Eisfabrik – Null Kelvin

Eisfabrik - Null Kelvin

Album facts

Release: November 24th, 2017
Label: NoCut Records
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Far away from Null Kelvin

'Null Kelvin' (Zero Kelvin) denotes the abso­lute zero point at ‑273.15 °C and means phys­ic­al stas­is. Musically 'Eisfabrik' are far from that, because the new album is a really hot album! Full of energy, 'Eisfabrik' seems to be turn­ing into a hit fact­ory, the num­ber of impacts of their releases is damn high. Because even the fourth album appears almost in the annu­al rhythm.

The last album 'Achtzehnhundertunderfroren' appeared on the day just like 'Null Kelvin' a year earli­er. Musically and con­cep­tu­ally, Eisfabrik remained true to itself. But what about the qual­ity of the songs? We have listen to the album for you.

Old recipes that work

After a rather mediocre start, the track 'Shadows' beats you with full force. The basic beat is bleak and threat­en­ing, but the ease of a typ­ic­al 'Eisfabrik' song, espe­cially in chor­us, can be heard. Here, the band relies on old recipes, but that does not neces­sar­ily mean some­thing bad. You get what an 'Eisfabrik' fan wants to hear.

'Soon Enough' is a kind of Wild-West-Electro song. The song has slight par­al­lels to Depeche Mode's clas­sic 'Personal Jesus'. It has that typ­ic­al tramp­ling beat and the vocals also have a cer­tain blues atti­tude here. I find a very suc­cess­ful mixture.

Like a snowplow

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Really elec­tron­ic­ally, so as robot­ic elec­tron­ic, it is the fourth song 'The Choice'. The high­er tempo invites you to dance and the epic-sound­ing chor­us fits in per­fectly. Motivating and con­struct­ive, the basic mood of the sound can be described.

The single 'Schneemann' is a first-class club hit like 'Hell Is Made Of Ice' or 'Maschinen'. The driv­ing beat is great and ener­get­ic. Here, the hit com­pon­ent is not rein­ven­ted, but so freshly pre­pared that it hits you like a bliz­zard. And if the head nods, the muscles twitch and the feet tingle, then 'Eisfabrik' have done everything right.

Iciness slows the beat

Already in the first few seconds 'White Out' enchants you with a mel­an­choly melody. In the leis­urely mid-tempo, sad­ness is spread­ing. Also the top­ic of mel­an­choly dom­in­ate 'Eisfabrik' with ice-cold precision.

With a sim­il­ar frosty mood, but blis­ter­ing hot beats, it con­tin­ues with 'Brother'. The track is pretty straight for­ward and could use a bit more dynam­ics. Apart from that, the song has hardly any weak­nesses and can keep the high qual­ity on the album.

The spectrum of cold

A pleas­ing change brings the gloomy num­ber 'Follow The Light'. Here 'Eisfabrik' does not use the dusty samples and proven pat­terns and that should be rewar­ded. The song is a beau­ti­ful dark bal­lad with a lot of depth. Outstanding in terms of sound on the album and the band shows that their spec­trum is wider than just clubbing.

With the song 'Payback' we have returned to learned beats and samples. The track is tech­nic­ally flaw­less, but no longer unfolds the pres­sure of the pre­vi­ous tracks.

By con­trast, 'Still Alive' sounds a bit fresh­er and more power­ful again. With a clear struc­ture and a catchy chor­us, the song can score. In addi­tion, I per­son­ally like this 'BOING' beat very much dur­ing the verses.

At 'No Time For Regret', the guys turn up the syn­thes­izers and amp­li­fi­ers again. Here, once again with indus­tri­al cold and a crisp beat the dance floor is swinging. The sound also breaks out of the usu­al sound con­struct a bit. A vari­able that does the album very well.

A volcano in the ice age?

A little more dynam­ism and ver­sat­il­ity and would have been desir­able. The album scores a little lower than its pre­de­cessor, yet with a respect­able over­all rat­ing. 'Null Kelvin' is an above-aver­age over­all work and in view of the short pro­duc­tion time, the per­form­ance is abso­lutely com­mend­able.

Creating an own style like 'Eisfabrik' did is worth gold. However, I hope that it does not lead to a music­al ice age for them. My appeal to the band: "Nothing is worse than a stand­still even it sounds awe­some.". The options are: "Take the money and run as long as you can!" or "You find a way to a new, more vari­ant-rich level without chan­ging the concept.".

Anyway, we can highly recom­mend the album 'Null Kelvin' yet. For die-hard fans this is a must-have in any case.

By the way, this album also made it into our art­icle ‘The best Synth Pop and genre-related albums 2017‘. Read now.

Track By Track Rating

Eisfabrik - Null Kelvin
Eisfabrik – Null Kelvin
Sein erstes Lied
Shadows
Soon Enough
The Choice
Schneemann
White Out
Brother
Too Many Miles
Follow The Light
Payback
Still Alive
No Time For Regret
Sein let­ztes Lied
Recommend
The Choice
Schneemann
Follow The Light
Weak
(Nothing to report here)
3.9
Excellent

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Sein erstes Lied
Shadows
Soon Enough
The Choice
Schneemann
White Out
Brother
Too Many Miles
Follow The Light
Payback
Still Alive
No Time For Regret
Sein letztes Lied
Final Score