Funker Vogt – Der Letzte Tanz (CD EP – Repo Records)
Genre/Influences: EBM, dark-electro.
Background/Info: Funker Vogt is back releasing their first new work since 2013. The legendary German formation still driven by Gerrit Thomas had some turbulent years after singer and frontman Jens Kaestel left the band. But he got replaced by Chris L. who you for sure know from his involvement with Agonoize, Dance Or Die and The Sexorcist. This EP is the first new stuff from this ‘reformed’ formation and is also a first teaser to the new album.
Content: Sound-wise nothing has changed! Funker Vogt remains inspired by powerful dark-EBM revealing the genius of Gerrit Thomas. Funker Vogt is a band with a very own sound DNA and that’s an aspect you directly recognize. The title song is powerful, danceable, featuring great arrangements and dark-technoid sequences.
The vocals of Chris L. of course are different than Jens Kaestel, but the least I can say is that it works! The EP features two different versions of the title song plus remixes by Patenbrigade Wolff and Winterhart. There also is a B-side song entitled “Blut Und Schmerz”.
+ + + : Funker Vogt is back on track and that’s for sure real good and great news for the fans and all lovers of dark-EBM. It will take some time to get used to the new singer, but in the end, he fully succeeded on this EP. I especially like the catchy lyrics of the title song. “Der Letzte Tanz” is a solid title track featuring all the familiar elements of Funker vogt. Power, dance and melody! I also have to mention the interesting diversity in the remixes and especially the epic-like remix of Winterhart.
– – – : As I said it will take some time to get used to Chris L; it’s not an easy thing to replace a charismatic singer of a band like Funker Vogt!
Conclusion: Funker Vogt is back on the EBM front and this first sonic raid is not their biggest success although a real nice comeback!
Best songs: “Der Letzte Tanz – Tanzmix”, “Der Letzte Tanz – Winterhart Remix”, “Der Letzte Tanz – Patenbrigade Wolff Remix”.