December 11, 2021

Schattenmann is a German NDH (Neue Deutsche Härte) band which formed in 2016 with Chaos being the band’s third album to date. The two previous albums, Licht An and Epidemie, showed the band to be brilliant innovators with their brand of industrial rock being an intoxicating mixture of alternative metal, industrial and techno. As such, the band immediately claimed its place in the German roll of honour and is up there with Rammstein, Oomph! and Megaherz as well as being part of the ever growing movement that has seen bands like Eisbrecher and Stahlmann make their marks too.

The band formed in Nuremberg and still retains the original line-up with Frank Herzig on vocals, Jan Suk on guitar, Luke Shook on bass and Nils Kinzig on drums. These guys work as a real team and the understanding between them is incredible which makes for music with so much depth and real emotion. Chaos sees the band becoming a little harder and heavier with the guitar to the fore much more than on previous records although the techno betas and industrial grooves remain in place which makes the album hard rock but eminently danceable too and it is almost impossible to stay still when you have the music booming out of your system.

Frank Herzing sings in German and has a clean and note perfect delivery and it is so amazing just how well industrial metal and the German language go so well together as I doubt there would be the same effect if sung in English! This is pounding, booming music that burrows its way direct into your brain and you simply have to go with the hypnotic flow as the music is so eminently catchy even though it is very heavy with lots of pounding drums and bass. The guitar work on the new album by Jan Suk is revelatory as he mainly keeps it to crunchy and storming riffs but when he breaks out with mercurial guitar licks that are so sublime and delicious then your jaw does literally drop.

The sound is built on a framework of pounding drums and bass but there is still so much happening with a great singer, stirring vocals harmonies plus impeccable guitar and a selection of songs that are instantly hitting. The track ‘Spring’ features a collaboration with J.B.O.’s Veit Kutzer and Hannes Holzmann and they help give the track a truly anthemic flavour but, then, that is at the core of the band’s sound as they rely on power allied with finesse and style to bludgeon your senses into industrial metal submission but what a way to go! The first two albums were excellent and showed a band with a grandiose and epic sound but the band has rewritten the rules with Chaos and made an NDH album that is simply essential.

If you do not know the band then you are urged to rectify this immediately. I love Rammstein but they are not the only hard hitting industrial band out there and if you have a listen to some of the bands mentioned in the review then you are in for a great time and some fabulous sounds too.

Chaos

  1. Die Ruhe vor dem Sturm (0:18)
  2. Chaos (2:51)
  3. Abschaum (2:59)
  4. Extrem (3:22)
  5. Alles auf Anfang (3:54)
  6. Choleriker (3:35)
  7. Cosima (2:56)
  8. Spring (feat J.B.O.) (3:43)
  9. Amnestie (4:00)
  10. Voodoo (3:47)
  11. Alman (3:06)
  12. Wir gehorchen nicht (3:35)
  13. JYFF (3:37)
  14. Jetzt ofer nie (3:33)
  15. Komplett auf Anschlag (3:48)