[They] produce music that is unique in the context of current musical trends.
William Fairman 2007-06-05
Formed by Franz Treichler in Switzerland The Young Gods having been conjuring their heavy blend of rock, metal and electro with ambient and classical for twenty-two years. Super Ready/Fragmente is their thirteenth album and is a clear statement that they have no intention of putting their feet up just yet.
The Young Gods obviously want to make a strong impression from the start and the first 4 tracks are almost unforgiving in their unrelenting tempo. The opening track, ''I’m The Drug'', is a very industrial sound. Fast, screaming guitars ride over pulsing electronic waves and a thundering rock beat. It’s all topped off with a clean Electro production job. Quite good fun.
''El Magnifico'' shows why artists such as the Chemical Brothers cite The Young Gods as a major influence. They mix industrial dance music with Zeppelin-esque guitar parts bouncing left and right in stereo sound. The Young Gods are known to be an impressive live act and ''El Magnifico'' gives you a good idea why.
The second half of the album is a little more challenging. Whilst the sound production remains tight the music starts to blur and the identity of the tracks seem to get lost .The Nine minute title track ''Super Ready/Fragmente'' is an interesting and original piece of work but it looses something because it’s sandwiched in the middle of a group of songs that sound quite similar.
The two tracks that break away from rest of the album are also the most interesting, ''Stay With Us'' and the final track ''Un Point C’est Tou''t. The latter is a super bluesy soundscape composition, which comes as welcome refreshment at the end of the record. ''Stay With Us'' gives the same sense of respite at the halfway point. Sitar sounds and other worldly vocals take you away from the hissing electrical rock that is the rest of the album. Both tracks remind you that The Young Gods are unafraid to be experimental and produce music that is unique in the context of current musical trends.