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I haven’t been overly-impressed with Oomph!’s latest stuff. GlaubeLiebeTod was their weakest in a while, Delikatessen was just a best of, and even Augen Auf, save for the title track, wasn’t horribly exciting. With their latest album, Monster, which continues the all-German-all-the-time trend started with Augen Auf, they have returned to their roots a little. Most of the songs are really enjoyable, in the vein of something from Ego or Plastik. The electronics are a little more subdued, the guitars shine through, Dero’s singing his heart out… a solid listen beginning to end. The slower “Auf Kurs” is a nice repreive between the predominantly hard-rocking tracks, and “Labyrinth” is simply fucking awesome! The album is maybe not quite as creepy and disturbing as parts of Unrein, but it comes a bit closer. I don’t have much more to say, Oomph!’s weaker albums aren’t that bad, really, and this is certainly one of the better ones. If your exposure to German hard rock (Neue Deutche Härte) is limited to Rammstein, please find some Oomph! right now.