ALBUM BLOODLINE, SSC, PLAYGROUND RELEASE:
FEBRUARY 26, 2001 REVIEW: MARCH 14, 2001
But more intelligent and thoughtful. That's what "Phosphor"
sounded like to me after a few rounds in my head.
Unheilig, a k a Der
Graf, weighs everything on delicate scales before letting it out of his
private spheres. Some of the playfulness is lost to a more polished, listener-friendly
sound. For good and bad. Just like Rammstein he varies doom vocals with
more tender singing displays. And the song foundation is also quite similar
in the fusion of raw metal guitars and brittle electronics. The difference
lies in production and attitude.
"Phosphor" offers fast and slow, hard and soft, edgy and accessible,
but never really engages me. Strong choruses, anger and clever melodies
lost in something indefinable. "Sage Ja!" and "Die Macht"
are two prime exceptions, though.
I'd be surprised if Unheilig didn't break big, at least in their home
country, Germany. He is still plenty talented, Der Graf, and shows it
on most parts of "Phosphor". I am, however, not totally convinced.