‘Silent So Long’ is a fitting album title for Emigrate’s second album, considering it’s been 7 years since this side-project of Rammstein-guitarist Richard Z. Kruspe released its nameless debut. In all honesty, that first album wasn’t particularly strong; it started off with three good tracks but quickly fizzled out after that, and Kruspe’s voice back then was too weak to carry a whole album. This second effort is a whole different beast altogether; there are killer tracks all throughout the album, and Kruspe cleverly camouflages his shortcomings as a singer with great contributions from big names such as Marilyn Manson, Lemmy, and Korn’s Jonathan Davis.
The album starts off strong with the first single ‘Eat You Alive’, featuring some funky raps from Frank Dellé from German Reggae-band Seeed. Second track ‘Get Down’ features Peaches on vocals and sounds like it’s written for a movie soundtrack. Marilyn Manson takes the lead during ‘Hypothetical’, in which Kruspe riffs away with some variations on Led Zeppelin‘s Kashmir. This heavy track is followed by the poppy ‘Rainbow‘, a track so annoyingly catchy that it almost sounds like a metal-band covering a song by dreaded Danish pop-act Aqua.
Stand-outs during the second half of the album are ‘My Pleasure’ and ‘Faust’, which both could have been Rammstein-tracks, and the Tool-like title track which finishes off the album with Jonathan Davis from Korn on vocals.
‘Silent So Long’ should make Rammstein-fans waiting for a new album from Germany’s finest particularly happy, since there is lots to enjoy here for anyone that loves Rammstein’s “Tanzmetal”. Emigrate’s debut album was a case of “close but no cigar” but ‘Silent So Long’ sounds smokin’!
‘Silent So Long’ is out now on Universal Music / Caroline Australia. Check out our interview with Richard Z. Kruspe about the album here.
Listen to a sampler with previews of all the songs: