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On disc: Contracrash

Goddamn Planet - Gisela Schmitz - 6 stars

Goddamn Planet

Goddamn Planet
(Fastball Music - 2009)

The German band Contracrash from Balingen stepped into the spotlight in 2005 with self-organized concerts and the total revenue they donated to help the victims of the tsunami which hit South-East Asia. About two years later they did it again - this time to support the Pakistani victims of the big quake. And word of mouth travels fast, now they have their debut album Goddamn Planet out on Fastball Music. Their sound shows many elements of the alternative rock genre, but even if they mainly present mid-paced songs they also have some heavy parts. I like the vocals, coz they combine the harmonic vocals here and there with some growls, especially at Never Found and the title track they spices up the song with growls. It's a debut album, but I still want to make you aware of some shortcomings... So there are some distorted keyboards, the guitars are partly too much in the background and there are some problems with the drumming.... Anyway, that's something you can easily correct next time. The 3 semi-ballads Open Our Eyes, Trust and Blinded Love are quite good, very nice the acoustic guitars which increase during the songs. Blinded Love kicks off slowly with acoustic sounds, but then speed up a bit, just to become a relaxed emotional tune. Contracrash present a good debut album, but if you listen more closely then you will realize that the song structures are quite similar. There are some highlights, but the songs can't floor you. The band has the potential to make it, but they have to care a bit more about details. So, let's wait and see what they will present us next time.

6 stars

Gisela Schmitz
(translation: Claudia Ehrhardt)


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