Genres: Industrial, Industrial Rock, Industrial Metal
Label: SPV/Synthetic Symphony
Starting off with a solid industrial rock song “Beyond”, a collaboration between Die Krupps and Chili’s Vigilante, Als wären wir für immer is promising to be one of the biggest releases Die Krupps have ever put out, and it’s not just because they’ve been so quiet with new material of late. It’s because of how awesome this EP is.
“Chameleon Man” is going to slaughter dance floors for a long time to come, with it’s catchy beat, straight industrial pulses, and of course the voice of a god coming from the speakers telling me he wants “…to spend a day inside my head…”.
“Die Macht” reminds me a little bit of old Marilyn Manson and Rammstein, with a sing-along chorus and perfect stomping beat. The old school fans of Die Krupps are going to love this track, and I’m sure it will help to bring in some new fans too.
Propaganda’s “Dr. Mabuse” is redone and not just done justice, but made into a Die Krupps song as well. It’s rare for a band to take a cover and make it completely their own thing, but it’s just more proof that Die Krupps can do anything.
The title track of this mini-album, “Als wären wir für immer”, starts off nice and slow, a headbobber beat that reminds me a little bit of Massive Attack. That soon switches up to add more industrial and it reminds me of KMFDM and Rammstein, keeping a bit of the Massive Attack feel during non-vocal parts. Really awesome.
The next three tracks are all remixes of “Beyond”, “Chameleon Man”, and “Dr. Mabuse”. The Unheilig remix of “Beyond” slows the original down and turns it into a more melancholic, gothic version with some gorgeous keyboard work. I can see this version still kicking ass on dance floors, but with a definite different flavor. Vigilante’s “Chameleon Man” remix, however, takes an upbeat song and keeps it there, but with a totally different sound. The final track, Memphis’ remix of “Dr. Mabuse” again takes a song and changes it drastically. Truthfully, I think I like the remix more than the original.
At the end of the eight tracks, this EP broke my eardrums a little more, and my dancing may have pissed off my downstairs neighbors. This is a perfect way to spend forty minutes or so, and I don’t see any of these songs getting old any time soon.
10 out of 10.
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