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Nitzer Ebb, Industrial Complex
Artists Addiction Records, Nov. 9

By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



British EBM crew was mostly brought on by a resurgence in interest in their 130-bpm oldies, most likely none of which you’ve heard of unless you’re an old-school raver, or “soccer parent” as they’re called nowadays. Formed in 1982 as mutual Bauhaus worshippers, they quickly evolved into a harder-than-Depeche-Mode dance act, pushing their EBM experiments to moderately heavy levels, and then it was on to more experimental jazzy stuff, but hold everything, because we’re right back in 1987 as far as this record’s concerned, beginning with “Promises,” a mid-fast stomper that, although it eschews Throbbing Gristle shouts, could have been the B-side to their ’87 Mute Records hit “Join in the Chant.” Basically this is hardfloor-inflected dance, stuff that wouldn’t last 10 seconds in the ring with Skinny Puppy but which would be a revelation to folks who want something heavier than Depeche Mode; it far surpasses the efforts of the band’s legion of wannabes while expertly avoiding the usual pitfalls of kraut-tech. A- — Eric W. Saeger






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