I Tank U

I Tank U

by T. Raumschmiere


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I Tank U

Shitkatapult mainman Marco Haas isn't about to let the neo-industrial dance stomp of T. Raumschiere disappear anytime soon if the brutal punch of I Tank U is any indication. The challenge has long since been to make what initially might have seemed like a revivalist cul de sac into something more, though, and on this album Haas seems to have figured that out more consistently than on some past efforts, helped in part by a slew of guest performers and vocalists (many of whom drop in the titular phrase throughout, a nice touch), making it more of a collaboration album in the end . If some songs are essentially attractive time killers -- the opening title track is a spot-on, snarling reworking of some of Depeche Mode's instrumental B-sides circa Violator, a familiar template that can be heard all over the album -- then his command of rough-edged squelch, jackboot beats, and all the other necessary signifiers is still excellent. The ace in his hole, unsurprising given his appreciation for the exuberance of glam-descended schaffel, is his happy embrace of smeared, immediate pop -- his own vocal turn on "The Front Row Is Not for the Fragile!" might be the best performance Linkin Park never did, while Gene Serene's altered falsetto on "Pedal to the Metal" set against the slow grind of the song is a pretty solid Prince tribute, and Deichkind's aggressive and exultant German language vocals on "Brenner" is a full-on highlight. Sometimes this feels more like a newer form of retro -- the Puppetmastaz's stop-start MCing on "Animal Territory"'s steady stomp feels like a prime Prodigy Xerox, while the clunky "Crack a Smile" is one Haas vocal too many on a dull trudge of an arrangement. Still, those are rare moments on an exuberant listen.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/14/2008
Label: Shitkatapult
UPC: 0881390169627
catalogNumber: 96

Album Credits

Performance Credits

T. Raumschmiere   Primary Artist
Ben Lauber   Drums
Philipp Grütering   Track Performer
Tim Vanhamel   Track Performer
Marco Haas   Track Performer
Warren Suicide   Track Performer
Lilian Hak   Track Performer
Barbara Panther   Track Performer
Gene Serene   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Moses Schneider   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Ben Lauber   Engineer,Cut
Marco Haas   Composer,Producer
Warren Suicide   Composer
Lilian Hak   Composer
Barbara Panther   Composer
Gene Serene   Composer

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