June 10, 2024

Funker Vogt – Final Construct (Album – Repo Records)

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Genre/Influences: Dark-Electro, EBM.

Format: Digital, CD, Vinyl, Cassette.

Background/Info: The previously released EP “Death Seed” revealed a new Funker Vogt singer. Bastian Pollak -known from Intent:Outtake, joined hands together with core member and master mind Gerrit Thomas while René Dornbusch completes the band.

Content: It has now been 29 years since Funker Vogt released its first album. The sound DNA created by Gerrit Thomas remains recognizable throughout the heavy bass lines, typical electro sequences and hard beats. The melodies remain another and important part of the production. Bastian Polak sings in a harsh, distorted style which completely fits the spirit of the group. “Final Construct” is also a hard production where there are bitterly few resting points. The second album brings additional new scuts and 4 alternate versions of original songs.

+ + + : I remember my reluctance with the first album without Jens Kästel as the vocalist. And actually I had that a bit now too after the departure of Chris L who seemed to find his turn more and more. But the input of Bastian Polak is more than successful. He brings us back somewhat to the initial spirit of Funker Vogt; hard, loud and charismatic. The album is therefore very successful and a non-stop exposure of aggressive songs. “The Signaller” is an absolute stunner to start the album, but the “Club Mix” that opens the second album goes even further. The well-known “Death Seed” still convinces, but I also have to mention other songs like “Blessed Or Cursed” and “Labyrinth”. This work represents a definitive return to the band’s origins.

– – – : The second disc is more than okay although a level beneath the main disc.

Conclusion: Funker Vogt strikes back with their initial rage and power.

Best songs: “The Signaller – Club Mix”, “Death Seed – Album Edit”, “Blessed Or Cursed”, “Sternenstaub”, “The Signaller”, “Labyrinth”.

Rate: 8½ .

Artist: www.funkervogt.de / www.facebook.com/officialfunkervogt

Label: www.reporecords.de / www.facebook.com/pages/Repo-Records/119590774857404

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