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donderdag 18 juni 2015
SCHWARZER ENGEL: Imperium I - Im Reich Der Götter



Release: 2015-04-24
Style: dark gothic metal
Label: www.massacre-records.com
Website: www.schwarzerengel.info
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/schwarzerengelband
Country: Germany
Playing Time: 48:03
Cat. N°: MAS CD 0890
Review by: Vera
Translated by: Vera
Rating: 7,5/10


English:

Schwarzer Engel happens to be a typical German band which was easily picked up by the gothic circuit in that country. Every album was followed by some appearances on renowned festivals such as Wave Gotik Treffen or Castle Rock and after the release of predecessor ’In Brennenden Himmel’ (2013) a proper tour was done with Eisregen and Debauchery. Two years later Schwarzer Engel comes with the successor and fourth studio album. As usual it is announced with fuss making announcements, this time as being the first part of an ‘Imperium’ project. By the way, this is mainly the brainchild of Jack-of-all-trades Dave Jason, assisted by live session musicians on stage, while drawing influences from stamping gothic rock in the vein of Rammstein, Eisbrecher and ASP. He always works with producer Jan Vacik at Munich based Dreamsound Studios.

‘Imperium I – Im Reich Der Götter’ includes eleven accessible songs (plus bonus track ‘Beuget Euch’ on the digipack) behind its megalomaniac title and be sure you will soon hum along with them. In despite of a dark timbre, the songs surely have a kind of inciting entertaining impact with huge potential. They do not shun any grandeur and that’s obvious from the very outset in the heavily symphonic intro ‘Götterdämmerung’, but soon it gets robust and fast stamping in ‘Gott Vs. Satan’, with some rougher vocals and dramatic arrangements. Jason has been generous with these orchestral arrangements this time. Fans of Rammstein will obviously love stamping songs like the sturdy ‘Schwarzkunst’, the rhythmic ‘Ritt Der Toten’ (they will shoot a video clip for that) or the up-tempo ‘Meine Liebe’ with any choirs. The choruses are catchy and ultra fetching, while the beginning of ‘Du’ is regaled with gracious organ and other songs are built upon dynamic riffs and/or melodic guitars. Now and then a dark voice adds an eerie intermezzo. All ingredients together result in a meritorious album in the genre (symphonic gothic with any industrial flavours). It is not original or innovative, yet very infectious.


Nederlands:

Schwarzer Engel happens to be a typical German band which was easily picked up by the gothic circuit in that country. Every album was followed by some appearances on renowned festivals such as Wave Gotik Treffen or Castle Rock and after the release of predecessor ’In Brennenden Himmel’ (2013) a proper tour was done with Eisregen and Debauchery. Two years later Schwarzer Engel comes with the successor and fourth studio album. As usual it is announced with fuss making announcements, this time as being the first part of an ‘Imperium’ project. By the way, this is mainly the brainchild of Jack-of-all-trades Dave Jason, assisted by live session musicians on stage, while drawing influences from stamping gothic rock in the vein of Rammstein, Eisbrecher and ASP. He always works with producer Jan Vacik at Munich based Dreamsound Studios.

‘Imperium I – Im Reich Der Götter’ includes eleven accessible songs (plus bonus track ‘Beuget Euch’ on the digipack) behind its megalomaniac title and be sure you will soon hum along with them. In despite of a dark timbre, the songs surely have a kind of inciting entertaining impact with huge potential. They do not shun any grandeur and that’s obvious from the very outset in the heavily symphonic intro ‘Götterdämmerung’, but soon it gets robust and fast stamping in ‘Gott Vs. Satan’, with some rougher vocals and dramatic arrangements. Jason has been generous with these orchestral arrangements this time. Fans of Rammstein will obviously love stamping songs like the sturdy ‘Schwarzkunst’, the rhythmic ‘Ritt Der Toten’ (they will shoot a video clip for that) or the up-tempo ‘Meine Liebe’ with any choirs. The choruses are catchy and ultra fetching, while the beginning of ‘Du’ is regaled with gracious organ and other songs are built upon dynamic riffs and/or melodic guitars. Now and then a dark voice adds an eerie intermezzo. All ingredients together result in a meritorious album in the genre (symphonic gothic with any industrial flavours). It is not original or innovative, yet very infectious.


Tracklist:

Götterdämmerung (1:44)
Gott Vs. Satan (3:42)
Herrscher Der Nacht (3:45)
Schwarzkunst (3:41)
Ave Maria (Die Mutter Gottes) (3:47)
Du (4:01)
Ritt Der Toten (4:35)
Tiefer (Muss Ich Graben) (3:56)
Schmerz Bleibt Mein (4:00)
Meine Liebe (4:02)
Im Herzen Wohnt Die Trauer (5:23)

Digipak bonus track:
Beuget Euch (5:03)

Musicians:

Dave Jason: vocals, guitars, drums, composition & orchestral programming

Live line-up +

Jens Lindmaier: E-guitar
Stefan Griesshammer: E-guitar
Bert Oeler: bass
Carlo Schmidt: drums




Geplaatst door Vera op donderdag 18 juni 2015 - 09:49:02
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