Stahlnebel & Black Selket – The Darkest Hour (Album – Advoxya Records)

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Genre/Influences: Dark-Electro, Industrial-Rave.

Format: Digital, CD.

Background/Info: Never change a winning team! The duo Stahlnebel – Black Selket strikes back with their seventh album to date.

Content: The Germans didn’t really change their sound formula; this is a powerful and fully club-driven approach mixing hard pumping kicks, dark atmospheres and carrying Trance-orientated leads. The vocals are more like growls, but you’ll also notice spoken samplings –featuring famous words of Winston Churchill.

+ + + : I can’t say that the sound of this band has really changed and/or evolved over the years. But the main strength of Stahlnebel & Black Selket is that they’ve a very recognizable sound and I really like artists with their own sound DNA. The album reveals some great songs, “Never Surrender” (featuring samplings of Churchill) being for sure one of the biggest potential dancefloor killers. But I also have to mention “God And The Devil” and the pretty surprising cover of VNV Nation’s “Control”.

– – – : The main strength of a band always often becomes its weakness… The sound formula remains exactly the same-old one so in the end “The Darkest Hour” has something predictable.

Conclusion: Stahlnebel & Black Selket don’t really care about innovation and eventually new sonic paths to discover; they move on composing great dance floor stuff for dark souls!

Best songs: “Never Surrender”, “God And The Devil”,  “Control”, “Schmerz”, “Help”.

Rate: (8).


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