Well, this is refreshingly different.
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Electronic and industrial sounds abound throughout the album, likely in part a legacy of keyboardist Walter Jaeger’s earlier association with Die Krupps. More surprising is the appearance of funky slap-bass at several points throughout the album. Common sense suggests that this kind of instrumentation should be counterintuitive on a Goth album and yet Belfegore somehow manage to pull it off without inciting the listener to rip the album out of their stereo in a fit of blind funkaphobic rage.
A self-titled second album would follow the next year which was reportedly leaning much more towards an industrial sound, before front-man Mikel Claus apparently decided he’d had enough of the music business and made a rapid exit stage left, by some reports under less than gentlemanly circumstances.
In short, a Dog is Born constitutes a fascinatingly odd album, and one exciting enough to ensure that anyone sufficiently immature as to snigger at how much lyrics to the title track may sound like “a doggy’s bum” will be immediately banished from sitting at the adults’ table and sent straight to bed without any pudding.
3. Herz Atmetr Echos
4. Deutsche Mark’n Bein
6. A Dog is Born
9. Der Fall Des IQ
10. Tod Durch Die Blume
Line Up: Meikel Clauss (vocals, guitar, electronics), Charly T. Charles (drums, backing vocals), Raoul Walton (bass, backing vocals), Walter Jaeger (keyboards, bass).
(Under no circumstances should Belfegore be confused with Austrian Metal band Belphegor who, with albums like Bondage Goat Zombie and Infernal Live Orgasm, seem likely to offer their own, albeit unusual, concept of entertainment.)