Sacher-Masoch ("Venus in fur"), was in her early days a groupie and muse, at the same time an interpreter of light to shallow pop titles as well as a talented theatre and film actress. From the late sixties, finally homeless junkie. At the end of 1979 the 1946 born Londoner reappeared in public thanks to her Europe-wide top ten album "Broken English", but without the soft schoolgirl voice, which one encounters at her first big success "As Tears Go By". Instead she performed her songs from now on with a haunting rubbing iron organ, marked by alcohol, drugs and the radical lifestyle of a bohemian..

The last of their kind?
LYNYRD SKYNYRD have pathetically titled their new album "Last Of A Dyin' Breed"

Johnny Van Zant puts this thesis into perspective Almost exactly 35 years ago, on October 20, 1977, the Southern Rock band, most renowned after the Allman Brothers, experienced its Super-GAU. In a plane crash in Gillsburg, Mississippi, the two pilots were joined by singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, backing vocalist Cassie Gaines and road manager Dean Kilpatrick. Ten years later, some of the survivors reactivated the band. Since then, Ronnie's younger brother Johnny Van Zant has been behind the microphone. "Last Of A Dyin' Breed" is the eighth album of the Florida band with the 53-year-old frontman.