Bohren and der Club of Gore

Bohren and der Club of Gore

The Gore Story


Founding BOHREN – members Thorsten Benning (drums) Robin Rodenberg (Bass) Reiner Henseleit (guitar), Morten Gass(guitar/piano) started playing music together in 1988. They were friends from school and they shared a common taste for all kinds of extreme music like Grindcore, Hardcore, Death- or Doom Metal. 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“.

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 introduces its musical vision between slow jazz- ballads and doom-guitars.

1996 Reiner Henseleit left the band and the guitar disappeared out of the Bohren-Music.

1997 Christoph Clöser, a cologne-based composer and musician (saxophone, piano)joined the band and in the cast Benning , Clöser , Gass , Rodenberg , which still exist till today, the band released SUNSET MISSION (2000), a „slow but nonetheless melodious blend of Saxophone, Fender Rhodes, Bass and Drums“ on the Hamburg-based label WONDER.

2002 BOHREN released BLACK EARTH where the band tried to expand the possibilities of new avenues explored in SUNSET MISSION, followed by the subsequent conceptual CD GEISTERFAUST (2005). GEISTERFAUST carries the principles of reduction and compression to extremes and at the sametime it is a band- experiment in new „tone colours“ (Tuba, Bass-Trombone, Vibraphone, choir). Both CDs are released on WONDER.

In Autmn 2008 the BOHREN-CD DOLORES appeared on the belgian label PIAS.

“With DOLORES Bohren’s habit of making music which often makes the listener feel like he or she is stuck in some dark room in which the oxygen is slowly and mercilessly being extracted has changed.When listening to DOLORES, listeners are sure to get feeling that – after all these years – the shutters are being raised, the windows thrown open, fresh air and sunlight are flooding into the room. Quite by chance, the most natural thing in the world, cool, crisp and brazen.”

In 2009 Bohren released the 10-Minutes Track MITLEID LADY.

The track was Bohren`s contribution to the Latitude Serie of Southern Records.

In the style of John Peel`s legendary BBC – Sessions, the London-based label Southern Records started with the Latitude – Series a similar project – it invited bands to never-to-be repeated series of session –recordings in a limited edition, recorded and mixed in one day in Southern`s London Studios.

MITLEID LADY was recorded in November 2007, because of contract difficulties, it was released in autumn 2009.

April 22, 2011 the last BOHREN –release so far appeared – BEILEID (PIAS):

Three pieces, 37 minutes of eventfull uneventfull music, including a coverversion of WARLOCKS „ Catch my heart“ from HELLBOUND, the band`s second album from 1985 with young Doro Pesch on vocals.

In the BOHREN-Version it is guest – singer MIKE PATTON, who graced the song with an unbelievable performance.


“This album is simply too beautiful for words, a perfect companion to Fantomas's near-great metal/free jazz experiment Delirium Cordia (also released this year by Ipecac). Don't hesitate, seek out this astonishing record, and make your nights even darker.” – PopMatters

"If you enjoy it slow and low, Cologne-based Bohren & Der Club Of Gore will very likely do the trick. In fact, with each subsequent release the quintet's "horror-jazz" grows increasingly refined.” - Pitchfork

“By turns gorgeous, eerie, dramatic, and haunting, this record is a must-have for the listener who likes his or her atmosphere impenetrably thick.” – Tiny Mix Tapes


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