Black Hole - Land Of Mystery

Black Hole - Land Of Mystery

\r\n

\r\nThere are really many  unfairly lost bands in the 80’s. Bands with one or two releases, they accomplished to be cited by the mouths of their few fans, even today almost thirty years afterwards. \r\n

\r\n

\r\n

\r\nTheir creations, are simple insuperable, and as much as if some ’’groups’’ try to repeat their sound, they would never accomplish it, even if they have tons of new sound techniques and very expensive equipment.The reason? Maybe because that time \r\n

\r\n

\r\nthe bands was releasing the album because they liked it themselves firstly and then the listeners, for this reason made "comet" albums and afterwards nothing at all. \r\n

\r\n

\r\nSuch a band were also the Black Hole, formed in Verona, Italy in 1981 and after making some demos from 1983 until 1985, with enough changes in their formation, in the end of 1985 they released, the monumental for many people (I want to believe), the most "cursed", dark and cult disk of all times, the brilliant "Land Of Mystery" through City Records. \r\n

\r\n

\r\nIf someone can  find a copy of this album, in first phase you’ll be obossesed with the artwork in combination with the title of the \r\n

\r\n

\r\nalbum, and afterwards, in the back side of the cd, if you observe the back cover and watch carefully the band pics, you’re sure if you will exclude the record from your hearings, or you will run immediately to put it into the ’’illustrious’’ MKII, and the listening will begin… \r\n

\r\n

\r\nFirst track is "Demoniac City" with the sound of ecclesiastical organ, to welcome you in the demonic city of Black Hole, the satanic laughters and the sound of a band like Eloy, could only be inspired by, simply they ensure that your voyage in the Mysterious Country just began and you wish to come out alive from this because, it’s sure that all your remainder life will be stigmatised from the sounds that you will hear. The main part of the track is an irreproachable mix of Heavy Doom, NWOBHM and a good dose from the psychedelic melodies of Eloy. \r\n

\r\n

\r\nNext stop the "Land Of Mystery", a slow track, with a creepy wah wah riff, lurking ready to suck you in it’s maelstrom. Many black Sabbath inspirations, in this piece, with a ’’creepy’’ drum parts. A psychedelic cut in the track comes to ’’magnetize’’ you in order to stay in this land, where the strange figures with purple cloaks live, while the discords in the keys simply  travel with the precious help of the astonishing, mid tempo solo of the guitar. \r\n

\r\n

\r\nAfter we accomplished to reconstruct our brain and to leave from this speelbound land, we pass in the third track of the album, "All My Evil". Here the intro is constituted from an incredible bass line, coming out from the depths of the progressive Italian scene, the Goblin. In the main part of the piece, we have again a slow riffage, with the singer of the band, to make his self-criticism and to deal with the posthumous human nature. FLAWLESS keys steal for one more time the show, and create this morbid atmosphere of the album. \r\n

\r\n

\r\nLast track of the first side, is the "Bells Of Death" at the duration of which we become witnesses in a funeral, and the philosophical concerns of the singer, funereal riffs and duets in the guitars are the main characteristic of this sorrowfull sequence, as well as the ecclesiastical organ, accompanies the dead in his new residence. Perhaps the song would remind more from the collsosal Eloy. (a band that everyone who think that knows many things about music have to bow in front of them, and not to another band of the pile.) \r\n

\r\n

\r\nChanging side we meet Sam, one young man that suddenly decided to make an innocent walk in the forest, but it confronted with the dark arts, and the result is the "Blind Men And Occult Forces". The track of the album, that is really sound more "sick" from the rest, with doom metal riffing and real lyricism, from the side of vocals. Many times the listener will believe that he’s poor Sam himself, that wanted to face the dark forces. \r\n

\r\n

\r\nNext piece, second in the second side, is the "Spectral World", a bass that’s running wild, begins, while guitars dooming - in the most simple way, and at intervals, you listen to a paranoid invasion from the keys. Just like the subject of the song, we died and we march towards the other world, in this paranoid scary atmosphere. \r\n

\r\n

\r\nLast tack of the album is the "Obscurity In The Ethereal House". Instumental with a dose of improvisation, with bulky riffs to altenate, but for one more time the rhythm section makes the difference. While the notes come after the other, the song and the album comes to the end, also and our trip in the Mysterious Country of the Italians Black Hole. \r\n

\r\n

\r\nThe trip is over, back to the reality. The album as i said previously released from the unknown "City Records" the 85 only in LP, and later must have been released again in CD, from Black Widow Records. The CD contains also some bonus tracks, that are from the demos of the band.After this album, Black Hole, continued and they accomplished to release another album in 2000, but the magic is lost. \r\n

\r\n

\r\nLampros Tennes \r\n

\r\n

\r\nTranslation:Konstantaras Grigoris \r\n

\r\n

\r\n\r\n

\r\n\r\n

\r\n \r\n

\r\n

\r\n

Copyright 2021. All Right Reserved.