Tungt Vatten (Prophone PROP 7756) 1975 Sweden *
The award for the most avant-garde sanctified ‘70s sounds would have to go to the custom debut of the Swedish trio Vatten. Man this thing is hardcore strange! Absolutely raw, loud, stripped-down, grungy, mean, low-down, thunderous blues rock that can plod along at a pace that makes Black Sabbath seem fast. Or they just might burst out with an up-tempo jam that before you know it has degenerated into an improvisational free-form noise bash devoid of anything remotely resembling melody. Guitarist Tomas Ernvik absolutely shreds on the extended leads, fuzzed, phased, feedbacked – I can almost picture him setting his guitar on fire!. All vocals growled out in the native tongue with occasional ‘Gud’ or ‘Kristus’ to remind you that “it’s Christian”. Some boogie-woogie, jazz rock, and a couple tunes in the 7-8 minute range, one of them an atmospheric experimental psychedelic thing with what sounds like gurgly underwater vocals. Nifty gate-fold cover. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).
The Title in English would be “Heavy Water”.
|Song #||Song Title||Time|
|1-1||Jag är trött (I am tired)||2:25|
|1-2||Du kämpar (You are fighting)||3:40|
|1-3||När du… (When you…)||8:05|
|1-4||Egoismen (The Egoism)||5:15|
|1-5||Tempora Mutantur (Temporary Mutantur)||2:45|
|2-1||Svaret (The Answer)||7:10|
|2-3||Inget att förlora (Nothing to Lose)||2:50|
|2-4||Glädjesprutan (The burst of joy)||5:50|