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Stahlmann - Claudia Ehrhardt - 7 stars


(AFM Records - 2010)

With Stahlmann a new band tries to break into the market. The name means something like 'man of steel' and when you listen to the opening track of their self-released album you are welcomed by NDH meets gothic meets EBM. The first impression is that the five guys from G÷ttingen are inspired by Rammstein and Oomph... The track Stahlmann offers more danceable beats and has more electro elements, but still they sound like a mix of Rammstein and Oomph. At Stahlmann the lyrics show that they are aware of the fact that their sound is close to these 2 bands. To get an impression of Stahlmann check out their video Hass Mich... Lieb Mich.
Teufel is a bit more gothic due to the keyboards and somehow this works better - at least for me. After another rocker Auf Ewig kicks off more slowly and with the spoken words part it reminds me a bit of Unheilig... Balladesque and with a dash of melancholy they head into Mein Flehen, but later the song seems to explode. At Stahlwittchen the Rammstein sound is back. The other songs don't differ much, so I won't go into detail.
Sorry, but for me they sound too much like Rammstein, Eisbrecher and Oomph. For me the band lacks originality... Need to find their own sound. But this is a debut, so perhaps next time they will have a more unique sound...

7 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt


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