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Grosse Freiheit (Deluxe Version)

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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

Verblüffend... Endlich ein Album, bei dem nicht nur 1 Titel gut ist!!!

Hallo zusammen
Erstaunlich, dass noch niemand eine Rezession geschrieben hat... Diese Stimme des Grafen, diese Texte, diese gelungenen Kompositionen... einfach genial!!! Der Graf zeigt mal wieder, dass man mit Grips und einem guten Gespür auch heute noch gute Musik machen kann, ohne andere zu "covern". Er versteht es, nicht allzu düster aufzutreten und doch nicht im "Mainstream" mitzuschwimmen und Spannung aufzubauen...
Ein Album für alle, die gute Musik mit geistreichem Text suchen. Weiter so!!!

bestes Album

Also wer Rammstein nicht so gut findet, wird dieses Album lieben, v.A. lieder wie Seenot, Abwärts oder Sternbild..!
Der Graf ist einfach super, das Live Album würde ich auch noch kaufen es lohnt sich.

Einfach nur "vom FEINSTEN"

Ein wirklich super schönes Album! Der Graf mit seiner genialen Stimme und seinen Texten, wirklich genial! Das Album kann ich nur empfehlen!!

Biography

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...
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Grosse Freiheit (Deluxe Version), Unheilig
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  • CHF 16.00
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Electronic, Industrial
  • Released: 01 January 2010

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