Beetle Crown & Steel Wand

by Larman Clamor

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Larman Clamor's fifth album. Edgy and otherworldly lo-fi-garage-doom-blues from the swamps of outer space, streaked with tribal rhythms and spiritual elements. STRICLTY LIMITED EDITION of 500 CDs.

Digital version here on Bandcamp will feature a BONUS DIGITAL BOOKLET.

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Tales of brown-leafed mystery. Unseen threats lurking in high weeds. Something not quite human, not quite there, out of some other place. Feet stomping on wood porches. This is all familiar terrain for Larman Clamor’s blues, but with Beetle Crown & Steel Wand, it’s just another piece in an increasingly complicated puzzle of psychedelic experimentation.

It is the fourth Larman Clamor full-length in three years, the prolific heart of multi-instrumentalist/vocalist/ artist Alexander von Wieding proving relentless in its creativity, and while Beetle Crown & Steel Wand fits in line with 2013’s Alligator Heart, 2012’s Frogs, 2011’s Altars to Turn Blood and the preceding 2011 selftitled debut EP, no question it’s also the next step in an ongoing evolution of von Wieding’s songwriting. Each Larman Clamor outing has developed from the last, and Beetle Crown & Steel Wand is no exception. It is von Wieding’s most rhythmic, most expansive statement to date.

One can hear it in the familiar dirt boogie of “My Lil’ Ghost”, sure – how comfortable von Wieding sounds in this form compared to just two years ago (he’s had plenty of practice) – but where Beetle Crown & Steel Wand really distinguishes itself is in the arrangements. In short movements like “Eggs in the Sand” and “Tangerine Nightfall” and the album’s apex, “Her Majesty, the Mountain”, von Wieding pushes Larman Clamor into psychedelic spaces more than he ever has, and particularly in the case of the latter, into heavier tonal weight than he’s ever conjured before. Larman Clamor doesn’t just sound like a solo-project here, but a full band.

At the same time, the opening title-track offers layers of percussive sway, “We Shine Alright” ticks away on pots and pans and jangling chains, and “Bleak Heart’s Night Waltz” taps into forgotten woodsman tribalisms. Von Wieding takes us far away from past minimalism on “Caravan of Ghouls”, with a full, ritualized sound, and could it be that he’s presenting us with a companion for Larman in “Aurora Snarling”? It seems too early to speculate, but if Aurora is another character in Larman’s dizzying tale, she’s bound to show up again.

What’s certain is that Beetle Crown & Steel Wand is Larman Clamor’s farthest-ranging album yet. Von Wieding is still loyal to the muddy waters from which the project first emerged, but in no way is he restrained by them, and if the last couple years have proved anything, it’s that this development is only going to keep moving forward. Now that Larman Clamor is out of the swamps, it seems more and more like it can go just about anywhere.

(JJ Koczan / The Obelisk.net)

Recommended if you ike: R.L. Burnside, Mississippi Fred McDowell, TomWaits, Left Lane Cruiser, Led Zeppelin, ZZ Top, Lead Belly, Robert Johnson, hunting knives, swamp witches and unlicensed voodoo

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REVIEWS
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"Larman Clamor is slowly dragging his nightmare blues out of the swamp, and into a town near you."
www.rock-regeneration.co.uk/wordpress/2014/09/beetle-crown-and-steel-wand/

"Eine musikalische Fahrt durch dreizehn emotionale Landschaften, die sich wie im Zeitraffer zu einem gigantischen Kunstwerk zusammenfügen."
www.rocktimes.de/gesamt/l/larman_clamor/beetle_crown_and_steel_wand.html

"...ein seufzendes „Wow!“ in den sumpfgetränkten Blueshimmel!"
rockblogbluesspot.com/2014/09/29/larman-clamor-beetle-crown-steel-wand/

..."Schlamm trieft aus jedem der Songs"
7 of 10!
www.plattentests.de/rezi.php?show=11708

"Eine Scheibe, die den Metalhead dazu bringen, kann mal über den Tellerrand zu schauen!"
6 of 9!
disctopia.de/reviews/blues-larman-clamor-beetle-crown-steel-wall-17390/

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released September 29, 2014

Music & lyrics, artwork & layout © by Alexander von Wieding.

Produced, recorded, mixed & mastered at NORTH OF THE STAIRS, Hamburg, GER.

(C) & (P) 2014 Alexander von Wieding

larmanclamor.bandcamp.com . larman-clamor@gmx.net
larmanclamor.com . zeichentier.com

Scott, Joey & Goose at Small Stone Records, Steffen, Thorsten & André at HRR, JJ & The Obelisk, Bill & The Evil Engineer, Will, Evan, Jessi, Stephan P., Nick, Kent, Michael, Tim, Darryl, Scotty Fuse, Doug, Gaff, Pat & Electric Beard Of Doom, Stephan & Retro Jam, Ollie & The Ripple Effect, Ken & Heavy Planet, Bertrand & Kath at Lo-Fi Merchandise, Volker & RockBlogBluesSpot, Jan & Gordeon Music, Joachim & RockTimes, Ramesh & Bea at The Vinyl Grove, Davide & VE Mag, Dirk & MetalNews, Johnny H., Chewy, Ian, Nils, Chris R., Sean, Bungle, Rickard, Mathias, Niklas, Igor, Ruskon, Cas, Keith, Chris D., Hiyori, Hans-Georg & Carola at Nasoni Records, Jürgen & H42 Records, Giacomo, Peter B., Carsten, Christoph, Klimi, Chris, Ollo me brother, and most of all E, N & J
- THANKS FOR ALL YOUR LOVE AND SUPPORT!
THIS ONE‘S DEDICATED TO YOU!

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Track Name: Beetle Crown & Steel Wand
Huntin' on forbidden plains
Where did I go?
Foulest bait I'd ever seen
What do you know?

I've been on my knees
Dyin' to fall asleep
Crooked Zu
Called upon a need

Huntin' on her precious plains
What did I know
Caught in her perfume
Bugs through my soul

Take this steel wand, she said
And this beetle crown
What did I know?
What did I know...
Track Name: My Lil' Ghost
Been seein' ghosts forever
But her appearance changed everything

The advice was "never sleep"
And then once I felt her ticklin' my toes

When she appeared, she was already gone
Dancin' on my shoulder was a lil ghost
Was a lil' ghost

Lil ghost
You's the reason?

Oh, I feel ya ticklin' my toe

Been seein' ghosts forever
But she was sweetenin' the soup with fire
So nobody could hit the sack
Feel that tickle on yer toe?

Oh, you've been eatin' my rhythm
Been devourin' my time
Come for claimin' my vision
But I always knew it was gonna be fine

Been seein' ghosts forever
But she was sweetenin' the soup with fire

Oh, I couldn't keep ya from doin' me good, eh?
Lil' ghost
Our lil' ghost
Lil' ghost
Oh

Lil' ghost
Lil' ghost
Lil' ghost

Lil' ghost
Our lil' ghost

My lil' ghost
Lil' ghost
My lil' ghost

Oh, lil' ghost
Yeah, lil' ghost
My lil' ghost
Track Name: Wilderness, Wilderness
Machine moribund at the foot of Ararat
Disarmed and redeemed
Tossed it all outta yer head
Calm and black, it fed on might and hate

(They were) all... comin' down it
Down to it
Out of mind under red sky

Wilderness, oh, wilderness
Wilderness, oh, wilderness
Wilderness, oh, wilderness

Fever sinkin' at dawn
Shade of mountains so high
All was cast aside
Oh!

Wilderness, oh, wilderness
Wilderness, oh, wilderness
Wilderness, oh, wilderness

Lovin' daughters of Earth
Fueled by electric love
Til all suns go down
Witness it now...

And all beasts come out
In the sacred realm of crippled stones

Wilderness, oh, wilderness
In the wilderness, oh, wilderness
Wilderness, oh, wilderness

Machine bod revived
Medusa's bones, down under red sky
Beetle crown and steel wand
Black apparatus of mine

Wilderness, oh, wilderness
Wilderness, oh, wilderness
Wilderness, oh, wilderness

Wilderness...
Track Name: We Shine Alright
Hahaha
We're talkin' darkness
Uh-huh
Err... nah

We're talkin' darkness
We're talkin' darkness
Hollow an' mean

Everybody
Everybody can use
A little anarchy
Uh-huh
Ain't that right?
How about a little bale, yeh
In the light?
Yeah

Are we shinin' alright?
We shinin' alright?
Shine alright
Are we shinin' alright
Are we shinin' alright?
We shine alright
We shine alright
Oh, we shine alright
We're shinin' alright
We shine alright
We shine alright

Hahaha
We're talkin' darkness
Hollow an' mean

Devastatin' all...
Devastatin' all...

Ah, yes
Mile after mile, I crawl across the land
Devastatin' all that you're holdin' on to

Mile after mile after mile, I'm crawlin' across the land
Devastatin' all and devastatin' you

Mile after mile after mile, I'm crawlin' across the land
Devastatin' all that you ever loved and devastatin' you

We shinin' alright?
We shinin' alright?
Shine alright
Oh, we shine alright
Yeah, we shine alright
We're shinin' alright

We're shinin' alright
We're shinin' alright
We're shinin' alright
Yeah, we're shinin' alright
Track Name: Caravan Of Ghouls
Saddle up, come follow me
Ragnarök, judgement day
Fightin' skeletons along the way, yeah...

C'mon, join us
Oh, you can't resist

Undead chumps
We've been lousy, we've been greasy
Wouldn't wannit any other way

Any other way
Any other way
No, any other way
Oh, chains to our feet
And hunger to our gut

Those chains to our feet
Been hunger to our gut f'so long
We've been poisoned
We've been stabbed all the way

But they will never
Never ever keep us down, yeah
Never ever keep us down
No, you won't!
Ah no, you won't and you know it!

We'll take what is ours
What's been ours f'so long
You crave for it, you die for it
And you kill for it...
And that's the important thing

Oh, we'll take
What is ours
What's been ours all the way

Lecherous liquor o' life
That been flowing through ya
Given to ya

But not given to us
We'll take it
We'll from ya
Take it from here
Take it from here
Take it from you
Yeah, we'll take this life from you

C'mon, saddle up
Come with me, follow me
Ragnarök, judgement day
Fightin' skeletons along the way, yeah...

Undead chumps
We've been lousy, we've been greasy
C'mon, join us on our ways
Join us in our ranks
Track Name: Alter Yer Ways
Even if your vision's clouded
Well, even if you're walkin' in the same old shoes
Just alter yer ways, alter yer ways
Alter yer ways and it'll all be good, ah!
Track Name: Bleak Heart's Night Waltz
Hey, look who's here

Quit yer naggin' and your yowlin'
I've been busy, I've been busy
Been busy all night an' day
Busy, oh, as a soul could be
Trapped in this here bag o' meat
Cut up in a bite, thrown into a can
Thinkin' of what them days did to me
Could happen to ye, ah

Cought me at night in the fields with a noose
My heart not mine an'more
So why don't we all howl at the moon?
We're cussed and cursed to this here life
B'you should know, it dun't mean a thing, ah
Just hold on tight before we leave
Drum will keep beatin', no matter what I'ma do
Well ah, there's somethin' mean out there
Callin' for us all

There's somethin' mean out there
Dark and mean out there
You're so mean out there
Right out there to be!

Caught on the edge of the night, countin' spoons
Oughtta feed
Caught on the edge of the night, countin' spoons
Cast out and lean
Countin' spoons in a bleak, dark-hearted night
Bleak-hearted night
Heart o' the night, o' the night
Heart o' the night

Unwanted forgotten fork, freezin' to diamonds
All I know, m'Lord: Forgotten lasts forever

There's somethin' mean out there, trust me!
Behind that hill, soon here to be
There's somethin' mean out there
Wantin' us all dead, uh
Wieldin' a bone and so heart-eatin' mean, ah

Otherworld, in the beat of a heart
Otherworld, in the beat of a heart
Didn't you know?
Track Name: Drone Monger
Mine, all mine
Is the cattle that you see

Mine, all mine
Are those reptiles that you claim
Got mandrake, then feel free to pay

Mine, all mine
Are those serpents that you ride

Close your eyes
It'll guide you to your soul

C'mere, my bee
It's time to shake a drone, hahahahaha
Just a stoned baboon in the need of a sword
A hornet's meal to prey

Mine, all mine
Is the cattle that you see
Oh, yeah...
Track Name: Her Majesty, The Mountain
From deserts of weed
Out of the ancient lands
Of crippled stones worth to keep
I've come to raze the sainted wrath

Risen and darkened
Punished and freed
I'm kneeling down
I'm kneeling down to you, your majesty

A wanderer of sorts, a drifter of kind
I've spent years in the abyss
For only you I was to find, oh

'Tween hex and demolish
Plains of grue and rye
I heard drums a-callin' to me
To meet my desire, oh

And now I kneel, now I kneel
Right before you

Oh, here I'm kneelin' shriveled at your feet
Hopin' my soul is worth for you to keep
Your majesty, I'm kneeling down for you

Ahaw-hahahahah-yeah

Over giants' bones and through rivers pale
I've been cuttin' down my path
Through blood and jungles' hells
Through deserts o'weed I wandered, my majesty...

My majesty, I'm kneelin' down for you!
For you, oh yeah!

Your majesty, I'm on my knees for you!
Track Name: She Was Born A Sorceress
She coulda been a jewel, coulda been the scent of mead
Oh, but she was born a true sorceress

With a body to beg, and her heart on a leaf
Two feet down and bound to fountains deep

Oh, her cool eyes... meltin' me down
Pickin' me up from the depths of bones

She was born in sorcery
She felt like the sun on my skin
Enlightenin' all horizons to come