London based No Wave/Punk whirlwind Cold In Berlin’s new AA single ‘…And The Darkness Bangs’ / ‘The Lie’ is released 5th March 2012 on 2076 Records.It was recorded in a formal Mental Health Hospital in South East London; next to a cemetery/backing onto the woods – so it was a creepy atmosphere which adds to the tracks.Buried deep in South East London it straddled a nearby Cemetery and in a desolate site that was only occupied by squawking Ravens and the deeps woods that surrounded it they enlisted the help of producer James Aparicio (whose credits include Depeche Mode, Spiritualized, Grinderman and Liars) who helped sharpen their already visceral sound. The new single is the follow up to their highly successful debut album ‘Give Me Walls’ of last year, and their been and their sound is apparently “like Siouxsie Sioux smacking you in the face with a Mudhoney Record.”
To celebrate this Cold In Berlin have sent us their ‘guide to Dooom music’….Enjoy!
Cold In Berlin’s guide to Doom
Where it all began
Black Sabbath – Electric Funeral (live) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3mkaPFFHHw
Defining Doom Metal as a distinct genre during the 1980s.
Key UK bands – Pagan Altar http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pagan_Altar & Witchfinder General http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Witchfinder_General_(band)
Into the 90s
Some 90’s US bands were heavily influenced by the Sabbath sound. The Melvins being one of the first punk bands to slow things down to Doom levels of heaviness.
Melvins – Boris (live) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OC8rtCHcV4I
Around the same time another North West American band were refining their experimental drone metal sound.
Phase 3: Thrones and Dominions is my favourite Earth album, pioneering the genre of drone doom. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drone_doom
Earth – Within the Drone (50 minute documentary on their 2006 tour with Sunn0)))
Earth – Living In The Gleam Of An Unsheathed Sword (one hour long song!)
Which leads us doomily to recent experiments in heaviness. Sunn0))); The hooded ones many now be the genres most (un)recognised figures.
Sunn 0))) – live from a big church
The preservationists –
The Stoner Doom of Electric Wizard; Great hooks, atmospherics and occultist lyrics.
Electric Wizard – Torquemada ’71 –
Electric Wizard – Satantic Rites of Drugula – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QaalNXvdHTI
Cold In Berlin’s Upcoming Tour Dates:
9th March – Old Blue Last, London (single launch)
15th March – Bull & Gate, London (Club Fandango) w/The Chapman Family
23rd March – Divine Hammer, Norwich
20th April – The Finsbury (Young Twisted & Black club), London
12th May – Dark Waters Festival, Nottingham
26th August – Destroy The Silence Festival @Dingwalls, London
30th March – The Klub, Paris (France)
2nd April – Cafè Video, Gent (Belgium)
14th April – White Trash, Berlin (Germany)
19th May – Whatever / Etnoblog, Trieste (Italy)
15th June – Rockorama Festival Toulon (France)