ITÄ-SAKSA - Man The Machines

Itä-Saksa - Man The Machines

14 songs
50:30 minutes
***** ***
Johanna Kustannus


Industrial music supposed to be menacing, threatening, doomy,... and think of more gloomy adjectives. But every now and then, even that genre comes up with clowns that still use the genre trademarks, but in such a mocking way that you just have to smile or even laugh out loud.

This album by Finnish industrial jokesters Itä-Saksa has already been released in 2000, but sometimes it takes a bit longer for that music to make its way down to Western Europe. Anyway, the opener Aerobitch mostly makes an impression with its weird title, but already the following Guten Tag not only display these Finns' affinity for the German language, but also is a real killer song. Fast throbbing industrial beats are underlined with a memorable chorus, something we haven't heard since the high times of Ministry. Next up is a coverversion of Falco's Der Kommissar, which pays respect to the late Austrian pop singer with a strongly pumped-up version. Other really good songs are Günthersport which is sounding strangely like Lard plus a German chorus and the hysterical Flesh Esposito.

Only later on in the album, I get the impression that Itä-Saksa are running out of ideas, and the German crime show tribute Shimansky can't help there out either. Especially the longish Plastic Front that ends the album bores with a 2-minute intro, before finally taking on real music for one last time with a song that reminds me a lot of Peace, Love And Pitbulls.

Man The Machines is a very good album. Even though it's satire, it's still better than most industrial music that's played seriously. It's like a rollercoaster ride through every possible genre of metallic industrial, from Rammstein over Ministry to Lard. 10 minutes shorter, and it would have been probably more entertaining. Still something not to be missed.

A little warning: their homepage is really weird, and didn't seem to work on my computer. There's also a computer game on the CD-ROM part of the CD, but I haven't tried it as I prefer listening to the music.

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