Die Krupps
Als Waren Wir Fur Immer


2.5
average

Review

by Trey Spencer STAFF
January 31st, 2011 | 36 replies | 7,006 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Die Krupps' first new release in over a decade can't overcome the fact that it's not 1982 anymore, and that they're better than this.

Thirteen years is a long time to go without releasing any new material. In fact, it's probably pretty safe to assume that most people had given up on hearing new music from these guys a long time ago. The optimistic among us, though, would be forced to point out that this band has faded in and out of existence more times than Marty McFly while cock-blocking his father and that it was only a matter of time before they reappeared once more. Als Waren Wir Fur Immer proves that the 'half-full' crowd was right about this band again, but vindication can be bittersweet. Some might expect that after a decade of downtime the band would be ready with a full-length album or at least an EP of meticulously crafted songs, but that's simply not the case. Instead, they're content to dump five songs and three remixes on us; songs that revert back to the band's earliest days as EBM pioneers.

Of course, we could sit here and complain about the band's one-eighty turn away from the industrial metal that they had slowly made their own and we could wonder what would compel them to return to such a dated sound, but it wouldn't make a difference. Suffice it to say that Die Krupps' first new music in over a decade is a paltry collection of no-frills electro-industrial that only manages to not be a total letdown because the songs aren't bad for what they are. For eight tracks, Die Krupps are content to take us back to a time when a rhythmic beat, a few layers of synth and a simple vocal track were enough to get people excited. Obviously, it's not enough to make people excited anymore, especially after ten years of silence and a solid discography that proves that they're better than this, but it's pretty good if taken autonomously. Despite any bitterness related to the circumstances surrounding this release it's not hard to let these songs get in your head. If nothing else, the music's simplistic approach allows the synth lines and beats to sink in with relative ease, and the choruses are pretty damn solid. The problem is that it's just not an exciting album, even if the songs are well-written.

We could argue forever about why the band would choose to ignore the metal-influence of their final four albums or why they would step all the way back to their eighties roots, but speculation won't change the end product. The fact is that Die Krupps have finally released new music after over a decade of reissues and compilations, and that will be enough for some people. For the rest, their enjoyment will primarily ride on whether or not they can accept the band re-embracing a sound that was already dated when they initially dropped it in the nineties. In the end, the songs on Als Waren Wir Fur Immer are good enough that fans aren't going to skip them if they randomly play on their iPod, but they're not nearly compelling enough to warrant any effort to seek them out.



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Willie
Moderator
January 31st 2011



15774 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

My suggestion would be to start with this to hear some awesome Die Krupps and Front Line Assembly remixes:

Remix Wars Strike 2: FLA vs Die Krupps

For this band specifically try III - Odyssey of the Mind


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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
January 31st 2011



30295 Comments


I think your 2.5 might be a bit generous

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Willie
Moderator
January 31st 2011



15774 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Did you listen to this? Try that Remix Wars album I posted.

bloc
January 31st 2011



34491 Comments


Dev hates it because it's industrial

I was kinda interested in this, I thought they might modernize their sound on this one.

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Willie
Moderator
January 31st 2011



15774 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Not even a little bit. They've regressed, if anything.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
January 31st 2011



30295 Comments


I like Remix Wars - haven't heard this though

Willie
Moderator
January 31st 2011



15774 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

It's not bad. I like all of the songs. The Remix Wars is fucking awesome, though.

rr260341
February 1st 2011



22 Comments


So....when is Sick Puppies suing them for stealing cover art???

FearThyEvil9
February 2nd 2011



11334 Comments


^ This

Willie
Moderator
February 2nd 2011



15774 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

What are you two talking about? I meant to look into it after the other post, but forgot.

bloc
February 2nd 2011



34491 Comments


It actually kinda does look like that Sick Puppies album...

Willie
Moderator
February 2nd 2011



15774 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Alright, I'll look on my own....

I see what you're talking about, but Die Krupps has been using that symbol/picture/whatever since the early nineties. Look at their discography page.

Phideaux
February 3rd 2011



1652 Comments


Ha ha. The sick puppies album is the first thing I thought of too.

EatMyWolf
February 4th 2011



26 Comments


http://www.bloodygoodhorror.com/bgh/files/sick_puppies_tripolar_album_art.jpg

I thought so.

Willie
Moderator
February 4th 2011



15774 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Once again, Die Krupps have been using that symbol since the early nineties so it's this Sick Puppies band with the issue.

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
February 4th 2011



16125 Comments


The Sick Puppies blow chunks and shouldn't have any mention in this thread.

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
February 4th 2011



16125 Comments


Nice review, by the way, Trey. Guess I'll skip this.

TheWhitePicketFence
February 5th 2011



60 Comments


So....when is Sick Puppies suing them for stealing cover art???
[2]

Willie
Moderator
February 5th 2011



15774 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

You're a fucking idiot. Learn to read.

Wizard
February 5th 2011



18770 Comments


Didn't expect this to suck.

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