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8 Jan 2017

Dull Knife "Electric Indian" 1971 Germany Prog Kraut Rock

Dull Knife  "Electric Indian" 1971 Germany Prog Kraut Rock
Dull Knife was a German band, who attempted to combine Deep Purple-influenced hard rock with blues rock. Dull Knife played heavy and powerful, with lots of good guitar, organ and drumming. The opener ‘Plastic People’ has lots of heavy riffs, sudden breaks and lengthy solos. The riffs and melodies are quiet catchy and the musicians has their technical abilities. In the closer 'Day of Wrath’ fuse the groups special hard rock with slightly influences of blues rock. Originally released in 1971 Dull Knifes album 'Electric Indian’ was recorded by famous engineer Dieter Dierks. The Freeman brothers told us, that the album had some good moments of Hendrixy cum Cream like heaviness. Lead singer and keyboard player Gottfried Janko (… 2009) later joined Jane and is featured on there 'Lady’ album. The album is rare! Tip …………. 

Electric Indian - Dull Knife 1971 Rating ? / 20 Dull Knife are one of many early 70’s krautrock bands. A lot of these extreme rock bands came out of Germany. I find that the sound of krautrock bands is often hard-rock with a lot of organ and a lot of Gospel influence on some songs. Sought of like Psychedelia wiht Hard Rock and Gospel. Yeah, that’s it. And probably other sutff too! Oops, sorry for confusing you. But Hard rock, Psychedelia and Hard (and I mean HARD) rock are the main components. Although I could say it’s definitely true of Dull Knife, it is also true of a lot of other krautrock and other progressive genre bands of that time, i.e. they all sound the same. 

Dull Knife (yeah, that’s the name of the band) don’t mind bashing away on the drums, the electric guitars shredding away as hard as possible, the vocalist screaming through a voice distortion box. The opening “Plastic People” is quite bad… can’t understand the words at all as the lead singer screams away through a distortion box, inaudible, somewhere in the background. There is some aggressive instrumental music, but doesn’t really save it. But none of the other songs are that bad. 

The highlight is the excellent “Tumberlin’ Down”. This sought of riff driven rocker is when they are at their best, with the lead singer blustering about 'GIIIRRRRLLL You Done Me Wrong’ and the riffs really rock. Plus it is catchy, sticks in your head… 

This is hard-rock / metal for people with good music taste! Can’t have a metal band with doing an organ solo in the middle of the song these days… or maybe it’s because this band is from Germany… Europeans generally have better taste ;-) 

“Feeling like a queen” is a rocker in the vein of “Tumberlin’ Down”, not quite as good, the vocal delivery is sloppy but there are good riffs… There are a few heartfelt gospel tunes, and the lead singer does have a very soulful voice, albeit, sometimes a bit sloppy. The closing track, Day of Wrath is a propetic way to finish things…………. 

Line-up / Musicians- Martin Hesse / bass guitar 
- Christian Holik / guitar 
-Janko Gottfried / keyboards 
- Claus Zaake / drums, percussions 

A1 Plastic People 6:40 
A2 Go Down To The River 4:39 
A3 Lonely Is The Man Kind (Without Love) 3:35 
A4 Walk Along The Muddy Road 4:38 
B1 Tumberlin’ Down 4:18 
B2 Song Of A Slave 3:32 
B3 Feeling Like A Queen 5:35 
B4 Day Of Wrath 6:15 

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