DEEPER INTO THE HEART OF DYSFUNCTION
ALBUM DREAM CATCHER RELEASE:
JUNE 17, 2002 REVIEW: JULY 4, 2002
band has a lot to answer for, namely the many hours I wasted listening
to this pointless disc. 18 tracks comprise this long-player and two of
them are remixes (the In Strict Confidence remix is the only good song
on this release). I don't get it, I just do not get the what the hell
has happened to Jürgen Engler. This man was one of the pioneers of
"industrial dance music" or whatever you wish to call it. Die
Krupps influenced scores of bands, the most notable being Nitzer Ebb.
There are numerous US nu metal bands who Engler spends this entire album
emulating. This is nothing but a metal album and not the "breakthrough"
it is hailed as. The project is described as "a liberation"
and "a discovering of music history". But to me it would fit
perfectly on any number of useless tours re-hashing the same tired, worn-out
metal formula which lurch across the US summer after summer and are aimed
at the 12-19 year old crowd.
There is nothing distinguishable about what Engler and company have put
out. Song after song is filled with banal lyrics and smatterings of electronics
which are then crushed beneath repetitive, unimaginative guitar riffs.
Add to this that Engler is still trying to sound like Metallica's James
Hetfield and you have all the ingredients of this utterly forgettable
and pointless release.