Die Warzau - Convenience

Year of Release: 2004
Label: Pulseblack
Catalog Number: PX-001
Format: CD
Total Time: 67:45:00

Jim Marcus and Van Christie are Die Warzau, two modern day techno warriors with music for the new millennium, have a new release titled Convenience. Produced in their own live studio, this is the first studio album released by the band since 1995's acclaimed Engine album. The CD features the duos' industrial, sampling, rock, electronic, alternative music. The vocals of Marcus and Christie are featured instruments on this recording. Their atmospheric and dreamy funky vocals are the ideal match for their progressions into pop, rock and industrial. Although a lot of sampling is part of the picture, what they get after putting together a track is something with substance and cadence. Their voices are the key to launching their musical platform but the importance of the music certainly cannot be understated.

I must give them full credit for being clever about the way they put this record together. In many cases music of this nature can be redundant and predictable, I found after taking in all 16 tracks that many of the rhythms are similar because of the sampling, which came as no surprise, however they inject some spice and variety into every track with thoughtful lyrical content and superbly varied and moody vocals. I heard influences of the Beatles and Prince pop up often enough, which is a good thing in my estimation, in any event, they do put a modernized twist into everything they do, making it original and most definitely their own.

Are they the real deal even though they sample? I would say yes, they are very innovative. For two men they make many sounds come to together, sounding as if they were a five-piece band. They do a great job in putting together some very accessible and appealing music for a large age group, which is not always an easy task to accomplish.

Crusaders (4:39) / Go Going Gone (3:15) / Permission (4:27) / Radiation Babies (4:48) / Glare (4:29) / Bliss (4:01) / Linoleum (3:43) / Superbuick (4:08) / Terrorform (4:25) / Curious (4:58) / Gone Chemical (3:50) / Kleen (4:17) / King Of Rock And Roll (4:29) / Come As You Are (3:03) / As We Are So We Are (4:26) / Shine (All Good Girls, Pt. 2) (4:47)

Jim Marcus and Van Christie

Land Of The Free (ep) (1988)
Disco Rigido (1989)
Bodybag/Shakedown (ep) (1991)
Big Electric Metal Bass Face (1992)
Liberated/Material (ep) (1995)
Engine (1997)
Convenience (2004)

Genre: Electronic

Origin US

Added: November 7th 2004
Reviewer: Keith "Muzikman" Hannaleck
Artist website: www.diewarzau.org
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Language: english


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