System Noire – Do Not Pass That Door (CD Album – Danse Macabre)

Genre/Influences: Dark-electro.

Background/Info: Björn Miethe (vocals) and Daniel Gosewisch (machines) are System Noire. This German duo previously released a few EP’s (“On The Other Side” was released on DarkTunes Music group) and has now unleashed their official debut full length.

Content: The music is clearly inspired by dark-electro standards. They clearly pay some attention to achieve simple, but carrying melody lines. The album is alternating mainly dark-electro driven cuts and a few softer cuts. I also noticed a few instrumentals.

System Noire also likes to work with guests. They already did it on their debut single “On The Other Side” featuring Henrik Iversen (NamNamBulu) and now composed a song together with SynthAttack while other songs are featuring Unterschicht and Alien Nation. Remixes have been done by Ruined Conflict, XMH and ES23.

+ + + : This band deals with a rather easy and somewhat simplistic dark-electro format, which is however rather pleasant to listen to. The harder cuts definitely are the best ones and I especially want to mention “Voices” featuring Unterschicht and “Viaie Introspectivo feat. Alien Nation”. The melodic side of the songs is a noticeable element. I here want to tip “I Believe” as most essential piece. The remixes of Ruined Conflict and ES23 both are attention grabbers.

– – – : The few softer cuts can’t really convince me. But the main element the band maybe has to reconsider is to elaborate their songs. It sometimes sounds a bit too simple-minded.

Conclusion: System Noire’s debut album is not what I would call a fully successful opus although there are a few interesting cuts that will get you dancing. I think there’s more potential in this band than what came out on this work.

Best songs: “I Believe”, “Voices feat. Unterschicht”, “Viaie Introspectivo feat. Alien Nation”, “Voices – ES23 Remix”.

Rate: (6½).

Artist: www.facebook.com/SystemNoire

Label: www.dansemacabregroup.de / www.facebook.com/dansemacabrerec