Sunday, September 2, 2007

Kallabris - Untitled LP (Jazztone JT138) 1987

Up next are the first two LPs from Kallabris. The first one is untitled and was originally released in 1987 in an edition of 500 copies on clear vinyl w/ a thin printed transparent strip. It was later re-released as a 'Merry Xmas' edition on red vinyl in 1993 in a lino-printed red sleeve.

I stumbled upon Kallabris after seeing their name on the CoC distro inserts included with Cranioclast records. They still exist and have titles available here, here & here.

Cranio @ The Thing on the Doorstep recently posted their only cassette, A Smile for Brandon, and the amazing Hafalgar 10" here. I was going to post these as well, but Cranio thankfully saved me the effort and time to concentrate recording something else.

If the guitar line is removed from the first track on Side A (and also the last track on Side B) you would probably get something close to NWW-Soliloquy for Lilith.

I haven't listened to this LP in at least 5 years, probably closer to 10. As a testament to how this record has been permanently etched into my memory, within seconds of track A2 starting, I anticipated the mix of spoken female vocals - 'no boys or girls - no fun, no food', the chants, Velvet Underground tape/sample, and tweaked classical recordings that followed.

Other parts of the album are primarily dark ambient/industrial & drone. Sometimes relaxing, at others unsettling with sounds of crumbling, destruction, metal...

The rip includes artwork from both editions and is from my (previously) unplayed red vinyl copy.


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