Label: Sleeping Cat
Time: 45 min.
Lyrical themes: social issues , politics
Style: Industrial Punk
Great surprise I had when I listened to this album for the first time. I read somewhere words like "industrial punk" or something like that, but frankly I didn´t believe them. I was wrong. 100 BLUMEN has recording nowadays many songs which can to described it as: "industrial punk", "digital hardcore" and similars. The band use electronic and rock instruments both at the same time, normal human voices and modulated voices, industrial rhythms, lyrical themes close to punk attitude, etc. First time become a little bit strange, but after you get to like the album and its eight songs, with no exception.
Time: 56 min.
Style: Rhythmic Noise
At beginning of 2012 this notorious project from düsseldorf developed and grew from the duo of marcel and chris van blumen into a mighty trio, completed by drummer malte who has many years of performing and recording under his belt in several punk bands. it may have taken a year of persuasion for marcel and chris to convince malte to join - but in short it was worth the effort. in fact, all three members were born in the same city (actually at the same hospital) so it was only going to be a matter of time before they completed this crackingly good consolidation. on 'distrust authority' 100blumen assimilate a wide range of influences from oldschool hardcore and noise rock to electro breaks and even dubstep. the result is a dense, highly explosive barrage of acoustic and electronic sound attacks - dirty, mean, massive and emotional. if you compare the original versions of 'klimaveränderung' and 'unbreakable' from the 'down with the system...' album with the reworked tracks on this album, the difference the lineup change has made is clearly audible. deep subbasses and atmospheric synth sequences backed by tight beats are topped with slicing guitar chords and furious vocal assaults - the aggression of (post) punk is paired with the complexity of breakbeat and electro. open up your mind - listen hard - distrust authority!
Time: 70 min.
Style: Rhythmic Noise
One of the most successful but the most 100 BLUMEN could be this one entitled "Floral annihilation" and released through german record label "Ant Zen". In fact is not strange this succes due the album is frankly good. It seem the perfect definition of "rhythmic noise", so, strong rhythmical bases, sometimes even beats which remind techno music; and the whole of the disc is envolved for many kind of distortions and noisy effects. Marcel Nickels was the man behind this album and is total justice to send him sincere congratulations for this work. I think is so good that maybe with the years it will become as total "rhythmic noise" classic ever. No humans, no voices, just electronic rhythms and noise. Enjoy it.