Geisha - Die Verbrechen Der Liebe
While the feel of this record isn't as menacing as the song titles suggest ("Cocktown & The G Boys," "Sportsfister," for starters), Geisha do manage to produce some tasty slabs, nicely mixing their sludge with melodic, accessible punk.
"Prelude To Amber Pays The Rent" sets the tones with harsh, muffled vocals and insdutrial, buzzsaw guitars, made complete by a pulverising riff built on, but not imporved, on "Stop Talking, Let's Fuck," which is kind of sloppy Ministry, and has a surprising lack of kick, though it goes through those motions.
Much better, and rightly so, since it is the centerpiece of the record, is "Theme From Diana," a thirty minute long track (the entire record is only an hour or so) that is more atmospheric and indisurial, but has touches of space rock and is driven by something they call "metal percussion," which is mostly improvised off ideas worked out on stage.
"Die Verbrechen der Liebe" is chock full of tasty riffs and vocals that are more on the passionate and pissed side than the growling side, which helps give extra teeth to these tracks. Still not enough to really sound all that threatening, maybe since this style of music tends to keep to the same formula to the point of standing still. Yet, Geisha certainly put their own raw stamp on things, and that makes record one worth giving a try.
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