Genre/Influences: EBM, minimal-electro, electro-wave.
Content: Schicksal brings the early hours of 80s electronic experiments and EBM alive. It’s pure vintage-like music revealing the minimalism from that period, the sterile way of singing, classical sampling parts and melodic passages. It also is an opportunity to get back to the famous “24 Hours”-song featured as “Perfect Body Mix”, but especially to discover songs that were never released on vinyl before. I also like the very last song of the opus for its new-beat flavor.
+ + + : This album sounds like a documentary from a band, which definitely deserved much, more recognition. I often ask myself why some 80s bands –like Schicksal, remained in the shadow of some so-called ‘bigger’ bands with less talent!? Schicksal really had enough potential to get more famous and considered as one of the Belgian pioneers in EBM. This work will ravish all analogue freaks. It’s a great and minimal-like work. The songs sound simple, but there’s the magic of the sound treatments. This is a great and I dare to say essential release getting us back to the early Belgian EBM: dark and visionary!
– – – : I just noticed a few songs, which maybe suffer from the weight of time, but there’s no reason to complain.
Conclusion: Schicksal maybe is one of the ‘forgotten’ Belgian pioneers of electronic underground music. This album is a late consecration of a genius artist!
Best songs: “Kant Und Klahr”, “Body Beat (K7 Mix)”, “Deceived”, “Pavlov”, “24 Hours (Perfect Body Mix)”.