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Die Warzau
Pulseblack Records

We all grow older. Everyday it happens, the relentless march of time on our bodies and spirits and minds. But just because it is unstoppable doesn't make necessary our early fall into a benign oldness. Die Warzau was once a tremendous force on the industrial dancefloor, slamming down four-on-the-floor beats backed by some vicious synth lines and aggressive lyrical content. It seems that age has caught up to the Die Warzau guys, as it catches up to the best of us.

Convenience, the newest release from Die Warzau, lacks much in the way of industrial feel and aggro anything. What it does have, however, is smooth beats and crystal clean production on somewhat tame, but entrancing songs. More Savage Garden than Front 242, Convenience is a fine collection of songs from the minds of Van Christie and Jim Marcus (the two guys that founded Die Warzau in the late 80's). The songs are very accessible from many angles, and should appeal to not only the aging EBM/rivethead set, but also to younger audiences who may want a bit more reflection in their semi-industrial rock.

The real showcase on Convenience is the production talent of the Die Warzau duo. Their tenure as producers for the likes of Bjork and KMFDM, as well as working on their own music, has most definitely paid off. This new music has much more of the light trip-hop/R'N'B feel you might expect from the likes of P.M. Dawn rather than the heavy beats that older fans are accustomed to.

The overall sonic quality of this record is smooth. Even the rough edged sounds have a kind of polished finesse to them, like a diamond with sharp edges that fails to cut. But Die Warzau shows that you needn't bleed to feel.

-L. Keane

Track Listing:

1. Crusaders
2. Go Going gone
3. Permission
4. Radiation Babies
5. Glare
6. Bliss
7. Linoleum
8. Superbuick
9. Terrorform
10. Curious
11. Gone Chemical
12. Kleen
13. King Of Rock and Roll
14. Come As You Are
15. As We Are So We Are
16. Shine (All Good Girls Pt.2)

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