Diagnose: Lebensgefahr - Transformalin review
01. The Level Beyond Human
03. Flaggan På Halv Stång I Drömmens Västergård
04. Upon The High Horse Of Selfdestruction
05. Situazion: Lebensgefahr
07. The Last Breath Of Tellus
08. Mani VS Apati
09. Tillsammans Men Ensam I Stillhetens Kapell
10. Obducentens Dröm
11. De Vårdar Mig In I Döden
Silencer was one of the most respected and most frightening bands in the scene, then their throat was torn apart, Nattramn was sadly/fortunately institutionalized and then was forced to write this album as therapy and rehabilitation...can't you imagine how this piece sounds?
To be perfectly honest and objective, this album isn't as grotesque as it sounds or as we could imagine; it gave me the creeps the first time I pushed play but then I found out it was not that bad, on the contrary, this ambient-noise piece is quite easy on the ear if you're used to the (ir)regular noise attacks of bands like Stalaggh or Nurse With Wound.
The hype for this album grew enormously just for reading its concept, but not even the lyrics feel as desperate as most of us thought they would be. The overall scheme, and puting aside the "rehab" stuff, is actually quite disturbing; even when we were expecting much worse we do receive enough sickness in the syringe, the music and environments presented are dark and shivering as hell, mildly flavored yes, but gloomy none the less.
Diagnose: Lebensgerfahr ends up being a very solid statement, the insane feelings don't ever arrive but at least it's sicker than NIN; while this record sounds nothing like Silencer did (that's why they call them side-projects) I can easily recommend it for ambient-noise freaks, aficionados and amateurs, a good listen for sure.
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