Genre/Influences: Dark-electro, industrial-pop.
Background/Info: Stahlnebel & Blak Selket became one of Advoxya Records flag holders. They released a respectable number of productions, which revealed a unique electro style inspired by some standards of the genre.
Ralph Neuhaus (Germany) and Sander Kapper (The Netherlands) are actually preparing their new full length while this EP definitely appears to be a strong appetizer.
Content: The so-called “Exclusive Non Album Version” of “Betrug” is a great song, which is actually conquering the charts in Germany. This song reveals the familiar sound formula of the band, which is carried by danceable vibes and dark, melodic passages. The vocals are somewhat half spoken injecting a spooky flavor to the song.
We next get an exclusive song for this EP, which is more into melodic EBM. It remains pretty danceable and a pretty cool B-side track.
The main chapter of this EP consists of remixes. There is a remix of “Bloody Rain”, which is a song originally featured on the “Noise”-album. This is a pretty cool remix and definitely one of the best cuts. The other remixes were mainly done for the title song and we get an interesting list of names like Acylum, Die Braut, Fredrik Croona, Viscera Drip, Adeonesis ao.
The ultimate remix is the one of Acylum transposing the title cut into a pure ‘endzeit’ format like it was originally written by Acylum themselves.
+ + + : “Betrug” is a successful title song, “Sleepless” is a cool B-side and there are efficient remixes with a special mention for the work of Acylum.
– – – : I’m not always that fond of such a ‘remix orgy’ especially when most of the bands are dealing with a similar genre.
Conclusion: “Betrug” clearly sounds as the right teaser to welcome the new full length of Stahlnebel & Blak Selket. This is ecstasy for the dancefloor.
Best songs: “Betrug – Acylum Remix”, “Betrug – Exclusive Non album Version”, “Bloody Rain – Devilsight 2015 Remix, “Betrug – Sick Freak Remix”.