Eisenherz – Fluch Der Zeit

Eisenherz
Fluch Der Zeit
Released: March 2013
Gothic Metal
Dust On The Tracks Records

Fluch Der Zeit is the second album from the German gothic metal band Eisenherz, who see themselves as part of the ‘Neue Deutsche Härte’ movement. It is the follow up to their self-titled debut album. The band’s sound has been described as “somewhere between Rammstein, In Extremo and Unheilig”. The edition I received also features a song from their debut album, Die Seele Brennt as a bonus track.

Now, why is it that whenever I hear of a band being compared to Rammstein I automatically assume that it is going to be industrial? Particularly if the said band also happens to be German. Don’t get me wrong, I love German industrial music but there’s no industrial influences on this album. This is not another Rammstein-influenced industrial rock/metal group akin to the likes of Eisbrecher and current Die Apokalyptischen Reiter (both great bands by the way).

In fact, the only Rammstein element I can hear on this album are the vocals. From the second track Die Nacht onwards, the singer really does remind me of Rammstein’s Till Lindemann. The music itself has more of a Gothic tone it with some symphonic, melodic parts with keyboards and even the occasional operatic style female vocals added to the mix. This combination with the standard heavy metal guitar riffs is a very powerful one. The guitars and the symphonic keyboards really stand out on songs like the title track Fluch Der Zweit where it gives the music a certain catchy feel.

There’s also slower-paced, more melodic tracks like Licht Der Welt which sees the female singer, Yvonne takes the spotlight in a pleasant-sounding, ballad-esque duet with the male singer, Heinz Zürl. By contrast the next track Du Bist So Kalt is faster, very much guitar driven, with just a hint of the keyboard in the background and it doesn’t feature the female vocals. My personal favorite, the undisputed highlight of the album, is the eerie-sounding Vampir which features some spooky keyboards, haunting vocals and catchy guitar riffs. What more could you want from a song?

Another noteworthy track is the keyboard infused, symphonic metal -style Schlampenball which features one of those incredibly catchy choruses that is likely to stay in your head for a while.

4.5/5 – German gothic metal has a future and it goes by the name of Eisenherz!!

Iza Raittila

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