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09/12/2016 : DIE KRUPPS - Stahlwerk Requiem

DIE KRUPPS

Stahlwerk Requiem

MusicCD
Krautrock

[84/100]   

Bureau B
09/12/2016, Didier BECU

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Die Krupps is known as one of the inventors of the EBM. The first release, however, was something completely different. In 1981, the 12 inch Stahlwerksynfonie was released on Zickzack (a German avant-garde label that also released material of Einstürzende Neubauten and the first single of X-Mal Deutschland). A genius record, but as good as unsaleable, but as a result of the later succes, the record was reissued several times.

35 years later, Juergen Engler, Bernward Malaka and Ralf Doerper decided to re-record the classic with the help of Mani Neumeier (Guru Guru), Jean-Herve Peron and Zappi Diermaier of Faust, Pyrolator (Der Plan) and post-rock legend Scott Telles.

Although Stahlwerk Requiem (the new title) is a brilliant record, many fans will be completely surprised. It is the same genius band, but the music is pure krautrock, plus some industrial noises from a factory. The two (long) tracks on this CD are characterized by clanging and experimental metal guitars, hard drums and electronics. While the music slowly evolves into a krautrock epic, you hear all kinds of industrial sounds around you. Industrial terror with an increased volume, without being a cacophony.

At the time, this influential record was compared to krautrock legend Cluster, although later Engler said in an interview that he does not even know who this band was.

EBM fans who do not know the history of Die Krupps certainly will be surprised by this record, because although it’s a sublime album, it hasn't anything to do with what the band did afterwards. Music for adventurers, and what kind of music!

Didier BECU
09/12/2016


NL

Die Krupps is bekend als één van de uitvinders van de EBM, toch was de allereerste release iets helemaal anders. In 1981 verscheen op Zickzack (een Duits avant-gardelabel waarop je ook materiaal van Einstürzende Neubauten en de eerste single van X-Mal Deutschland vindt) de 12 inch Stahlwerksynfonie. Een plaat die wel geniaal is, maar zo goed als onverkoopbaar, maar door het immense succes dat Die Krupps later kreeg, werd de release desalniettemin verschillende keren heruitgebracht.

35 jaar na datum besloten Juergen Engler, Bernward Malaka en Ralf Doerper om het werkstuk opnieuw op te nemen met de hulp van Mani Neumeier (Guru Guru), Jean-Herve Peron en Zappi Diermaier van Faust, Pyrolator (Der Plan) en de postrocklegende Scott Telles.

Ofschoon Stahlwerk Requiem (de nieuwe titel) een geniale plaat is, zal niet iedere fan ervoor vallen. Het gaat wel om dezelfde fantastische bands, maar de muziek die je op deze cd met twee tracks aantreft is pure krautrock, aangevuld met heel wat industriële (fabrieks)geluiden. Kletterende metalen die gauw worden aangevuld met experimentele gitaren, harde drums en wat elektronica. Terwijl de muziek zich langzaam ontpopt tot een krautrockepos, hoor je rondom je allerlei industrial. De industriële terreur wordt alsmaar groter, het volume neemt toe, zonder dat het een kakofonie wordt.

Destijds werd deze invloedrijke plaat vergeleken met krautrocklegende Cluster, hoewel Engler later in een interview verklaarde dat hij niet eens wist wie deze band is.

EBM-fans die de voorgeschiedenis van deze band niet kennen, zullen beslist raar opkijken als ze deze cd in de lader schuiven, want hoewel meesterlijk, heeft dit niks te maken met wat ze daarna zouden uitbrengen. Muziek voor avonturiers, en wat voor een muziek!

Didier BECU
09/12/2016


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