Allerseelen, Abenteuerliches Herz (Aorta, 2002)
[originally posted 22Nov2002]
It pains me to write this…
Allerseelen first caught my attention seven years ago with the brilliant “Santa Sangre,” a contribution to the Im Blutfeuer compilation (Cthulhu, 1995). I picked up Ultra!’s comp, The Nitha Fields, based on the strength of it, and the two Allerseelen songs on it (“Alle Lust will Ewigkeit” and “Traumlied”) were similarly brilliant. So I acquired their latest album, Abenteuerlichers Herz (Adventurous Heart). And it is painful.
The comp tracks, all three of them, are hard industrial work with percussion filtered in amazing ways, with an underlying background of noise and various melodic tricks. The album’s material rarely ventures out of the world of a kind of light, accessible techno-industrial in the same general vein as The Gline, but without The Gline’s wit and playfulness. The percussion is a basic, unfiltered beatbox, with none of the challenging aspects that make the uncollected songs so much fun to listen to. Worst of all, the version of “Santa Sangre” to be found here borders, no pun intended, on the sacreligious.
Neuschwabenland this is not. Those as yet unfamiliar with the sometimes-genius of Allerseelen, head back in time when considering what to buy first. **
“Feuersalamander” (which is actually somewhat better than I remember it being).