Genre/Influences: Electro-wave, EBM.
Background/Info: Russian label ScentAir Records goes back in time releasing a compilation of early work from the Hamburger (Germany) band The Evasion On Stake. This project set up and driven by Haiko Herden (who was still running small labels such as Beton Tapes And NLW) was mainly active during the 90s. It was the time unsigned bands were releasing their work on cassette. This selection of songs is mainly taken from the early demos and some compilations.
Content: The Hamburger scene of Germany was quite famous in the 90s although The Evasion On Stake didn’t really become its most famous ambassador. “Noises And Prayers” bring us back to the work of this project, which was inspired by late 80s electro-wave music at one side and typical 90s EBM at the other side. You’ll also notice a few more elements like post-punk, electro-pop and even industrial sound treatments. The songs were rather raw and unpolished, bringing the spirit of the 90s demo bands alive.
+ + + : I noticed a few compilations were already released before “Noises And Prayers”, but it definitely is an opportunity to (re)discover this formation. I felt some nostalgia and even if this work is a sort of retrospective, it also is a kind of ‘documentary’ reminding us the German EBM welfare during the 90s. Sound-wise I prefer the dark-EBM tracks.
– – – : This work is a cool retrospective and I’m convinced this band deserves such a ‘late’ recognition, but I can’t say that The Evasion On Stake has been an important project from this scene.
Conclusion: This is an album that will appeal for all 90s EBM lovers.
Best songs: “Wildlife”, “A Mind To Kill –The Step Between Kissing And Killing”, “Hard Work”.