Bull of Heaven is what might loosely be called a noise band, a duo consisting of Neil Keener and Clayton Counts, the latter of whom maintains the band's Facebook page. The band is notable for producing songs of epic length as well as for the varied output they produce (up to and including releases minus music).
Sadly, around late November of 2016, Neil broke the news on the group's Facebook page that Clayton tragically passed away, putting the project's future to uncertainty.
Bull of Heaven provides examples of:
- Blatant Lies: The genre listing of all of their releases is "Top 40".
- Deadpan Snarker: Clayton was one, if his Facebook postings are any indication. The fans join in, too.
- Epic Rocking: There really is no other way to say it when pieces of over an hour constitute their shorter material. It's probably safe to say these guys hold the record for longest released song.
This piece is 8.637×10^10 average Gregorian years long, which Wolfram Alpha assures me is approximately 19 times the age of the Sun, and 6.3 times the age of the Universe.
- "n" (song 287), runs for 87,708,958,333,333 hours, 53 minutes, 20 seconds. That song's filesize is 1.3 zetabytes.
- "It is Part of Space and Time" (song 302) well, take it from the band's Facebook page:
- Hidden Track: In spades. In the directory for downloading files, there are several folders listed as untitled# where # is a number. Inside these are tracks not listed on the main site player. There may be more unlisted material than there is "released".
- Indecipherable Lyrics: When there are lyrics at all, they're usually this.
- Long Title: The duo likes to do this to much of their library, e.g.:
- "I Watched You Enter Your Home from Inside a Dumpster"
- "Like a Wall in Which an Insect Lives and Gnaws"
- "A Strife of Interests Masquerading as a Contest of Principles"
- The untitled pieces, with alphanumeric filenames.
- Only Smart People May Pass: Several of their later works are as much puzzles to figure out how to get the songs from as they are actual songs.
- Spoken Word in Music: On occasion, the band employs this, with varying focus on the speech itself relative to the music. A few examples include:
- "A Beautiful Dog"
- "Become Smaller and Smaller"
- "For Idle Dreams of Things Which Cannot Be"
- "The End of the World Must Be Coming"
- Textless Album Cover: Usually averted, but played straight starting with "And the Bones and the Sinews Were Polished by the Wear".
- Three Chords and the Truth: Well, more like just three chords and some variation, with "Return of Ghost Sheriff (Werewolves Are Chasing Me)". However, it doesn't quite fit, as it's still 43 minutes long.
- Voice of the Legion: This effect was used at least once, namely in "Be Not Daunted Thereby, Nor Terrified, Nor Awed".