Flood is producing again, and "Industrial Complex" is a sort of continuation of "Big Hit" but also their earlier, harder stuff. It's like a "best of" of sorts, but distilled and matured with perfect production values. It's groovier and heavier than ever, and Douglas is on top of things as usual, giving some of his best performances in a long time.
I'm very happy that Nitzer Ebb has returned with this powerhouse of an album, just in time to once again go on tour with Depeche Mode. Life really goes in circles. Speaking of Depeche, Martin L Gore sings backing vocals on "Once You Say", a song with a deliciously bubbling bassline and driving rhythm that perfectly represents the new Nitzer Ebb.
In a broader sense, I'm happy that one of the old school bands comes back and shows people how it's supposed to be done. With sheer musicality they position themselves light years ahead of most other bands in the modern EBM genre. Although, to be honest I'm not sure I want to put them there, even though they employ fast monotone basslines from time to time. Nitzer Ebb has moved on.