ALBUM SYNTHETIC SYMPHONY RELEASE:
JUNE 25, 2001 REVIEW: JUNE 1, 2001
Berlin's Dance or Die are back with their fifth album and this is their first on SPV's Synthetic Symphony label. Note that "Schlafende Energie" is also released in a limited edition, with a sticker and two bonus mixes from Das Ich and Aliens Electric.
will start right off by telling you I haven't been listening that much to
Dance or Die in the past. I have heard some tracks like "Psychoburbia"
and "Minuteman", and I have liked it, but I haven't delved deeper. Therefore,
I perhaps I have a fresh view on the band, as this is the first complete
album I've heard.
The first thought to hit me is "wow, they must have
listened a lot to Sisters of Mercy", and this feeling stays with me throughout
the album. That's not to say that the music always sounds like the Sisters,
but at least the singing reminds me of Andrew Eldritch's.
The dark, growling style works for the most part, but in the slow and
beautiful track "Free", the vocal duties is handled by another singer named
Cecilia Aurore and it fits the song's gentler nature. The album is filled
to the brim with 15 different tracks. The styles vary from slower, atmospheric tracks like
"Secret of the Sun" to rampant dance tunes like "Reality Suxxx".
the melodic tracks works best, and my personal favourite is "Follow Me". It is a mid-tempo, uplifting track with nicely layered electronics
underneath Wagner's dark vocals.
Unfortunately, because of the sheer number of tracks there is one boring
track for every good one, which is a shame. Maybe they should have filtered
out some of the tracks. The album is excellently produced, with a modern, almost exclusively electronic sound in most of the tracks.
"Schlafende Energie" grows on me from listen to listen, but thanks to the many "filler"
tracks, the rating won't go higher than seven.