Eisbrecher “Die Hoelle muss warten” – Out Feb-14 – Viva Music Album Review

February 3, 2012 in Album Reviews

Tracklist: “Tanz mit mir” * “Augen unter Null” * “Die Hoelle muss warten” * “Verrueckt (Original Version)” * “Herz aus Eis” * “Prototyp” * “Ein Leben lang unsterblich” * “Abgrund” * “In meinem Raum” * “Keine Liebe” * “Exzess Express” * “Rette mich” * “Atem” * “Treiben” * “Verrueckt (Combichrist Remix)

About “Die Hoelle muss warten:

The unexpected Ice Age that seized the music world in 2002 continues as Eisbrecher masterminds Alexx Wesselsky and Noel Pix return for another classic release that is sure to cause waves in both the electronic and metal scenes. After a successful run of tours and festival appearances in Europe including Alice Cooper’s ‘Theatre of Death Tour’ and The Nova Rock Festival, Eisbrecher is poised to once again conquer the US clubs and charts. Heavier and harder than ever before, “Die Hoelle muss warten” features an expertly crafted blend of crushing guitars, menacing vocals, and melodic synth lines. Not one to stay the course, Eisbrecher also shows its ability to incorporate modern influences and blend them into songs that stay uniquely Eisbrecher, such as the dubstep-tinged “Herz aus Eis.” The album’s opener “Tanz mit mir” is a perfect example of what modern industrial rock should sound like, while tracks such as “Rette mich” slow things down and feature frontman Alex’s crooning voice over beautiful synth melodies. With such a diverse range of influences and perfect production quality, “Die Hoelle muss warten” is another step forward for a band that has already established itself as one of the premier electronic rock acts of our time. (source: label site)

Eisbrecher – “VerruecktOfficial Video:

Eisbrecher – “Die Hoelle muss warten” – Viva Music Album Review:

Coming Feb-14 from Metropolis Records, the new album from Eisbrecher entitled “Die Hoelle muss warten” (English: “Hell must wait”) was preceded by the release on Jan-20 of the single preview track “Verrueckt” accompanied by a very pertinent Combichrist remix! Add to that the “Verrueckt” video, which is classy and really enticing – and we have the ingredients of high expectations from an album that proved, even on first listening to it, a great addition to this year’s EBM and industrial loot. 

To start with, the great “Tanz mit mir” not only opens your appetite for dancing, but it also cavalcades through its whole 3 minutes and more with utmost precision and aplomb. “Tanz mit mir” is club-friendly, radio-friendly, everything-friendly, I cannot start and think of any environment where it would be improper to listen to it. Its peer, “Augen unter Null” is a precious piece of music, with knife sharp edges and black translucence spreading like a splendid shadow. The classic charisma of “Die Hoelle muss warten” is untarnished by the ultra melodic line that combines so many genres that it becomes plausibly impossible to catalog the track. “Verrueckt”, which we had the chance to listen to before, in the single release (with the astonishing Combichrist remix – also available on the album) storms in and leaves one breathless before the magic done by “Herz aus Eis” (is there any Eisbrecher album that does not perpetuate the ‘ice’ reference via at least one song title? We hope not). “Herz aus Eis” is massive, overpowering and pours in a precise dosage of energy and refinement.

Prototyp” is clearly a Viva Music favorite, and it is followed, not incidentally, by the glorious “Ein Leben lang unsterblich”, which deserves your unbiased and undivided attention the whole length of it, and maybe then at least one or two more plays. “Abgrund” is as potent and classy, and possibly an attempted breakthrough at the voluntary and sassy conceitedness of EBM – it could stand next to mainstream music we are fed on traditional channels like TV and radio effortlessly, and that’s not to say, at all, that is of lesser quality or engagement. “In meinem Raum” and “Keine Liebe” transpose elegant and at the same time chummy emotion, and they are delectable to the very least detail. Avoiding an inherent plateau (that of good music, that is), the lively “Exzess Express” is ready to exhibit its briskness before the unapologetically romantic “Rette mich” takes over.  “Atem” is majestic and heartfelt, with a very dark dimension of feeling, and its aftertaste lingers with “Treiben”, the final track of the album, if you don’t count in the “VerruecktCombichrist remix.

Die Hoelle muss warten” is a very special album. It preserves a lot of the intuition and feeling previous Eisbrecher releases instilled in the listener; but at the same time it comforts the ear untrained to Eisbrecher sounds with a mouth-watering set of tracks, all of them well turned-out and classy. Enjoy!

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