Swedish heavy rockers Dozer continue the video series started earlier this year to mark their 20th anniversary as a band. The latest two clips on offer both come from 2002, one from Berlin, Germany, one from who-knows-where in Europe, and find the band playing cuts from their second album, 2001’s Madre de Dios and a 1998 Molten Universe split with fellow Swedes Demon Cleaner that preceded the release of their first full-length, In the Tail of a Comet, in 2000. “Centerline,” the track from that split, represents an era of the band that I continue to feel like has been tragically overlooked.
Dozer, in addition to their 1998 demo, Universe 75 (discussed here), and their 1998 Coming Down the Mountain EP that wound up as a split with Unida the next year, had a trilogy of split releases with Demon Cleaner in ’98 and ’99. All issued via Molten Universe, Demon Cleaner vs. Dozer, Hawaiian Cottage and Domestic Dudes featured two songs each from each band, and to the best of my knowledge that material has never been reissued. Granted, the earliest post-Kyuss desert rock style they showed on those offerings was a long way from what they’d become by the time a decade had passed and they released 2008’s Beyond Colossal — their final outing to-date — but hell, not even a reissue?
I’ve been campaigning the last few years in my quiet way for an early works compilation from Dozer similar to that which Church of Misery first released in 2004, and I think this version of “Centerline” makes another solid argument in favor thereof. Whether or not that will ever happen — hasn’t yet — I don’t know, but for all that Dozer accomplished in the decade between 1999 and 2009, it seems like it’s a stage of the band worth not leaving out of the conversation.
Enjoy “Centerline” and “Full Circle” below:
Dozer, “Centerline” Live in Europe, 2002
Dozer, “Full Circle” Live in Berlin, 2002
20 years is a long time but it sometimes feels as yesterday when we started the band back in 1995. In the following weeks we´ll be putting up some live footage from these past 20 years, recorded with a simple camcorder, so bear with us that the audio and video is not top notch. We enjoyed watching these old vids anyway and hope you do too.
Centerline live in 2002 somewhere in Europe.
Full Circle live in Berlin, Germany 2002.