Genre/Influences: Dark-electro & medieval-metal music.
Background/Info: Heimataerde once started as an original dark-electro formation with bagpipes on top. The sound of this German band became an instant success while the recognition never ceased to increase. Quite progressively the band evolved towards a more metal-inspired sound, which was quite noticeable at the last albums. Heimataerde now has a new full length (cf. “Aerdenbrand”) in the pipeline, but brings us first a solid appetizer.
Content: The title song makes me think of a kind of folk song sung by children. And that’s an essential part of the song that has been featured while rapidly joined by menacing guitar riffs and a great danceable kick plus dark electronics. No doubt about it, “Hick Hack Hackebeil” again is a new potential hit for Heimataerde. The carrying chorus is absolutely great and will convince you of the real potential of this song, which has been featured in 3 different versions.
Both B-side cuts are much more than simply EP-fillers. Heimataerde reworked and adapted an old medieval pilgrim-tune and a Jewish song from the same period. Both songs are absolutely great and in the purest tradition of Heimataerde. There’s a perfect twist between hard and furious guitar riffs at one side and powerful electronic parts at the other. The magic of bagpipes is doing the rest!
+ + + : This is an outstanding EP revealing a phenomenal title song and 2 brilliant B-side cuts. These songs have been clearly made for an EP format. It sounds heavy, powerful and carried by great choruses. Heimataerde strikes back in style while driven by a merciless power.
– – – : The only regret I can imagine about the song concerns the quite similar mixes of the title song. No remixes here, but just an album-, club- and radio edit. It would have been better to get a few remixes to inject some diversity.
Conclusion: Heimataerde strikes back with a real outstanding piece of music. This is the kind of EP on, which both B-side songs can become potential hits as well.
Best songs: “Hick Hack Hackebeil – Club Version”, “Tsur Mishelo”, “Stella Splendens”.
Since you’re here … … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading Side-Line Magazine than ever but advertising revenues across the media are falling fast. And unlike many news organisations, we haven’t put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as open as we can. So you can see why we need to ask for your help. Side-Line’s independent journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. But we do it because we want to push the artists we like and who are equally fighting to survive. If everyone who reads our reporting, who likes it, helps fund it, our future would be much more secure. For as little as 5 US$, you can support Side-Line Magazine – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. The donations are safely powered by Paypal.
Donate Bitcoin to this address
Scan the QR code or copy the address below into your wallet to send some Bitcoin
Donate Ethereum to this address
Scan the QR code or copy the address below into your wallet to send some Ethereum
Donate Tether to this address
Scan the QR code or copy the address below into your wallet to send some Tether