DIE FORM

Album: "Inhuman"
Label: Metropolis Records (2004)
Style: Industrial / darkwave
Songs: 12

B
 

Reviewed by: Darklight

Die Form has been making their unique blend of industrial darkwave hybrid music for what seems like forever now. I personally have never been a big fan of their music as it's usually a little too out there for me. I did like their previous CD Extremum, but tired of it rather quickly since the entire mood of it was slow and dreary, and all of the songs basically sounded the same. However, I like this Inhuman CD much more. The band has gone through some changes over the past four years since Extremeum was released, and I'm happy with the outcome.

What this CD does exceptionally well is blend heavy industrial noise and beats with the haunting beauty of darkwave. While this might sound odd on paper, it actually works better than I thought it would. The electronic programming is energetic with layers of crazy sounds and club beats overlaid by beautifully haunting melodies and enchanting female singing. Occasionally oddly altered male vocals talk quickly in the music as well which adds an even more weird vibe to this bizarre mix of music. There's also times when more traditional type distorted growling male vocals come in and fit much better. It's too bad that they're not used more in these songs as they really add a nice touch to the songs.

This is one of the more structured Die Form CDs I've heard. The songs aren't quite as experimental as they have been in the past. But the music is still creative as ever with so many different things happening constantly. I like the fact that the majority of songs are rather energetic. There's the occasional mellow song, but they don't dominate the CD like they did on past Die Form recordings.

The overall sound of the CD sounds like what you might get if you put Dead Can Dance, Delerium and X Marks The Pedwalk in a blender. You get industrial/EBM programming and beats, altered male vocals, gothic melodies and enigmatic female vocals.

The only things that bring down the CD are that some of the songs sound too similar, the weird altered male vocals sometimes are added when they shouldn't be, and the female singing never really changes. But these are small complaints considering the overall quality of the CD is so great and offers a fresh sound. If you think you would enjoy a combination of industrial and darkwave music, this CD is for you.

 

Album: "Extremum"
Label: Metropolis Records (2000)
Style: Dark electro / experimental
Songs: 14

B

Reviewed by: Darklight

Die Form is one of the few old school industrial bands still making music today. I will admit that Iíve never really been a rather big fan of their music as I usually tend to stay away from the more experimental side of electronic music. While I felt what I have heard from them in the past was indeed good, it just wasnít for me. But since I was hearing so many great things about this latest release, I decided to pick it up. I will admit that upon my first listen I wasnít really blown away. But this is the type of music that you have to allow to sink in. So after a few more listens I started to really enjoy what it had to offer.

The songs delivered on this CD mix a lot of different elements in them. To my surprise, there are vocals on each track ranging from dreary male spoken word, to hauntingly eerie operatic female chanting. One of the reasons that I didnít enjoy Die Form in the past is because a lot of their material was lacking vocals.

This album combines structure with experimentation which is nice because the tracks are structured enough to keep you from losing interest, but experimental enough to make everything quite creative and interesting. So thereís a good balance between the two throughout this album making for a rather artisitc musical journey.

While there are a couple of songs here that are quite fast paced and energetic enough for the clubfloor, the majority of the album does tend to lean more toward dark and chilling feelings that are mid-tempo creating frightening atmospheres. Basically, this is somber dark electronic music with a lot of different moods and emotions.

The electronic effects are very creative with various sounds coming and going constantly. The synth harmonies are dramatic with great orchestration. The vocals are a blend of both dreary, slightly growled, male spoken word and enchanting female singing that floats in the background like an entity.

Some tracks are more layered with sounds than others. Some do sound a bit minimalistic with mainly bass beats and chanting creating them. But even the more dreary empty songs work because they still contain the dark artistic beauty that this entire album offers.

Overall, thereís some really odd and strange elements included here that you just donít hear anywhere else. This is extremely dark, almost gothic, music. But itís quite technological as well featuring futuristic sci-fi electro sounds and, at times, robotically altered male vocals.

My main problem with this CD is that the majority of the tracks all sound alike. Thereís just not a lot of differences from one track to the next. Theyíre all basically slow paced with a combo of male spoken word and female operatic singing. A little more variety would have been nice. A few more hard driving club tracks would have helped out a lot as well to give the album more contrast. But as it stands now this album is like listening to one long drawn out track from beginning to end.

I do admit that I still donít quite underatnd the popularity surrounding this CD. While itís good for what it is, I personally think that other similar and less appreciated acts such as The Dust Of Basement and Líame Immortelle are much better.