Format: Digital, CD.
Background/Info: Stahlgeist is a new Hungarian EBM duo set up in 2017. The band is driven by Istvan Gazdag (First Aid 4 Souls) and Tamás Bank (Worker Munkás). Last year the duo self-released the digital album “Escape Reality”. In the meantime they joined hands together with Advoxya Records, which released the CD format of this debut work.
Content: The album takes off a pure old-school EBM way characterized by a solid bass line. Quite progressively Stahlgeist moves into an intelligent format of ‘body music’, which is –just as First Aid 4 Souls, sometimes reminding me of Frontline Assembly (pay attention to “Infected Colony”). The songs are diversified, but all inspired by retro-EBM. This diversity also comes back in the vocals –mainly sung in English, but you’ll also notice other languages as well.
+ + + : This is a great debut work. The classical EBM format has no surprises, but the way the songs have been written reveals a sophisticated process. This is much more than cheap EBM, but a well-thought and accomplished composition revealing great bass lines, icy sequences and raw, danceable songs. There are several cool songs featured on this work. It’s a good thing this album has now been released on CD!
– – – : The link with FLA became rapidly obvious, but I’m not complaining when the result is that accomplished.
Conclusion: Stahlgeist knows how to bring the true EBM spirit to life! This is another strong and promising debut released by Advoxya Records!
Best songs: “Infected Colony”, “Step By Step”, “Nihilist”, “No Regrets”, “Escape Reality”.