LEICHENWETTER - Klage

Leichenwetter - Klage

12 songs
58:34 minutes
***** **
Metal Axe

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It’s sunny spring weather outside and I have to review a band called Leichenwetter with song titles like Allerseelen, Menschliches Elende, Gesang der Geister über den Wassern, etc. The musicians’ outfit doesn’t make the entire plan more exciting as they are wearing Crimson Glory like silver masks and wrestling tag team Demolition-like leather stripes with iron spikes. I’m not the biggest gothic fan, but it’s always again possible to discover new gems in that musical genre.

The lyrical concept of Klage is extraordinary. Leichenwetter don’t write their own lyrics, but are using poems written by famous German language poets like, among others: Heinrich Heine, Friedrich Schiller, Gottfried Benn, Herrmann Hesse of course Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. We shouldn’t forget that Leichenwetter did this already on their first two albums. There is no other band I know of doing something similar. All poems are dealing about death and personal loss. This gets combined in a harmonic way with dark guitar chords and melancholic keyboard sounds. A number of songs have a more pop and electro touch like Altes Lied, Allerseelen, Und die Hörner des Sommers verstummten and Menschliches Elende. Schwanenlied sounds as if Rammstein recorded a Gregorian monk song. Sehnsucht is such a sentimental track that it comes quite close to German Schlager music.

Even if the album is better than I anticipated, there are however a few disappointments. Some tracks look quite pale compared to the ones I’ve just mentioned before in a positive light. Requiem for instance sounds like Rammstein on a very bad day. The electronic remix of that song doesn’t convince either as it is too different from the rest of the album. Furthermore, the singer has a lisp which you hear especially well when he uses the letters ‘s’ and ‘f’. This doesn’t disturb too much as it is well hidden by the effective technical instrumentation.

Leichenwetter will never be my favourite band, but they are a gothic band that has found an own way. And my German teachers never succeeded in making me read poems by myself, but Leichenwetter did. I never could have imagined me changing that much.

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