Fathoms Of Fire
"Falling through the mists of time
I fathom the fires of my mind"
- Touch The Sky
- Waiting (For A Miracle)
- Paper Ships
- Cheri Amour (A Thousand Beds)
- Blind Mice
- Bop Till You Drop
- Kings Of The Beast
- Battle's Cry
- It Never Ends
- Ice Cold Love
- What Spring Will Bring
- Brian Armstrong: vocals, guitar
- Mike Adams: keyboards, rhythm guitar, vocals
- Terry Armstrong: bass, vocals
- Alan Armstrong: drums, percussion
Composed, arranged, recorded, engineered and produced by Dog Detachment.
Recorded at Universal Studios.
All words and music published by MPA - 1985.
1985, Rampant, DDT100 (Cassette: DDTC100), marketed and released by Rampant. Distributed by Gallo.
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SA Rock Digest, 15 May 2000
This has to be the South African album of the 80's. There is a feeling of
desolation to this record, enhanced by the tortured vocals. The 2 singles
'Touch the Sky' and 'Waiting for a Miracle' open the album and are great pop
rock tunes with some excellent guitar work. The piano scales on 'Waiting' are
simplistic but effective, and can even leave you whistling this "tune". Every
track is brilliant, although some took a little while to grow on me. The a-side
ends with an upbeat feel with the far too short 'Bop till you drop'
which for some obscure reason is recorded at a much quieter level than the
rest of the album. The b-side is features the haunting 'It never ends' while
'Ice Cold Love' really rocks. How long do we have to wait for the records
companies to wake up and re-release such classics as this on CD?
Sunday Times 9 June 1985
THE CALL OF SOUTH AFRICA Part TWO
by Gus Silber
What's this? The Four Houndsmen of the Apocalypse have
discovered......love? Not arf they haven't, if the plangent musical and
yelpingly yearning lyrical content of "Fathoms of Fire" (Rampant Records)
is to be believed.
But is it? Have Dog Detachment really forsaken their post-nuclear protopunk
paramilitarism for a new concern with the wet-nosed macho ache of
adolescent love and the rabid bite of young lust?
Er, I think so. Certainly the first side of this elpee (independently
recorded after DDT's breakaway from the nervous David Gresham stable) is
electrically effervescent with optimism and tender passion.
The guitar-drive is now soaraway acoustic in the manner of REM; the heroic
harmonies now wear the spiritual shiver of a swoon; the synth sings an
octave closer to heaven; and even the Apocalypse becomes a metaphor for
love's thermo-nuclear assault:
"Take my arm and atom bombs and blazing
and tanks and armies roll deep inside me..........."
This is the fifth dimension all right: you even get a Parisian pavement
ballad called "Cheri Amour (A Thousand Beds)", complete with synthesised
accordion, Gallic gargling and a plaintive whistling chorus.
This is almost too much to bear from a combo whose scowls and burning
torches scythe the night on the back cover, and it comes of something of a
relief when the boys burst back into awkward adolescent existentialism on
"Blind Mice", a bad Iron Maiden-type parable of sin and purgatory.
And this is but a hint of the darkness to come, for on side two the Dogs
appear to be mortally overcome with embarrassment for their earlier soppy
"It never ends! Hearts get torn and no-one wins!"
This is okay; schizophrenia enlivens art. What is not okay is when that
schizophrenia turns to blind hate, as it does in a jackboot Judgement Day
diatribe called "Kings of the Beast".
If my paranoia serves me correctly, this catchy little ditty is all about
the "International Zionist Conspiracy" and the "Lie of the Holocaust":
"Revolutions once a day,
keep the bomber boys at play,
keep the goyim masses tame,
fool the whole world once again......
so fall and pray to those who hold sway".
You don't have to be Jewish (or paranoid) to get the message. And you don't
have to take it seriously, either. It's only a song, right? And maybe it's
meant to provoke in an ironic, rather than an iron-fisted, way.
But it also makes you wonder whether Dog Detachment know what kind of fire
they're playing with. Fathoms or fascists? Not arf.
Info supplied by John Samson, April 2000. Additional info and Sunday Times review from Martin Probert, May 2000.
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