Genre/Influences: Dark-Electro, Electro-Wave.
Format: Digital, CD.
Background/Info: Das Werk is a German project driven by Elmar Schmidt. The Centhron frontman was already experimenting with Das Werk before Centhron saw the light of day. “Aeshma” is the official debut work featuring a few ‘early’ songs, which have been reworked.
Content: The link with Centhron is unavoidable, but maybe a bit too easy. There clearly is a harsh Dark-Electro influence running through Das Werk, but there also is a more refined Electro-Wave approach, which especially comes through at a few cuts featuring female backing vocals. These tracks are somewhat more Electro-Wave orientated and appealing for Blutengel fans. All songs have been sung in German –which is of course another link with Centhron.
+ + + : This is a great debut for Das Werk. The songs are accomplished and I was mainly impressed by the solid, carrying leads running through different songs. Das Werk sounds melodic and danceable, finding a balance between refined arrangements and harsh sound treatments. “Rheintöchter” is one of the highlights, but I also have to mention “Wälder In Rot”, “Schneekönigin”, “Todesbraut” and “Schwarzes Horn”. The music also inspired [:SITD:] and C-Lekktor to make great and powerful remixes while Wesenberg transposed the original edit into a minimal-groovy approach.
– – – : I think it’s a pity we never heard anything official of this project before. It however has a typical ‘German’-style, but who cares when the result is worth listening to.
Conclusion: “Aeshma” is a successful debut for Das Werk and I hope Elmar Schmidt will move on with his project.
Best songs: “Rheintöchter”, “Wälder In Rot”, “Schneekönigin”, “Todesbraut”, “Schwarzes Horn”, “Kleid Aus Schnee – C-Lekktor Remix”, “Schwarzes Horn – [:SITD:] Remix”.