Chris Pohl returns with his lovely female singers to deliver the best
Blutengel CD yet. This Demon Kiss
album is a continuation of the sound delivered on Blutengel's
previous recording Angel Dust, but offers
The songs are created with well layered electronic programming, heavy
beats, haunting melodies and a combination of Chris' deep thick accented
singing and seductive female singing provided by his gothic beauties.
This is somewhat energetic dark EBM with darkwave elements combined
with a romantic vampire theme. The songs are powerful and emotional
with a lot of feeling and mood
Chris Pohl is one of the busiest individuals in the industrial/EBM/darkwave
scene today. He has five music projects including: Blutengel,
Pain Of Progress, Seelenkrank, Terminal
Choice and Tumor. I would think that with
juggling so many different projects his music would suffer because of
it, but it doesnít. This latest Blutengel offering
entitled "Angel Dust" is superb.
While I enjoyed the previous Blutengel release "Seelenschmerz",
this Angel Dust recording surpasses it in overall polish and production.
Basically, Chris has matured even more as a musician compiling songs
of greater structure, atmosphere and melody while still retaining energetic
rhythms and beats along with deep emotional singing.
"Seelenschmerz" mixed a lot of different
styles including several orchestrated instrumentals, heavy industrial
with distorted vocals and upbeat dark electro-pop with female singing.
This "Angel Dust" album has much
more focus sticking to a similar style from beginning to end. There
are only three instrumentals that play at the beginning, middle and
end of the disc. The other thirteen songs include vocals. And thereís
a lot more female vocals this time. Some songs only include Chrisí vocals,
some only include female vocals, and some include both together. This
is great for diversity.
As I mentioned earlier, this recording sticks to a similar style all
the way through. And that style is dark EBM/darkwave. There are no heavy
electro-industrial songs offered here. Chris has decided to save those
for his other projects. Every song here plays along at a rather mid-tempo
pace. Some tracks are energetic enough for the dance floor, while others
are darker and moodier better suited for other environments.
The music is made up of well layered and textured electronic programming
and bass beats frantically playing over beautifully dark and haunting
melodies. The singing by both Chris and his female guests is clean and
clear with emotion and passion.
Everything about this album, from its packaging to its sound, has a
gothic vibe. The CD book is nicely done with several professional photos
of Chris and many beautiful women scantily dressed in gothic attire.
If you like darker more gothic moods in your electronic music along
with passionate male and female vocals, you will definitely like this
is a Christian Pohl music project. You might be familiar with his other
more popular and well known band Terminal
Choice. But since Terminal Choice is a rather campy electro-industrial/metal
hybrid with tongue-in-cheek lyrics, I was never really aware of just
how mature and serious Christian could be as a musician. I didn't know
of his true talents until hearing this amazing Blutengel release. Not
only should Blutengel be his more popular project, it should be the
one that he focuses more of his time and energy on promoting. Because,
in my opinion, itís a much better project than Terminal Choice.
The music in these songs is dark and haunting with beautiful soundcsapes
overlaid by energetic well layered electronic programming and beats.
The vocals switch between male and female with duets on some tracks.
Christian can really sing and carry a tune with melody. He proves that
here often. He also, of course, has his more angrier distorted fits
of rage similar to Terminal Choice.
The guest female singers have beautiful voices and add a nice element
to the songs that they are included on. It would have been nice if they
were used more. The vocals are sung in both English and German depending
on the song. Thankfully, unlike Terminal Choice, the lyrics are well
Littered throughout the album are enchanting and mesmerizing dark orchestrated
instrumentals that add another dimension to this CD.
Fans of The Dust Of Basement,
In Strict Confidence
and Líame Immortelle will especially enjoy this album. Itís a
must for those who enjoy dark european electro-industrial with a dash
of darkwave featuring both male and female singing.