EBManiac

Nitzer Ebb as reviewed by EBManiac

April 25, 2021
The music of Nitzer Ebb from the years 83-91, Front 242 from the years 81-93 or Depeche Mode from the years 83-90 is the essence of alternative electronic music. Their albums and singles from those years are original and timeless masterpieces that had a huge impact on thousands and maybe even millions of young people who were teenagers at the turn of the 1980s and 1990s. Many of them, including me, listen to this music to this day.
Alyxxandria

Nitzer Ebb Alyxxandria

January 26, 2020
One of the major EBM fathers, their 1987 album "That Total Age" brings much faster rhythms and aggressive basslines to the EBM genre and seeding the beginnings of what would become techno-industrial in the 90's. While their style became more guitar-oriented in later years, their early work still stands apart as some of the most groundbreaking stuff released in the 80's.
dewey70

Nitzer Ebb dewey70

September 20, 2017
edited over 4 years ago
Drinking a lot of coffee and listening to Nitzer Ebb makes me want to jump around the house and smash stuff and leap out of a window in a barrel roll and be a stunt man COFFEE COFFEE COFFEE
Alyxxandria

Nitzer Ebb Alyxxandria

January 26, 2020
Same here, dude. This is DANGEROUS music if you've had a few cups.
Avalyn1Avalyn1

Nitzer Ebb Avalyn1Avalyn1

August 26, 2017
Isra_athos, great comment, seen the band numerous times in my youth in Toronto, still listen to Belief regularly today!
isra_athos

Nitzer Ebb isra_athos

July 26, 2018
So nice of you. Thank you & I hope you're having a great time.
isra_athos

Nitzer Ebb isra_athos

February 17, 2016
They always raise my heartbeat to a faster rhythm (or so it feels), so exciting, intricate, original, complex, fascinating... just great! My brother got to see them live in Hollywood, California. A few years ago (kind of like, more than 15 years ago, actually) so lucky!
Alain_Patrick

Nitzer Ebb as reviewed by Alain_Patrick

November 26, 2005
edited over 16 years ago
Strange as it must seem, the name ‘Nitzer Ebb’ was formed by an unexpected random selection of cut papers with written letters and words. One day, the members of the band put them in a hat and took out one by one, regrouping the pieces in a final word according to what they thought would look graphically aesthetic, and the word ‘Nitzer Ebb’ came out.
Influenced by the Expressionism and Dadaism movements, this electronic project settled a landmark on the Industrial-EBM dance scene through their bleeding, powerful songs combining devastating synth lines and fierce vocals. Though their lyrics seem meaningless for the ill-advised, they are lightly engaged, making use of political symbols - mostly of them about totalitarian dictatorships – in order to ironically criticize them and to defend a more humanistic perspective and the individual right to question the government’s actions.
That’s probably the reason why these extremist and conservative institutions (including the Church) became the main subjects on the band’s lyrics, even if Nitzer Ebb emerged on a much later period - at the end of the Cold War era, in the eighties. The use of specific symbols like industrial and farming tools, for example, is a testimonial that Nitzer Ebb was at the same time part of the Industrial-EBM movement and obsessed with all these icons of the socialism and fascism dictatorships.
During the tour of Fixmer & McCarthy of 2005 in Brazil, I spoke to Douglas about the times when he was part of Nitzer Ebb. He confessed that they were deeply influenced by other forms of art in their origins, such as John Hartman’s photomontages (for example the historical one of the family eating guns, an manifest against Goebbel’s speeches) – but not only him: George Gr?sz caricatures denouncing the fragile structure of the Weimar Republic and the extremism in the German society are references too, as well as Max Ernst’s paintings, another icon of the Expressionist movement.
Doug and Bon Harris started in the very beginning of the eighties with rudimental equipment, working on these so called experimental-early industrial sounds, just like did Cabaret Voltaire and Throbbing Gristle. Since 1982, they started to compose their essential tunes and to perform their live-acts making a huge impact on the scene through songs like “Join In The Chant” and “Let Your Body Learn”. The band wouldn’t release any vinyl before 1984, though their main compositions occurred from 1982 to the two subsequent years.
aesiphron

Nitzer Ebb aesiphron

February 27, 2021
Nitzer Ebb was more influenced by these German electro-punk/NDW and proto-EBM groups such as DAF and Die Krupps. Besides that, in several interviews back in the '80s, McCarthy named bands like PIL, Killing Joke and Sex Pistols as influences
Crijevo

Nitzer Ebb as reviewed by Crijevo

March 27, 2005
edited about 1 year ago
A brilliant group. In time when Front 242 or Die Krupps sacrificed originality for pretentiousness, Nitzer Ebb at least admitted they had outgrown their electro-body music environment. Since 'Big Hit', their more guitar-orientated work, NE disappeared - the memory however was kept alive, not only by the fans who put the group's records on 'repeat', a series of excellent remixes helped it also. True originators of a sound that merges furious energy and raw power. Equally sexy and repulsively devastating music, driven by sincerity in Douglas McCarthy's screaming paroles and mechanical twists in Bon Harris' drumming sequences. All of their albums are essential so there's no point of choosing anything particular. Just join - in the chant, of course...