AD:KeY – 10th Anniversary (CD Album – Alfa Matrix)
Background/Info: Ten years after the debut album “Thema Nummer Eins” (2008) the ex Armageddon Dildos live keyboardist Rene Nowotny and his wife Andrea are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their AD:KeY EBM project with this album. The duo released 5 albums on the defunct labels Electric Tremor Dessau and Emmo.biz while their latest studio opus had been released on Alfa Matrix. This ‘retrospection’ is a selection of (reworked) hits, alternative versions, remixes and 2 new cuts.
Content: I’ve often considered AD:KeY as the only and single formation that moved on there where the original members of Armageddon Dildos decided to split. The songs are pure EBM-like, filled with energy, but still composed with intelligence. The ingredients are pretty familiar, but the result is absolutely great. This work is an invitation to rediscover some of the band’s finest hits, and also the cover version they made of Front 242’s “Kampfbereit”.
Remixes were accomplished by Brigade Werther, Digital Energy and last, but not least Armageddon Dildos.
+ + + : AD:KeY definitely belongs to the best contemporary EBM bands and this anniversary-album simply confirms it. From their very first album on which, they masterly accomplished alluring EBM carried by danceable kicks, elaborated structures characterized by solid bass lines, metallic percussion and cool strings. The vocals always felt like a kind of sonic intercourse between the sterile vocals of Andrea and the more testosterone vocals of Rene. This is powerful EBM, which also reveals a new cool song entitled “Pfeil In Den Hertz”. The cover version of “Kampfbereit” also remains a great piece of music. It sounds as this song was originally written by AD:KeY. They masterly transposed the 242-version into their own sound approach. I also want to say a word about the artwork and especially the funny pictures inside the booklet.
– – – : The sound formula is quite repetitive and after 10 years of involvement it no longer has any secrets. But in the end what we all want is to hear and enjoy good music!
Conclusion: This album is a well-deserved anniversary gift for this great contemporary EBM band.
Best songs: “Autodynamik – Edit”, “Elitär – 10th Anniversary Version”, “Mein Weg – Extended Space-Version”, “Alte Geister – Vorwärts Mix”, “Mein Weg – Remix by Digital Energy”.