Dunkelwerk – Operation: Duesterland – Limited Edition (3CD Album – Alfa-Matrix)

Posted on 28/04/13

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Genre/Influences: Dark-electro.

Content: Operator ‘Losttrooper’ strikes back with the 3rd assault inspired by the war theme of ‘total defeat’. Martin V. Kester aka Losttrooper always takes his time to strikeback. This new album again appears 4 years after its predecessor, but it definitely is a worth the wait.

“Operation: Duesterland” is an album mixing an impressive arsenal of German spoken samplings plus other samplings of battlefields, bombings and war scenes. The conceptual theme has never been that developed and the music has never been that accomplished. Dunkelwerk doesn’t sound as hard in comparison with the previous albums, but more mature, complex and fascinating. You get the impression of awakening during WWII and being the spectator of a battlefield were the Germans are losing their ‘totalen Krieg’. Dunkelwerk perfectly assimilates cinematographic elements and pure dark-electronics.

The main evolution in sound can be heard in the refined arrangements and dark, but catchy sequences. Some other bombastic parts are creating a kind of duality, but in the end it all sounds homogenous and accomplished.

The vocal parts have never been my favorite aspect of Dunkelwerk, but here again we can notice some improvement in the global production. Dunkelwerk took me by surprise, confirming to be very unique in sound. That’s not that evident when dealing with ‘endzeit’ electronics, but I now can say and assure you that Dunkelwerk has a quite distinguished sound. The regular album is a great piece of music symbolizing the passion for music of this Losttrooper.

The limited edition features 10 extra songs of the project. This is an invitation to have a look in the ‘archives’ of Dunkelwerk enjoying tracks that were composed in between 1999 and 2004. The sound is pretty recognizable, a bit like a demo that has been used for the released albums. We get instrumental versions of previously unreleased songs and other ‘primitive’ mixes of songs that were released later on (cf. CD “Troops”). This album also shows the evolution from the early Dunkelwerk to the elaborated and well-crafted new work. It all appears to have been a hard fight resulting in a brilliant new opus.

And for all of those who have –or are planning to order(ed) the limited edition by the Alfa-Matrix shop there’s an extra CD available. “Completorium Vol.1” features 12 extra instrumental tracks. The work is fascinating, featuring instrumental versions from different Dunkelwerk songs –older and new songs. Dunkelwerk again shows a cinematographic approach in sound, but without the typical war-samplings. It all makes the sound more evasive although obscure. I’m sometimes missing sampling and/or vocal parts, but globally speaking this approach is not bad at all. The instrumental version of “Flucht” for example sounds pretty magic! I’m not comparing this album to Noise Unit, but “Completorium Vol.1” is a bit to Dunkelwerk what Noise Unit was to FLA.

A last, but essential detail about this album consists of the artwork, which simply looks very creative.

Conclusion: The regular version of the album is a must have revealing the growing maturity of Dunkelwerk. The limited edition is meant to please the die-hard fans, but also the lovers of soundtrack music.

Best songs: “Kommt!”, “Schnuff!?”, “Flamingo”, “32ITot”, “Bunkermensch”, “Die Schwarzen Jahre”, “Wasted”, “Bissige Kröte (Instrumental)”, “Flucht (Instrumental)”.

Rate: (DP:8/9)DP.

Band: www.dunkelwerk.de / www.facebook.com/DunkelwerkHQ

Label: www.alfa-matrix.com / www.facebook.com/Alfa.Matrix

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