Sound: Anyone who has heard about this bands first album will have certain expectations of Der Tag an dem die Welt unterging. However be rest assure that most of your assumptions are wrong. This Album is not, as the first, a collection of silly Deathcore nursery rhymes mixed with a strong dose of Electronica and Satire. While there are silly moments they take a back seat to the driving force that is the music.
The album opens with a subdued clean guitar overlaying some subdued synth sequences and soft pad washes, slowly building the guitar is replaced by another synth, a filter sweep brings in some distorted guitar and the whole thing explodes with a ferocity akin to the Bands Deathcore heritage.
The sound is reminiscent of the bands debut, a strange mix of Dimmu like alternate picking and constant double bass, mixed with the pedal note sensibilities of Metalcore music. However here the riffs are full sounding and at times give the feel that you're standing on top of a mounting raining hell on those bellow you; the production on this album has defiantly been stepped up.
I guess it's time I talk about the synths. Surprisingly, even on a second, and a third and so on, they don't become gimmicky. WBTBWB don't fall into the same trap that others do. Where it becomes obvious that a track was written and then synth was added over the top, but here the synth feels as if it was taken into account from the beginning of the writing process. Fitting in perfectly to the sound without being over used.
Overall the sound is unique in some ways but not in others. The addition of synthesizers breaths fresh air into a dying and unpopular genre, but it doesn't completely revolutionise it. As well as this, at 15 tracks some songs start to sound similar and run into each other, this isn't so much of a problem if you enjoy the style of music however, but does dissuade constant listening after a while. // 8
Lyrics: The lyrics are mostly in German, apart from a verse in Der kleine Vampir (The Small Vampire) which is in English. However knowing the band, they are still rather silly at times (especially Der kleine Vampir). Though the zazz is not as over the top as it was in Das Monster Auf Dem Schrank, for example, the chorus of the title track:
Der Tag An Dem Die Welt Unterging
und Alles Leben Am Seidenen Faden Hing.
Translates roughly to:
The day the Earth went down.
And all life that hung by a thread.
This is talking about the apocalypse, so, not to silly there, but then there is Der kleine Vampir:
Hey Boys, Hey Girls!
We wanna see you dance.
Move your Body, shake your Body,
Ich kann nicht tanzen,
mann was will sie von mir?
Ich geh nach Haus und trinke Blut,
Ich bin der kleine Vampir!
This is basically about a Party going Vampire...
The balance in themes are refreshing. It's nice to hear a band having fun instead of being dark and gloomy all the time.
At the same time however unless you're a native speaker you won't be paying much attention to the lyrics anyway. So I'm going to go with an Average score. The lyrics are nothing special, but they're not terrible either. // 7
Overall Impression: It's a definite improvement over the first album, which was mostly enjoyable because of it's sillyness, here however the music stands on it's own. The title track is perhaps the most consistent, but when listening to the album some parts really stick out and make you want to fight with invisible ninjas.
This album is not for every one, it can get a little representative and the whole concept of Synths and Deathcore might make some elitist vomit in complete repulsion. However if you like fun music which isn't always meant to be taken seriously, then I'm sure you'll love this. // 9