Apr 2013 24

Garten der Asche - NemesisGarten der Asche
Category: EBM / Dark Electro
Album: Nemesis
Stars: 2.5
Blurb: South African pioneers resurface with a insubstantial release that puts in question their motifs and influences.


 

The duo of Paul and Philbrey, separated by vast and hostile territories between the UK and South Africa that they respectively occupy, returns after six years of silence. Their confrontationally titled self release Nemesis finds them rediscovering the dark electro club trends and, for better or for worse, they stick to this predictable formula.

The opening “Nemesis” is atom by atom of its EBM structure a replica of countless angst-ridden electro singles. Undeniably energetic, it becomes crudely undone by its own affection for marching beats, cacophonous shrieks, and virtually every element of post-Combichrist industrial. The politically confused “Patriot, Act! v2” discovers its firm footing with the introduction of a crisp techno vibe not dissimilar to the method exercised on the latest records of Uberbyte or Modulate and it’s a shame that Garten der Asche didn’t decide to embrace these traits immediately. “Remember v2” echoes this arrangement with the emotionally charged lyrics and highly successful, memorable collage of beat driven frenzy and well pronounced synths. The EP provides further opportunities for the titular “Nemesis” to sink into the listener’s consciousness but none of the mixes manage to stimulate the tracks’ feeble muscle, resulting in an anemic package that doesn’t shy away from diversity but fails to validate the attention. Acylum dilutes the aggressive beat with a plethora of intrusive samples and gritty ambience while System:FX and DJ Transporter find similarly solid, danceable shells for the unrelenting vocal. Even the melancholy, synth heavy effort from Acretongue doesn’t quite fill the creative void, despite earning well deserved respect for its complex and melodic structure.

It’s a case of an otherwise solid record that fails to validate a comeback after such a lengthy period of hiatus, an EP that lacks the substance and fresh ideas that could challenge the EBM status quo and in a significant way return the duo from South Africa to the forefront of industrial cohorts. Nemesis, despite the band’s insistence, will not be remembered by DJs in the months to come even if it, hopefully, serves its purpose as a platform for Garten der Asche’s resurrection. If the band looks for inspiration outwards, however, and, even reluctantly breaks with the habits of the past, the zest and energy might be easily channeled into equally a well produced but more exciting record.
 
Track list:

  1. Nemesis
  2. Patriot, Act! v2
  3. Remember v2
  4. Nemesis (Acylum Remix)
  5. Nemesis (Acretongue Remix)
  6. Nemesis (System:FX Remix)
  7. Nemesis (DJ Transporter Old School Electro Remix)

 
Garten der Asche MySpace http://www.myspace.com/gartenderasche
Garten der Asche Facebook http://www.facebook.com/GartenDerAsche
Garten der Asche SoundCloud http://soundcloud.com/garten-der-asche
Garten der Asche Bandcamp http://gartenderasche.bandcamp.com
 
Purchase at:
Amazon CD
Amazon MP3
 
2012-11-10
 
Damian Glowinkowski (DamienG)

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