Die Krupps
A Tribute to Metallica


2.0
poor

Review

by Trey Spencer STAFF
October 3rd, 2007 | 13 replies | 6,012 views


Release Date: 1993 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Die Krupps ruin Metallica songs by disregarding the guitars entirely, instead opting for completely synth-driven versions.

When people think of German Industrial most immediately think of Rammstein, but they were definitely not the forerunner of German Industrial. Long before Rammstein were running around setting themselves on fire, there were other bands from that country such as Einsturzende Neubauten and Die Krupps writing great Industrial and displaying awesome live shows. Without delving into their long history, suffice it to say that Die Krupps was mixing Industrial and Metal long before it was totally fashionable and they did so with a great degree of skill.

Die Krupps had a lot of things in their favor, they had a vocalist that sounded very similar to Black Album-era Metallica except he could stay in key. They had a great guitar player in Lee Altus who knew how to write some heavy riffs due to the fact that he used to be in the thrash band Heathen and also played on the Exodus album Shovel Headed Kill Machine. The final key they had was a better then average grasp of how to make their brand of Industrial heavy and memorable at the same time. Despite the high quality of their original music, and the great potential this band had to do good things with this album, it mostly just flops.

The album opens up with their first version of “Enter Sandman”, and a few things become totally apparent by the time the final synth fades away. First, the total lack of Lee Altus’ guitar playing is a big let down. What we’re left with are songs that are totally synth driven. That might not be a big deal except that they totally lack the energy and aggression of the original songs. The biggest travesty (for those that don’t consider electronic versions of Metallica songs a travesty already) is that the vocals are just horrible. Die Krupps’ vocalist has a powerful voice and almost never uses any processing on their original material; but for some reason, that’s all he uses here.

The second track, “Nothing Else Matters”, isn’t as bad simply due to the fact that there was never any energy or aggression in the original song anyway, but the vocals still make the song worse then it could have been. The next song, “Blackened”, is one of the few passable songs on this album. It starts with the mellow intro of the original before a fast paced synth line comes in where the guitars normally would, followed by a fairly powerful drum beat. When the vocals come in, the processing does less harm then in some of the other songs, but it still would have been better without any at all. The following song, “Battery”, could have been even better then “Blackened” due to the music being much more aggressive and in your face (for synth music anyway), but the vocals on that song are so weak and processed that they’re almost laughable.

Following “Battery” we are given synth versions of “For Whom the Bell Tolls”, “The Unforgiven”, and the first version of “One”. Out of the three songs, only “The Unforgiven” is really worth even giving any notice to, but mostly for the same reasons as “Nothing Else Matters”. The two closers are the second versions of “One” and “Enter Sandman”. These two versions are actually pretty enjoyable, but most that credit goes to Dave Ogilvie of Skinny Puppy fame who remixed them. The main reason for their success where the originals failed is their total disregard for the original songs. Dave added actual beats that are almost danceable played over synth versions of the original melodies, and as long as you enjoy electronica you’d probably enjoy these two songs.

Every band makes a misstep from time to time and this is their’s. I’ve given this album a 2.5 because it’s not horrible; it just doesn’t live up to the potential of either band. On the other hand, for those that are not fans of electronic music or at least think it’s blasphemy to present Metallica songs in such a way, your score would be significantly lower probably. My only suggestion would be to find the two remixed songs as they are the only two quality songs on this album, closely followed by “Blackened” and “The Unforgiven”.



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Willie
Moderator
October 3rd 2007



15877 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I removed the link to make room for other music...This Message Edited On 10.05.07

Digging: Emperor - In The Nightside Eclipse - 20th Year Anniversary

renegadestrings
October 3rd 2007



1435 Comments


you're rating sounds a little too high considering your description of the album makes it sound like it could be less listenable than the 'five finger death punch' CD

Lunarfall
October 3rd 2007



3179 Comments


Metallica covers are usually sub-par TBQH. Most of them aren't that great.

Willie
Moderator
October 3rd 2007



15877 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

you're rating sounds a little too high considering your description of the album
The rating is about right... without the few songs I said were pretty good, then the album would definitely be poor, but as it stands it's just about average.
Metallica covers are usually sub-par TBQH. Most of them aren't that great.
You're right, and you can add most of these to that list... but Dark Tranquillity's cover of "My Friend of Misery" is awesome.

This Message Edited On 10.03.07

ValiumMan
October 4th 2007



493 Comments


I listened to Blackened on the MySpace page you mentioned, and it sounds like someone bought a metallica songbook, copied all the notes into a sequencer and than sang on top of it through a vocoder. Just terrible.
Average review.

Epilogue
October 4th 2007



1585 Comments


The four "good" songs are at this page if anyone is feeling adventurous:


http://www.myspace.com/damnyourmusic


lol

Truly horrendus. Good review, though if I ever got this album, my rating would be much lower.

Willie
Moderator
October 4th 2007



15877 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Average review.
ha ha, yeah I know... there's not much to work with on this album, and there's only so much you can say about an album that is consistently bad, with a few less bad parts.
Good review, though if I ever got this album, my rating would be much lower.
Thanks, I had a hard time deciding whether to go with the 2.5 or 2.0, I listened to it again today, and am going to change it.

Meatplow
August 6th 2009



5524 Comments


haha, fascinating. I was just listening to Volle Kraft Voraus! (probably more synthpop then their later work I imagine) and strongly enjoying it. This stuck out like a sore thumb on their artist page.

Great review, i'll probably check this out for the lulz eventually. Know any other albums of theirs I should check out Trey?

Willie
Moderator
August 12th 2009



15877 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This is entirely electro industrial. There aren't any guitars at all on this album (maybe a few fleeting riffs in a song or two).

Yeah, just get Too Much History - The Metal Years. If you want a full album, I'd reccomend II - The Final Option (although The Final Remixes has better versions of those songs).

Meatplow
August 12th 2009



5524 Comments


k man, i'm on it. thanks again

Willie
Moderator
August 12th 2009



15877 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

No problem. Don't forget about that Project Pitchfork album, Io

Also, I've got 4 industrial promos from Metropolis Records that I'll be reviewing between now and the middle of September.

Meatplow
August 14th 2009



5524 Comments


Excellent. I have that one I still have to listen to it.

Willie
Moderator
August 14th 2009



15877 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I just posted the first of those reviews. It's Infomatik.



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