Schattenmann “Licht An” (Drakkar)
When a band is classified as NDH, Neue Deutsche Härte, (New German Hardness) immediately, the band gets compared to Rammstein. After all, the term was first used after Rammstein’s 1995 debut album, Herzeleid.
And when you hear the opening number, the title track, “Licht An”, it’s a fair comparison. Metal backed Industrial, with stark German vocals, presented in a way that sounds like Till Lindemann.
After this familiar opener, thankfully, the bands own sound starts to seep through.
I probably haven’t mentioned this before, but I actually have my own EBM/Industrial radio show, so this kind of album is what I listen to most, away from the world of Metal. Although this does have quite a lot of Metal woven into the overall sound, albeit of a darker, more Gothic variety.
Genres do blend with each other these days and the boundaries can get very blurred. Which is exactly what happens here. The song structures aren’t a million miles away from the catchy side of Melodic Death, it’s just with a different vocal style, and a few more keyboards.
And the end result is that this will appeal to the Industrial brigade, but it also has plenty of appeal to the Metal market as well. And for a debut album, this is a very confident beginning. If you didn’t know any different, you’d say there were 5 or 6 albums into their career.
If this is your normal thing, you’ll love it. If you’ve never listened to Industrial or NDH before, then take a punt on this one… you might even like it.