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| 30 December 2014 | Reply

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Label: Spinefarm Records

Release Date: December 9, 2014

Rating: 9/10

Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur

Don’t refer to this disc as a side or solo project for Rammstein guitarist Richard Kruspe, this is a band that is proud to be leader and part of.  This exciting release opens with “Eat You Alive,” which features Frank Delleti of the German band Seeed.  The guitar work is killer on this track and helps set the pace for the record.  The vocals and groove kick the disc off on a great rock vibe.  “Get Down” is more electronic driven, but benefits from the a great duet from Kruspe and guest vocalist Peaches.  The tempo is controlled and fun and gives the guitars room to run.  “Hypothetical” is the least lyric friendly disc on the track, but features a great uncredited performance from Marilyn Manson that helps tie the songs attitude together with the heavy mood of the underlying industrial musical track.  “Born On My Own” has one of the more different intros on the disc, but soon morphs into a moody rocker that keeps the intensity up while dialing the tempo and aggression down.  “My Pleasure” neatly combines a typical guitar driven rock sound with mild industrial on the front end and comes out a solid rocker that should get the head banging and foot tapping by time the first chorus kicks in.  “Faust” features chugging guitar and cool riffs underneath the vocals that mix well with the industrial aspects of the track as well as the pounding rhythm section.

Rock God Lemmy lends his vocals to “Rock City” and the song has all the grit, balls, and attitude to support the great vocals and mood of Lemmy’s voice.  The punk flavor of the track builds from the furiously played drums to the pounding bass lines.  “Rainbow” is a straight forward rock track that combines different elements and influences from the punk and industrial worlds that make up Kruspe’s world.  The vocals on this track are some of the best from the guitarist and helps build his repertoire.  “Giving Up” brings a pop sensibility to the industrial feel of the disc.  The vocals take on different textures and tones between the verses and choruses.  Additionally, the combination of a lighter track with the heavier lyrical content gives this song an edge unheard on other tracks on the disc.  “Happy Times” is as industrial rock driven track that focuses on a heavy bottom end that not only anchors the song, but drives the rhythm of the song from opening note to the final sound.  The vocals capture the mood of the music and compliment the heavy track.  The title track and disc closer feature Jonathan Davis of Korn fame and helps tie this collection of tracks together.  The use of guitars, percussion, and industrial sounds in combination with heavy bass and moody vocals helps finish the disc with a song that is a nice representation of the other ten tracks here.





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ToddStar - that's me... just a rocking accountant who had dreams of being a rock star. I get to do the next best thing to rocking the globe - I get to take pictures of the lucky ones that do. I love to shoot all genres of music and different types of performers. If it is related to music, I love to photograph it. I get to shoot and hang with not only some of my friends and idols, but some of the coolest people around today.

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