Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 August 2011 08:08
Artist: Die Kur
CD Title - The Fall of the Empire
Label - NMTCG
Reviewer: Robert Eaton
London’s industrial act, Die Kur, writes guitar-oriented industrial rock with complex arrangements. Their album, “The Fall of the Empire” is dense and challenging industrial rock, equal parts abrasive and melodic. Most of the 15 songs on this album askew traditional songs structures in favor of dizzying changes and re-occurring thematic elements.
The album opens with “Empyrean Hymn” which features unadorned vocals and detuned pianos, and eventually transforms to anthemic guitar-rock. “The Empire of the Sun to Follow” mixes an indie rock feel with industrial. “The Industrial Feeling” is a slow, meandering track. “Empire of Demise” opens with dramatic, orchestral sounding synths, and develops into an EBM influenced romp. “Savior of Nothing” opens with finger-picked guitars and breaks into a frantic rock song. “Follow the Leader” is heavily syncopated, and a little more sparse instrumentally than some of the albums other tracks, giving it somewhat of a demo feeling. “Evolution/Revolution” has some nice new-wave sounding touches before the guitar kick up.
“The Fall of the Empire” has many fine moments, and is mostly distinguishable from much current industrial offerings by its complexity. Not that, as a whole, it is a very cohesive album, sometimes it seems to loose its way in its own experimentation.