Nova-Spes “Leben ist Krieg”: Viva Music Album Review

August 28, 2012 in Album Reviews

Tracklist: “Fire” * “Leben ist Krieg” * “I Want…” * “Nach vorn” * “Burnout” * “Always Death” * “Perfect Days” * “Machines in Front” * “Hide Our Malice” * “F.. Shit” * “On the Way to…” * ‘… Genocide” * “Wir stehlen euch die Zeit

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About Nova-Spes: “Leben ist Krieg:

By now we are living in a world seems fairly inhospitable to us. We aren´t just guests in it, today we all are warriors. We are fighting every day. Not for surviving like it was at the beginning of human history, perhaps. No, today we are fighting for the method of living.” (Matthias Huebner, 2012)

Out on Sep-07 with Danse Macabre, the new album from Nova-Spes is not, according to the label statement, a concept album, although the texts of the song go along the lines of a largely similar topic – the side effects of gauche survival attempts in face of stress, burnout, and attempts to cope with life as it is, even if this means perverted effects and ways, among which, quotes the statement, we could mention the use of psychotropic drugs by students who wish to achieve higher marks and 5 year old girls who enter beauty pageants to make their parents proud. In a world that is constantly changing the pace and the rules, we have to fight to have it our way, and this is how the notion of survival while living comes in – and that makes life a constant war, or, as the German title of the album goes, “Leben ist Krieg”.

Nova-Spes: “Leben ist Krieg” Album Preview:

Nova-Spes: “Leben ist Krieg” – Viva Music Album Review:

Fire”, the opening piece from Nova-Spes’ “Leben ist Krieg” has an initiating purpose via its melodic sounds and the overpowering sentiment of a liftoff of a spaceship. It’s alert, and, since initiation by fire has been known since times immemorial, it draws us nearer to an ancient space of creative forces and communion. It is the space that allows the next track, “Leben ist Krieg”, to flood our ears with majestic, cadenced, well-tempoed beats – the track that gives the name of the album is a gem of a song and won our hearts over and over: it’s definitely not the kind of track you can listen to only once. A Viva Music favorite, and well one of the best songs we’ve heard this year, “Leben ist Krieg” is a track that could well accompany our daily advance in the world in which you need to survive in order to be granted the basic right to live. “I Want…” advances at the same alert pace, which leaves little room for equivocal statements – the outbursts of our yearnings which confront themselves with an inimical reality. After a calmer, but shrewder “Nach vorn”, and an ecstatic “Burnout”, it is time for “Always Death” – another Viva Music favorite from the album, which poses our attempts in the larger perspective, whereas our lives, however important and self-consuming are pieces of nothingness in front of death. Unlike the preceding track, “Perfect Days” explores the brighter side of life, not deprived of its perils, but which seem to outlast our feelings of disproportionate wishes and accomplishments, as well as our vision that whatever makes us happy is an act of running from reality. “Machines in Front” and then “Hide our Malice” are great conveyors of good vibes, while the ensuing “F*** Shit” proves to be a danceable, Combichrist-like impersonation with enough personal traits to set it aside from the standard set by Combichrist. The two next titles communicate via the titles, we have “On the Way to…” and “… Genocide”, the lyrical value of which makes the duo a stronghold against the helplessness and instrumentality of people in the higher and larger schemes which are relentless in front of human needs and fail to serve the individual. The last track, “Wir stehlen euch die Zeit” is momentous, and also a very plausible explanation for the entire album, in the manner it exposes the role which we should either resign to filling, or consider as a platform for a new way of life.

Nova-Spes’ “Leben ist Krieg” is a good example of how an album can actually convey the meanings which take shape in our interactions and erode our lifestyle, willy-nilly, in front of higher interests and dehumanization. Its music is a good soundtrack for our temporal crossroads, and the overall feeling is that of a very well-wrought album. Enjoy!

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