The Ancient Gallery
~reviewed by Thryn
First, let me start off by saying this
review is quite overdue. I got this CD back in early July, I believe, and
listened to it on at least one long roadtrip and at various other points
over the past few months. Somehow, my review button got shut off, in spite
of my enjoyment of this CD. I just popped it in the discman again
yesterday, for my daily walk. It was a grey day, and I needed something
to motivate me. It worked.
Often times I find it hard to keep my interest
up while listening to this sort of industrial music. It all tends to blur
into one long, repetitive haze of dark and smoky night at the club. The
kind of night when you really wish you had stayed home, because every song
sounds the same and it all sounds like sleep in spite of the beats.
Ancient Gallery are NOT one of those bands.
They cite their influences as Einsturzende Neubauten and Nine Inch Nails,
and they are dead on without being derivative. They've picked up the tricks
without copying them, and made them something of their very own.
The one song that reminds me the most
of Einsturzende Neubauten is Durch, which has a certain sort of wordplay
I associate with EN. Using the rhythm of the language as an intergral part
of the composition, as opposed to setting words to music.
According to the information I got with
the CD, they have been around since 1992 when (if their ages are correct)
none of them were any older than 16 or 17. Their stageshows are rumored
to be quite theatrical. Not only do they perform the music contained in
this CD, but they do readings for sepcial events. Their stage art and costumes
are done by Carsta Kohler
who has also done work for Gothes Erben.
This is the sort of album I would have
loved during my DJ days. It's packed full of songs that could fit into,
or bridge the gap between, quite a few sets. But since I no longer spend
my nights behind the turntables (or CD players), I am quite satisfied to
keep this CD close at hand for my own enjoyment.
new dawn fades
D - 01099 Dresden / Germany