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Album Review

Between the simplistic industrial riffs, militaristic synths, bouncy percussion, and Wagnerian vocals, can you say "Rammstein"? The Berlin metalheads may have done a disservice to their compatriots by becoming a convenient yardstick by which all German-speaking heavy rock acts are measured, but there's no denying that Unheilig, a part of the Neue Deutsche Härte wave, owes a gargantuan dept to Rammstein. In fact, some songs on Grosse Freihei are dangerously close to being ripoffs — compare "Seenot" to "Bück Dich" or "Engel." The upside is that you get more first-rate Teutonic dance-metal, which is never a bad thing, but still, this level of derivativeness is as embarrassing as the songs themselves are fun. Luckily for everyone, Unheilig has more up its sleeve than just songs for a decadent headbanging session. The combo of simplistic dark riffs and epic keyboard textures often bring the band within goth metal territory, making them (well, it's really a one-man band) sound like Darkseed, which may seem dated in 2010, but actually works just fine because the music is so catchy. What's more, Unheilig is surprisingly diverse in mood and tempo (unlike Rammstein), and has the rare knack for making slower and more bombastic songs work — "Geboren um zu Leben," with its children choir, is a killer. The record is sprawling, even without the bonus tracks, and not every song works, but basically, as long as the band is done with ‘Stein worship, it begins to sound interesting to the point of being original, or, at least, fresh and exciting. Considering that the Rammstein ripoffs have the catchiness down as well, Grosse Freiheit is definitely a recommended listen, although it's hard to stop wishing that Unheilig would cut it out with impersonations and explore the sound that really sets the band apart.

Customer Reviews

Wieder einmal super

Wie immer ein total gutes Album und der Graf und der Rest von Unheilig haben sich wieder selbst übertroffen. Wenn mann das hört muss man sich das Album kaufen, unbedingt!

Ein Meisterwerk !!!!!

Kaum zu glauben ,wie die Musik dieser bisher leider mehr als zu wenig beachteten "AUSNAHMEKÜNSTLERN" ,jetzt endlich mal denn Erfolg haben den sie schon lange verdienen ,ist man als Fan natürlich überglücklich.
Allem voran die lyrischen qalitäten des Grafen , die es immer wieder schaffen ,dass es einem warm um's Herz wird ,ist einfach nur genial.
Ich wünschte mir, jeder hätte einen so guten Freund an seiner Seite ,weil dann die Welt sicher viel einfacher zu "ertragen" wäre.
Lg aus Graz, und ich freu mich schon auf Unheilig in Wien :)


Echt geniales Album!


Formed: 1999 in Aachen, Germany

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The German industrial/gothic rock band Unheilig (which in German means "Unholy") formed in 1999 and quickly released their first single, "Sage Ja!," that same year. Initially signed to the Bloodline label, the group -- including Grant Stevens, José Alvarez-Brill, and Der Graf -- followed its debut club hit with a full-length offering in 2001 titled Phosphor. The success of the single and the album helped land Unheilig slots on their genre's festival circuit, including Zillo Open Air and the Doomsday...
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Grosse Freiheit (Deluxe Version), Unheilig
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  • 10,99 €
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Electronic, Industrial
  • Released: 01 January 2010

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