Some time has passed since my first listenings of Macbeth's Gotteskrieger. I now hear clearly the band's originality.
Not that the sound, is revolutionary for the genre, not that the dramatic undertones bring any new dimension, not that the clean voice uses an unheard technique; the originality resides more in the combination. Macbeth doesnt ruminate within one genre, their thrash glides into a groovy heavy metal on a black ground. The German lyrics work very well and add an extra attraction point on Gotteskrieger.
What else to expect when you are a 24 year-old band with lots of experience?
How can you sound like you were the first to forge that sound when everybody else in the world has released what you yourself couldn't at the time?
Macbeth was, believe it or not, first formed in 1985 ! The band from Erfurt was one of the first, most promising and most active in East Germany (DDR), touring extensively. Our veteran readers might be able to remember that.
Macbeth's activity and possible influence bothered the government so much that they were officially banned to play live, their bus was robbed from its license plates and they were taken their right to rehearse, losing their local. The next twenty years would, not surprisingly pass with some of the members trying to move West, while the charismatic vocalist hanged himself in December 1989, just as the Eastern boundaries were crumbling at last...
Macbeth, who operated for several years as Caiman, is now back with a new line-up, but with their own name. Gotteskrieger, this record of Victory, is one piece of History and I will recommend our German and German understanding readers to be especially careful about the lyrics, as they are way smarter than those you will read from any metal band around these days.
By the time you're reading this, I have already ordered my copy of Gotteskrieger.