b.o.s.c.h. – apparat

b.o.s.c.h.
apparat
Released 24th May 2013
Industrial Rock/ Metal
Released via Dust On The Tracks Records

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‘apparat’ is the second album from the German industrial rock band b.o.s.c.h. The band regard themselves as part of the Neue Deutsche Härte movement and cite Rammstein, Prodigy, Nitzer Ebb among their influences.

Ok, this time it looks like my instincts were correct. Let’s just ponder over the following terms for a second and think of what bands pop into your head. “German industrial” …. Neue Deutsche Härte… hmmm… I’m thinking… Oomph, Rammstein, possibly Eisbrecher to start with. Oddly enough that’s precisely what b.o.s.c.h. sounds like – a combination of each of these.

Take Engel for example, I doubt that the name choice is a coincidence, even the keyboards sound similar to Rammstein. Each track features a mixture of heavy metal guitars, pounding drums, industrial/techno-esque keyboards and aggressive vocals. The aforementioned keyboards offer a sharp contrast to the abrasive vocals and the metal guitar riffs which are especially audible on tracks such as Amok. Then there’s harsher, metal sounding Schwarzer Sonne which reminds me of the early works of Rammstein. Another noteworthy track is the melodic ballad Der Sturm which features a duet with female vocalist giving the song a somewhat Gothic tinge.

Sadly for these guys, their album has fallen into the hands of an avid Rammstein fan. Whilst I like their sound, there are way too many similarities to their famous countrymen for the music to stand out.

3/5

Iza Raittila

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