Stahlmann have been competing with big brothers Rammstein for the last few years now, but with the release of their new album Bastard they are now establishing a name for themselves. Their unique silver masks have become their signature look along with a heavy industrial sound that one would expect out of a German metal band.
Bastard blasts right into pure German metal with “Leitwolf.” The album’s lyrics are in German but their signature metal sound is universal. “Leitwolf” combines heavy, strong drums beats with keyboards and stout vocals. Track two “Judas” doesn’t let down at all, it continues with angry sounding vocals combine with vicious guitar riffs. Track three “Bastard” continues the industrial metal assault. This song has a stronger beat than the previous two songs and almost has a dance beat to it. The next track is “Nichts Spricht Wahre Liebe Frei.” This track opens with a symphonic blast that one would expect to hear in a movie soundtrack. If you wanted to believe it was possible for a German industrial band to have a ballad, then this would be the song. It is slow and melodic with some keyboards mixed in to give it a larger than life sound. This track is one of my favorites on the album. Another one of my favorite tracks on the album is “Dein Gott.” When translated to English “Dein Gott” means “Your God.” The track has a very catchy beat and mixes guitar and keyboards perfectly for a great sound and beat.
When it comes down to it Stahlmann’s Bastard is a rock-solid album through and through. Some will be turned off by the German lyrics, but I found the sharp guttural sound of the German lyrics to add to the heavy industrial sound. If you like a heavy industrial sound combine with strong German lyrics then you will enjoy this album. I found Bastard to be a refreshing album and can’t wait to see the English translation of the lyrics. Bastard will be released on 7 July 2017 via AFM Records.