DEPENDENT RELEASE: DECEMBER 9, 2002 REVIEW: FEBRUARY
are a lot of naysayers who enjoy calling Suicide Commando a Klinik tribute
act. Allow me to state an often overlooked fact: the project has been
around since 1986, a mere two years after The Klinik emerged. And while
Klinik has moved beyond their origins, Suicide Commando have further explored
that dark, oppressively cruel musical world. This disc is an excellent
one for those who are not fans, which I suspect is who it is aimed at.
the fans, this may seem to be a bit of overkill when you consider the
rabid nature of most Suicide Commando fans. But even though 98% of the
tracks here has been previously released, it is the very impressive arc
which this compilation offers that makes up for the lack of a larger measure
of unreleased material; they did an album entitled "Chromydioxyde
1" back in 2000 to satisfy that angle anyway.
the early mania of "Never Get out" to recent songs such as "Dein
Herz, Meine Gier", Johan van Roy has charted the maniacal and somewhat
luridly compulsive side of human existence. The fact that so many of his
vitriolic little diatribes have become club hits the world over only serves
notice that he's on to something. And no, the music is rather straight
forward and aggressively produced. Big deal. Suicide Commando are an unashamedly
EBM-driven project. While a lot of his contemporaries have attempted to
evolve and wound up delivering albums which are shamefully commercial
in their crass appeal, Suicide Commando have honed and perfected their
style while carrying the torch pretty much by themselves in these dishonourable
days of future pop. For this, they are to be commended. "Better off
Dead", "See You in Hell", "Love Breeds Suicide",
"Murder"... they're all here.
second disc contains two previously unreleased versions of the songs "See
You in Hell" and "Desire". Why, he's even included a cover
of Klinik's "Sick in Your Mind". Obviously, the man has no fear
of what people think.