Totentanz UkraineCountry Of Origin: Ukraine
Thunderkraft - Totentanz

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MB Rating: 4.8
[1 Vote(s)]

User Rating: 9.5
[2 Vote(s)]
Настане Час (A Time Will Come)
Дефект Mасс (Mass Defect)
Totentanz (Dance Of The Dead)
Смерть Hе Pоз'єднає Hас (Death Won't Separate Us)
Світ Mайбутнього (The Future World)
Смятая Повесть (A Crumpled Story) Sound
Де Cон Л'є Bологою З Bій (Where The Dream Flows As Moisture From Eyelashes)
Навстречу Hовой Заре (Towards A New Dawn)
Творець Життя (The Creator Of Life)

Release Date: 2012
Label: Svarga Music
Categories: Death, Industrial, Folk
9.5 out of 10 / 2 vote(s)

MetalBite Review by JD on 11/12/2012
My Grandmother once told me that too many ingredients sometimes can ruin a good meal and I remembered that. It's sort of a good way to look at things not only in cooking, but in the music field as well. I have came across many acts both here in my country and everywhere that people send me music from... and that can sometime ruin things.

Ukraine based Thunderkraft seems to be one of those sort of bands, that uses so many elements of extreme metal into their own sonic assault. Parts of Groove Metal, Death Metal, Industrial Metal, Black Metal and even has some Pagan/Folk Metal outshoots even come into it. It seems like they have all of the cornerstones for a Extreme Metal outfit bulked up on steroids - but it is these multitudes of influences that stalls the band and confuses everyone. It feels like their music completely bogs down from all of these things fighting for supremacy, and the album never had the chance to flow because of all of these various parts.

The music seems so cut-and-paste through all, it seems the bad side of surreal at best. Strange song structures that goes no where with ill placed vocals that seem so shockingly out of place and guitars that sound like they are being played under water - it is hard to listen to. Thunderkraft have some heaviness to them, but the simple Industrial riffs get very boring fast, the lack of varying song structures leads nowhere even though there is a hint of something resembling talent in the music.

Settling on one basic style with small doses of others might be the way to go for a band that confuses more than entertains. If Thunderkraft takes that rout, while still being creative as hell - they will find many markets that will embrace them rather than laugh at their pitiful attempt they have here. Hope they take this to heart, because they do have a great amount of promise - but they cannot get to that place the way their music is now.

Categorical Rating Breakdown

Musicianship: 6
Atmosphere: 3
Production: 5
Overall: 6

Rating: 4.8 out of 10