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Released: 2006, AFM Records/Sound Pollution
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
Eisbrecher are, as you’ve probably already guessed, a German act that originally started out as a project with only Alex and Noel. The first releases by the band were two singles in 2003 which went over really well and appealed to both Goth fans and rockers. The debut album came out the next year and was followed by a lot of touring, and suddenly the duo became a six-piece act.
Eisbrecher’s music is a combination of light industrial metal and dark rock. The main focus is on programming and keyboards along with razor-sharp guitars. A musical landmark could be a lighter kind of Rammstein. Just like Rammstein, Eisbrecher chose to sing in their native language. When you sing on your native language and it’s not English, you narrow down the fanbase since they don’t understand what you’re singing about. If you’re not a hardcore fan of Eisbrecher, I think that can take away from the band.
Even if I really wanted to like this band, I can’t. In my ears, the music the band presents is too commercial and the musical landscape feels too cold to enter. It’s neatly delivered and packaged, but the music lacks feeling. The production is too cold and static for me; fans of industrial metal and Goth might be attracted to it but I think it’s going to be hard to find new fans of the band. This is nothing but an ordinary light industrial metal band that offers no surprises at all.
1. Der Anfang
6. Ohne Dich
8. Kein Mitleid
9. Kinder der Nacht
11. Fur Immer
12. Wie Tief
13. Das Ende
Alex – lead vocals
Noel Pix – guitar
Felix – guitar
Maximator – keyboards, programming
Renee – drums
Miguel – bass
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