Week of February 11, 2007

Paternoster

Personnel:
Gerhart Walenta (drums)
Gerhard Walter (guitar, vocals)
Franz Wippel (organ, vocals)
Heimo Wisser (bass)

Album:
Paternoster LP CBS 64958 (Austria, 1972)
CD: Ohrwaschl OW004

Amongst the most legendary of Austrian underground bands, but with a virtually undocumented history, Paternoster originated from Vienna, and existed for only two years in the early 70s, disbanding after the release of just one album. Paternoster were heavy, but their complex progressive blend was patently of the Krautrock ilk. Fronted by a most unusual vocalist, with an equally bizarre use of song, their music drew on that trippy Pink Floyd style. Akin to Gila, Virus and Jane on occasions, the Paternoster style blended heavy classical motifs, psychedelic flights into the cosmos and much more. The result is that every track amounts to a lively potpourri of surprises.

Taken from: The Crack in the Cosmic Egg, Steven Freeman, Alan Freeman. ISBN: 0-95295-06-0-X, Leicester 1997.


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