This review is definitely going to be for the fans of German based heavy music in the vein of Rammstein. Megaherz has actually been around for quite some time. Let me give you a bit of a more recent background on this band. Alexx, vocalist and one of the longtime Megaherz members left the band to form his own called Eisbrecher. This band is a bit more techno oriented although they still have their edge. Megaherz brought on new vocalist Mathias Elsholz to handle the vocal chores. What you get here with this revamped version of the band is some of their best music to date in my opinion. I say that as I have heard previous efforts from the band. This particular album by them has gotten alot of spin time in my player. It is important for music fans to know that as Rammstein does, Megaherz delivers their music in the German language. It sounds really good to me and doesn't really affect me. The album opens with 'Dein Herz schlägt'. This song sounds as close as I have ever heard this band sound to Rammstein. The band doesn't go through the entire album just trying to be a clone however. If you think 'Herzeleid' era Rammstein, you might be in the ballpark. I really like this version of the band although maybe some of the older fans may disagree with that statement. As far as the music on the album, some of it has a slightly modern feel to it, but overall, this is a great listen. It tends to be heavy yet catchy and in some cases a bit commercial. It all bodes well however and keeps the listeners attention. It is important to note that it is available domestically now. I had to order a copy in, but had no troubles getting it. As far as favorite tracks on this release, I like 'Dein Herz Schlägt', 'Ja Genau', 'Gott Sein '04', 'Mach Dich Frei', 'Eigentlich', 'Zeig Mir Dein Gesicht', 'Es Tut Weh', and the closer 'Augenblick'. Not that those titles mean anything to you unless you speak German. It's a pretty good album overall. I definitely like it.
This is a very cool album. I think the band actually gained a bit of strength in sound from what I heard earlier in their career. The new singer comes into the band and actually has a strong presence of his own. If you are a Rammstein fan or like that type of German metal, you are probably gonna dig this album. Good stuff!
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Reviewed by Dave Palmer
This is not the first time we have taken a look at this band. This band is crazy. They sound pretty unique compared to most of the very heavy stuff I have heard out there. If you think of the name Finntroll with the emphasis on Troll and think speed metal and then slam them together, you will get the idea. And with that idea, you gotta admit that there aren't too many bands out there that have a sound like Finntroll. This album to me is in the same vein of what I have heard from the band before, maybe a bit darker. There are a good portion of heavy songs, with a few of them having that pretty heavy folkish 'Troll' sounding influence. Songs like 'En Maktig Har' or 'Maktens Spira' have a very interesting sound to say the least. Not a bad thing either as the band has a way of mixing that folkish sound with some dynamic sounding metal elements. I would say the album is consistent in tempo. The sound might be an acquired taste for some. I find the music interesting enough that it provides me personally, a pretty decent listen. Looking at alot of the music that is out there today, I find alot of it pretty redundant and boring. It takes something new in it to strike a chord with listeners. Finntroll does just that and has been doing it for awhile now. While it may not be for everybody, it does generate some things that others don't do. Will the language barrier of this album bring it problems. Not sure. This album has a definite audience, especially in areas of the world that speak their native tongue. I think for people who like to listen to something a bit different and are not necessarily so heavy into lyrical content, this kind of an album can be a real adventure. I will personally continue to follow this band as I like the fresh feel of their sound. It definitely is heavy and a bit out in left field, but sounds much better than alot of stuff out there today that lacks the originality this band have. Folk metal they call it and folk metal it is!
It's a very heavy release laden with Folkish Troll sounding content. The music has an intensity that can be deemed ferocious at times, but it all feels well balanced from the larger picture. The album is a non-English based album and that may hinder some, but if you are feeling a bit adventurous and like it full throttle and intense, this may just grab ya!