was the fourth solo album from the English singer-songwriter Peter Hammill
. It was released in July 1974. Much of the material was recorded in Hammill's home studio on simple four-track equipment. He then took the tapes to Trident Studios
, where additional elements such as drumming from Van der Graaf Generator
colleague Guy Evans, and layers of ARP 2600
were added. The album has a predominantly dark, gothic, claustrophobic feel, with the lyrics laced with apocalyptic, religious and existential imagery. "Gog" is a particularly intense and demonic song, featuring (even by Hammill's standards) strident and aggressive vocals, grandiose harmonium chords, and powerful drumming. This segués into "Magog", which is virtually a musique concrète
piece of sinister drones, percussive noises, and including a ring modulated spoken vocal. Songs such as "Ferret and Featherbird" and "Again" are gentler offerings, and Hammill refers to the first as "something approaching a 'sweet' song".
All tracks written by Peter Hammill
- "Ferret and Featherbird" – 3:43
- "(No More) the Sub-mariner" – 5:47
- "Tapeworm" – 4:20
- "Again" – 3:44
- "Faint-Heart and the Sermon" – 6:42
- "The Comet, the Course, the Tail" – 6:00
- "Magog (in Bromine Chambers)"
- 7 and 8 are typically combined into one track......