Legends, luminaries, pioneers... the inflationary use of terms like these has long since obliterated their meaning. Today, any given newcomer is nothing but an immortal star, any mediocre signing of a major label tomorrow's icon. Superficiality and our fast-paced lifestyle have undermined true integrity; real art has been replaced by meaningless rubbish. High time to focus on what really counts and to direct our attention on those who have deserved it.
The beginning of the new millennium. Future Pop and Dark Electro rule the Gothic clubs. The underground is in the hands of the Noise fanatics, while elite circles bow to true Industrial by labels like Ant-Zen or Hands. Enter SIECHTUM. And everything changes. The rhythmic thrust of Thomas Rainer's (NACHTMAHR, L’ÂME IMMORTELLE) and Joachim Sobczak's (SCHATTENSCHLAG) Industrial Electro outfit effortlessly establishes a close tie between these worlds by uniting the common taste with the progressive underground's aesthetics. Years before acts like COMBICHRIST began discovering this sound and bombing the clubs with a merciless mixture of Techno, Industrial and TBM, it is this German/Austrian duo spearheading this movement.
The double album “Zeiten:Wende” (“Dawning of a new age”) is a chronicle of this short but unparalleled career. Uniting the three official SIECHTUM releases “Gesellschaft:Mord”, “Kreuz:X:Feuer” and “Diagnose:Zeit”, the title alone tells a lot: SIECHTUM heralded a storm that still hasn't ebbed away. Pure primeval Industrial power as in “Agonie” or “Dunkler Tag”, martial and marching giants (“Winterstahl”) or the blueprint for the club oriented TBM front (“Meinungsindustrie”)... SIECHTUM unleashed a new age. An age, mind you, in which Thomas Rainer's project NACHTMAHR again rose to the throne only a couple of years later. Ever wondered how this could happen so fast? Just listen to SIECHTUM campaigns like “Zeitenwende” or “New Breed” and you will know.
The three active years of SIECHTUM were visionary, determined and driven by harsh aggression. Not a long career, to be fair. But a career still reverberating today.