And now, a year later, the band presents the ideological continuation of this record – the album called “Helheim”. Actually, the fact that the band would continue to move in the direction set by “Yggdrasil” became evident after the announcement of the title of the new work and the release of its cover. But where the pagan motives have led the “earth dwellers” this time, we will understand below.
Guys from Hämatom are on fire this year. As we remember, in April the band delighted the audience with a fun experimental release called “Berlin”, in which they appeared in an unusual role for themselves. In my opinion, “Berlin” came out as an excellent record, although not all of the band’s fans were happy with the acoustic guitars, trombones and the absence of overdriven guitars on it. Anyway, with the album called “Die Liebe ist tot” the guys got back on track. But, what especially nice is the fact that there was the place for the experiments by Hämatom left on this release as well.
“Endlich!” (Finally!) – this is how the new work of “Uncle Remus” of the German goth scene Alexander Spreng is called, with an inspiring exclamation mark. With this album ASP marked the end of the “Fremd” cycle. As we know, Spreng is foreign to half measures: if it’s a song, then it should be 10 minutes long; if it’s an album cycle, then it should last 10 years. But to be honest, over the years there has been a small lyrical digression in the form of the Verfallen dilogy, the mystical history of the Astoria hotel. Then ASP went back in the “Fremd” cycle direction again. Thus, “Endlich!” became the fifth full-length album of the cycle.
As a result, on each album released by Stahlmann an inquisitive listener will surely find 1-3 cool tunes, while the rest of the material will most likely merge into a single monolith with simple choruses, simple riffs and Martin`s whispers in verses. Is “Quarz” different from the albums of the band mentioned above? In fact, no, and there were no prerequisites for that. But it is definitely better than its predecessor – “Kinder der Sehnsucht”. Nevertheless, let us analyze the new work in more detail and try to understand whether there is some grease for the Stahlmann gears or the mechanism cannot be saved.
To begin with, I stumbled at the moment of listening to the album. I just couldn’t listen to the first two tracks, turning each one off after the first chorus with a slight feeling of secondhand embarrassment. Nevertheless, on the recommendation of the editors of ndhradio.online, I still gave a chance to an album of a project that was completely unfamiliar to me at that time. And then it turned out that the release, firstly, was not at all as bad as I thought, and secondly, I`ve got some thoughts that I would like to share.
So what does “Chaos” offer us? Apart from a short intro, the album consists of 14 tracks, some of which the band released as singles. By the way, none of them made any impression on me, except for a featured track with J.B.O. And thanks to the old guys that they still have gas in their tank, because it was this single that made me, if not look forward to the album, then at least have an increased interest in it.
One of my first thoughts after listening to “Ehrenwort” was the thought that out of the last 3 albums released by the band, it is possible to collect one very cool release that could be rated 10/10. But in reality we have a series of almost identical records that have very timid experiments within the framework of their sound.
The band`s familiar Dark Rock sound began to form in 2005, when the musicians shortened the name of their band to Mystigma, softened the sound a little and diversified their mixes with more electronics than on their previous releases. It should be noted that in the same period of time, German-language tracks began to appear on their releases, but in baby steps so far. The album called “Unzerbrechlich” was the band`s big break in this regard, on which a good half of the compositions was already recorded in their native language. Apparently, the record was well received by the audience, because three subsequent full-length albums, including the new “Gebete” release, were already almost completely in German. I personally quite liked the material of the band that was recorded in English, but I must admit that German suits them quite well, and in this case, I think that Mystigma went the right way. Moreover, in recent years the band has become much more interesting in terms of the melodic composition of their tracks. And now, perhaps, is the most suitable moment to move on to the review of the “Gebete” record itself, Mystigma`s 6th album after the name of the band was changed.
Kuhlmann! The men in their prime age playing straight, powerful NDH with really great deep bass-bariton voice. I’m pretty sure , you will fall in love with that voice from the first listening! And soon you will have a great opportunity, while Kuhlmann have just announced their new single “Das Haus”. The song is going to be released next Friday, October, 22nd along with new video.
Ridiculous pink elephant on the cover, vaguely familiar song title… Wait! This is second official Nebelhaus single “Ding Dong Song” is going to be released this Friday! If the song title itself means nothing to you, then you will surely recognize it by the first line: “uh, you touch my tra la la…”. Yeah, Nebelhaus made a cover of Swedish singer Günther.
I don’t know if the collaboration with Harms influenced the band so much, but comparing this record with their debut album, one can argue that this is a completely different level. This applies not only to the sound itself that has become more saturated, more spatial, brighter, with a thick rhythm-guitar tone and a ringing and clear rhythm section, but, more importantly, to the quality of songwriting in general. The new Kaizer album sounds more sophisticated in every way; male and female vocals match more organically, the guitar riffs are either not as primitive as in the debut album, or are played together with keys and drums so that it is impossible to doubt their relevance; melodies stick to your memory even before the last chord of the song is played. By the way, here I would like to emphasize the hit potential of the record.
I have learned about Nebelhaus just recently. Probably a couple of months ago, after listening to their first demo with vocals called “Aderlass” (we will come back to their demos a bit later). And then this project became one of my favorites among the bands from the new generation of NDH. You might object to that by saying that Nebelhaus is another clone of Rammstein, here we go again and why should one be interested in this band? But I have something to object to that. To understand what Nebelhaus is and why it sounds like that, you need to understand how it all started.
The main problem when writing a review on Lord Of The Lost’s new album was to choose the narrative form. I really like Harms’s creativity, professionalism, and the pedantry of his approach to the composing, performance and presentation of the material, and after listening to the new release I was so much itching to write a maximally complete song-by-song review … But the thing is that for you to familiarize yourself with all of the LOTL’ new material from beginning to end, including the “Judas” album itself and the bonuses to it, you will have to listen to 70 tracks with a total duration of more than four and a half hours. Yeah, no kidding. Some other artists can hardly count such a lot of material in their entire career, but Harms and Co. just up and release an album in such a format. That’s crazy! I never cease to admire this man’s talent and productivity.
The second full-length album of a young Mexican band called Eggvn has relatively recently been released and could go unnoticed by the fans of the style of Dark electro/Industrial due to the little popularity of this duet within topic circles. But things can be fixed because Eggvn have everything to become a really prominent band on the Dark Scene and not someday but right now.
It seems that me myself got to know the band in 2019 when I listened to their debut album called “Solve Et Coagula”. At that time the record produced a positive impression on me but didn`t stay in my playlist for long. The material written for “Solve et Coagula” album was a rather powerful combination of Dark Electro and Industrial Rock, distorted up the wazoo. Besides that, it seemed to me that the record lacked some bright moments, catchy bangers and changes in rhythmic patterns. Nevertheless, this debut album was undoubtedly a solid one and defined the sound concept of the band. And now, a few years later, the second album of the band called “La Era de la Bestia” that will be discussed below, was released.
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