Political Electronic Body Music
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Industrial, as a genre, is very self-referencing and broody. Most bands here take much pleasure in writing about the darker side, what tough guys they are, and of the skeletons in their closets. Disco Rigido -- the first of sadly only three full-length releases by Die Warzau -- stands in sharp contrast to this grim formulaic body. Welcome to America, the first song on the disc, opens with an agreeably dancy beat and the lyrics "this is a racist nation" setting the tone of this amazing album. The lavish use of electronic instruments, industrial machine and tool noise samples, metallic percussion, unusual sound textures, and even a guitar here and there are woven together into grinding beats complemented by Marcus's powerful vocals. While the overall style is industrial/EBM it also borrows quite successfully from several different musical genres including pop, jazz, hip-hop, and ethnic music.Make no mistake, this is a very political album with intellegent lyrics but it is also extremely danceable, full of energy and at times (dare I say) fun -- suitable for any club floor."