Yog Sothoth

Yog Sothoth

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There have been bands named after so many conceivable subjects that the decision to name a French free jazz band after Yog Sothoth comes as no surprise. Good old Yog Sothoth, as chronicled in the writing of H.P. Lovecraft, was supposed to be the most loathsome of the evil demons guarding the gates to hell. No wonder nobody seems to have heard of the band Yog Sothoth, which made some pretty decent music in the '80s with an interesting instrumental lineup that included violin, saxophone, and trombone backed up by a rhythm section. A different group, also from France, began using the same name from the mid-'90s onward, playing a repertoire of Arabic music. The earlier group that created this record comes out of modern jazz, with an ear cocked toward fusion and the progressive rock of French groups such as Gong. The Lovecraft vibe runs deep, however, as if the Beatles created songs about insect life. Extended compositions entitled "Nekrosis" and "Fou: L'Art Noir" require no knowledge of French in order to know what is going on; this is heavy stuff, or at least wants to be. None of the players involved with this project made much of an impact on the French scene or any other scene for that matter, but all concerned play fairly well and the results are worth a listen, although not necessarily for demonologists. The vocalizing of Cathy Camilleri may be an acquired taste. Some Lovecraft fans compare this album to the music of Erich Zann, as detailed in one of the author's most chilling and earsplitting tales of demonic possession involving musicians.

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