DRONE RELEASE: OCTOBER
22, 2004 REVIEW: DECEMBER
Krautrock. Monotone beats. Innovative
electronica. You never thought Death
in Vegas would trade in their heavy
grooves, Indian rhythms, guest vocalists
and psychedelia to make a record that
is a homage to Neu!, Can and Kraftwerk,
did you? Well, neither did I.
And alluring and nice to listen to
as "Satan’s Circus"
is to a Neu!-freak like myself –
especially songs like "Sons of
Rother" (of course) and down-tuned
"Candie McKenzie" –
I don’t quite get it. What’s
the point in making a record that
clearly just takes the sounds and
ideas of your heroes and twist them
just a little? The usage of the "riff"
from "Tour de France" is
quite boring, actually, and although
the rest of "Satan’s Circus"
manages to sate a krautrock fiend
like myself, it still is a bit too
indulgent and repetitive to make the
regular Death in Vegas-fan satisfied.
But it is a nice listen, especially
with the limited bonus-CD holding
a live concert – and quite a
fearless and daring accomplishment
not to make the album everyone thought
you would. It just isn’t very
exciting if you have heard the originals.