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The Blake Album

“The Marriage of Heaven and Hell” is an illustrated book by the influential English poet William Blake created 1790 to 1793

“Themes from William Blake’s The Marriage of Heaven and Hell” is an 1998 album by Ulver, sometimes reffered to as just “The Blake Album” where the illustration’s by Blake is replaced by music, the text/lyrics is exactly the same.

For those interested in the entire text and William Blake’s impressive etched plates, click here

In 1998 Norwegian music collective ULVER led by vocalist Kristoffer Rygg, was known mainly as a black metal band with some acoustic elements from classical and/or folk music, after the release of their three first albums. The Marriage of Heaven and Hell saw a huge change in their artistic direction.

There is a black metal vibe left from the previous album, but this is a magic mixture of elements from other styles like Industrial, Electronic and Ambient etc that you won’t really find anywhere else, that combined with those mysterius and spiritual lyrics provide for a  very avantgarde rock to say the least, a complex music that demands a lot and rewards equally too those patient souls able to dig deep enough.

While this album at first glance seems very dark and almost scary, there is something very beautiful in the interaction or contrast of those acoustic moments and vocals clashed with passages of brutal distorted sections of hard industrial rock and dark vocals – perfectly illustrating “The Marriage of Heaven and Hell”.

To me personally it is that kind of album, that I don’t visit too often, but when i do I always spent the entire hour needed to hear it all at ones.

Im not an expert in Literature and this is just by own interpretation: In reflection of the above mentioned harmony of contradictions, it is my believe that William Blake’s idea was exactly to highlight that Heaven and Hell or rather The Natural Element and The Civilized Element, was not contradicting and “The Marriage” of those are  needed.

 

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Ten Seconds… of Frippotonic Rieflinism

Friday is Fripp Day
What a Fripp
Lets go totally Fripp

Guitarist/Singer Bill Forth and Keyboard player Jeff Fayman created the demo. The two contacted different labels, some labels seemed to like the music, but they were not able to sign. Mark Perry of (Robert Fripp’s) Possible Productions finally expressed interest in distributing the music, and when David Singleton played the tapes for Fripp, he decided to release it.

Robert Fripp and drummer Bill Rieflin of Ministry, joined in on the studio recordings, with a few other studio musicians, and what we got, was the one shot wonder, Ten Seconds.

The album is a hard cocktail of Industrial noise rock with catching melodies, and something very Fripp . Crimson’ish sounds and Fripp’s soundscapes are giving the project its feel, but at the same time it is clearly a very unique album, unlike anything else Fripp has been involved in.

Morning Dew: Nazareth, Gratefull Dead, Einstürzende Neubauten, Robert Plant, Bonnie Dobson.

Morning Dew is a folk song, but it has often been included in the repertoire of Rock bands. The song is about the last man and woman left alive after nuclear holocaust.
It first came to my attention in the early 70’s in this great, long version recorded by the Scottish hard rock band Nazareth, from 1971.

At that point the song was already famous and recorded in a number of variations, most notably by The Gratefull Dead, they had included it on their debut album from 1967, and continued to play it as a signature song on their shows.

German Experimental/Industrial band Einstürzende Neubauten, known to use mixed metal percussion and building tools to create their noice rock, recorded another interesting version on their 1987 album “Fünf auf der nach oben offenen Richterskala”

Ex Led Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant, recorded Morning Dew for his 2002 solo album Dreamland, another beautiful version of the song.

The song was originally written by Canadian folk music singer and guitarist Bonnie Dobson 1961. First recorded for her 1962 live album, “At Folk City”

David Sylvian and Robert Fripp

Friday is Fripp day
What a Fripp
So lets Fripp out.

Fripp and Sylvian had been working together on some of Sylvians solo albums and in 1993 they did an album together as “David Sylvian and Robert Fripp”, The First Day. With former Peter Gabriel drummer Jerry Marotta, and Fripp’s “guitar craft” student Trey Gunn, who had also participated on Fripp’s “Sunday All Over the World” project, with Fripp’s wife Toyah Willcox as vocalist.
The First Day, was followed by touring and a life album, “Damage”.

The band had changed a bit, on “Damage” Jerry Marotta was replaced by former Mr. Mister drummer Pat Mastelotto. He would, like Trey Gunn, soon become members of Fripp’s flagship, King Crimson, and they had expanded with Infinite Guitarist Michael Brook (*).

“Damage” works better for me than “The First Day”, it becomes much more interesting live. Sylvians soft voice, the music stretching from sometimes ambient, sometimes very catchy and accessible, to long heavy almost Industrial sections, pointing towards the music King Crimson would later be making in the 90’s and 00’s. Everything Spiced up by Fripp’s unique soloing.

(*) Michael Brook created The Infinite Guitar, allowing an electric guitar note to be held with infinite sustain. In addition to his own instrument, Brook produced two Infinite Guitars, one of which belongs to Daniel Lanois, the other to The Edge of U2.

2013 – Highlights – Album I did not listen too.

Yes, this is about the most interesting release in 2013, that I actually haven’t heard, or rather that I am listning too right now on Youtube, for the first time.
Nine Inch Nails – Hesitation Marks.
After listning to the 2008 instrumental dobbelt album Ghost I-IV ** many many times, and being so much in love with that album. I would have expected myself to have no hesitation, in digging into this new album, which I have heard should be amazing. But I never got back to that and forgot all about it.
** (I know “the slip” came later, but Ghost was the last one I got)
Anyways, from what I have heard so far, I am sure I will get it pretty soon, it is a great NIN album. A bit more accessible than the other NIN albums I know.

Nine Inch Nails is the one of the most popular industrial Rock bands, the only permanent member being Trent Reznor from Cleveland, Ohio,USA . Who also write all material and lyrics, and almost plays everything himself.