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Jess And The Ancient Ones

Jess And The Ancient Ones

Jess And The Ancient Ones

LabelSvart Records
VertriebCargo Records
VÖ-Datum25.5.2012

Während wir uns noch fragen, wann wohl die erste wissenschaftliche Abhandlung sich ernsthaft mit der Frage beschäftigen wird, warum die weiblich angeführten Occult-Rockbands wie satanische Pilze nur so aus dem Boden schießen, flattert schon das nächste Release auf ledrigen Schwingen auf die heimischen Plattenteller und zeigt uns, wie man dem Gehörnten huldigt - ganz ohne subliminale Botschaften.

Die Frage nach der neuen teuflischen Weiblichkeit drängt sich auf, weil das Ergebnis beinah ausnahmslos teuflisch gut ausfällt. The Devil's Blood, Blood Ceremony und ein paar andere - ähnlich liebevoll benannte - Hommage-verliebte Retro-Rockbands haben das Genre neu belebt und dem musikalischen Okkultismus ein neues altes Gesicht gegeben. Dem finnischen Septett um Frontfrau Jess wird es nicht anders ergehen. Wieso auch? Schließlich sind musikgewordene schwarze Messen seit den 60ern und damit seit Coven nicht mehr so sinnlich gewesen. Die Unwiderstehlichkeiten einer Epoche, in denen nicht nur die geschätzten Kollegen Page und Plant, sondern so ziemlich jeder mit engen Hosen und langen Haaren mindestens einmal der intensiven Teufelsanbetung bezichtigt wurden; diese Unwiderstehlichkeiten haben nichts von ihrer unbändigen Anziehungskraft verloren. Jess and the Ancient Ones (im Folgenden JATAO genannt) nutzen dieses Potential und erschaffen eine furiose Reminiszenz an alte, "bessere" Zeiten, in denen Rock 'n' Roll noch wirklich sexy war.

Das klingt in der Summe eben sehr nach den akustischen Blutorgien der holländischen Devil's Blood-Gemeinde, behält sich allerdings ein Stück weit mehr verspielte Pophaftigkeit. Zwar geht dadurch so ein Fünkchen Mystik flöten, vermissen muss die der Zuhörer jedoch keinen Moment lang. Schließlich liefern Jess und ihr Gefolge eine ganze Batterie schmissiger Hits. Und das trotz solch monumentaler Großkompositionen mit Längen von mehr als zehn Minuten. Sie wollen einfach nicht langweilig werden, Songs wie das großartige Ghost Riders und das (Achtung!) noch großartigere Sulfur Giants, das ganz selbstverständlich Rockikonen wie Uriah Heep zitiert - nie ohne dabei den eigenen Bezug zur Gegenwart zu verlieren. In Nullkommanichts ist der Zuhörer im Bann einer Band, der es gelingt, abgehangenen Occult-Rock und Einflüsse aus der New Wave of British Heavy Metal mit einer gewissen Leichtigkeit zu verbinden. (Sofern man in dem Kontext überhaupt von einer Solchen sprechen kann.)  Dass Jess und Co. auch noch aus Skandinavien kommen, wird uns angesichts der vorliegenden Klasse kaum noch ein Gefühl der Verwunderung entlocken.

Jess and the Ancient Ones haben es mittlerweile in die finnischen Charts geschafft. Das Album - überraschenderweise (und das macht es gleich noch besser) ein Debüt - ist bereits jetzt ein Publikumsliebling und beweist, dass das Genre mit weniger Blutopfern und ohne die ganz offensichtlich satanischer Ferse ein äußerst breites Publikum erreichen kann. Herausragende Musik bleibt herausragende Musik, egal, ob dem Himmel entsandt oder der Hölle entstiegen.

Tracklist:
  1. Prayer for Death and Fire
  2. Twilight Witchcraft
  3. Sulfur Giants
  4. Ghost Riders
  5. 13th Breath of the Zodiac
  6. The Devil (in G-minor)
  7. Come Crimson Death
Highlights:

Sulfur Giants, Ghost Riders, Come Crimson Death

Unsere Bewertung:
8 von 10
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