In Strict Confidence – Hate2Love

No time for a break. After only two years 'In Strict Confidence', they release the new album 'Hate2Love'.

In Strict Confidence - Hate2Love

Album facts

Release: September 21st, 2018
Label: Minuswelt
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An album title with a lot of room for interpretation

The new album of 'In Strict Confidence' bears the ambigu­ous name 'Hate2Love'. Does that mean the trans­form­a­tion or the feel­ing? And as always, the truth lies some­where between the lines.

If we can say some­thing in its review of the deep­er mean­ing of the album title, remains here only once open. But after last great long-play­er 'The Hardest Heart' we are, and hope­fully you, curi­ous about what's new here.

A bumpy start

It's cer­tainly not the fine way, but the open­er 'Flashover' is actu­ally one of the weak­er tracks on the album. In gen­er­al, the arrange­ment is right and the indi­vidu­al sounds sound excit­ing. Nevertheless, the song does not want to ignite some­how at any time. Potential has def­in­itely been wasted here. Very pity!

The first single 'Mercy' starts at pos­i­tion num­ber two. This is a really cool, mod­ern song. By far one of the coolest beats I have heard in a song with a Gothic out­fit for a long time. You can rock with the beat, dance or cas­u­ally nod your head. So for every guy, from the move­ment dys­lex­ia type to the show­girl, the song is suitable.

"Used and abused" comes with a dull beat and heav­ily dis­tor­ted gui­tar around the corner. The speed is per­fect for our typ­ic­al march­ing dance and I can already see a front of stomp­ing legs to this track fig­ur­at­ively before me. Soundwise it reminds a lot of the album 'Beautiful Suicide' by 'Massive Ego'.

You rape my dreams and kiss my fears, you spent a smile for every tear
Lyrics from 'Used And Abused' by In Strict Confidence

Emotional and thoughtful

Very emo­tion­al and tra­gic is the bilin­gual (German and English) song 'Stay'. Feelings that any­one can under­stand are repro­duced here in a sens­it­ive and warm style with a lot of piano and a bal­lad style tempo. I feel very touched by this heart­bleed song that keeps also enough room for interpretations.

Very elec­tron­ic­ally and in mod­er­ate mid-tempo presents the quite thought­ful song 'No One Remembers', in which unfor­tu­nately a lot of truth. Here the ugly mir­ror of truth is held in front of the eyes one to each of us who can look deep into our souls. Just as mer­ci­less is the sound that is indus­tri­ally rough and exudes a mel­an­choly hopelessness.

Do some­thing right no one remem­bers, do some­thing wrong no one forgets
Lyrics from 'No One Remembers' by In Strict Confidence

Dennis Ostermann - Promo picture 2018
Dennis Ostermann – Promo pic­ture 2018

Powerful Electrorock comes with the song 'Every Start Has Its End'. This track def­in­itely has the poten­tial to fill the dance floors of our favour­ite clubs. Above all, the chor­us is extremely catchy and can be sung in the second round without a prob­lem. Besides 'Mercy' this is my second high­light on the album 'Hate2Love'.

The raisins of the second half

'Three Evils Of Society' has a driv­ing beat with a great kick. The track is filled with polit­ic­al state­ment samples from the Martin Luther King speech 'The Three Evils of Society' in 1967. Filthy dis­tort­ing syn­thes­izer sounds are arranged in a very var­ied way and make the song extraordin­ary. An import­ant track!

Almost mys­tic­al and sin­is­ter, the song 'Reign Of Love' takes its course. Despite the slow tempo, the song offers a lot of dynam­ism through the recur­rent almost silent pauses. These quiet pauses are silently high­lighted with vari­ous dark and strange-sound­ing samples before it con­tin­ues with the intense vocals and thrill­ing sound. This song gave me some goosebumps!

Another catchy song is 'Wartime Lies' that instantly works. Sonically, the song actu­ally moves some­where between 'Depeche Mode' and 'Project Pitchfork'. Of course, the dis­tinct­ive voice of Dennis Ostermann gets the unmis­tak­able ISC stamp on the song.

Do we hate or love it?

Unfortunately, the 'bonus tracks' greatly lower the over­all rat­ing. However, these are included on the reg­u­lar album and must be included in the rat­ing, because of the fair­ness. Without the last two 'bonus tracks' we would have an end score of spark­ling 3.95 stars.

Well, it's an album with moun­tains and val­leys, but over­all it's also a well-pro­duced album with a lot of really cool and dark songs. And yes I would recom­mend buy­ing 'Hate2Love', even it's a bit weak­er than the pre­vi­ous 'The Hardest Heart'. As I men­tion it includes a lot of great song and also some shiny pearls.

By the way, this album also made it into our art­icle ‘The best Synth Pop and genre-related albums 2018‘. Read now.

Track By Track Rating

In Strict Confidence - Hate2Love
In Strict Confidence – Hate2Love
Flashover
Mercy
Used and Abused
Stay
No One Remembers
Every Start Has Its End
Three Evils of Society
Rain Dance
Reign of Love
Wartime Lies
Devils Trident
Chor Der Toten
Recommend
Mercy
Stay
Every Start Has Its End
Weak
Rain Dance
Chor Der Toten
3.7
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Flashover
Mercy
Used and Abused
Stay
No One Remembers
Every Start Has Its End
Three Evils of Society
Rain Dance
Reign of Love
Wartime Lies
Devils Trident
Chor Der Toten
Final Score