Monday, November 9, 2009

Bohren & Der Club of Gore - Discography

Bohren & der Club of Gore are a noir jazz band founded in 1992 in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany by Thorsten Benning (drums), Morten Gass (keys), Reiner Henseleit (guitar), and Robin Rodenberg (upright / double bass). They play a crossover of jazz and ambient, which they self described as an “unholy ambient mixture of slow jazz ballads, Black Sabbath doom and down tuned Autopsy sounds”. Over the years they have continously reduced and compressed their music to extremes.

Originally, the members of Bohren, who were school friends, started out playing in various hardcore bands such as 7 Inch Boots and Chronical Diarrhoea in 1988. Driven by the idea of a more unique style of music, they formed Bohren (German word for drilling) in 1992 to play, as they called it, „doom ridden jazz music“. In 1993 the band released a 7“ep for Suggestion Records. 1993 also saw the band expand their name to Bohren & der Club of Gore, as a link to the Dutch instrumental band Gore, which inspired Bohren to play instrumental music. 1994 followed the longplayers Gore Motel and the double set Midnight Radio (1995), both on Epistrophy Records, where Bohren introduced its musical vision between slow jazz- ballads and doom-guitars.

Henseleit left the band in 1996 and was replaced by Christoph Clöser, a Cologne-based composer and musician in 1997, replacing the guitar with a saxophone at the same time.

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Edit (11/11/09): Sorry folks, I've fucked the links for the Bohrend albums and just found the mistake right now. The mediafire links were bad, I've fixed them now. Sorry for that!

Regular Studio Albums

Bohren & Der Club of Gore - Dolores (2008)

1. Staub
2. Karin
3. Schwarze Biene (Black Maja)
4. Unkerich
5. Still am Tresen
6. Welk
7. Von Schaebeln
8. Orgelblut
9. Faul
10. Welten

Bohren & Der Club of Gore - Geisterfaust (2005)

1. Zeigefinger
2. Daumen
3. Ringfinger
4. Mittelfinger
5. Kleiner Finger

Bohren & Der Club of Gore - Black Earth (2002)

1. Midnight Black Earth
2. Crimson Ways
3. Maximum Black
4. Vigilante Crusade
5. Destroying Angels
6. Grave Wisdom
7. Constant Fear
8. Skeletal Remains
9. The Art of Coffins

Bohren & Der Club of Gore - Sunset Mission (2000)

1. Prowler
2. On Demon Wings
3. Midnight Walker
4. Street Tattoo
5. Painless Steel
6. Darkstalker
7. Nightwolf
8. Black City Skyline
9. Dead End Angels


Bohren & Der Club of Gore - Mitleid Lady (2009)

1. Mitleid Lady


  1. Mitleid Lady has the wrong link. It's actually Tesa - Nekad, and I'm pretty sure that has nothing to do with Bohren.

    btw, excellent blog.

  2. Yes you're right. I just fixed it and put in the right link :)

  3. DOLORES is not, on the surface, a real departure, as the majority of the songs still retain that fevered Angelo Badalamenti feel. German combo Bohren & Der Club of Gore have built their sound of slow, creeping late-night dread, using doom as an exotic musical spice to goose up their jazzy compositions. But there are also moments here that imply a new musical dawn.

  4. thanks :) great band. I like so much doom jazz. powerfull. I don't speak english very well. the bass is amazing. do you know Grouper, maybe you like... (album:Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill) Ass: Lívia Caldieraro de Souza.