L'Âme Immortelle

Zwielicht: The Remixes

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Zwielicht: The Remixes is a remarkably thorough document of the current state of affairs for l'Ame Immortelle, an Austrian industrial/darkcore band with a solid European fan base and four previous studio albums to its credit. The two-disc set includes remixes of songs from the band's fourth album, Dann Habe Ich Umsonst Gelebt, as well as a video documentary of live performances and behind-the-scenes footage from the band's headlining tour of Germany in 2000. The remix program opens strangely gently, with predominantly orchestral arrangements of "Erinnerung" and "Judgement" (the latter remixed by Faith & the Muse), but things get serious with "Epitaph," and by the time you get to the Light and Shadow remix of "Slut" ("You are a slut, you're all alone!") you'll either be just hitting your stride or ready to head for the hills, depending on your leather-and-yelling threshold. "Voiceless" is about as abrasive as industrial music gets, but then things calm down a bit for the instrumental "Dead Actor's Requiem." Singing "Tiefster Winter" in English was a mistake -- this stuff really sounds much better in German -- but there's lots of fun to be had here for fans of louder-harsher-heavier industrial music.

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