Label: Metropolis Records (2004)
Style: Dark Electro-industrial
Ich are back with this follow-up to 2002's Anti'
Christ. Their sound hasn't changed much as this album
basically sounds like a continuation of Anti' Christ.
So much it could be called "Anti' Christ 2". While this isn't
a bad thing since Anti' Christ is a good album,
I would have still preferred a little more change in their sound on
this release. Because after two years it would have been nice to get
something new instead of just more of the same thing. But I do like
the music of Das Ich, so I'm fine with another batch of tunes from them
even if they do sound rather familiar.
What Das Ich delivers on this album are mid to fast
tempo dark orchestrated electro-industrial songs with tight programming,
heavy beats, dramatic melodies and snarling vocals. All of the lyrics
are in German, but I'm fine with this because there's a lot of emotion
in both the music and vocals that I can still feel the passion without
understanding the words.
What I like about Das Ich is that they have their own
unique sound. This allows them to stand out. Every song on this CD is
good, but some are more exciting than others. I especially enjoy the
more energetic club tracks. If you like dark electro-industrial with
German vocals, you should check this out.
Label: Metropolis Records (2002)
Style: Dark Electro-industrial
I have not been a follower of Das Ich as their recordings
have only been available in Europe until recently. And I never imported
their albums because their songs only include German lyrics. While I
can accept German lyrics in a few songs on a CD, I donít like them for
every song. But since this latest release by Das Ich was released domestically
by Metropolis Records, I figured I would give it a
listen. And Iím rather glad that I did as itís quite good.
What Das Ich delivers here are extremely dark and dramatic
orchestrated electronic songs with a touch of industrial, EBM and darkwave.
The music is made up of well textured electronic programming, heavy
beats, haunting melodies and angry snarling male vocals that growl out
the lyrics with spite.
While the songs are rather energetic, they donít really come off as
dance tracks. Theyíre very orchestrated with a lot of dramatic moods
and emotions creating an atmosphere of power and passion. But thatís
not to say that the album is completely void of club tracks as there
are quite a few here.
Thereís not a bad track to be heard here. They all manage to bring in
their own unique elements to allow them to stand apart from each other.
This is one of the few albums that I donít mind all the lyrics being
in German as the singer doesnít sound like the usual deep and dreary
German singer with an overly thick accent. While I would have liked
some songs to have English lyrics, I admit that the all German lyrics
keep the album consistent from beginning to end.
If you like dark, angry and aggressive German electro-industrial music
with a dramatic orchestrated edge, this Das Ich CD
canít be missed. But be warned that this album is not nice and friendly
for shiny happy people. Itís quite evil only meant for those who have
a dark side.
Label: Metropolis Records (2001)
This is a best of remix collection of songs by the German dark electro-industrial
band Das Ich. Each song here is remixed by a big name
band in the scene including And One,
Funker Vogt, L'ame
Immortelle, Dance or Die,
Strict Confidence, Kalte
Farben and more. Since I've never heard the original versions
of these songs, I can't judge how these remixes compare to them. But
I do know that almost each and every song offered here is great.
Thankfully, none of my usual complaints with best of remix CDs are present
here. There's no repeated songs, and every song is recorded at the same
volume level. Basically, you're given fifteen of Das Ich's
best songs remixed by some of the best artists in the scene. How can
you go wrong with that?
What is so great about this CD is the amount of variety it offers. While
most of the tracks are energetic and aggressive dark electro-industrial,
there's moody deep and dramatic songs as well as industrial metal songs
with chugging guitars. Every song sounds different, and are all placed
in a great order.
The overall sound present throughout this long player is dark German
industrial music created with nicely layered energetic electronic programming,
heavy beats, dramatic melodies and angry growling male vocals. Sometimes
in the mix are guitars as well, but fear not electro purists as they
blend nicely with the music without ever overpowering it.
All of the lyrics are in German, and while I don't usually like all-German
lyrics, I don't mind them too much on this recording. This is mainly
because I like the singer's voice as it's not the usual deep thick dreary
tone that a lot of German singers have.
As with most CDs, some tracks stand out more than others, but nothing
is bad. If you like angry and aggressive German electro-industrial music,
this CD is for you.
Label: Etherhaus (1996)
Style: Electro Goth
music found on this album is created with beautifully orchestrated haunting
synths, drum programming, and catchy electronics. All of the harmonies
found here are extremely melodic and powerful. This is dramatic soundtrack
music for a stylistic horror film. Overlaying the music are emotional
vocals that sing melodically as well as scream with anger and rage.
However, all of the singing is in German. Even though I can't understand
a damn word, the lyrics are sung with so much emotion and passion that
I can't help but be drawn to them. This is some of the most powerful,
emotional, and well done music that I have ever heard before. Each song
is extremely catchy, and pulls you into its morbid world.