This is the second release for this German
based Gothic/Electro rock band. The album title in English means
‘Mercury/Quicksilver’. 2010 was an extremely successful year
or the band, after the release of their debut album and this is their
eagerly awaited follow-up. Stahlmann take Kraftwerk’s view of
people as cold steely machine and tips it into their own blast furnace,
reshaping and recharging how they see the world.
Their work is influenced greatly by Kraftwerk
and Rammstein, with the latter being most obvious in the deep, guttural
German-language lyrics. However, instead of being deep and dark
throughout, the EBM element to their work is much more evident, making
it lighter yet still as impactful. The guest female vocals on the
first track gives a slight ethereal feel to their work as the two vocals
are matched perfectly tone-wise as they work together and around each
other to create a depth unimaginable in much EBM work.
is VERY evident throughout, and it appears to be this that bolsters the
album. This works supremely well against the odd guitar-piece
worked within each song and around the vocals and EBM work. This
mix is possibly one of the richest and diverse uses within EBM that I
have heard recently and this impacts on their work, giving it a unique
if influenced sound that fits into the German/European scene perfectly
by: Kerry H
1. Engel Der Dunkelheit
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