Funker Vogt – Musik Ist Krieg (CD EP – Repo Records)
Genre/Influences: Dark-electro, EBM.
Background/Info: 2017 has been an important year for electro-veterans of Funker Vogt. After a long period of commotion the band finally struck back with a new album featuring a new singer (cf. Chris L from Agonoize, Sexorcist). This EP moves back to the album “Code Of Conduct” featuring multiple remixes, and also reveals 3 brand-new songs.
Content: The EP takes off with a “Video Version” of “Wahre Helden”. This song was not exactly my favorite cut from their new album, which in a way symbolizes a new start for the band. It however features the sonic trademark of Funker Vogt characterized by a powerful kick, dark synth lines and bleeping sequences. Among the new cuts I noticed real cool songs, which remain in the typical vein of the band, but with more persuasive vocal parts.
You next get 2 remixes of “Gladiator” and 2 of “Für Immer” and 2 more of “Tanzbefehl”. Funker Vogt remixed a few songs themselves, but it also is an opportunity to hear the work of Agonoize, Cephalgy and Novakill.
+ + + : This is an interesting EP as it delivers 3 new cuts. And I can assure you “Strike Force” and especially “Bloodbrother” both are great and powerful cuts in the traditional enraged format of the band. I like the rage emerging at the surface while “Bloodbrother” also reveals a great lead.
I’m not a huge fan of remixes, but here again I discovered a few brilliant remixes and I especially have to mention a great contribution from Agonoize and Kunstwerk.
– – – : I unfortunately also discovered a few remixes, which don’t bring any bonus to the EP. I can imagine making an ‘orchestral’ version might be fun, but it’s not exactly a successful result.
Conclusion: Funker Vogt is definitely back on track and the new line-up, still conducted by the genius of Gerrit Thomas, is getting better and better.
Best songs: “Bloodbrother”, “Strike Force”, “Tanzbefehl – Kunstwerk Remix”, “Für Immer – Agonoize Remix”.