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We Butter The Bread With Butter - "Goldkinder" (CD)

We Butter The Bread With Butter - "Goldkinder" CD cover image

"Goldkinder" track listing:

1. Alles Was Ich Will
2. Meine Brille
3. Pyroman & Astronaut
4. Ohne Herz
5. Super Heib Ins Trommelfell
6. Viva Mariposa
7. Fall
8. Mayday Mayday
9. Makellos
10. Das Uhrwerk
11. Krieg Aus Gold
12. Psycho
13. Kind Im Brunnen

Reviewed by on August 27, 2013

"To be fair, [the album] does have moments worth hearing with some injections of extreme material and black metal influence, but the album as a whole is skewed heavily towards a sound that’s too mainstream to work with the metal crowd."

In that category of bands with ridiculous names that many don’t ever bother to check out is We Butter The Bread With Butter, a German outfit that injects electronica into deathcore. If that sentence made you throw up in your mouth a little, this is one instance where you can judge a book by its cover, because “Goldkinder” really isn’t a secret hidden gem. To be fair, it does have moments worth hearing with some injections of extreme material and black metal influence, but the album as a whole is skewed heavily towards a sound that’s too mainstream to work with the metal crowd.

The album starts off with a bang and a whole lot of promise, as “Alles Was Ich Will” is the highlight of the whole disc. The hoarse, screamed vocals fit the sound perfectly, the drum beat keeps the heads banging, and the electronic parts add to the sound rather than dilute it. The track unfortunately gives a false impression of “Goldkinder” as a whole, because the epic heaviness tapers off significantly as the album progresses.

From “Meine Brille” onward, the focus shifts to the other side, with poppy robotic vocals and a big dose of ‘80s style electronic sounds (“Ohne Herz” is almost like a Germ track, just minus the insane growls). This trend gets more noticeable over time, and by “Mayday Mayday,” the album is more on the mainstream end of the spectrum, even if there are still harsh vocals to be found. This segment of the disc is likely only going to appeal to fans of radio style techno or industrial. The “Krieg Aus Gold” track frankly can’t even be considered “metal” in any sense of the term, and is essentially just electronic pop. The only respite comes from tenth track “Das Uhrwerk,” which is more of a standard black/death offering that happens to have synths in the background.

Rather than finding a good balance between the two opposing forces, “Goldkinder” is an uneven experience. On the heavier side, there is a fair share of deathcore breakdowns and some black metal moments, and those few times when the album is firing on all cylinders, it offers an electronic/metal mix along the lines of Nachtblut or Rammstein. The bulk of the disc, however, is the sort of thing that will fail to hold the interest of anyone looking for a more extreme musical expedition and doesn’t care for mainstream music.

Highs: The opening track is actually pretty awesome

Lows: Most of the rest of the disc is far too mainstream radio friendly to hold interest

Bottom line: After a strong start, this electronic/deathcore combo nosedives into territory that's far too poppy and mainstream to be worth the effort.

Rated 2.0 out of 5 skulls
2.0 out of 5 skulls


Key
Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)