WAHRHEIT ODER PFLICHT
RCA, BMG RELEASE: JUNE
9, 2004 REVIEW: JULY 1,
German veterans in Oomph! have now
reached album number nine, and this
time we’re talking commercial
metal. Commercial as in polished and
melodic, not as in crap.
Oomph! started out as an EBM-band,
but have gradually worked themselves
over to the guitar dominated spectrum
of music, even though machines are
found here and there in the songs.
This has lead to widespread recognition
at least in Germany, where this album
entered the official charts, and the
single “Augen Auf” even
went to number one! There is no doubt
that ”Wahrheit oder Pflicht”
appeals to the masses.
The three guys with the fantastic
stage names Dero, Crap and Flux can
sure puzzle together a great rock
tune when they want to, and as a matter
of fact most songs here could be singles.
If they just had trimmed down the
album a tad it would be a lot tighter,
and I think it would have benefited
The orginal version of the album was
released in Germany earlier this year.
In my country Sweden, the new special
edition I’m reviewing is the
first and only one to show up. It
has the new hit single (and
funny, high-budget Frankenstein video)
“Brennende Liebe”, which
is an interesting collaboration with
L’ame Immortelle and their female
singer. Fans of melodic modern metal
with industrial elements should definitely
check this album out.