Eevil Young Flesh
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You have to hand it to Rudy Ratzinger, a.k.a. :Wumpscut:--oblivious to trends in late-'90s electronic dance music, he continues to carry a torch for good old-fashioned gothic-industrial. He does it so well, it's hard to fault him--indeed, the black-clad faithful look to him as something of a god. Eevil Young Flesh, his fourth full-length, will not disappoint those fans, no matter how formulaic a release it is. The rhythms are solid, propulsive, and infectious; the synth work is appropriately sinister; Ratzinger's vocals (alternately German and English) growl and shout at just the right intensity; and the film samples (sci-fi and porn, natch) are expertly placed. Ratzinger's obsession with death pervades the album (the insert even contains photos of past serial killers), but there are moments of great beauty, particularly on the violin-accented instrumental track "Outside," the military-grooved "Wasted Dreams," and "Tell Me Now," Ratzinger's German-language duet with the ethereal-voiced Lilli Stankowski. --Steve Landau
Top Customer Reviews
The album opens with the fast-paced, frantic "Wulf" - German for "Wolf". It's interesting to notice that this is the only track with a German title and it is sung in English, while all of the other tracks are listed in English while sung in German - quirky. The amazing synth hook in this song cuts through the mix like few others I have ever heard.
The next track is "Deadmaker", a turbocharged, psychotic thrill-ride not fit for the faint of heart. If you really love this song you can get the "Totmacher" remixes which feature this song remixes by a slew of major electro acts. "DM" is followed directly by the next dance slammer "I Want You". This one features the clearest beat on the disc and razor sharp electro lines. The only drawback is that the porno samples at the beginning are lame, immature and don't fit the songs theme of fully possessing another person... it's just kind of a snore of a way to open such a good song.
Later on the disc you'll find "Wasted Dreams", a bitter tale of a person looking to reclaim past losses. Further on is the hauntingly beautiful "Outside", likely the best instrumental :W: has done since "Thorns".
In sum, this is a great release that new fans will likely love. It's an easy entry point. Still it is not one of his best 3 albums and at the time it felt like he needed more of a step forward with his sound and this was firmly treading on familiar ground. However, that is high quality ground.
Boeses Junges Flisch (Evil Young Flesh) perhaps isnï¿½t the most easily accessible work in the :wumpscutï¿½ catalog for everyone because (1) most of the vocals are in German and (2) because its an deliciously depraved byproduct. For some reason the language barrier bothers some people, them not enjoying stuff they canï¿½t sing along to stateside, and they wonï¿½t purchase it. They have to be able to sing along in their native tongue, not really getting into the songs and not really noticing the translations housed directly inside the case. And thatï¿½s understandable, albeit limiting.Read more ›
No, it's not dark and Evil, but some of the music is truly amazing. Outside in particular stands out to me for its beauty. Escape is an awesome, high-energy song. Eternal is another favourite with is full, thumping sound. Longing is a favourite, especially after a few listens. I used to enjoy Wasted Dreams, but I got sick of it quite quickly. I found Witches' Dance to be quite a weak point on the album - incredibly repetitive.
Overall it is this album that turned me on to Wumpscut. I can't say that Wumpscut is amazingly diverse or anything, but the depth and quality of the sound delivered makes them one of my favourites.
Most recent customer reviews
This cd is really good, actually better than I expected. I like all of the tracks, but 'Outside' is an exceptionally beautiful piece, and 'escape'. Read morePublished on Feb. 17 2004 by panikmanifesto15
Rudi Ratzinger's forced vocals works for me.(I dont like Philippe Fichot of Die Forms voice which also sounds forced,I love Elaine P. Read morePublished on June 27 2003 by Yumi
Wumpscut is a great german electro-industrial with dark atmosphere!This album is very good realesed and super!:)Buy it!:))))Published on Feb. 18 2003 by BALACI MARCEL
What can I say, other than AWESOME? Rudy R., who makes up :wumpscut:, proves yet again that industrial music will always be around. Read morePublished on Nov. 3 2000 by Noah Lyons
Being new to the Wumpscut sound I did not know what to expect. I found this to be enjoyable and properly doom laden but the insistance on large portions of the the albun not being... Read morePublished on June 13 2000 by A. Copp
If you are a Wumpscut regular, you know that some of his critical peaks were Embroydead and MFAST. This however, seems to be new - fresh, but not the truely 100% dark, evil, &... Read morePublished on Jan. 14 2000 by jon kirsch
At first I thought this CD was only okay, but I like it better each time I listen to it. At first it seems more simple than previous :wumpscut: albums, but appearances, in this... Read morePublished on Sept. 28 1999
So, youre considering buying a :W: CD and you don't know which one to buy, or you are a first time buyer and you are questioning if this is the album for you. Read morePublished on Aug. 20 1999