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Red Flags (Metropolis Records)

04/11/13
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



4/11/2013 - Metropolis’s latest eurotrash duo, accentuating their work-night goth-club fun by putting out an album pointed at the kids who aren’t seasoned enough to know Front Line Assembly and Nitzer Ebb rule over this genre, namely sometimes-catchy EBM. As unspectacular albums go, I don’t mind this one; the understated hopefulness and bright melodies found in songs like “Shine” and “Never Take Fire” go a long way toward making up for the wishful pandering they work into their lyrics (fetish-herd-sex call-to-arms “Gambit” nearly had me frisbeeing the thing out the car window).  Ex-Seabound singer Frank Spinath, once you get past his thick German-or-whatever accent, has a robust VNV Nation baritone that deserves good material, which some of this is. But some of it isn’t; you’ll end up playing a drinking game called “That Part Sounded Like Depeche Mode,” par for the course, which I could forgive if they were trying to fill 12 or 13 song slots, but there’s only eight, half the album consisting of uninspired remixes from Acretongue, Splitter, guys like that. B






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