ALBUM MINUSWELT, SONY RELEASE:
JANUARY 12, 2004 REVIEW: FEBRUARY 2, 2004
one of the more prolific artists in the electronic genre, In Strict Confidence
distinguish themselves due to the fact that each of their albums feature
a band who are giving their all. The advancement in sound and concept
on "Holy" is nothing short of a revelation. In this ever-contracting
world of MP3-based "projects" it’s inspiring to see a
band so professional and relevant. Dennis Ostermann along with his fellow
members Jorg Schelte and Steve Vesper (aka Dragon) really has gone beyond
the call of duty with this one.
of Heaven" opens the gates with thunderous aplomb. It is a mid-tempo
track which perfectly shows the progress which ISC has made since their
previous album "Mistrust the Angels". Following this is the
godlike track "Seven Lives" and goddamnit is it good. Layer
upon layer of perfectly chosen sounds coupled to vocals that are partially
processed and partially just downright vehement. I love this song for
the subtly which it employs; the chorus is bloody infectious. Antje Shultz
(ex-Chandeen) appears on two tracks, one of which "Emergency"
jumps right out of the speakers and into the very depths of my mind. Two
weeks have passed since I got this album and this track still will not
leave my head. I have been smitten with Antje’s voice since first
hearing it with Chandeen in 1993. I still am. By god the choice to use
her as a vocalist was a very saavy move indeed. Hopefully, there will
be a single for this one.
The tempo of this record is generally in the mid to high range but there
are some astoundingly powerful slower works on "Holy". Quite
engaging is the track "Alpha-Centauri" which closes everything
out and whose second half "Alpha-Omega" is included in the limited
edition version of "Holy" on a stand-alone bonus disc. These
two pieces are ambient film-score work at its finest. ISC has many sides,
all of which are done expertly and inventively.
this new effort we find ISC utterly on point and remorselessly slaying
the competition. Upon finishing your perusal of this review, I'd suggest
purchasing this album immediately it is that good. Go. Now.