Southern Lord to Release Caspar Brötzmann Massaker Recordings

Source: Southern Lord Recordings.

Southern Lord is proud to announce the first in a series of Caspar Brötzmann Massaker album reissues starting with the masterful debut The Tribe (originally released in 1988) and second album Black Axis (originally released in 1989) – remastered and presented as they were when originally released. After reissuing the first five albums, they shall later be made available in a collectors boxed set complete with extensive liner notes, artwork by Caspar Brötzmann, as well as a silk screened print hand numbered and signed by Caspar. Full details of the series to be revealed in the coming months. Caspar is also rumoured to be working on brand new material.

Caspar Brötzmann is one of the most unique and innovative guitarists of the last 40 years. With his Berlin-based trio Massaker, he evolved a whole new autonomous approach to writing rock songs, starting from sounds that were widely considered ornamental if not detrimental ‘sonic waste’, such as shrieking feedback and droning overtones. This plethora of sounds were arranged into tracks to sound like breaking concrete, grinding metal, or bursting glass, at once monumental and threatening, impenetrable and hermetic, yet also archaically tender and loving.

Even today, as the art of noise has reached a level of sophistication that no one could have imagined 30 years ago, Caspar Brötzmann Massaker’s music is resoundingly singular. Ultra heavy riffs and beats, ominous tribal chants and a raw physical force is conjured up by these three sinister and proud minds of their era. Their unhinged, unified stream of energy is captured on these remastered reissues and the results are thrilling.