DAS SCHEIT - A Darker Kind Of Black

Das Scheit - A Darker Kind Of Black

12 songs
50:28 minutes
***** *
Eternal Sounds


German metal band Das Scheit have been around for twenty years already. There has been an eight year gap between their current and fifth album A Darker Kind Of Black and its predecessor So Far From God, So Close To You. The musicians have been active in other projects, and it should also be noted that half the line-up has changed, making vocalist Clint and guitarist / bassist Sascha the only founding members. The new members are drummer Michael Stein who also plays in Luxembourgish gothic metal band My Own Ghost, guitarist Eugen Leonhardt and keyboarder Markus Tesk who used to be the band’s producer in their early days.

I really like the cover artwork by Timo Würz who has also been the illustrator of several John Sinclair novels. Das Scheit want to convey a very dark darkness, which works perfectly on the opener Sick. The band delivers a rousing mix of gothic and industrial metal and is also not afraid of the extensive use of keyboards. This track has a lot of drive and is thus an ideal opener. From here on, things become more sedate and atmospheric, which doesn’t work so well for me. Down In The Depths, Fallen Empires and Velvet Tears are very gloomy but can’t really be labelled metal anymore. Add to this the dark voice of vocalist Clint who not only tries to follow in Marilyn Manson’s footsteps visually. His voice sounds like coming from the deepest crypt but feels at times somewhat synthetic. My ears were happy to hear after all these quiet numbers the rocking The Pain Is Yours, for which the band also made a video clip. The album contains a surprisingly high number of guitar solos, courtesy of Christian Moser of Red Circuit, a band where some members from Das Scheit are also active in. Towards the end the album offers two more special pieces. Occasionally Das Scheit like to cover genre atypical song, and this times they opted for Rihanna’s S & M. I am not familiar with the original version, but Das Scheit’s tribute has lot of groove and is one of their more entertaining tracks. The concluding Hollow 2.0 is a reprise of Hollow from their previous album. This song comes with a jazz piano from Hell which the band likens to Faith No More’s rendition of the Commodores classic Easy, which actually makes sense. This song wouldn’t be amiss in a film noir.

It is no secret that I prefer Das Scheit’s eponymous debut album from 1998 when they were still more metal. From their third album Superbitch onwards, they headed into gothic and dark metal territory, which alienated them somewhat from me. I can imagine that the material on A Darker Kind Of Black will find its clientele in their target audience and that they might even fill the dance floors. I still like their faster, heavier material, but their darker atmospheric side leaves me somewhat estranged.

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