1 AUGEN AUF!
"Wahrheit oder Pflicht" Oomph!
Produced by OOMPH!
review by dalia "gryphon_spirit" di giacomo____
Agreeable with its slightly Industrial and new Gothic Wave/Electro appeal, Wahrheit oder Pflicht is an album full of varied influences (maybe too many), nevertheless these are balanced to such an extent that they reach characteristics of its own. Enjoyable and rocking, sometimes emotional and tormented, Wahrheit oder Pflicht is particularly suitable to all who like Megaherz, and to all who appreciated Paradise Lost of the BIN era but would have preferred a harder multi-layered version of it. A couple of winks to Modern metal are not missed.
I have a
theory : there are bands that are the great priests of the altar of
Metal and Rock, and there are bands that act more like a door
through which you enter the rooms of the hard realm. These agents
of initiation, these keepers of the keys and awakeners of the blood
sometimes are a bit underrated. Well known in the scene yes, also
selling good, but still not belonging to the sacral gotha of the
monsters managing the rite. Nevertheless their work inclined
even to disco and pop, is very important. And Oomph! are doing this work
wonderfully ! How many young people will be attracted and invited
to proceed into the Gothic, Rock or Industrial, and into
a dark way of life anyways. So it's under this point of view that i'd
like to see Wahrheit oder Pflicht, that is an
announcer, a forerunner for heavier tastes to come.
It's up to the listeners whether to remain on the threshold or to
go further. Wahrheit oder Pflicht is an agreeable
album, that could be a revelation at the eyes of the young
generations like the current success confirms.
Tausend neue Lüge delivers us an obscure choir in the background, a catchy cadenced heavy midtempo that launches a pleasant melody. A bit Heavy, a bit Industrial, a bit centered on personal questions of Faith. And when the song ends, letting the occult choir playing as protagonist, you understand that this choir is soooo similar to the one of The seventh Seal from Van Halen. Ahhhh surprise surprise. How many influences eh ?
it's with the fourth song, Sex hat keine Macht, (Sex has no
full powers) that the attention level improves. With a
catchy breaking melody and resolute crunchy guitars this song
cleverly hits the mark and you can only fall down at its feet.
One of the best tracks of the album. Tempting and sharp lyrics :
"...Sex hat keine Macht. Du blutest nicht genug für mich, küss
mich noch ein letztes Mal..." (Sex has no full powers, you are
not bleeding enough for me, kiss me for the last time).
Tief in Dir is very catchy, propelled by the rhythmic section, heavy enough, always in the direction of the mainstream influences.
Im Licht is reverberant, rolling in its electro-darkness, bursting out through another catchy refrain just to hide back again in its obscure electro lines of perdition. A question of taste, i don't like it particularly but i cannot say it's a bad song. After all it is an electro - alienated - mysterious way to say bye.
The time counter doesn't stop : if you are not in a hurry to
change disc (and why then, from the moment that this album makes you
think a bit) you get a surprise : a couple of minutes after that
the 12th track is finished, the bonus notes
of a vibrate intense almost desperate song, ideal music track for a
farewell, are hitting you unexpectedly...and beautifully. I
could also come to the paradox that Going down IS the best track
of the album, consumed in the heavy increase in
"crescendo" of its tormented theme. Incurable damnation.
|dalia di giacomo
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