Genre/Influences: Industrial, electro & metal.
Background/Info: Schultz is a French solo-project which saw the light of day in 2002. Later on Franz Schultz joined hands together with painter and stage performer VDREY. Several albums have been released on different labels, but “Shot Of Pain” is the first new opus since the self-titled album released in 2011!
Content: I can’t say that Schultz reinvented its sound, but there’s more harmony between guitar parts and electronic treatments. The result is an extremely powerful opus, which sometimes makes me think of an imaginary fusion between Cubanate and Birmingham 6. Electro vintage sounds (sometimes evoking The Neon Judgement) and heavy metal guitar riffs are the essence of this work.
Some guests have been invited to achieve a few songs, but the most surprising feature is for sure the legendary French punk formation Ludwig von 88 contributing on 2 songs.
+ + + : Schultz has gained an impressive maturity resulting in a brilliant and totally accomplished piece of work. There’s a genius harmony between guitar and electronics. This is a crossover sound evoking some pioneers in the genre. I also like the production of the vocals; they’ve been used more like an extra effect while sampled passages are still featured. There are several noticeable songs on this album. I have a preference for the body-industrial like “Fuck Buddy” and “Drugs Are Sins” featuring VDREY and Ludwig von 88.
– – – : I don’t see real minus points about this work!
Conclusion: “Shot Of Pain” sounds as great industrial-body music; a sexy fusion between metal and electronics and definitely an album that has to put Schultz back on the industrial music map.
Best songs: “Fuck Buddy”, “Drugs Are Sins”, “My Wish”, “House Of Misery”, “La Musique Me Rend Sourd”.