Sunday, 13 February 2022

Shub Niggurath – "Shub Niggurath" (Self-Released) 1984

If ever there was a recorded medium made for a Zeuhl group it was the Compact Disc.It's crisp soul-less click free reproduction qualities marry up cosily with the icy pseudo intellectual soul-free exactitude of this obscure branch of the progressive rock joshua tree.So naturally we will opt for Zeuhl, as recorded on the always humble never grumble, compact cassette.
The music,judging by the standard made up language type Zeuhl moniker ,Shub Niggurath, is,like the name,fairly typical french progressive rock of that word that I'm using too much that begins with 'Z' variety.It's Jazzy,proggy,metally,full of funny time signatures and starts to suffocate the casual listener half-way through the first track.There are better examples,but this one began to get on my proverbials by the end of side one;but one persevered and ultimately found it rewarding thanks to the silence that was regained by its ending.
On another day I could easily praise this as one of the best things I've ever heard.But today it felt like being slowly asphyxiated by a large square of roof insulation.
Also, of course, they sound somewhat like a Magma tribute band....don't we all? 


1 Yog-Sothoth 11:36
2 Entresol 6:53
3 Introduction 3:19
4 Barback 14:49
5 In Memoriam 5:23

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Robert Gomez said...

Iä! Shub-Niggurath! The Black Goat of the Woods with a Thousand Young!

Philip Johnson said...

"Shub Niggurath" sounds like an H.P. Lovecraft tribute band. (An extremely over-rated writer, I think.)

Jonny Zchivago said...

Indeedy, HP Lovecraft it is apparently, As you may have guessed, not an author i am familiar with.

Robert Gomez said...

I remember there was a female trombone player in the band, which is still pretty cool.

Jonny Zchivago said...

You can't beat a female trombone player.
The voice behind evil christian puppet 'Little Marcy' was my favorite and creepiest female trombone player,and ventriloquist.....check her out here:

Anonymous said...

Methinks ya forgots why ya enjoy Zeuhl...its oppressiveness!!!

Jonny Zchivago said...

Maybe you is right.....or maybe i'm trying to forget.It all helps me appreciate silence anyway....except for my raging tinnitus of course.

Wollmar said...

A gem, at large undiscovered. One of the very BEST! Zeuhl-RIO!