Not More Nachtmahr

Mädchen In Uniform is a 1931 black and white German film. It is also a 2010 release from the EBM band Nachtmahr.

The music is standard fair darkwave danceable but, like the movie, it is in German. I don’t understand enough German to listen to this with any concentration.

On the topic of not understanding enough German. While on a work trip I once ordered some sausage in a German owned German cafe. What I was given was Cheese. Because I was out of time and a little embarrassed I’d managed to make such a strange blunder (I literally asked for sausage), I took it without protest.

While my cheese was decent, quite soft at room temperature, it was indeed cheese. What I’d ordered was meat, what I got was cheese, there was no mistaking what it was.

Nachtmahr uses a lot of imagery more attributed to goth deathrock bands circa 1992 Propaganda Magazine photo spreads. On their website bio page they quote a magazine about themselves as being an “Industrial orgy” using words like “excess” and “wild” to describe them but using words like “moderation” and “mercy” as things they don’t know.

But this is clearly just techno*

Yes, Wiki agrees, this is industrial flavored techno. So while this is labeled as Industrial or EBM in magazines and reviews, take it with a grain of Ambien. If you lower your expectations from meat to cheese, you’ll still enjoy it.

I sometimes find songs about the Titanic hilarious, however I won’t bother translating this.

* Not that I don’t like industrial techno, or cheese.


Review: !Bang Elektronika – Attica [ep]

I’m not able to find the actual release year of this CDR from !Bang Elektronika; something I’m a little notorious for, is organizing chronologically. So, automatically this release receives -1 star, if I rated with stars. Based on the general sound and inclusion of Aktivierung!, I’d assume it came out in the mid-90’s.

On their MySpace page they include IDM in their genres, but it isn’t present here. This is 1990’s EBM and belongs on a darkwave podcast. I don’t want to be mean, I enjoy this release, but it is overall forgettable. I’d suggest you’d enjoy this release if you liked the Van Richter bands: Plastic Noise Experience, Girls Under Glass, and The Fair Sex.

1. TV Set (live version not included on release)

2. Grossstadt Melodie (Großstadtmelodie)

3. Aktivierung! (probably there most well known song)

4. Metropolis
5. Flasche In Der Hand

Der Mussolini

In 2011 !Bang Elektronika performed a cover of D.A.F.’s Der Mussolini.

Previously also covered by Cobalt 60 and later KMFDM. I once asked Dom, of Cobalt 60, how he felt about the KMFDM cover sounding so much like their own unreleased version*. He responded only that he really likes KMFDM. In hindsight, all the covers sound similar because no one (except metal) is really adding a vastly different edge to the song. This includes the !BE version above but I can’t argue with just having fun.

Here is KMFDM’s take set to scenes of war.

Pure electronic from The Power. I just noticed their Facebook account was deleted. Not a video.

A commenter thanked The Power for not adding guitar to their version, I agree. These versions from Atrocity and OHL extends that point.

Bounce 9’s rendition made me wonder what EBM would sound like if Yello would goth themselves into the scene isntead of just making IDM music for Audi commercials.

I haven’t included the orginal DAF version, and I won’t. There are dozens more I could sift through, but I enjoyed the Caracho redo as Der Berlusconi, about the Italian Prime Minister asshole with National Alliance ties.

*Which I was asked to never share or release, but it does exist.