Wednesday, May 22, 2019

DBS - "Suprematismus" [2010]

Artist: DBS
Title: Suprematismus
Genre: EBM, Aggro-Industrial
Country: Russia
Year: 2010

Track List:
  1. Intro. God save the Tsar
  2. Der Jäger
  3. Die Heldentat
  4. Tchapaev
  5. Kokainetka
  6. Die Bären
  7. Roten Partisanen
  8. Das Morphium
  9. Boss
  10. Outro. Surovie Godi
DBS stands for "Deutsche Berittene Spetsnaz" or "German Mounted Special Forces", and from the name alone you can guess that they doesn't take themselves too seriously. I'd call them a Russian answer to Hanzel & Gretyl if not for the fact that their music is much more influenced by old school EBM rather than NDH. Actually, DBS along with their side project Strong Product are among the very few projects that have played old school EBM in ex-USSR. DBS themselves prefer to call their style "bodybilly", since they mix the sound of Electronic Body Music with the punk attitude and the aesthetics of rockabilly and psychobilly.

Most releases of DBS are conceptual works telling the story of "Herr Major", a fictional character that's the mascot of DBS (much like Eddie is the mascot of Iron Maiden, for example). This particular album tells us about the adventures of Herr Major during the years of Russian Revolution/Civil War and the New Economic Policy. Malevich's Suprematism, 20's cabaret and operetta, cocaine and morphine - "Suprematismus" mentions everything about the culture of early XX century that later influenced the early industrial scene. The militaristic attitude typical for early EBM is also on there, but presented in a rather comical way.

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