Einstürzende Neubauten

Kalte Sterne – Early Recordings

BY Mike AdairPublished Aug 1, 2004

Highly experimental for the time, this disc highlights the group’s singles between 1980 and 1982. Despite the sound quality warning that graces the back, all tracks are in decent shape. Though the group has become a more elaborate entity these days, Kalte Sterne – Early Recordings thrusts forwards the seeds from their now blossoming complexities. Those who were not pleased with the band’s modern efforts will hear a more raw Einstürzende Neubauten on this release with its eerie non-melodies, clanging percussions and raging vocals. Fans of modern noise music will especially appreciate these early efforts to deconstruct mainstream conventions of music. "Pygmaeen” is but one effective example of the industrial nature of the group, mixing metallic percussions over orchestra samples. "Thirsty Animals” contains the only English vocals on the disc, with stream-of-consciousness styled lyrics tucked under erratic guitar tracks and throbbing beats. On "Zuckendes Fleisch,” chaotic bass-lines and squelching guitar are layered beneath screaming vocals. This one is definitely worth a listen for those interested in exploring early years of industrial music. Fans will also want to keep an eye out for the two-disc re-release of Tabula Rasa, the group’s 1993 full-length album.

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