Classic Rock - - The Dirt - LD

‘It can be a chal­lenge, but when it clicks it hits all the right spots.’

4 Times Sound Raz­ing, Philips, Ger­many, 1971. £750 with rare in­sert, £400 with­out.

Sil­ber­bart were an un­con­ven­tional-sound­ing heavy pro­gres­sive power trio from the Ger­man town of Varel, whose sole al­bum has be­come an in-de­mand ar­ti­fact among collectors.

Gui­tarist/vo­cal­ist/song­writer Hajo Teschner had been a mem­ber of Ham­burg beat group The Ton­ics. Frus­trated with their in­creas­ingly com­mer­cial sound, he quit and formed Sil­ber­bart with fu­ture Trio drum­mer

Peter Behrens and bas­sist Werner Klug.

Com­pris­ing just four lengthy tracks, 4 Times Sound Raz­ing is un­com­pro­mis­ing, and it can be a chal­lenge to sit through, but when it clicks it hits all the right spots. While there may be ob­vi­ous ref­er­ences (Groundhogs, Led Zep­pelin, Cream etc) in the blue­sier rock mo­ments, ex­tended pas­sages of im­pro­vi­sa­tion and ex­per­i­men­ta­tion are in a world of their own, bor­der­ing on avant-garde.

Opener Chub Chub Cherry is chock-full of heavy riffs, off-kil­ter drum pat­terns, wild vo­cals and psy­chotic so­los. The 16-minute Brain Brain be­gins with soft melan­cholic tex­tures be­fore spi­ral­ing into cas­cades of noise, feed­back, killer riffs and im­pro­vi­sa­tion. God re­turns to heavy dis­torted, Sab­bath-y riffs and power chords. Head Tear Of The Drunken Sun closes the al­bum with more mind­bend­ing an­tics. While there is beauty in their un­pre­dictabil­ity, hard rock fans might be frus­trated with the drawn-out na­ture of the ma­te­rial.

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