OOMPH!
GlaubeLiebeTod


3.0
good

Review

by loathed USER (9 Reviews)
July 25th, 2006 | 10 replies | 3,707 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist


1 of 1 thought this review was well written

The 9th release from German band Oomph! very good and inspiring record to listen to, but contains nothing new or very original.

Oomph! is

Dero - Drums, Vocals
Crap - Guitars, Keyboards
Flux - Guitars, Samples

The music: The music can be described more of a hard rock sound in the album, with that industrial bit in it. Most songs on here contain that catchy infectious/melodic chorus while having a standard verse affair. Zuviel liebe kann dich toten, das letzte steichholz, land in sicht, Gott ist ein popstar, traumst du would be most of it. Highly distorted guitars are used to back-up the melodic vocals of Dero, while sometimes incorporating lots of electronic stuff, i.e zuviel liebe kann dich toten. Some songs on here to convey emotion too, like das letzte steichholz and die schlinge. Overall, a very good sound to the album, relying on the verse-chorus formula and having infectious choruses, backed up with highly distorted guitars and some electronic elements. However, do watch out for some fillers like Dreh dich nicht um. I do sometimes feel that the fact that the lyrics are in German does add that extra edge to it.


Vocals: The vocal work from Dero has always been that of a somewhat rapsy rock voice that he utilizes on almost all of the songs. However, he does sometimes throw in that "machine-like" rap/sing voice on this record that i do not particularly like. He has a good voice imo, and especially for a German rock band, he sounds particulary good. Saying voices like his suits German music may be right, but...judge yourself.

Guitars: If there is anything that needs improving, it is the guitars, but i can understand though, its not like they are a straight out metal band. However, what they use here on this record, as on their other releases have been flat out down tuned power chords. Used throughout the whole album, need i say more?

Drums: There's nothing special about the drums, granted, they do however sometimes add that something to songs. That one fill here and there, nothing very technical, but flows well with the songs.

Lyrics: The lyrics covers a huge array of topics, like child abuse (das letzte steichholz) to death (die schlinge). Not very exellecent lyrics some of you might say, but this may be due to the fact that the whole album is in German.

In summary, this is an album that churns out tons of catchy, melodic and sometimes emotional stuff. Look pass the simplistic guitars and drums, and you will find yourself a gem. No doubt, Oomph! can still do it after all these years...judging by this album, im sure they could still produce more in the future.

recommended listens: Zuviel liebe kann dich toten, das letzte steichholz, land in sicht, Gott ist ein popstar

Pros: Highly infectious, those catchy/melodic choruses, Dero's vocals.

Cons: Sometimes repetitive, Lyrics are only in German, Simplistic guitar and drum work.

Final Rating: 4...a solid album to listen to, especially in German. However, it has its own flaws.



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forty-two
July 25th 2006



5 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

I'm from Austria and believe me, the lyrics are not "not very excellent", they are painfully stupid.
Oomph! had a time when they were not that bad, about seven years ago, but now they try to imitate Rammstein, and ... yeah ... they are some kind of an even worse version of their idols.
Better don't waste your money on this.This Message Edited On 07.25.06

f_u_c_t
July 25th 2006



1406 Comments


Ive never ever heard of Oomph! and the name alone sounded cheesy. As i was reading through the review "Rammstein" was the first band that popped in my head. And if they are trying to imitate them, then I def. won't waste my money on this. Rammstein is well... overrated.

loathed
July 25th 2006



174 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

[quote=forty-two]I'm from Austria and believe me, the lyrics are not "not very excellent", they are painfully stupid.
Oomph! had a time when they were not that bad, about seven years ago, but now they try to imitate Rammstein, and ... yeah ... they are some kind of an even worse version of their idols.
Better don't waste your money on this.[/quote]

I sort of agree with you on the lyrics. Some of them are not that well written, but hey, i like the one to "das letzte steichholz".

However, i do not agree with you when you say that they try to imitate Rammstein, if anything, i think Rammstein took influence from them, and its proven, read it somewhere, but of course, im not going to dig it out now, seeing that im in school.

Damrod
Moderator
July 27th 2006



1093 Comments


Regarding the lyrics: Folks, if you really look at them, and would translate them to English, or some English lyrics to German, you would see that they are similar to many bands and lyrics. Just because it's German and you understand it right away does not make it bad.

forty-two
August 1st 2006



5 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Damrod, you're right, I'm sure I wouldn't like many English bands I love now, if I'm a native English speaker, but believe me, that there are German bands that can write lyrics. And Oomph! definitely don't belong to them.

@ loathed:
Oomph! were founded before Rammstein, and like I've said, they were not that bad in their beginning. But now they're trying to be like Rammstein. If you've heard some of their later and their newer songs, you can easily hear that they've changed their sound to a Rammstein direction.

loathed
August 3rd 2006



174 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

[quote=forty-two]Oomph! were founded before Rammstein, and like I've said, they were not that bad in their beginning. But now they're trying to be like Rammstein. If you've heard some of their later and their newer songs, you can easily hear that they've changed their sound to a Rammstein direction.[/quote]

Yes, i kinda agree with you that their sound is more to a rammstein direction now. But to say they took influence from rammstein like you said earlier, i dont really agree. Let's not forget that Rammstein first took influence from Oomph's earlier sound. That's how rammstein got their sound. So, i wouldnt say that oomph takes influence from rammstein, but i would say that they have evolved to a more "rammstein" like sound

loathed
August 4th 2006



174 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

on another note, forty-two, could you recommend me some metal/rock german bands that write good german lyrics?

forty-two
September 5th 2006



5 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

There are not many (at least I don't know many), but that may be because most German metal bands write English lyrics.
"Die Apokalyptischen Reiter" are writing poetical lyrics (but they sometimes sound ridicolous).
Two other rock (and not metal) bands with good lyrics are Kante and Klez.E
I'm sure that there are more good bands out there which I just don't know

loathed
September 27th 2006



174 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

[quote=forty-two]There are not many (at least I don't know many), but that may be because most German metal bands write English lyrics.

"Die Apokalyptischen Reiter" are writing poetical lyrics (but they sometimes sound ridicolous).

Two other rock (and not metal) bands with good lyrics are Kante and Klez.E

I'm sure that there are more good bands out there which I just don't know[/quote]

pity, i kinda like heavy music coupled with german lyrics. and considering that im learning german now, it will help alot

OvrotLivesAgain
August 26th 2010



1501 Comments


First 3 albums where better.



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