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4 Sep 2016

Gravestone “Doomsday”1979 German Private Prog Rock Kraut Rock


Gravestone “Doomsday”1979 German Private Prog Rock Kraut Rock 

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Gravestone play somewhat somber Progressive Rock of a rough nature. This is a re-release of their 1979 album on the Garden of Delights label. The music is at times jazzy and bouncy, and there are hints of blues throughout, and thankfully the majority of the tracks are instrumental. This is because the vocals are not to my liking sound wise, a bit off as it were. Lyrically though, the message that they are trying to get across is agreeable, they are just not that pleasant to listen too. “Our world is good, our world is right. Please don’t try to change it, for then you have to die. Everybody tries to be a big king; money is the only counting thing. There is no time to pray, and no fear of Doomsday.” There is a lot of improvisational blues styled stuff going on here. The guitars are the main lead instruments, although there is an organ tickling the background, the guitars are full front, screaming in true psychedelic fashion on the latter tracks of this eight track album. As far as whom they sound like, I can hear bits of Barrett era Pink Floyd, in the freak out blues jam sessions, and I can also hear Quintessence in the same freak-outs. Also there is a hint of Igra Stacklini Perli in there as well, and thankfully the majority of the album is in this style, yet the songs with lyrics tend to be a bit more mellower than the chaos of the improvisation …… From Aural Innovations October 2009 update ...~


GRAVE STONE from Illertissen in Swabia, located south of the Swabian Alp, played progressive rock of the slightly harder nature. Guitarist Wolfgang Rittner had received end of 1974 his first guitar and taught himself everything myself with. Rhythm guitarist Rudi Dorner and drummer Mike Schmidt had established in 1975 a group called the radiator. Then when this came bassist and vocalist Berti Majdan, from Oregon was. Only the end of 1976 and the spring of 1977 with the entry 
by Wolfgang Rittner - the four knew each other from school - and later keyboardist Andy Müller they called around in Gravestone. 
Now it got started: 
The next three years they practiced almost every day and had plenty of appearances in Illertissen and Ulm. Wolfgang Rittner:. “We were experimenting on and looking for, supporting and rocking sound structures, according spacy sound, so that the songs were mostly extended very long at rehearsals and concerts and the topics often planned new and improvised sounded the live sound was then also distanzlos, raw to wild and open to impressions and spontaneous ways. ” 
Demand for tape recordings of concerts or from the exercise room was very large. Eventually learned Rudi Dorner in a snack-bar by chance the engineer Hartmut Ruminski know who had just begun to work in the new AVC-Studio of Karl-Heinz Zaha in Illertissen. During the conversation the idea came up there record a demo tape. After initial hesitation, the other group members agreed then schlieslich a but. In February 1979, it went off and they were the first ever who took pictures there. After two days they offered to Karl-Heinz Zaha, record a LP. She agreed immediately. The album was released in the same year as the “doomsday” in an edition of 1000, as far as one can still notice. All seven pieces submitted by Wolfgang Rittner, then the creative power of Gravestone. In “Corinne” show the five good ten minutes what they can. Except for “Doomsday” and “Stone Age” are all songs without vocals, but what they do not impair the contrary, without the restriction by solid rhymes, the musicians had, freely and without aufzuspielen opportunity….trnslate from …krautrock musikzirkus...~


Band's must-have 1979 debut platter - not as 'heavy' as the four more titles to follow, but more in the progressive direction - yet still very good to own. Tunes off this mostly instrumental album that are sure to draw you in are the title track "Doomsday", "On The Run" and the ten-minute "Corrine" (with killer almost-psychedelic guitar work) - nearly worth the price of admission alone. Looks like a couple of band members quit after 'Doomsday' was released - that's too bad. I would have loved to hear another record with this same line-up. A nice find....By Mike Reed..~
Rare German progressive hard rock on the AVC label. In the 80s they morphed into a straight ahead heavy metal group...~

Gravestone play somewhat somber Progressive Rock of a rough nature. This is a re-release of their 1979 album on the Garden of Delights label. The music is at times jazzy and bouncy, and there are hints of blues throughout, and thankfully the majority of the tracks are instrumental. This is because the vocals are not to my liking sound wise, a bit off as it were. Lyrically though, the message that they are trying to get across is agreeable, they are just not that pleasant to listen too. “Our world is good, our world is right. Please don’t try to change it, for then you have to die. Everybody tries to be a big king; money is the only counting thing. There is no time to pray, and no fear of Doomsday.” There is a lot of improvisational blues styled stuff going on here. The guitars are the main lead instruments, although there is an organ tickling the background, the guitars are full front, screaming in true psychedelic fashion on the latter tracks of this eight track album. As far as whom they sound like, I can hear bits of Barrett era Pink Floyd, in the freak out blues jam sessions, and I can also hear Quintessence in the same freak-outs. Also there is a hint of Igra Stacklini Perli in there as well, and thankfully the majority of the album is in this style, yet the songs with lyrics tend to be a bit more mellower than the chaos of the improvisations.....by Albert Pollard..~


Who talks about Gravestone means often the metal band from Illertissen from the eighties. True, later they really played some hard stuff, but their first two LPs, with the titles 'Doomsday' (1979) and 'War' (1980) were pure progressive rock (only some slight hard-rock influences could be heard). At the end of the nineties 'Doomsday' was released as a bootleg CD, which was taken from the record. It was made up quite cheap and was released with neither the artists' knowledge nor their consent. The now available legal CD on Garden of Delights was taken from the master tape. Its bonus was taken from the same studio session. In the booklet you can find a detailed story about the band in German and English version, a detailed discography even with their latest records, a lot of pictures, as well as cover and label repros..~

Ke there are again kompis? We return once again to the temple of rock to bring a little album of those rare and mysterious. Seeing the cover already makes the imagination fly, but of course there is no way to imagine what we are going to find inside ... 

This German band formed in akel enonzes by Berti Majdan of vokalist and bass, Wolfgang Rittner and Rudi Dorner on guitars, Mike Schmidt on the drums and Andy Müller on the akbo teklados then and after many formazion kambios in the world of heavy metal seems to be. But fortunately, before all that, they released this "Doomsday", which is still from the end of the 70s, it has a very early and experimental sound. 

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Health, freedom and rNr ..~ 

Line-up / Musicians 

- Berti Majdan / Bass, lead vocals 
- Mike Schmidt / Drumsn percussions 
- Wolfgang Rittner / lead guitar 
- Rudi Dorner / rhythmic guitar 
- Andy Müller / organ, backing vocals 

1. Doomsday (5:39) 
2. Life In The Coffin (7:57) 
3. Hope (4:49) 
4. On The Run (4:05) 
5. Stone Age (4:28) 
6. Corinne (10:02) 
7. Summer ‘78 (3:08) 

Bonus-Track: 
8. Flying (7:28) 


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