Sure they’re super accessible and easy to digest, but there just isn’t much “there” there anymore.
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It is said to have been open since the 30s, to have once been a gay bar, and to have gotten Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt drunk.
It is a happily dark, semi-gothy themed place that seems like it must have a lot of good stories.
That means more poppy techno-death tailor-made for metallized strip clubs and sketchy back alley discos.
Tracks like “Die So Soon” pack in plenty of corny goth drama and theatrics but the catchy hooks allow both to pass muster even when they probably shouldn’t, and “Ravens Calling” borrows much of the jumps between songs that sound like Rammstein cast offs (“Eiskalt,” “Falsche Tränen”) and others that sound like typical Crematory, with the latter being more compelling.
“Nothing” and “Before I Die” both go heavy on the cheesy keyboards (cheeseboards) and big, poppy choruses whilst head grunter Felix does his best to provide a modicum of heaviness amidst the radio friendly glitz.
“Everything” is a tune that could have appeared on any album dating back to 2000 and new singer Tosse Basler acquits himself well in his duet with Felix here.
The less successful selections include the generic “Die Letzte Schlacht” which feels like an early Rammstein reject and the schmaltzy as all hell “Save Me” which gives power ballads a bad name and isn’t helped by Basler’s deadly serious intonations of “I’ve gots to go.” The biggest concern here is how Crematory albums are becoming increasingly disposable sounding.
As their sound has evolved over time they’ve gotten closer and closer to what countrymen Rammstein do and that small deadly space has never been as tight as it is now.
is loaded with throbbing, pulsing odes to techno metal with their death metal influences now only present in the somewhat harsh vocals. With 2 new guitarists, one of them their new “clean” singer, you’d be right to wonder if the classic Crematory magic was still present, but opener “Misunderstood” quickly shows little has changed and their oddball blend of metal and club beats is still functional.