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A document of a work designed to be performed live, and not an "official new Einstürzende Neubauten LP proper" according to the band itself, Lament is still a staggering work of soul-crushing genius, a work where a veteran idiosyncratic band takes on a broad topic and communicates myriad emotions while landing on the beneficial end of "art for art's sake." The topic is World War I and the idea that it never really ended, a concept reflected in the grinding gears and scraping metal of the opening "Kriegsmaschinerie," an arguably quintessential Einstürzende Neubauten number considering the band's avant and industrial roots. Still, as the mashed, familiar, and a cappella anthems of "Hymnen" display, there hasn't been anything quintessential about these artists since they dared to plunder the world of composition and classical music. The mashed-up "Hymnen" points out that the German hymn "Heil Dir im Siegerkranz" was spawned out of "God Save the Queen," but as the key cut "Der 1.Weltkrieg" lists the War's key cities and battles, it's obvious that it doesn't matter where you live or who you identify with, some other clan wants you gone, both in space and time. What brings us together tears us apart as well, as the title cut repeats "Macht, Krieg" ("Power, War"), sometimes with a period in the middle, but the punctuation slowly evolves into a comma. War may be inevitable, but that doesn't make it easy, as "Sag Mir Wo die Blumen Sin" faithfully covers Pete Seeger's "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" in all its sweet sadness, while "On Patrol in No Man's Land" focuses on the Harlem Hellfighters and their truly selfless sacrifice. Neo-classical, industrial, laptop electronica, and German beer hall music all fit into the mix, and even if it takes a live production (one was held in Diksmuide, Belgium in November of 2014) to get the full Lament installation experience, this audio-only version is still evocative and deep.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/25/2014
Label: Imports
UPC: 4050538013757
catalogNumber: 5000944
Rank: 70566

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Einstürzende Neubauten   Primary Artist
Blixa Bargeld   Organ,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Bells,Noise,Prepared Piano,Spoken Word,Rhythm Machine,Group Member
Alexander Hacke   Percussion,Electric Bass,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Human Whistle,Noise,Mellotron,electronics,Group Member
Jochen Arbeit   Cymbals,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Group Member
N.U. Unruh   Percussion,scratching,Harp,Vocals,Background Vocals,Noise,Metal Plates,Group Member
Rudolf Moser   Percussion,Vocals,Background Vocals,Bells,Noise,Group Member
Alexandra Marin   Viola
Timm Brockmann   Piano
Zeynep Banu Altan   Voices
Vlatka Alec   Voices
Virginie Le Fur   Voices
Simona Mariucci   Voices
Olga Pak   Violin
Natalia Costiuc   Cello
Mercedes Debeyne   Voices
Matthew Peebles   Violin
Leila Akhmetova   Violin
Jonathan Mesonero   Violin
Jan Tillmann Schade   Violin,Cello
Erin Bargeld   Voices
Bianca Marin   Viola
Alexandra Paladi   Violin
Alexander Tarbert   Double Bass

Technical Credits

Pete Seeger   Composer
Einstürzende Neubauten   Composer,Producer
Blixa Bargeld   Arranger,Composer,Lyricist,String Arrangements,Logo Concept,Logo Design,Signal Generator,Audio Manipulation
Alexander Hacke   Arranger,Composer
James Reese Europe   Composer
Jochen Arbeit   Arranger,Composer,Audio Manipulation
N.U. Unruh   Audio Manipulation
Boris Wilsdorf   Engineer
Max Colpet   Composer,translation
Andrew Chudy   Arranger,Composer
Rudolf Moser   Arranger,Composer,Electronic Treatments,Audio Manipulation
Joseph Plaut   Composer
Boris Wildorf   Producer
Wendy Wallis   translation,Text Translation
Paul Van Den Broeck   Composer
Nikolaj Alexandrowitsch Romanow   Inspiration
Mercedes Debeyne   Teacher/Educator
Marion Caris   translation
Jan Tillmann Schade   String Arrangements
Hartmut Fischer   Text Coordination
Friedrich Wilhelm Viktor Albert von Preußen   Inspiration

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