The German outfit Macbeth is back with an intensive new album full of heavy and fast riffs as well as raw vocals. Macbeth is one of the first heavy metal bands in the former German Democratic Republic. From 1987 to 1989, the group was known as Caiman, after the East German authorities had banned Macbeth following police and Stasi-monitored gig in the overcrowded Stadtgarten in Erfurt, Thuringia. Macbeth/Caiman finally split-up for the first time in 1989 after the suicide of their singer Wittenburg. The first comeback in 1993 ended with the death of their drummer. The band reunited for the second time in 2002 and have been producing their brand of heavy metal ever since.
Lyrically, GEDANKENWACHTER deals with topics such as religious fanatism, wartime atrocities, propaganda, and the impact all of this has on humanity. Musically, GEDANKENWACHTER is what one would expect from a tenured German heavy metal band. The album is full of fast-paced, fist-pumping anthems sure to please listeners of both thrash and traditional heavy metal alike.
GEDANKENWACHTER is my first encounter with Macbeth. I was immediately reminded of Grave Digger and Accept as there are many similarities to their sound and style, which is that traditional German heavy metal with nuances of thrash mixed in. All of which makes for a solid album and a great listen. I will add that the tracks are sung in German, so if this is a deal-breaker for some, be forewarned. The music and vocal delivery myself well outweigh this little setback when it comes to singalong. I suppose on the plus side; you will be singing along in German before you know it!
Hanjo Papst – Bass
Ralf Klein – Guitars
Oliver Hippauf – Vocals
Alexander Kopp – Guitars
Steffen Adolf – Drums