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Reutoff – “Gute Nacht, Berlin!” – [Hau Ruck!]

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Reutoff is a post-Industrial trio from Russia. An occult approach (somewhat similar to Coil’s), combined with a sinister inscrutability, makes them intriguing but also difficult to describe. This 2003 release came out on Hau Ruck!, the Tesco sublabel curated by Der Blutharsch. It’s a unique take on dark Industrial, with a strange and lasting appeal.

The music is very abstract, sometimes verging on ambient techno. The second and third tracks are the most beat-driven, the rest is hazy (especially near the end). Loops upon loops of noise and synthesizer. Cinematic bummer atmosphere. Understated melodies. Pulsing machine sounds. Martial salutes to the host label. Steam hiss. Voices: some of them are historical samples, some of them may be from a band member, it’s frustratingly difficult to tell in some cases. I don’t speak Russian. There is a historical theme, I’d wager centering on the Russian sack of Berlin in 1945. Like a lot of Reutoff’s work, there seems to be a riddle here, but I’ll leave it to someone else to figure it out. A spooky album.

  • Reviewed by Lord Gravestench on September 28, 2017 at 10:37 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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