Genre/Influences: Industrial, metal, electronics.
Format: Digital, CD.
Background/Info: German solo-project Exfeind strikes back with a second opus. The debut album “Exfeind Nummer Eins” (2018) was a promising debut work mixing elements of industrial-, metal- and electronic music. The new opus reveals ten new tracks.
Content: Exfeind holds on the influences from the debut album. It remains a true sonic fusion between industrial-, metal- and electronic music. I experienced the songs as a bit more electro-driven, but globally speaking this work appears as the logical next step in this band’s evolution. The work again takes off with a blasting cut featuring German vocals. Nearly all songs are sung in the artist’s Mother tongue, but you’ll notice some English passages as well. I also noticed one song with a rather rap style of singing (cf. “Viel Zu Spät”) although the sound remains hard-industrial driven.
+ + + : This new album doesn’t sound that different from the debut work, but the main evolution can be heard in some production details. There’s a real great and efficient balance between electronic parts and guitar riffs. It creates a powerful sound, which comes to emersion at the opening song “Wie Ein Boss”. But I also have to mention “Keyboardkrieger” and the English sung “Unleash Me”. The production of the vocals is also an essential aspect of the production; rough and charismatic!
– – – : “Zweipunktnull” is maybe just missing some little details to make this album totally accomplished. There are a few songs, which are more hesitant, but globally speaking this band confirms its potential.
Conclusion: I still believe Exfeind is a band with a huge potential and this new work confirms the project’s progression.
Best songs: “Wie Ein Boss”, “Keyboardkrieger”, “Unleash Me”, “Exzess”.