Genre/Influences: Dark-Pop, Electro-Wave.
Format: Digital, 2CD, Vinyl, Cassette.
Background/Info: This new album by German Dark-Pop & Wave idol Blutengel also marks the twenty fifth anniversary of the project driven by Chris Pohl. Better than releasing a ‘best of’ we get totally new work featuring twenty five songs. The album is available in different formats featuring a limited edition with an extra disc.
Content: “Un:Sterblich” has been introduced as an intimate album but definitely sounds like an exploration of new sonic paths. Next to the ‘classical’ Blutengel songs carried by strong choruses connected featuring captivating melody lines we also get a ‘harder’ side of the band. Blutengel reveals songs with solid EBM-driven bass lines and now and then empowered by guitar play. On top you get the charisma of Chris Pohl’s vocals assisted by the heavenly and graceful timbre of the voice of Ulrike Godmann.
The main disc features 14 songs. The second disc brings eleven more songs -without any single remix. You ‘ll discover a more ‘classical’ Blutengel canvas although with more melancholic, and slower pieces.
+ + + : Blutengel remains a fascinating project and an artist who’s not only prolific but still surprising. This work features maybe the harder cuts ever written by Blutengel. Chris Pohl has been involved with so many projects he feels comfortable dealing with harder music but he never lost the main ingredients and basis of Blutengel. It remains melodic and danceable thanks to carrying leads. Next to this ‘new’ approach you’ll also notice typical Blutengel songs featuring great cuts like “Dark History” and “The Prophecy”. Songs have been once more sung in German and English which accentuates diversity.
– – – : The second disc is pretty cool as it brings 11 extra cuts but you’ll rapidly understand why these songs haven’t been featured at the main disc. I’m not saying it concerns album fillers but the quality level is just lower here -by the exception of the great “Back For Blood”.
Conclusion: Maybe not the best Blutengel album from the past years but definitely a different one featuring great pieces at the main disc. The fans are going to like it!
Best songs: “Dark History”, “We Belong To The Night”, “The Last Crusade”, “Fliegen”, “Tief”, “King Of Blood”, “Living On The Edge Of The Night – A Gothic Anthem” + “Back For Blood”.
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