Saturday, 14 March 2009

LITTLE BOY

Band: BONEMACHINE
Title: Little Boy
Format: 1 track, 3" mini-CDr demo with folded black and white single-sided paper-sleeve, on W.A.R. (2007), never formally issued
Edition: Limited to only 14 unnumbered copies

Track Listing:

01. Little Boy 21.50

I couldn't resist posting this one, as it's only today that I've got my hands on it!

Distributed originally only for the vocalists appearing on the 'Little Boy' track, I found out about its existence quite by chance on the Internet and, on discussing it with Alex, he very (very) kindly donated me his copy. An extraordinary act of kindness - it's a bit like having a casual conversation with Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden and ending up being given his "Number of the Beast" gold disc for your collection just because you asked nicely! Really - how many artists do you know who interact with their fans like this?

So here we are - on the fourth play-through of this impossible to find anywhere 3"CDr - what does Nazgul make of it all?

Well, 'Little Boy' features a heady mix of many different elements and themes: growled vocals (was that Padre Adamo I heard in there?) as well as clean, spoken narrative clinically describing some of the horrors of the effects and fall-out of the bomb, some ambient synths, some Gregorian-style chanting, some distorted lyrics - creating a disturbing atmosphere, Geiger-counter effects, and some pure industrial/noise elements in the repeated mechanic metallic loop (discordant and massive) present in the first part of the track.

It's a highly effective combination of sounds making up a chilling song, a semi-historical document of one of the more infamous acts of modern warfare.

Not with me yet? Ok, 'Little Boy' Little Boy was the codename of the atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 by the B-29 Superfortress 'Enola Gay' of the 393 Bombardment Squadron of the US Air Forces. It was the first atomic bomb ever used as a weapon, and was dropped three days before the "Fat Man" bomb was used against Nagasaki.

Oh - note the term 'Bombardment' in the paragraph above, as this was the title (sic) of another Bonemachine 3" CDr release, previously reviewed in this Blog (entry #3) and featuring a similar cover image.

A great track that appears (remixed) on the Japanese 2CD set of rare material "Erste Rotation" (a future Blog entry to come on this release).

For the record, the vocalists on the original 'Little Boy' project were: U.B. (Ger), Arjan (NL), Maskinanlegg & San Pedro (Nor), Alexander (Bul), Mike (US), Valerio (Ita), Andres (Est), Frostkrieg (Ger), Lupan (Ger), Simon (Ger), Phil (UK), Hildr Valkyrie (Gre), Marcel P (Ger), Chris H (Aut) and Bruder Cle (Aut).

Edit: Alex has just emailed through the lyrics for this track, so without further ado here's an Internet first!

1. Renfield (aka Uwe B.) (GER):

In the early morning darkness of August 6, 1945 the B-29 "Enola Gay" piloted by Colonel Paul Tibbets lifted off the runway at Tinian Island and flew into history.

2. Arjan (NL):

After 6:00, the bomb was fully armed on board the Enola Gay. Tibbets announced to the crew that the plane was carrying the world's first atomic bomb used in combat.

3. Maskinanlegg & San Pedro (NOR):

...We call upon the government of Japan to proclaim now the unconditional surrender of all Japanese armed forces, and to provide proper and adequate assurances of their good faith in such action. The alternative for Japan is prompt and utter destruction.

4. Alexander (BUL):

If they do not now accept our terms, they may expect a rain of ruin from the air the likes of which has never been seen on this earth.

5. Mike (USA):

6 August 1945 The world's first atomic bomb, Little Boy, is dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, from the Enola Gay, a B-29 bomber piloted by Colonel Tibbets of the 509th Composite Group, the first military unit in the history to drop a nuclear bomb in combat. One minute after explosion were 66.000 killed and 69.000 wounded.

6. Valerio (ITA):

At 08:15 (Hiroshima time), the
Enola Gay dropped the nuclear bomb over the center of Hiroshima. It exploded about 600 meters above the city with a blast equivalent to about 13 kilotons of TNT.

7. Andres (EST):

The destructive force of Little Boy was seven times greater than all the bombs the Allies dropped on Nazi Germany during 1942

8. Frostkrieg (GER):

We were reaching into the unknown and we did not know what might come of it.

9. BinZynisch aka Lupan (GER):

The light of the explosion then turned orange as the atomic fireball began shooting upwards at 360 feet per second, reddening and pulsing as it cooled.

10. Simon (GER):

Immediately after the defeat, some estimated that 10 million people were likely to starve to death.

11. Phil (UK):

The United States was guilty of war crimes for its aerial bombing campaigns over Germany and Japan in World War II, the United States would have been guilty of a war crime for dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

12. Hildr Valkyrie (GRE):
I’m the ghost of Hiroshima And I’ve got these words to say I was killed in an explosion On the dark and evil day


13. Marcel (GER):
The area of total vaporization from the atomic bomb blast measured one half mile in diameter; total destruction one mile in diameter; severe blast damage as much as two miles in diameter. Within a diameter of two and a half miles, everything flammable burned. The remaining area of the blast zone was riddled with serious blazes that stretched out to the final edge at a little over three miles in diameter.

14. Chris (AUT):

It is said that the descendants of the atomic bomb survivors will have to be monitored for several generations to clarify the genetic impact, which means that the descendants will live in anxiety fordecades to come with their colossal power and capacity for slaughter and destruction, .....

15. Bruder Cle (AUT):

Official statistics place the number who had died at 70,000 up to September 1st, not counting the missing....and 130,000 wounded, among them 43,500 severely wounded.

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