Weakling was an odd band, one that might be relegated to
forgettable footnote save for the fact that their brief history
makes for interesting reading, and because their one album
is quite good.
Formed in the late 90's in San Francisco and featuring numerous
members from local bands
(among them the Fucking Champs), the quintet
rehearsed in private for a couple of years, very rarely played live,
recorded an album, and quietly disbanded before the album was
Evidently making a name for themselves was not the goal, as
there are reports telling of improbable tales such as releasing
a single copy of the album and simply giving it to someone
in Europe, or of burying copies in the ground and distributing
maps to find them (!).
Again, all of this would be academic except that the album,
Dead As Dreams
, is actually quite impressive.
Clearly a tribute to the Norwegian old school black metal scene,
the album slots perfectly in the old
mold, while at the same time avoiding any cloning or rehashing of
old riffs by somehow putting their own unique stamp on the songs.
With only five songs covering 76 minutes, there is plenty of room
for drawn-out song structures to develop, with vocals on the
sparse side (John Gossard doing a decent Varg impression, quite
tortured vocals these are) and tempos ranging from the occasional
blast beat to slower, semi-atmospheric interludes.
Though far from the most well-known of albums, Dead As Dreams
is an essential addition to a black metal collection.
(The Fucking Champs)
Dead As Dreams
Reviews: Chronicles Of Chaos
- Cut Their Grain And Place Fire Therein
- Dead As Dreams
- This Entire Fucking Battlefield
- No One Can Be Called As A Man While He’ll Die
- Disasters In The Sun
- John Gossard
- Joshua Smith
- Sarah Weiner
- Casey Ward
- Little Sunshine