New Frames – Schweres Wasser (Vinyl 12” – Hands)

New Frames – Schweres Wasser (vinyl 12” – Hands)
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Genre/Influences: Industrial-techno.

Background/Info: When Mathis Mootz (Panacea, M² ao) and David Frisch unleashed their debut album “Resistance Through Rituals” in 2017 I immediately got convinced by their hard and sophisticated industrial-techno approach. They are now back on Hands again releasing this vinyl 12” featuring four new cuts.

Content: The tracks are quite varied although driven by industrial-techno power. After a hard-banging debut track, they next bring a more sophisticated cut featuring vocal effects. Both tracks on the B-side are more experimental-like, but built up with industrial sounds and rhythms. You here will find a song (cf. “Farewell Legacy”) from the album remixed by Ontal.

+ + + : “Schweres Wasser” sounds more complex than the band’s debut work, but it remains a heavy, danceable industrial-techno work. I like their fusion between both genres, but I mainly enjoy the diversity from the tracklist. “The Last Ones” is for sure the most elaborated piece and still my favorite one. Industrial heads will be more pleased by “Grond” while “Mumiae” is food for club visitors.

– – – : This 12” is definitely not the most accessible industrial-techno work. I personally expected a bit more out of Ontal’s remix, which remains pretty experimental-like.

Conclusion: Forget the ‘classical’ industrial-techno formats; New Frames moves a step forward and brings us a further approach in the genre.

Best songs: “The Last Ones”, “Grond”.

Rate: (7½).


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