Thursday, 15 August 2013

Review: Mono Inc – 'Nimmermehr'


German quartet Mono Inc. have steadily been making inroads to the UK with their brand of NDH-influenced gothic rock. Now they've changed tactics, scaling back the heavy use of English lyrics and incorporating more of their Teutonic mother tongue. You could build this up as a gamble on their part. But across albums such as 'Voices Of Doom' and 'After The War', they've more than proved their songwriting ability. After all, look at Rammstein; most of their fans around the world can't understand most of their songs yet they're one of the biggest bands in the world.

Well, Mono Inc. might not might not have the reach that Rammstein have, but 'Nimmermehr' will cement their already solid reputation as a band that can deliver. With songs such as 'Heile, Heile Segen ', 'My Deal With God', 'Euathanasia', 'A Better Way To Die', 'Ich Teile Dich Nicht' spanning gothic rock, electro-pop, symphonic metal and NDH influences, there is an awful lot on 'Nimmermehr' to tick most people's boxes. Throw in as well the sublime 'Kein Weg Zu Weit' featuring Joachim Witt, and this album shapes up to be a serious contender. Throughout 'Nimmermehr', Martin Engler gives some of his best vocal performances to date and paired up with Joachim Witt he easily holds his own.

With such diversity it would be easy for the album to come off as disjointed in it's execution. But it isn't. Instead the band have skilfully crafted an album that is designed to tug on a range of emotions. Which it does with great ease. But with ten releases to their name in a decade, it would be stunning if they hadn't honed their abilities to this degree.

After their top-ten outing on 'After The War' last year, 'Nimmermehr' carries a lot of expectation. But rather than shirk from the prospect of trying to top their previous offering and resting on their laurels. Mono Inc. have hit the ground running and used that momentum to freshen up their approach and create another strong album.

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