Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards - all the great guitarists of the classical rock era have something in common without which a success story in the pop business would be inconceivable: hits. Jeff Beck has to pass. Not even a guitar riff for eternity like that of "Smoke On The Water" or at least a solo like the one in Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb" he could claim for himself. The only hit he ever had was "Hi Ho Silver Lining!", an obscure 1967 beer-tent dark beer scarecrow, which producer Mickie Most had committed to make the guitarist a solo star.
In 1978, the debut album of the Canadian prog formation Saga featured a golden insect that has since become a kind of band mascot. The chapters, the mosaic stones that together form a science fiction march around Albert Einstein's preserved brain, were found non-chronologically on the Saga albums from 1978 to 2003. Futuristic design and virtuoso craftsmanship characterize Saga to this day. Michael Sadler and Ian Crichton report where the band stands in 2014.
eclipsed: "Sagacity" is a nice play on words with your band name. What do you see as the wisdom of the new album?
For fourteen years, the White Stripes screwed and shredded the shortest connection between punk and blues, bypassing all frills and diversions. In the long run, however, guitarist Jack White was not enough for this action area, and he additionally founded bands like Dead Weather or Die Raconteurs. All these groups are temporary history. Lazaretto" is his second solo appearance. "Lazaretto" is an album built in the seventies. The record is full of pop effects, but also relies on the deeper effect, which only opens up after repeated listening. White has eavesdropped on many of the classics of the genre such as Led Zeppelin or Cream.
"Maelstrom", the title of Stian Westerhus' new album, is the program: The guitarist and singer touches on it a bubbling mixture of styles, which fascinates again and again and draws the listener into itself. The Norwegian directs his band Pale Horses, which consists of keyboarder Øystein Moen and drummer Erland Dahlen, through experimental, psychedelic and prog waters and refines the whole thing with his expressive vocals, reminiscent of Jeff Buckley, Scott Walker and Chris Martin. As a child Westerhus discovered his passion for music.
In Greek mythology, Atlas carries the vault of heaven on his shoulders. Even Titan might have lifted himself up on the sound block "Shoulders & Giants", which Collapse Under The Empire created three years ago: instrumental flights of fancy, which draw their power from a nerve-racking tension, made this album the climax in the work of the North German post rockers to date. Now they let "Sacrifice & Isolation" follow, which aesthetically immediately follows "Shoulders & Giants".
In between they had released "Fragments Of A Prayer" and the EP "The Silent Cry". "Originally, the second part was supposed to be released the following year," the band explains to us in an e-mail interview. "But we had to realize that we were not ready to dive into the darkest realms of history for 'Sacrifice & Isolation'. Many of the tracks we composed after the first part just weren't dark enough to finish the second part."
The Brian Jonestown Massacre is one of the longest serving bands that mediates between transfigured sixties psychedelia and violent shoegazing. Groups like the Wooden Shjips or the Black Angels would be unthinkable without the preparatory work of BJM. Founded by Anton Newcombe at the beginning of the nineties in San Francisco and now based in Berlin, the band is now releasing their 15th album. On the last records Newcombe and Co. tended more and more towards electronic trance, interspersed with oriental sounds and grooves.
Life can be so simple. Just do what you like and you will do it with joy, energy and passion - if you have to until retirement age. "Sure, I still have a lot of fun, otherwise I wouldn't do what I do," says Mick Box, last remaining founding member of Uriah Heep. eclipsed caught him a few days before his sixty-seventh birthday on June 9. So, is there gonna be a real rock'n'roll party? "Sure," he laughs, "I'll make it pop." But before that there will be some live shows in Scandinavia, among others at the "Sweden Rock Festival".
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Album: The Power And The Glory (Steven Wilson Remix) (2014)
The first episode of a hopefully comprehensive remix series of the prog giants from the 1970s: Once again Steven Wilson has meticulously dedusted and polished the old tapes. All the better that with "The Power And The Glory" one of the strongest albums of the band makes the beginning. (RELEASE: 18.7.)