Night Sun - [1972] - Mournin´ (German Hard Rock Proto-Doom)

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  1. Like many German hard rock albums of the day, Mourning',was one of those overlooked gems which, through the fault of bad promotion,or bad luck,has not found recognition at the time of its release. Their only album, Mournin’, was released in 1972 by Polydor’s Zebra label, produced by the largest producer of krautrock Conny Plank (Faust, Kraftwerk, David Bowie, etc.), who took the Manheim-based at the Windrose Studio in Hamburg.

    This German quartet born from the ashes of a jazz band called Take Five , the other half will go Kin Ping Meh form a rock band supported the happier destiny. The group played a loud, Deep Purple/Black Sabbath/Led Zeppelin style rock, with a characteristic “heavy progressive” instrumentation of twin guitars, organ, bass and drums...music Night Sun revolves around guitarist Walter Kirchgässner , bassist and singer Bruno Schaab whose raucous flights evoke a mixture of Robert Plant or Ian Gillan... drummer Ulrich Staudt and multi -instrumentalist Knut Rossler who handles both keyboards various wind instruments, nine consistently scorching heavy rock tracks enriched with organs in a similar vein to Uriah Heep, Lucifer Friend's and Deep Purple. With their sudden shifts of rhythm structures, guitar-with-organ riffing style and some studio effects, particularly phasing, Night Sun fortunately never went too close to the ordinary boogie and rock’n'roll trap. What you have here is terrific instrumental battles and screaming vocals.

    The album opens with “Plastic Shotgun,” a strangely syncopated stop-go explosiveness, both guitar and organ ablaze with intensity and is over before you’ve ingested it. “Crazy Woman” also features an awesome organ and guitar battle and some nifty psychedelic drumming. “Got A Bone Of My Own” is a prog-a-rific instrumental; “Slush Pan Man” has some great mid-tempo sludgy riffs and a pounding organ. Another standout, "Come Down," represents its title well by providing the album's only pause for breath, but its deliberate, creeping gait and sinister melodies still impart a sense of dread reminiscent of Atomic Rooster.

    Then, the furious cacophony of "Nightmare" once again recalls Deep Purple at their most rampant (only with Robert Plant at the helm, thanks to Bruno Schaab's high-flying vocals), and the horn-laden finale of "Don't Start Flying" makes for a nice, quirky conclusion to Mournin's exciting menu; a menu unquestionably rooted in the early ‘70s, but which still manages to attract new fans with every year that passes. It’s a fun thrilling album – just like so much music that was produced in this particular year... nothing only Enjoy!.