Crack In the Cosmic Egg:
Nothing to do with the 1960's beat band The German Oaks, these were one of the more obscure Düsseldorf bands, who used to jam and experiment in old disused air-raid shelters and bunkers. German Oak existed on the underground scene for several years, and remained unknown.
Typical of the Düsseldorf industrial sound, but also with that manic percussive air of early Amon Düül, they were highly experimental, ignoring standard musical conventions, going for the jugular with an aggressive hard-rock and blues music. Their sole LP, which was issued privately in a very small edition and without proper covers, was recorded in an old army bunker and has an eerie mysterious presence, sounding almost like a Faust rehearsal session on occasions.
Over the years a few people caught up with this obscurity, and eventually an ex-member of the band plucked up the courage to release it on CD, preceded by three unreleased archive recordings where they were even more extreme, with some nice use of distortion/overload and unexpected edits. NIBELUNGENLIED is another CD of archive jams and sessions, and covers an even wider range of styles, seeing them move more towards hippy folk territory.
01. The Heroic Deeds Of Siegfried 6:10
02. Nibelungenlied I: Siegfried & Kriemhild 7:30
03. Gunter & Brunhild 4:02
04. Hagen von Tronje 5:35
05. Siegfried's Death 4:18
06. Dankwart, Ruediger & Hildebrand 4:26
07. Dietrich von Bern 3:27
08. Nibelungenlied II: Kriemhild & Etzel, Final Fights and Death 12:16
09. Lament 1:26
Wolfgang Franz Czaika (guitar)
Norbert Cuckas (guitar)
Ulrich Kallweit (drums, percussion)
Manfred Uhr (drums, percussion, guitars)
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