"Als Die Liebe Starb"
Label: Matrix Cube
Style: Industrial/Gothic Rock
Hannes Medwenitsch is no longer with Líame Immortelle.
He left prior to this CD being recorded. He now has his own solo project
called Nature Destroyed. I was rather shocked by the
news of him leaving Líame Immortelle as heís been a
part of the band since their start. I can only assume that he left because
he didnít agree with the direction that both Thomas Rainer and Sonja
Kraushofer wanted to take Líame Immortelle in.
When I first listened to this Als Die Liebe Starb
CD I was quite surprised by its sound. Itís a big change for Líame Immortelle.
Basically, the band uses a lot more real organic instruments now such
as guitars, e-bow, live drums, violin and violin cello. Electronic programming
and synth melodies are still in the music as well, but theyíre used
more as an added layer as opposed to actually making the music like
in the past. This definitely adds more of a gothic rock sound to their
I admit that itís strange hearing instruments such as guitars in Líame
Immortelleís music. I have four prior full-length releases by them where
the music is created almost 100% with electronic programming, sampling
and keyboards. But while it does sound odd to hear real instruments
in their music now, I must admit that I somewhat like it. The band has
always had a classical and gothic sound to their music, so for them
to decide to use real instruments isnít really a big surprise. The difference
is that the dark EBM sound from their past is somewhat missing now.
While thereís still a good helping of electronic programming in this
music, itís not included nearly as much as before. This removes the
dance edge from their music that was present in a lot of their previous
The CD opens with "Februar" which is a dark and haunting somewhat
experimental industrial / gothic / metal hybrid song that creeps along
eerily at its start with male spoken word done in German. Midway through
its playing course the song picks up with chugging guitars, frantic
dramatic melodies and Thomasí angry growl. It sounds very much like
a Das Ich song due to itís dark dramatic orchestrated
sound and vocal style. Itís the strangest track on the CD, but I still
like it as an opening song. Track two "Tiefster Winter" sounds
like a traditional Líame Immortelle song with energetic rhythms and
beats complimented by Sonjaís beautiful singing and Thomasí angry snarl.
Track three "Have I Ever" is a melodic mid-tempo gothic rock
ballad with enchanting singing by Sonja and a smooth vocal delivery
by Thomas. It does have commercial appeal to it, but I still like it
a lot. Track four "Letting Go" is a cold and haunting darkwave
song with Sonja providing all of the vocals for the song in her beautifully
angelic style. Track five "Aus Den Ruinen" starts off melodic
and soothing with a darkwave vibe along with Sonjaís mesmerizing voice,
and then explodes with energy as heavy guitar and beats kick into overdrive
as Thomas shouts with anger. The song goes from melodic to aggressive
during its entire playing course making it one of the more exciting
songs delivered here. Track six "Certainty" sounds like an
80s gothic song similar to Siouxsie & The Banshees.
Sonja sings so differently on this song that I donít even recognize
her. While I like the song, itís a little too much of a change for Líame
Immortelle to include here. It would have been better suited for a side-project
in my opinion. Track seven "Lake Of tears" is another one of
my favorite songs here keeping with the traditional Líame Immortelle
sound while including just enough of a new edge to allow it to stand
out. Itís a mid-tempo song primarily made with electronic programming
and synth melodies along with both Sonjaís beautiful singing and Thomasí
clear deep voice. Track eight "Betrayal" is a gothic song similar
to "Certainty" with a slight 80s sound and Sonja singing unlike
her usual style. Again, I like the song, but feel that it would have
been better suited for a side-project as it sounds a little too different
for Líame Immortelle. Track nine "Im Tod Vereint" is an aggressive
industrial/gothic rock song with both Sonja and Thomas singing with
anger and power. Itís another song here that I really enjoy due to its
energy and passion. Track ten "Disharmony" is an extremely
slow song with music primarily created with piano as Sonja sings soothing
along with it. While overall I find it to be a little dull, it does
work as a closing song.
While I do like this CD, I canít deny the fact that itís also probably
my least favorite Líame Immortelle release so far. Every song delivered
here is quite good, but thereís just too many that are a departure from
the established Líame Immortelle sound. The band might gain some new
fans with this album, but I think they might lose some old ones in the
process as well. While this recording is very mature, and probably Líame
Immortelleís best work from a commercial standpoint, itís also missing
that special something that has always made their music so appealing
in the past. Basically, the band no longer has an EBM sound to them
anymore. Itís been replaced with more of a rock sound. It was their
EBM/darkwave sound that drew me to them, and it will be their rock sound
that ultimately drives me away from them if they embrace it even more
in the future.
If youíre a fan of Líame Immortelle, Iím sure that
you will still enjoy this CD as it features a lot of their trademark
elements. But also be prepared for a slightly new sound to their music.
Thereís definitely more of a rock/metal side to it now. And if you donít
like rock elements such as guitars and live drums in the music that
you listen to, you might want to stay away from this CD.
"Dann Habe Ich Umsonst Gelebt"
Label: Matrix Cube (2001)
Style: Dark EBM
L'ame Immortelle's previous release ďWenn Der Letzte Schatten
FalltĒ was a materpiece. So I expected great things from this follow-up
as well. I am happy to report that the band has once again delivered
an outstanding release of power, passion, emotion and beauty.
No band, in my opinion, combines dark and dramatic orchestrated synthscapes
with energized electronic sounds, rhythms and beats with male and female
vocals better than Líame Immortelle.
This release blends all the styles from their previous albums into one
to create a varied collection of various moods and feelings. This CD
offers haunting instrumentals, dark electro-pop and clubfloor EBM. The
vocals switch between Sonjaís beautiful delivery and Thomasí angry yelling.
While the previous Líame Immortele release focused more on melodic songs
with Sonjaís singing, this album has a lot more aggressive songs on
it with Thomas singing on almost each one. While there are a couple
of occasions when things are rather mellow and passionate, especially
with the instrumentals, the majority of this release could work out
on the clubfloor.
While this isnít the bandís most mature release--that award still goes
to ďWenn Der Letzte Schatten FalltĒ--this is the bandís most
varied album yet featuring a little bit of everything from their past
and present sound. As usual, the band blends beautiful enchanting soundscapes
with modern hard driving electronic programming and beats with angelic
female singing and angry male snarling. Everything that is expected
from this act is included here, and done extremely well.
Surprisingly, Sonja sings with a little more energy than usual on a
lot of the tracks here in order to keep up with their fast pace. She
pulls it off well and proves once again that she has a unique voice.
This is another quality release from Líame Immortelle that blends everything
theyíre famous for. I have not been disappointed with one of their releases
yet, and I hope I never will be.
"Wenn Der Letzte Schatten Fallt"
Label: Matrix Cube (2000)
Style: Dark EBM
I was impressed with Líame Immortelleís previous release ď...In
Einer Zukunft Aus Tranen Und StahlĒ, and am even more impressed
with this follow-up. Right from the beginning intro instrumental I could
tell that the band had matured and polished their sound more. Track
two ďGefallenĒ just proved this even more. Wow! What a track!
This puppy is emotional with extremely energetic electro rhythms and
beats over haunting synths while Sonja sings beautifully and Thomas
grunts with anger. What a great way to start things off. Track three
ďChangesĒ is a dark electro-pop song with Thomas singing clearly
with harmony. This goes to prove that heís indeed a great singer that
can do more than just release distorted rage.
This album never stops delivering some of the most amazing songs Iíve
ever had the pleasure of hearing before. Sonja sings beautifully on
track four ďAnother DayĒ which is a dark cold haunting enchanting
song that is overflowing with quality.
This album combines a dramatic orchestrated classical sound with a modern
technological EBM sound that mixes melody with floor filling beats.
The emotions released throughout are simply unbelievable literally giving
me chills. This is passionate and powerful music that reminds me why
I am so drawn to this genre.
This album does an excellent job of offering a wide variety of different
moods and feelings. Some tracks are slower and more melodic with Sonja
doing all of the vocal work, while others are more energetic with a
combination of both male and female vocals. Overall, this is a very
mature release with a lot of chilling melodies. Dark EBM and darkwave
music enthusiasts canít miss this.
Einer Zukunft Aus Tranen Und Stahl"
Label: Matrix Cube (1998)
Style: Dark Electro-industrial
This is the second release by Líame Immortelle, and itís quite
similar to their 1997 debut ďLieder Die Wie Wunden BlutenĒ. So
itís safe to say that if you liked their first CD, you will like this
one as well for all of the same reasons.
I do like this release a little more myself as itís overall a tighter
more focused release with greater polish and a current sound. The music
sounds fuller here with thicker electronic layering and texturing. The
songs are a bit more clubfloor friendly as well. But this is still Líame
Immortelle, and all of their trademark elements are here such as dark
haunting orchestrations and both angry distorted male snarling and beautiful
female singing. As before, the male vocals do dominate. It would have
been nice if the female vocals were included on more of the songs as
the songs with just male vocals do sound rather typical for this genre
What I like about the songs featured on this album is that they blend
a lot of moods and emotions within them. For example: a song might start
off soft soothing and romantic, and then transform into an angry and
aggressive electro-industrial bomb blast. I really enjoy this sort of
diversity in the music that I listen to.
Another plus here is that the male vocals arenít always simply distorted
growling. Sometimes they are clean and untreated blending with the seductive
female vocals better. Also, there is only one instrumental and no weird
experimental tracks like what was delivered on their previous recording.
Basically, this is a natural progression in the bandís sound. While
still retaining a lot of the same elements from before, the band does
expand and improve their overall sound on this disc.
Die Wie Wunden Bluten"
Label: M.O.S. Records (1997)
Style: Dark Electro-industrial
Líame Immortelle is a three member act from Austria that create
dark electro-industrial music similar to that of other european acts
such as Blutengel, The
Dust Of Basement, In
Strict Confidence, Leaether Strip
Their songs structures are a combination of haunting orchestrated synth
melodies overlaid by electronic sounds, effects, samples, rhythms and
beats. The pace of the songs switch between calm and relaxing to fast
The vocals are primarily angry distorted male growling with the addition
of clear angelic female singing from time to time. While there are a
couple of songs here that offer the female vocals as the main focus,
most of the songs do include the distorted male snarling that is so
common for this style of music. Itís the songs that feature both male
and female vocals that stand out the most here. The songs that only
have male vocals sound rather standard.
There are a few instrumentals here that are quality and add variety
to the overall CD. The only track I dislike is the title track ďLieder,
Die Wie Wunden BlutenĒ. Itís an extremely slow dark ambient experimental
song with spoken word. While itís artistic and interesting, it just
doesnít fit on the album as it ends up slowing down the pace and flow
of the overall disc too much.
Since this is Líame Immortelleís first release, and it came out back
in 1997, it does sound a bit dated by todayís electro-industrial/dark
EBM standards. So I would only recommend this if you have already discovered
their newer material and like it enough to want more music from them.