ALBUM MASSACRE RELEASE: MAY
27, 2002 REVIEW: JUNE 4, 2002
Ich's energetic "Destillat" is actually played almost every
time I go clubbing. And this, one of the best EBM songs of all times in
my honest opinion, always makes me long for new twisted Das Ich hits.
I was indeed very pleased with Das Ich wizard Bruno Kramm's solo album
"Coeur" from last year. But it has certainly been too long since
we last heard from Das Ich.
"Antichrist" is their 13th release and the first on Massacre
Records. This magic piece of music is not likely to disappoint anyone.
On the other hand, this album can open some doors for a band still far
from real stardom.
Das Ich deliver nine state of the art compositions in their truly unique
fashion. The album is ended with the 17 minute piece "Der Achte Tag",
simply the opposite of pop.
Das Ich draw from centuries of classic music and let the sounds from conventional
instruments meet the technology of today. The result is nothing less of
stunning. I can't help but wonder why so many electronic music artists
are stuck with just machine sounds, imitating their idols to death.
Stefan Ackermann's voice deliver the poetic lyrics in German in the usual
impressive manner. On the mentioned "Couer" Kramm showed us
he could sing and sing well. His voice can be heard here as well, even
if it's ever so briefly.
The well-crafted and multi-layered music is threatening, dark, weird and
extreme. But at the same time we are actually talking about real song
structures, dance patterns and a morbid groove. The end result is also
some über-cool kind of hi-tech pop. It's previously unheard of, at
least in this world.