Dear We Butter the Bread With Butter,

I’m not here to shit on you. I don’t care about your silly name – despite the fact that I imagine tanktop-clad, Redbull-chugging dudebros chucklefucking about it in between sacktaps. I don’t care that you choose to play “metalcore-electronica” – hell, Feed Her to the Shark’s last album was more or less that same genre, and I loved it. I don’t care how your last album, Golderkind, left your fans “irritated,” and how with Wieder Geil! (“Horny Again”) you aim to win them back. I don’t care that your target audience seems to be people who were jamming Attack! Attack! circa 2008. I don’t care, because I’m only here to judge your music. And unfortunately, you make that so goddamn painful.

I get what you’re doing here. Mixing chug-heavy metalcore with rave-inspired synths, growled vocals with big arena-ready choruses, bouncy rhythms with slick grooves, all with a less-than-serious demeanor – it’s supposed to be simple, lighthearted, and fun. Sure, there’s some cringe-worthy moments – take the circus music synthesizers in the second half of opener “Ich Mach Was Mit Medien,” or the annoyingly repetitive synth line in “Rockstar,” which I swear comes from Casino Night Zone off of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 – but those tacky annoyances come with the territory in this genre, I guess. I even found myself enjoying a few songs: “Anarchy” is driven by a catchy groove that erupts into a great gruffly sung chorus, while late-album highlight (and only track I can enjoy in its entirety) “Warum Lieben Wir Nicht Mehr” features what is one of the few tasteful uses of electronics on the album, joined by an awesome call-and-response chorus that mixes growls with female singing.

No, the real issues aren’t the irritating kitschy missteps, or even the mean DR of 4 (with some songs as low as 3). Gents, my real issue is that in the end, Wieder Geil! is just totally banal and repetitive. The worst offender is your aforementioned opener “Ich Mach,” leaning way too heavily on a menial two-note phrase that was far too weak to ever build a song around. But even beyond that, the majority of these songs are built off simplistic bone-headed chugging – loud, bombastic, and with no finesse, subtlety, or anything remotely compositionally interesting. I’m sure nobody expected a progressive masterpiece, but when nearly every track follows the same verse-chorus-bridge structure, one can often predict how a song will unfold within its first 90-seconds. The attempts to drum up interest – like the pitch-shifted Biggie Smalls-sounding vocals and slam death portion of “Bang Bang Bang” – end up sounding tacky rather than amusing. At least if you guys went for the balls-out zaniness of say, Eskimo Callboy, I could respect the effort. Wieder Geil! just feels uninspired, an attempt to summon a youthful sense of fun from an empty well, the musical equivalent of a guy in his mid-thirties showing up at a college bar with a shit-eating grin, a Hawaiian shirt, and a bunch of jokes that everyone got tired of hearing in 2005.

I’ve already mentioned the brickwalled production, but if I do have one thing positive to say, it’s that the mix is balanced enough that every element rings clear. There’s no “mushiness” that’s common with such low DRs, nor is it particularly fatiguing – in fact, I didn’t even realize it was that low until I ran the DR Meter myself.

Look, in the end, if you guys enjoy playing this stuff, and you’ve carved out an audience that genuinely enjoys it, fine. But to me, amidst all the trivial amusements, it feels like you forgot to write music with any substance. Wieder Geil! feels built solely for the sake of trendiness and throwaway entertainment, destined to be forgotten in a few years – but worse than that, it’s capitalizing on a trend that is itself already dated, and feels restrained and uninspired to boot. A few head-bob worthy moments are hardly enough to redeem the entire package. In the end, I think you need to reevaluate what your definition of quality music is, because the beatdown rhythms and laughable social commentary of closer “Zombiebitch” is definitely not it. Ultimately Wieder Geil! is a skip for me, and, I would hope, anyone with a half-decent taste in what can loosely be described as metal.


Rating: 1.5/5.0
DR: 4 | Format Reviewed: 320 kbps mp3
Label: AFM Records
Website: WBTBWBOfficial | Facebook.com/WBTBWB
Release Dates: EU: 2015.05.22 | NA: 06.23.2015

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  • André Snyde Lopes

    I prefer peanut butter, honestly.

    • Grymm

      Dude, NUTELLA!!!

      • André Snyde Lopes

        Ugh! I hate that crap xD

        • Diabolus_in_Muzaka

          You and me both. The Dutch have spreadable dark chocolate that’s the same idea, tastes way better, and has no delusions of being healthy. I don’t eat that often either (perhaps once every few years), but still.

          • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

            What that spreadable Dutch chocolate called?

          • Diabolus_in_Muzaka

            I’ll have to check next time I’m at the Dutch market, I eat it so rarely that I always forget what it’s actually called! I’m not even seeing it on Google Images unfortunately. Nusco is one brand of that sort of thing though, albeit not the one I’ve had.

      • Dr. Scorpion

        You are not supposed to waste Nutella by putting it on bread. Drink it raw from the jar like a man( i prefer my women drunk. )

      • Monsterth Goatom

        1 teaspoon Nutella = 1 teaspoon sugar. But what the hell, I like it too.

      • Peasantry! As a proposant of savory over sweets, y’all need to go with pesto.

        • Monsterth Goatom

          Pesto Scrambled Eggs

          Servings: 1

          Ingredients:
          1 tablespoon vegetable oil
          1 egg, lightly beaten
          1/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
          salt and pepper to taste
          1/2 teaspoon pesto

          Directions:
          Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. In a small bowl, combine egg, Cheddar cheese, salt and pepper. Pour into pan, and cook stirring for 3 to 5 minutes, or until desired doneness. Remove from heat, and stir in pesto.

          (source:allrecipes-dot-com)

          • Gonzalo Salazar

            Spread some nutella over that, and it’s a win-win situation.

  • Martin Knap

    More mindless than Die Toten Hosen with a more stupid name at that.

  • El_Cuervo

    This reads startlingly similarly to my upcoming iwrestledabearonce review. Except it’s more positive

    • Diabolus_in_Muzaka

      Does it stand with the likes of Illud Divinum Insanus in sheer brilliance of musical/electronic/core fusion?

      • El_Cuervo

        It stood up, then got punched in the throat and brutalised while writhing in pain on the ground.

        • Diabolus_in_Muzaka

          Ouch. Pretty Vulgore description, that.

    • Are to be looking forward to our first 0/5?

  • Love the album cover.

    • André Snyde Lopes

      Best part of the whole thing, unfortunately…

    • As probably half the internet will.

      • True story. It easily rivals some of the cat memes I’ve received lately.

    • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

      And I love your avatar

  • brutal_sushi

    Im suprised you guys even took a crack at this. It like hoping you guys would review the latest Eskimo Callboy or some garb like that.

  • Minor point: ‘Wieder geil’ also means ‘cool again’. And I think they mean that, wrong as they may be.

  • Dammit this is so bad. I love that album cover. This is pure and utter garbage though. Oh god Im listening and straining not to press stop.

  • Carlos Marrickvillian

    I can see this being successful. Berlin Berlin is anthemic and catchy. It’ll go down well on youth/hipster orientated alterno radio…on the upside it’ll probably turn some kids on to some more interesting music.

  • Wilhelm

    Possibly the worst band name ever, and I’m a big butter fan!

  • Tanuki

    I had to google that band to see if they were real or not.

    • I bet you even checked it wasn’t April 1st *again*

  • Vincere

    Typo, their previous album is “Goldkinder”, not “Golderkind”. ;)
    I found Goldkinder to be a near-perfect album. It mixed chugcore with electronica with a goal, a structure. I looked like Rammstein took a catchy turn in the metalcore genre. Sadly all the memorable, catchy songs from Goldkinder are gone, leaving most of this album with forgettable, bland songs. I’m so meh about this album, let’s hope for a better future album.

  • Vice-President of Hell

    \destined to be forgotten in a few years\
    hair metal as it was

    and, some serious dudes in metal world don’t get a matter of that band. this music has some heavy elements but it’s easy to listen – so it can be on a radio rotation or a party mix. like a pop music, yeah

  • mitch canby

    Yes I understand the shitty synth in some parts but. It’s way better than the last two albums. Project Herz and goldkinder are unlistenable so it’s great to hear them go back to their roots of what I want to hear out of wbtbwb. And that’s brutal German beatdowns. This review is a skip for me

  • RZK

    Wow, I haven’t been looking at AMG for a while after this site kept praising retarded and totally unoriginal bands playing the same fucking song for 50 albums in a row, while bashing good ones all the time. I see nothing has changed. Shouldn’t have ever come back to this piece of shit zine. You obviously are one of the annoying old metalheads who knows nothing about modern metal. Hire someone who does or kill yourself with your denim vest. “Golderkind”. Can you please know something about a band before writing about it? Jeez, the fucking whiny metal cunts nowadays…