Wumpscut
Blutkind


5.0
classic

Review

by Acanthus USER (46 Reviews)
April 26th, 2011 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An album that offers up some of the bands earliest material, becoming a delightful surprise to those who choose to give it a chance.

Wumpscut has been around seemingly forever, the band being just as old as I am. Rudolf Ratzinger has been tearing up club floors ever since the bands inception, the very first E.P.Defcon featuring the aged, yet still quite good, track “Pornography.” While some might consider it a crime to have never heard of one of the busiest disc jockey in the genre it wasn't I had heard “Hang Him Higher” that my interest was piqued enough to actually look up who in the world had created such a wonderfully addictive harsh sounding track. Keystrokes later found me peering at the wonder that is BlutKind, the 33 track monster of a release featuring some of the earliest recorded material from Wumpscut as well as the new tracks “Hang Him Higher” and “Praise Your Fears.” I had heard that this was a hard introductory album to the band, but once again my belief that people on Amazon are none to bright was validated.

Put rather bluntly BlutKind deceives. This lovely little child starts off with “Hang Him Higher,” a track seemingly meant to inspire controversy wherever a video using it appears. Featuring lyrics that allude towards the hatred that Jews must harbor for Adolf Hitler it is both emotional and completely enthralling, when I realized that it was the work of only one man my respect and love for the band rose ten-fold. Even while writing this I can't help but sway back and forth to the pervasively simple beat, harsh repeated cries of “We came!” and it's lightly synthed backdrop. This is how the album draws you in, and if you were new to genre you'd be eagerly awaiting that next track to start, for those harsh vocals to continue. Except they don't, unbeknown to you the entire two disc album only has a handful of fully vocalized tracks. If you can live with this truth then the entire experience that is BlutKind will begin to overwhelm you.

How Rudy is able to create such a masterful atmosphere all by himself is something I doubt I'll ever know, the album is filled to the brim with the feeling of being in some bizarre machine shop. Beats are as steady as robotic impact guns, the synths are as if the sparks from the wielders guns took up a desire to make music, and the occasion vocal snippets similar to rivets driving the point home. These mainly instrumental tracks are are rather lengthy, yet none overstay their welcome as each has its own identity firmly stamped on its forehead. “Neolith” is an excellent example of this, and is one of my favorite tracks from the first disc. Starting with a light air to it in comparison to the rest of the album it's almost an interlude the way the synths are played off one another, ensuring that this track stands out from those that have come before and have yet to be. Continuing on gracefully it fades around the 2:01 mark only to have a prominent heart like beat start, this soon fades into the background as the track is revived and continues to sway into the distortions that begin to signal its end.

Moments like these are abundant throughout BlutKind, and it stands strong because of it. Due to the early nature of the vast majority of the tracks there is a rawness, an emotion present that I find severely lacking in most modern day industrial music. This aged quality puts the largely instrumental tracks on par with that of “Hang Him Higher” and “Praise Your Fears.” For while these two are focused more on being dance-able/club friendly they lack the atmosphere that gives this bloody child life, not to mention making it a force to be reckoned with. If you can find the time give the album a listen in its entirety, you might be surprised at how well you become lost in what Wumpscut has created.



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Acanthus
April 26th 2011


9543 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Sans always you can hit me up if there are mistakes, grievances, etc.

I did not rec any similar bands because this, to me, is subjective to what part of the album you enjoy.

Digging: The Knife - Deep Cuts

psite45
April 26th 2011


275 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is good. I do enjoy ealier Wumpscut by far, although I find this far from classic.

Acanthus
April 26th 2011


9543 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I can see where it would come off that way to a lot of people, I love his earlier work far more as well. To me I enjoy the album from start to finish, and it's got enough variety to have a little of whatever I am looking for. I hesitated to give this a classic rating, but for now still stand by it.

Blindsided
April 26th 2011


1871 Comments


Cool album, I like me some wumpscut.

pizzamachine
April 26th 2011


12571 Comments


Great review Acanthus, I find your writing to be very consistent in quality.

Acanthus
April 26th 2011


9543 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks pizza, I was listening to this today and decided I'd try to do it justice. Of all my reviews I feel like this one is a strong contender for being the best, I was really feeling the flow of everything when I wrote it.


pizzamachine
April 26th 2011


12571 Comments


It certainly shows.

foreverendeared
April 26th 2011


14678 Comments


looks like there's two pages for this band. I've always used :wumpscut:

Acanthus
April 26th 2011


9543 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

That one never would load for me for some reason, so I suppose I am to blame for the two page dilemma :/

foreverendeared
April 26th 2011


14678 Comments


I addressed it in the For the Meds thread so hopefully it will get sorted out.

bloc
April 26th 2011


34927 Comments


Good call foreverendeared



But damn I hate this band


Acanthus
April 26th 2011


9543 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

You beat me to it sir, thanks for the help!

Why the hate bloc?

bloc
April 26th 2011


34927 Comments


I don't like this style of industrial

Acanthus
April 26th 2011


9543 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Ah alright I gotcha, definitely can understand then.

foreverendeared
April 26th 2011


14678 Comments


No problem :]

Great review by the way.

Acanthus
April 26th 2011


9543 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thank you, I can only write them in spurts it seems.

Meatplow
April 27th 2011


5524 Comments


I did like Defcon and Small Chambermusicians, Music For A Slaughtering Tribe and Bunkerton 7 were pretty good too

need to check the rest of his stuff out

Acanthus
April 28th 2011


9543 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Same here, though I am quite content to just stick with this release.

Acanthus
January 17th 2012


9543 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Still enjoy this, threw it on while doing my Liberty Spikes and it still rocks ambient-ly hard.



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