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|Hercules II is not for the faint hearted. It is a mystery that it exists at all. A latter day saga for todays corporate image obsessed lowlife and digital blog-media savy Mini-Me-Murdoch moguls to fathom out. So here’s a small clue to help the helpless.
Hercules II is willfully obscure project put together by the reclusive Dane, C. Poulsen, a man so paranoid, and somewhat reminiscent of Joe Meek or Brian Wilson in character, who lives on a small sailing boat, constantly moving around small islands in Denmark. A man with not much truck for all things modern, such as what one would consider basic commodities like electricity, running water, money or companionship. He is very much living an off-grid existence and despises almost everything the world has to offer. Despite being illegitimate and illiterate (and it has been suggested he is perhaps really the son of a Norse Vanir god), he is a man of few words who writes, or rather paints, dense musical rock soundscapes. Occasionally hooking up with old friends Ashley Davies, Robert Lewis and perhaps one or two others who work out the sonic palette to realize his works. This is truly epic scale Outsider music.
Hercules II albums are obscure, hard to find collectors dreams, often in multiple editions whilst being available in plain sight most of the time, questioning the illusion of freedom in todays e-commerce culture.
Their live shows have been few and far between sold-out affairs. The last of which was a private, invitation only, invocation ritual at the willfully random The Hellfire Club, (a name much used of course and another example of Outsiderists hiding in plain sight). This performance has now become ‘Poseidon Avenged’. A collection of 10 instrumental songs of characteristic doom laden despair and dark foreboding malevolence sprinkled with just a hint of grinding punknoise. This album follows on from where last years ‘Herculaneum’ opus left off. No compromize. No prisoners.
The musicians who perform for Hercules II are a loose collective of friends and veritable supergroup to boot, all more than happy to rally for the flag. C. Poulsen himself plays guitar on the recordings and very, very rarely perfroms live. Aside from the aforementioned Ashley Davies (Headbutt, London Dirthole Co etc), who plays on of two earthshattering basses alongside Chris P. (Headbutt, Silverfish). Out front is the (non)flying V guitar formation of Robert Lewis (Pulkas, LDC), Fuzz (Silverfish), GG (Midnight Mines, LDC) who realize the bleed and blister of the sonic shards of Poulsens compostions and last but not least, bringing up the rear on cascading drums is one Roger Carne (Hagar The Womb, LDC).
The mighty Poseidon himself could not have wished for such an earthquake inducing band of warriors.
File under: Loud dirty heavy rock noise bastards
Tracks:1 Kronos 6 Enlig (Del 3)
2 Yggdrasil 7 Cerberus
3 Dionysus 8 Nemesis
4 Sabre Tooth/Ascelon 9 Barbarian
5 Anubis 10 Centurion
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