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Die Warzau: Vinyl 88

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Artist: Die Warzau
Title: Vinyl 88
Format: CD
Label: Rose Hip records (@)
Rated: *****
Chicago-based duo Die Warzau is one of those electro-industrial bands that can probably be considered to be among the original movers and shakers of that scene, at least on this side of the Atlantic. Similar in sound to bands like KMFDM, Skinny Puppy, Nine Inch Nails, Marylin Manson, Gravity Kills, Front Line Assembly, Conjure One, Headcrash, Stabbing Westward, they have a great sound, great production and the ability to sneak in a pop sensibility that makes them more average-listener-friendly while still maintaining the quality and characteristics of the authentic bands of the genre. It might very well be this skill which lead them to be on the Billboards Top 25 Dance Charts 10 times already (six of those chart toppers are included here, remixed and remastered). "88 Vinyl" is their newest greatest hits. It features 16 tracks total, 6 of which previously unreleased. Among the guests featured on the tracks are Chris Connelly and P-Funk's George Clinton. The album is a great introduction to those who are not yet familiar with Die Warzau and a notable addition to your discography if you're a fan already. It well portrays the long path of this band and is a window on their multi-faceted production and the evolution they've undergone throughout the years. Die Warzau is and remains one of the more versatile and eclectic bands from the golden era of electro-industrial. Even though their fame might not have reached the peaks of NIN or KMFDM, in a genre overcrowded by clones of the real thing, this originality is probably what set them apart from the pack.