Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Megaherz: 'Erdwärts' EP Review

Neue Deutsche Härte. This is actually a huge genre though most would probably go straight to Industrial Metal and think just of Rammstein. They'd overlook Oomph!, Eisbrecher, Die Apokalyptischen Reiter and Fleischmann amongst so many others. In fact Megaherz are another of these powerful bands, if you're not specifically interested in the scene it is easy to miss that Germany/Deutschland has a strong metal scene. Deutsch by it's very sound is very metal – hard and aggressive. Megaherz are a strong band that has been pounding us since 1995 and their most recent release, Erdwärts, hit us December 4th 2015.

Megaherz combine some interesting use of vocals with groovy guitars and powerful melodic industrial moments. Quite likely that most people could instantly see the similarity to Rammstein but if you listen again you'll see that the similarity is superficial. This EP is a good addition to their catalogue. Opening with a rather industrial and creepy edged song but with a rock beat shining throughout. 'Wer Hat Angst Vor'm Schwarzen Mann' is a strong opener but their sound is much more strong and solidified in further songs. 'Glorreiche Zeiten' being a bit more groovy and showcasing a bit more of the classic Megaherz sound along with a later song 'Jordan'. 'Einsam' is a very catchy and powerful hitter which simultaneously gives some interesting vocal work. The song's vocals will stay with you in an effective use of male and female vocals together and is probably one of the best songs on the EP.

Overall the EP will make you clench your fists and stamp your feet whilst headbanging hard. They have a good beat to every song and when it works it really gets in your head. Alexander “Lex” Wohnhaas powerfully commands each song straight to the special part of you that wishes to bounce. All in all a good addition to their catalogue, maybe not quite as defining as some of their previous albums or EPs but still well worth a listen.

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