Of Natural History

Of Natural History

by Sleepytime Gorilla Museum


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An avant-metal spectacle of the most obscene, obese and obstinate, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum sound like a brigade of skeleton soldiers marching through post-industrial cities decorated by the finest of silken banners to cover up the decay. Singer Nils Frykdahl can croon with a baritone even deeper than Simon Bonney, with the same sense of dark philosophy, as he does on the opening "Hymn to the Morning Star." But he's just as likely to bark like James Hetfield caught up in the rush of soiled guitars and battering ram drums of "The Donkey-Headed Adversary of Humanity Opens the Discussion" or "Phthisis" where he is joined by Carla Kihlstedt, a wicked queen at her dark lord's side. The instrumentation is as rich as it is fragmented, with chimes, strings and the sound of clacking chicken bones making way for more distorted oblivion when Frykdahl intones "Let us dream now, the impossible dream of a math professor" on "FC: The Freedom Club." Of course, the debate on where in the serious spectrum this sort of indulgent fantasia music lies is never certain. But if you think Meat Loaf is the ultimate in musical inspired rock-u-drama then this will certainly turn you on your head.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/02/2004
Label: Mimicry
UPC: 0678033301922
catalogNumber: 19
Rank: 70722

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sleepytime Gorilla Museum   Primary Artist
Nils Frykdahl   Flute,Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Carla Kihlstedt   Organ,Guitar,Violin,Autoharp,Vocals,Group Member
Dan Rathbun   Bass,Trombone,Lute,Vocals,Logs
Moe Staiano   Glockenspiel,Metal Percussion,Bowed Instrument,Group Member
Matthias Bossi   Banjo,Drums,Vocals,Xylophone,Group Member

Technical Credits

Scott Humphrey   Producer
Nils Frykdahl   Composer
Carla Kihlstedt   Composer,Engineer
Dan Rathbun   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Contributor
Sleepytime Gorilla Museum   Composer,Producer
Per Frykdahl   Artwork
Neil Yamagata   Engineer
Moe Staiano   Wood
Chris Baseford   Engineer
Matthias Bossi   Composer
Frank Grau   Composer

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Of Natural History 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
stumbled across this almost by accident. I'm a fan of bizarre and experimental, and this album surely qualifies as both. Half of this album I find positively brilliant,the other half almost unlistenable, but it's absolutely worth a try. Goth/Industrial/Metal/Victorian and more. It's a very interesting listen. And it fuelled my crush on Carla Khilstedt, SGM's violinist/vocalist.