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Conny Ochs: Future Fables

You can take the boy out of metal...

After fronting metal bands such as Zombie Joe and Baby Universal, at the turn of the century German singer-songwriter Conny Ochs – for whom the glass remains resolutely half-empty – struck out on his solo career.

But recently he’s taken up with fellow doom merchant Scott ‘Wino’ Weinrich (The Obsessed, St Vitus) for various projects which have rubbed off on his own third album.

He embraces a band sound once more on several tracks on Future Fables. And while the decibel count remains modest, the slashing electric-guitar chords on the opening Hole or the sonorous riffs on Spin echo his stark voice and lyrics.

Optimism for the future is in short supply. Instead, Ochs prefers to map out pessimistic connections with the past, and Wake Up is about as dismal as it gets – ‘The world is black/Hold my breath and count to ten/Never wake me up again’. Beautifully recorded, though.

Hugh Fielder has been writing about music for 47 years. Actually 58 if you include the essay he wrote about the Rolling Stones in exchange for taking time off school to see them at the Ipswich Gaumont in 1964. He was news editor of Sounds magazine from 1975 to 1992 and editor of Tower Records Top magazine from 1992 to 2001. Since then he has been freelance. He has interviewed the great, the good and the not so good and written books about some of them. His favourite possession is a piece of columnar basalt he brought back from Iceland.