Almost 15 years after Die Krupps disbanded, they’re back and bringing their first new material in the form of a mini album called ‘Als Wären Wir Für Immer’. Containing five new tracks and three remixes, Die Krupps brings back their industrial/EBM sound with intensity and ferocity. But does it stack up against what today has to offer? Check after the jump.
The album starts with ‘Beyond’, easily the “lightest” track on the album. Dynamically ranging from sparse instrumentation to thick, powerful patches during the chorus, ‘Beyond’ is a great way to ease into the album, as each track afterwards is definitely harder and heavier hitting. Still, ‘Beyond’ makes for a great introduction. If you’re not nodding your head along to the music by the end of the song, something is wrong.
The production is sparkling, but then again, these days it’s somewhat hard to not sound solid. Die Krupps manage to make the production stand out by mixing everything beautifully and making good use of panning. Most of the instrumentation is used as textures and ambient moments in the background of which there is a lot going on. It takes multiple listens to even begin to start to absorb all that is going on in the background. The instruments that are more in the forefront of the mix are thick, rich sounding pads and patches along with distorted, “wall of sound” guitars. The bass is thick but not muddy and never overwhelming, which is really necessary for an album in this genre.
The rest of the album consists of four originals and three remixes. The originals, like stated earlier, get edgier and heavier as the album progresses. The remixes are great reinterpretations that will easily make their way to the club soon enough.
The Final Word: Each track on ‘Als Wären Wir Für Immer’ would be perfect for a goth/industrial/EBM club as they all have a driving energy that just compels you to move. Haunting, ethereal and energetic, ‘Als Wären Wir Für Immer’ is a great return for Die Krupps.