Die Warzau
Disco Rigido


4.0
excellent

Review

by Meatplow USER (111 Reviews)
September 1st, 2010 | 44 replies | 5,817 views


Release Date: 1989 | Tracklist


1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Die Warzau started life as the Die Warzau Synfony, an industrial music group formed in 1987 by performance artists Jim Marcus and Van Christi. Disco Rigido is the groups first album, released in 1989. Its emergence at the tail-end of the 80's is important, as the first wave of industrial was clearly coming to an end just before the industrial metal boom in the 90's via acts such as Nine Inch Nails, Ministry and KMFDM. Electronic Body Music, or EBM for short, was reaching something of a peak before it would become dominated by coldwave and eventually the bland futurepop acts of today as groups such as Nitzer Ebb, Front 242 and Klinik were gaining popularity. Several industrial groups were flirting with the New Wave trend around this time, and Die Warzau happened to be one of them.

Disco Rigido is one of the most unique industrial recordings I have heard, and I attribute this to its existence just before the turnover of the decade. Opener Welcome To America features slinky beats and hip-hop scratches, for instance, still its synth lines are pure New Wave. The vocals of Jim Marcus are very in your face, with lyrics that could be considered "socially conscious" as he touches on themes of racism over the decades, a trend which occurs throughout the rest of the album. Strong, pulsating rhythms and wavering synth elements seem to dominate the majority of Disco Rigido, songs such as Man Is Meat, Bodybag, Strike To The Body, I've Got To Make Sense and Shake Down all feature powerful beats with varied sonic textures, my favourite of these by far being Jackhammer. Still, the band sees fit to throw in a number of curveballs which seem designed to catch you off guard such as the piano intro to Money After All, ambient and sample based interludes such as Sexus and National Security, and Y Tagata En Situ, an hypnotic percussion centered instrumental with chanting which has to be one of the most impressive cuts here.

Disco Rigido is certainly a peculiar album, trying to describe Die Warzau doesn't really do them justice but they manage to combine several influences to make a unique whole which is both danceable enough for an industrial dancefloor and varied enough in sound to be engaging to listen to in one sitting. It is EBM with a little bit of a cheesy New Wave influence, still this slightly misleading when you hear tracks such as the hip hop flavoured Welcome to America, National Security which sounds like a J.G. Thirlwell ambient piece and Y Tagata En Situ which is more akin to something that might belong to an obscure African subgenre of world music. Still, given a bit of time it reveals itself as one of the best industrial releases from the late 80's.



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Meatplow
September 1st 2010



5524 Comments


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3RKt3rdiVMp

Jack Hammer

scissorlocked
September 1st 2010



3509 Comments


the song is sexy

seems preety interesting,although I'm not into industrial at all

anyway,good review pal

Digging: Leon Vynehall - Music For The Uninvited

Bitchfork
September 1st 2010



7584 Comments


Hey there Meat.
I listened to this back when I got into The Fair Sex, but never knew it was in the database. Probably a 3.5 for me, as it pushes closer to the brink but sorta just stops randomly if you catch my drift.

Meatplow
September 1st 2010



5524 Comments


check out A Split Second

the later half of the album was something I once criminally ignored

Bitchfork
September 1st 2010



7584 Comments


Already have it.
I like the rec section:
Cryptopsy None So Vile
Ataraxie Slow Transcending Agony
Blut Aus Nord Memoria Vetusta II: Dialogue with the Stars
Whitehouse Great White Death
Genocide Organ Leichenlinie
Ordo Draconis Camera Obscura Pt. 1 [The Star Chamber..
Wold Screech Owl
Burning Witch Crippled Lucifer

All fours and four and a halves for me.
Also... email me those vokillz now. Will reverb the fuck out of them so it's not as though it needs to sound anything more than grueling.

Bitchfork
September 1st 2010



7584 Comments


"Genocide Organ Leichenlinie"
omg yus

Bulldog
September 1st 2010



3796 Comments


my thread now.

Bitchfork
September 1st 2010



7584 Comments


ew gtfo

Bulldog
September 1st 2010



3796 Comments


master troll

Bitchfork
September 1st 2010



7584 Comments


Fuck you Bryce

Bulldog
September 1st 2010



3796 Comments


i kno where u liv

Bitchfork
September 1st 2010



7584 Comments


YA CUZ U R CREPZ

Meatplow
September 1st 2010



5524 Comments


ugh Bulldog

Bitchfork
September 1st 2010



7584 Comments


"the groups first album"

Meatplow
September 1st 2010



5524 Comments


is there a glaring error I am missing there or are you just happy to see me

Bulldog
September 2nd 2010



3796 Comments


should be an apostrophe

Ire
September 2nd 2010



41753 Comments


bmdrm

Bulldog
September 2nd 2010



3796 Comments


sup ire

Bitchfork
September 2nd 2010



7584 Comments


list

Bulldog
September 2nd 2010



3796 Comments


thread needz moar dryden



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