‘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.