Sylvester Anfang II

In much the same way that Amon Düül birthed a new incarnation in Amon Düül II, Flemish funereal folk stalwarts Sylvester Anfang have begat the expanded and decidedly more psychedelic Sylvester Anfang II. The expansion comes in the form of players from Kiss the Anus of a Black Cat, Ignatz and Burial Hex's/Zodiacs'/Sunburned's Clay Ruby who work together to drive the band to new depths. Throbbing with the same death march aesthetics that permeated their previous works but adding a curdling, crackling electric element to the mix that somehow plunges their sparse past deeper into the night; the band have progressed without giving up their twisting history. Ruby's mumble-gumbo, voodoo tinged vocals add a nice counterpoint to the midnight solstice take on Krautrock that the band seem to have perfected here and though clarity isn't on the side of the lyrics, one can only assume that they speak of ill rituals and cinder-lit sacrifice. These are highlighted most in the album's epic two piece odyssey "The Devil Always Shits in the Same Graves Pt. 1 & 2". With all honesty much of the early Sylvester Anfang work hadn't grabbed me and most certainly hadn't shook me but following this entry into their canon I'm certainly going to be paying much closer attention.

[MP3] Sylvester Anfang II - The Devil always shits in the Same Graves, pt. 1
[MP3] Sylvester Anfang II - Ossezaaddans

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