Sep 2011 08

Armageddon Dildos - Untergrund
Armageddon Dildos
Category: Electro / EBM
Album: Untergrund
Stars: 4
Blurb: After a lengthy recording hiatus, Armageddon Dildos return with an electrically charged album that repositions the band as a force to be reckoned with.

Germany’s Armageddon Dildos have a lengthy history stretching all the way back to 1988. While the group has always enjoyed moderate success in their native country, they’ve only achieved a cult following elsewhere. Although their previous releases have been compared to Revolting Cocks, Front 242, and Die Krupps among others, Untergrund takes a more contemporary approach to music. A number of tracks on the record seem to be pointedly reaching out to the modern club-going audience. Songs such as “Blut” and “Hedonic” are both equally pulse-quickening dance anthems, rife with all of the hallmarks of modern industrial dance music – plenty of ear shattering bass, swift tempos and even a female singer to back it all up. “Bodyworker” is also an interesting piece in that this track, more than any other, is a perfect blending of the band’s early ‘90s style coupled with keyboard lines that could have come from nearly any Aesthetic Perfection or Combichrist release.

While the Armageddon Dildos have traditionally been geared towards dance oriented music, they’ve also experimented with heavy guitars and more rock informed tracks on numerous occasions. Untergrund keeps this vein of the band’s diverse style alive by featuring a few songs in a more ‘90s industrial rock strain. Most notably, “Der Schrei” is a rapid rock song laden with a balanced amount of organic and electronic beats, resulting in a track both reminiscent of the Dildos’ album Lost, as well as early Rammstein. “Meer der Tränen (Crossed the Line)” is also similarly composed, while other tracks experience just a sprinkling of the thick guitar sound.

Perhaps not the best record to ever come from the Armageddon Dildos, Untergrund is certainly one of the band’s strongest releases. There is enough infusion of various styles, different rhythms and melodies to keep the album fresh for many listeners over a long period of time. For those who may not be familiar with any of the Dildos’ previous work, Untergrund serves as relevant and timely an introduction as any.

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Armageddon Dildos Website http://www.armageddondildos.de
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2011-02-18

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