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Wumpscut, Madman Szpital
(Metropolis Records)

08/01/13
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



8/1/2013 - Originally inspired to give up DJing and start making albums after hearing some Leæther Strip stuff, German goth-meister Rudy Ratzinger has been on a dependable one-album-a-year tear since putting out 2004’s Bone Peeler. That album’s follow-up, 2005’s Evoke, has been the acid test for me personally; it was an album that had Ratzinger trying on waltz-time for one tune and otherwise putting together horror-electro that was best-of-breed. No album has come close to that awesomeness since, but this new one has a ton of cool stuff on it. The title track reminds me a little of Clint Ruin’s “Sick Man” with its 1940s blues feel, cinematic mumblings and unsettling undercurrent, and that’s nice, but perhaps the best sign is ‘Ich bin der Tod,” which has a fascinating little riff, starting out as eurotrash prog-house and resolving itself in a menacing downswing. Sure, there’s the usual goth-stomp electro and EBM stumping, but there’s a thoughtful depth that’s been lacking for seven or eight albums now. A — Eric W. Saeger





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