01. Mea Culpa
Holly D. - Acoustic guitar
Oli - E guitar
M. Stolz - Violin
Benni Cellini- Cello
Michael Ende -Bass
Specki T.D. - Drums
Along with Aylin Aslim, Jesus On Extasy pianist Leandra is another guest musician
LETZTE INSTANZ: "Schuldig" letzte instanz
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Some fire and water in us.
Zeige mir die alten wege
orda kalsaydık keşke
A quite mysterious intro (Mea Culpa) and 13 full tracks make this album a nice one to create atmosphere, to think of various aspects of life (from religion till every day problems, identity and also death, i think), to be a companion in depressive moments which can reach out and offer a light of solace. Strength and a certain uptempo are also contemplated, as in Eisenherz (Iron heart), a true rock'n rolling earworm, anyway constantly veiled by the typical German romanticism and sadness that lets somehow remind of old Oomph!. But even better is Vollmond with a synthetic intro and hard proceeding with intriguing guitars, propelling drums, and mentions of riffs that set the song near to gothic metal. Vollmond is soaked with symbolic dualism between night and day. And actually symbolism and dualism are a trademark of "Schuldig".
In Mein Engel another dualism is presented, the one of a personality that gets opposite characteristics:
Warst ein Engel, bist ein Engel, wechselst die Fronten nur
du warst ein Engel, bist ein Engel...
Unfortunately, as music, in spite of modern touch and some near-metal instrumentation and pressing pace, Mein Engel sounds a bit empty, weak and boring, so it's not exactly the right opener. But almost the whole rest of the album is worth of much attention.
Interesting to be noticed is the symbolic presence of fire in the song called Feuer (Fire), indeed, which is a concept that, lyrically puts Letzte Instanz even near to Rammstein. Musically, Feuer goes to raw Rock guitars till experimental alternative with influences from Industrial. Particular is its outro in faster anguishing pace.
As mentioned before, Finsternis (Darkness) is totally catchy and easy hymnic, nonetheless fine, consequently a big earworm in which lyrics and music perfectly match in pace, as usually in Letzte Instanz.
Beautiful is Dein
Licht (Your Light) with its mourning piano and funereal lyrics. The song i like
the most after Traumlos (Dreamless).
Der Garten (The Garden) is enriched by a very melodious and multilayered intense harmonic music, and features the female vocals of the Turkish singer Aylin Aislim who sings both in German and Turkish and duets too with the male voice. Among very nostalgic old paths, cherubs and apple trees, this song lets us dream of a lost uncorrupted time of Eden and freedom, which can be "seen" as "personal" love song as well as hymn for a mankind, free from coercive concepts.
Very melodic, sad, immediately hitting, yet at the same time very resolute is Mein Leben (My Life) where the concept of living own life in a very own place is the leading motif.
Komm! (Come!) is ,in my opinion, that useless danceable, just a bit gloomy and rhythmic gothic rock; anyway this song too shows far reminiscences to Rammstein in some parts of the composition.
All in all, "Schuldig" is much more than nice Gothic-Folk Rock, because it conveys, in a subtle way, very deep concepts and feelings, bound to a varied musicality that anyway belongs "in toto" to the German Romantic cauldron.
And now, my fav song: for me, the best song in "Schuldig", the song with THE great temperament, dark look and balladesque feeling is Traumlos (Dreamless). Wonderful memorable melody, touching lyrics, lead- violin embedded in an almost light symphonic carpet so that the song gets a gothic, classic, yet urban aura. A sepulchral beauty.
Warst mir so nah, wie die
sonne dem morgen
Wann (When) is also very melodic, a song where the acoustic guitar can give a noticeable sign in the middle of other instrumentation. Its outro with placid waves on the shore and the final is modern dualism disillusion/loneliness and hope/cooperation. And here another symbolism: Water.
Wir können das Meer nicht
Yes, we cannot defeat the sea, but we can try to remain to keep afloat, with some fire and water in us.
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