MASSACRE, CENTURY MEDIA RELEASE:
JUNE 28, 2004 REVIEW: JULY
the productive duo, Das Ich return
two years after "Antichrist"
with an even more melodic, bombast-driven
work. Where "Antichrist"
veered off into the realms of pop
music, there are only hints of it
on the "Lava Glut" album.
Stefan Ackermann sounds right at home
furiously enunciating his words to
Bruno Kramm's impossibly perfect musical
backing. This is a pair who compliment
each other as seamlessly as Horn and
plays a larger role on this release.
There are several moments where you
begin to think that the songs are
going to sink into nothing but noise
and then, these beautiful classical
interludes jump out at you. Speaking
of classical sound, Das Ich have added
a lot more to "Lava Glut"
than they have previously used. This
is not to say that they have made
a low-key album. Tracks like "Fieber"
gallop along, smashing dancefloor
vertabrae and crushing everything
beneath. "Sehnsucht" is
an excellent example of the fine-tuned
ability that Das Ich can conjure.
It is nuanced with some truly powerful
There is another edition of "Lava
Glut" called "Lava Asche"
with danceable versions which screams
along quite madly. Thoroughly engaging
although I would have preferred to
have Terminal Choice and Wumpscut
not do any remixes.
For the truly devoted, the limited
edition of "Lava Asche"
comes with a bonus DVD called "Lava
Addendum" with live footage with
a quite hilarious tourbook of their
last tour of the United States. A
riveting live presence, Das Ich are
by turns both menacing and almost
human at times. Their concert work
does not disappoint.
After 15 years, Das Ich have chosen
to release a definitive new album
rather than a quick cash-out best
of. Stellar work, Bruno and Stefan.
Here's to another 15.