SCHERBENTANZ - HALBES HERZ
Reviewer Score: 7 out of 10
HALF OF A HEART TO NDH/HALF OF A HEART TO GOTHIC METAL
Honestly, this review wasn’t in my plans. Despite the fact that I have been familiar with the works of Scherbentanz since the release of their debut album in 2018, I always considered the band to be not very interesting representatives of the third tier of NDH, and I had no desire to listen to their material over again. By the way, when preparing this material, I found out that the band was founded back in 2010 under the name Feindstaat, but under this brand the guys released only one demo EP in 2012, and it can only be of purely historical interest.
We have already talked about the advantages of the new vocals, but the updated Scherbentanz have other advantages as well. For example, melodically the album came out much more interesting than the first one. It can be seen with the naked eye that the guys tried to record a non-monotonous work, with recognizable melodies and original rhythmic transitions. And they succeeded in most cases. Thanks to well-placed keyboards and pleasant guitar solos, familiar genre patterns don't sound as boring as they could. By the way, it was the lack of interesting arrangements that I noted as a minus in the Mephistos album… Well, there were no comparisons at all. And yet, it’s worth paying tribute to the guys from Scherbentanz, compared to the 2018 album, the band has taken a noticeable step forward regarding the arrangements of their songs and the compositional construction of the tracks.
I don't analyze "Halbes Herz" song by song, because it's more important for me to convey those positive trends in the development of the band that I heard while getting acquainted with the new material. You can listen to the songs yourself. And many of them, I am sure, will sit in your head for more than one day. I personally like the end of the album more: "Meister der Magie" (to the melody of Edvard Grieg), "Die Todsunde" and the ballad "Tunnel". You will surely have your favorites among the 11 songs of the album, the main thing is that they are all quite well, tightly assembled and I would like to thank the band for this level of quality on this album.