Gothminister – The Other Side
Running Time 34:09
Released on 13-10-2017 via AFM Records
7/10 – Review by Mike Tasak
By no means a stranger on the industrial scene, Norway’s favourite electronic noisemakers, Gothminister, are back with ‘The Other Side’, their sixth and latest album.
Fans of the band know what to expect by now; lashings of industrial mayhem spliced with heavy doses of melody across the board. This is the path the band have trodden since their inception and ‘The Other Side’ doesn’t really deviate from that path. Not that this is necessarily a bad thing, Gothminister have become extremely adept at their brand of industrial metal and certainly do it better than most. Opening track ‘Ich Will Alles’ sets the tone perfectly and there are elements through the album that do harken to the heavier melodic elements of fellow countrymen Apoptygma Berzerk.
The only track that truly deviates from their normal approach is the pseudo-ballad ‘Aegir’, a surprisingly emotive and melodic track that, while different, meshes perfectly with the surrounding tracks. The tempo heads up a couple of notches with ‘We Are The Ones Who Rule The World’, a definite stand out banger of a song.
Album closer ‘Somewhere In Time’, fuses Dimmu Borgir-esque orchestral manoeuvres (in the dark) with the standard Gothminister formula, though Bjorn’s vocals have never felt as strong as they do here.
All in all, ‘The Other Side’ doesn’t reinvent the industrial wheel but then, I don’t think that was ever the intention. What you get is a stunningly strong album that might leave industrial purists a little put out but a strong album that has definite crossover appeal. Another highly successful addition to a successful career and an album well worth giving a few spins.
Track List –
- 1. Ich Will Alles
- 2. The Sun
- 3. Der Fliegende Mann
- 4. Aegir
- 5. Red Christ
- 6. We Are The Ones Who Rule The World
- 7. All This Time
- 8. Day Of Reckoning
- 9. Taking Over
- 10. Somewhere In Time
Stand out Tracks: Aegir, We Are The Ones Who Rule The World
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEhsQydd18Q (We Are The Ones Who Rule The World Video
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