Reviews

Im Namen Des Volkes – Aus Des Anti-Imperialistischen Tagebüchern (CD Album – Peripheral Minimal)

May 15,2017

Genre/Influences: Minimal-electronics, EBM.

Background/Info: Im Namen Des Volkes is a German solo-project set up by Matthias Schuster (also known from Bal Paré, Das Institut, Geisterfahrer, Lichtjahr and a few more projects) in 1979 (!). Most of his early work was released on cassette- and 7” format. This album is a selection of old material that has been reworked and recorded with added vocals.

Content: I’m familiar with several other projects –but especially Bal Paré, of  Matthias Schuster so this album is a real opportunity to go back in time and discover a truly electronic pioneer who’ll remind you of DAF, but also to bands like Cabaret Voltaire and The Neon Judgement. The electronic manipulations and the simple magic of analogue material definitely are the main trademarks of Im Namen Des Volkes.

The work reflects the spirit of the 80s. the typical analogue sweeps, robotic vocals and cold leads will bring good-old memories alive. There’s a variety of songs on this work, which also reveal pure and still minimal-like EBM cuts in the purest DAF tradition.

+ + + : Peripheral Minimal likes to bring old sonic pearls back to life and this album is one addition to the list. If you’re into vintage electronics and early EBM, this is without a shadow of a doubt a work that will catch your attention. It’s pure nostalgia, but still revealing a project that probably didn’t gain its deserved recognition. From songs such as “Psychopharmaka” to “Industrie Synfonie” to the EBM-driven “Hunde Im All”, “Alles Ist Umsonst” and “Dein Bester” there really is a lot to discover and enjoy. Speaking for myself I’m more into the EBM side of the band. The digipak format is a nice little bonus, which might convince you to buy the album.

– – – : Some of the vocals are missing power and passion and that’s maybe why a band like DAF became worldwide famous and Im Namen Des Volkswagen did not. The vocals appear to be the single element that doesn’t always fully convince –and especially on the harder cuts, while on the other ones the robotic effect is more efficient.

Conclusion: This album is an efficient way to bring the past back alive. It reveals a forgotten and less recognized pioneer of electronic music who however received serious recognition as member of Bal Paré.

Best songs: “Dein Bester”, “Hunde Im All”, “Alles Ist Umsonst”, “Psychopharmaka”.

Rate: (7½).

Band: www.thegeisterfahrer.de/thegeisterfahrer.de/Heimat.htmlwww.facebook.com/ImNamenDesVolkes

Label: www.peripheralminimal.co.uk / www.facebook.com/PeripheralMinimal



Since you’re here …

… we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading Side-Line Magazine than ever but advertising revenues across the media are falling fast. And unlike many news organisations, we haven’t put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as open as we can. So you can see why we need to ask for your help.

Side-Line’s independent journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. But we do it because we want to push the artists we like and who are equally fighting to survive.

If everyone who reads our reporting, who likes it, helps fund it, our future would be much more secure. For as little as 2 US$, you can support Side-Line Magazine – and it only takes a minute. Thank you.

The donations are safely powered by Paypal.

Select a Donation Option (USD)

Enter Donation Amount (USD)







 

French electro pioneer Desireless publishes first book: 'Le Ciel est toujours Bleu'

French electro pioneer Desireless publishes first book: 'Le Ciel est toujours Bleu'
Previous
Lords of Acid see 'Voodoo-U' reissued with lots of bonus tracks on CD and double vinyl

Lords of Acid see 'Voodoo-U' reissued with lots of bonus tracks on CD and double vinyl

Next

Email this post to a friend.

or Close

LOG IN

Lost your password?

SIGN UP

LOST PASSWORD