Who would have thought that these Krauts would have gotten back together and spread more cheer to all of you who embrace the Dark Wave movement? Despite decent sales of "Believe", the band threw in the towel because it wasn't profitable enough to make a living at. Well, Nuclear Blast put out a METALLICA tribute CD over a year ago and these guys were asked to do an interpretation of "One." It was after that that the band decided to give it another shot. When a band decides to reunite, I am very sceptical about it. For instance, I was a huge LEATHERWOLF fan and when they got back together, they sucked. All I have to say is that if you are an old school fan of the band, then stop reading from here on out.
As you know, when "Believe" came out, it was very pop oriented and way more commercial. They continue in that direction and the result is very colorful. If I hear one more introduction track before it kicks in, I am going to scream. They should be banned forever! '"Resurrection" had me worried because it's very slow, melodic and way more electronic. So, I wait for the first real track "Wake Up" to kick in and the title proves to be worthy. The crunchy guitars kick in right away along with the signature monotonous and cookie monster voice of Felix. This track really goes all over the place as we go from metallic riffs to Nu-Metal in the blink of an eye and they are wrapped around the unique atmosphere that Katrin provides on the keys. Mathias offers a lot of clean vocals to change things up. So far from what I am listening to, this isn't as Gothic as their previous material. It's dark, haunting and beautiful, but definitely not drabby.
Things really liven up with "Reign Of Fear." You can call this an Electro/Industrial/Goth Rock track. The keys offer the sombre and romantic vibe that Goth provides, but there are plenty of electronic vibes meshed in with the guitar riffs and hard drumming which is pretty interesting to hear. It's also very danceable. Next time you are at a Goth club, don't be surprised if you hear this being blared through the speakers. "Open Your Eyes" proves to be just as groovy, infectious and heavy as the last track mentioned. What I did noticed here is that Felix alters his voice here for once offering a change of pace which is badly needed for him. If you didn't look at the booklet and see "Tick Tack" printed on there, you would have thought it was the latest tune from RAMMSTEIN. It has all of the ingredients that RAMMSTEIN use in order to make their songs memorable and CREMATORY succeeds here.
Once again, CREMATORY gives another album that is varied in sound and provides plenty of unpredictability. "Revolution" is just as commercial and poppy as "Believe" if not more so and that's ok. The solid, thick, clean and heavy drumming of Markus is on target as always and the unique atmosphere that Katrin brings to the band is just as fresh and entertaining as always and Felix's dark growls are unforgettable. As much as I like Mathias' clean tracks, I will always like Lotte more. I am not sure why, but he brought something to the table that can't be replaced. If you are an adventurous person who can overlook the past of this band, then I highly recommend this release. You will be hooked from the get go. (Online November 7, 2004)