RØSENKØPF “Røsenkøpf” | Wierd Records
RØSENKØPF released their self-titled debut album on Weird Records and it is awesome. They bring home noise, industrial, Goth warp disco blood, black metal and psychedelic kraut love. Opening track, “Burning Spirits” hit home immediately and made me a fan. The constant buildups layered in industrial, psychedelic delights are strangely accessible. Although the group is relentless during all 6 songs, it continually infuses melodic clarity with obscure, static dissolution. It is an incredibly dynamic, rhythmic release. The drums are really what tie the entire operation together. They rattle, bounce and penetrate through the wall of noise that blasts around creating the psychedelic, murky cavern that is RØSENKØPF.
Did I mention the drums have an 808/electronic aspect i’ve hardly heard used within such static brilliance? On some tracks, you even think you’re going to get involved in a full on dance number because of the electronic arrangements.
They shred through heavy layers of samples that remind us that we are human and not robots. They bring together a future-day Mad Max world run by a nihilistic race of robots. Some tracks even reminisce on Unknown Pleasures drumming gone haywire. It is an incredibly well done, cinematic masterpiece that glows with excitement, novelty, interest and sheer radness. I’ve been repeatedly finding time throughout my day to just sit down with my IPod and headphones so I can listen to this album again and watch a free, post-apocalyptic movie based in what used to be Brooklyn.
They have taken the black metal game to another level. Considering that the black metal I really enjoy constantly plays and toys with sonic, static proportions, black metal can be considered a nihilistic/fatalistic version of noise rock.
Now take the noisy, atmospheric, heart pounding of black metal, take some of its screams and subtle howls, throw it into Boris, have Ian Curtis baptize this creation and Neil Gaiman’s “Sandman” dress it. Afterwards, take it to a happening in England in the late 1960’s. Oh, and then blow up a large part of the city and have radioactive cockroaches sing nostalgic, melodic songs. This is sort of, give or take, what this album does.
It’s an exceptional listen, one that I highly recommend and will be listening to for some time. A great debut album.
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