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Addicted to the Masses- CD 2004

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A Different Drum
Gothic Paradise
Yet Another Electro Webzine
Synthpop.net
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REVIEWS

Gothic Beauty Magazine
From Nilaihah, the best name in synthpop, comes this hyperactive Euro-electro group. Characterized by repetition, their album is a dance party with heart. The emotive sincerity of the words doesn't quite reach down into the enhanced vocals or the techno-charged music, though both have a certain urgency, and the cynicism in the title track is supported by its relentless beats. The latter half of the album is remixes, mainly of the opening track "Give Me a Reason", which is given a punch of power by Assemblage 23 and a deeper groove by Namnambulu. By the time "Victory of the Heart" comes up, you'll already be up and dancing.

Carolee @ Gothic Beauty Magazine

ReGen Magazine
These days, it is becomingly increasingly difficult to classify any type of electronic-based music into any one genre. More and more bands and artists are combining elements of varying styles to the point where new names have to be created, all of which ultimately become obsolete in a relatively short time. Futurepop was basically EBM combined with synthpop and trance; industrial became part of futurepop simply due to its connection to EBM. So when a band like Endanger comes along with enough heavy electro and stomping industrial beats that it could be EBM, but also with such a strong melodic and lyrical presence to ground it into synthpop, assigning a name to the style becomes quite a dilemma. Be that as it may, Endanger's Addicted to the Masses does contain some enticing melodies and some damn good lyrics.

The music of Endanger is somewhat reminiscent of other German electro acts that employ a similar formula, particularly Wolfsheim. The combination of good catchy hooks and emotional lyrics is nothing new, but it does require a certain level of intelligence to pull it off in such a way that it does not become boring... and Addicted to the Masses is very far from boring. With Rouven Walterowicz's deep vocals delivering lines like "We walk on thousand different lines / you crossed them all - left me behind / and not I don't know where to start," from "Velvet Heart," one gets the impression that these songs of emotions and relationships, though familiar, are being sung with more heart than most others who sing of such subjects. Even the album's title song gives an indictment of the unoriginality running rampant in the scene; "As a cover of a magazine / you look fantastic, that's all you mean / you tell your stories to those who think that you're someone special, but I know you ain't." The lyrics and vocals aren't the only star here. Marc Pollman's arrangements are not only densely layered, but also very concise so that no song lasts longer than is absolutely necessary. These songs do not drag on, and in the end they leave you wanting more. Also noteworthy is the presence of guitar, not in the forefront but mixed in with the electronics to provide a heavy sense of texture that emphasizes both the beats and the melodies.

Addicted to the Masses is an album of good EBM-infused electro-pop. It's perfect for the dancefloor, but it holds its own as a good work of music as well. The hooks are simple but infectious; it evokes the same sort of feeling people felt when Depeche Mode first came around. Of course, with an album title similar to one of Depeche Mode's most famous works, it could be easy to accuse Endanger of being yet another rip-off band. This is far from the truth; comparisons aside, Endanger hold their own to distinguish themselves from other bands in the genre and have a sound and style all their own.

Ilker81x @ ReGen Magazine


Hypnobeat Records
"In early 1998 Rouven Walterowicz (vocals) and Marc Pollmann ( sounds and arrangments ) founded the electro-pop duo Endanger. Both are no musical novices as you can tell from the crafty and well-shaped songs they present. A brilliant combination of hypnotic and enchanting vocals and complex compositions that produce a special kind of magic, but somehow beautiful electro-pop tunes with an edge and a distinctive character." - Hypnobeat Records

Humpty Records
It is powerfull with stompin' beats which remind a little bit of Funker Vogt or even Covenant. Ladies and gentleman a new "star" is born, breaking the barriers! - Humpty Records

Connexion Bizzare
Extremely catchy beats and melodies, definitely danceable and having an overall uplifting effect. The vocal aspect is also worthy of note, as singer Rouven Walterowicz's vocals are impeccable, being responsible for a great deal of the moods of the songs and not just a complement to the music. - Connexion Bizarre

Motorcity Goths
Endanger started in 1998 as an elektro-pop band, with Rouven Walterowicz lending his vocal talents to Marc Pollman's music. Their debut album, Motion (2000), and their sophomore release Eternalizer (2002) made waves within the synthpop scene. Especially the wonderful vocal performance by Mr. Walterowicz made Endanger's music truly shine, and Rouven actually was chosen to vocalise Lights of Euphoria's smash single "True Life". In fact, Motion was re-released as Motion:Reloaded in 2003 on Germany's Infacted Recordings. So, what comes next?

2004 brings us Endanger's third studio-album, Addicted to the Masses, and boy is it addicting. From the very start, it will get you bouncing around the room. However, the lyrics are so well written, and the vocals so soothing and charming, and the music so flowing and gentle, that it makes for a good home-listening experience as well. The gents play around with several ideas on Addicted to the Masses, such as fusing disco with trance/future-pop stylings in "Spark (Discofashion Mix)", taking some elements from the more popular Neuroticfish songs and adding their own style such as is the case with "Give Me a Reason", and even tipping their hats a bit to Alphaville with "Victory of the Heart"! I honestly thought that was an Alphaville cover when I first heard it. Still, it's good.

As if ten tracks of pure aural bliss weren't enough, Mssrs. Pollmann and Walterowicz have been good enough to include a few more remixes of "Give Me a Reason", done by the likes of Assemblage 23, Namnambulu, Hecq and Massiv in Mensch, and a very good club mix done by Endanger themselves. Not a single remix falls below the "good" mark, and each outside artist makes their remix sound different from the others, and from the original as well.

I can't recommend this album enough. I do believe you will be hearing some of the songs on Addicted to the Masses in your local industrial/elektro clubs in due course. Although Endanger's home label is the German-based Infacted Recordings, Nilaihah Records is handling the distribution in North America, so you don't have to pay import costs. No matter -- If you like synthpop or what's called "future-pop" these days, get this! - MotorcityGoths

Side-Line Magazine (Checklist)
Too commercial and too soft for my ears, the music from Endanger is some kind of a sweet technopop that leaves me quite indifferent. The quality of their music is undeniable, and this album might find its place and recognition among the fans of this genre. If you dig what the label A Different Drum signs, then Endanger is an unavoidable band. Otherwise just avoid it.
Benoit Blanchart

While Endanger have more than one catchy and attention-grabbing hit ingredient to make it, I have this feeling they would have better chances if they were to go for the mainstream charts. Why? Because if I hear this music eyes closed and imagine listening to one of the popular charts, I hear no difference with the electro fluffy pop being played in there. Good stuff for in the car, less good for listening at home I fear...
Bernard Van Isacker

I really guess that the German electro-pop duo wants to touch the majority of the club addicts with a resolutely commercial sound. Actually, most of the tracks are dance-floor oriented songs without a... soul and this kind of emotional depth is essential in all respectable good pop opus. However, let's note that the production is really efficient for this kind of release. Too soft for me...
Cedric Wattergniaux

This third album from this electro-pop project delivers us more than an honest work blending modern electro, dancefloors tunes and more 80's influenced tracks like the New Order-inspired "Spark", the pop side provided mostly by the vocals while musically, it oscillates between trance and future pop. Pleasant and accessible, this album will please all the electro-pop fans.
Patrick Falque

The new album of Endanger is definitely pure synth-pop, moving in between the classical standards and patterns of the genre and heavier danceable forms a la Syrian. I personally go for the heavier and club-orientated side with tracks like "Give Me a Reason". "Like Heaven", "Addicted to the Masses", and "Victory of the Heart". This is my favorite Endanger release in history!
Stephane Froidcoeur
all for Side-Line Magazine

Side-Line Magazine
Endanger is one of those projects who never totally convinced me. Their new album maybe isn't the long-awaited 'redemption' although it is their best opus to date! They now seem to explore 2 sides of synth-pop, starting with a powerful and danceable side, which comes pretty close to Syrian. There's a similar techno-influenced approach in the carrying tunes of songs like "Give me a reason", "Like Heaven", "Addicted to the Masses", and "Victory of the heart". Even if these songs are pretty similar, they sound like the right club food! The next side is a bit softer although driven by pure club kicks. I here appreciate tracks like "I count on you", "I come undone" and "Spürst Du's Nicht". Track 11 sounds like a funny threshold, the place where you're moving from the regular album to the antechamber of remixes. This isn't exactly a song, but kind of an intermezzo entitled, "Enter the Remix-zone". We next get a cool "Clubmix" of "Give me a reason" and 4 remixes of the same song. The 'remixers' are real interesting artists. So we get one of the absolute masters of futurepop aka Assemblage 23, which did an excellent job. I still like the mix of Hecq, which is more experimental, but it shows an interesting transposition in sound and style. Massiv in Mensch remains a great remix-band, but they here go a little bit over the top, like losing themselves in a childish play. The NamNamBulu remix can't convince me, but it all brings an intersting variety of ideas... just like the entire album!
Stephane Froidcoeur
for Side-Line Magazine

A Different Drum
With each album, Endanger becomes more and more polished, the vocals improve, and the music becomes more exciting. This new album is a top-notch release by the German act, with a whopping 7 bonus remixes added on, to make a 16-track CD. Mixes are contributed by Assemblage 23, NamNamBulu, and Massiv in Mensch, and that should help show you the club-appeal of this CD. The songs are catchy, exciting, and fit right in with a lot of the other synthpop releases out of Germany this year, like NamNamBulu, A Spell Inside, and even has moments sounding like the popular band T.O.Y. or futurepop kinds Covenant. -- A Different Drum

Gothic Paradise
After not having the previous album Eternalizer released in the USA, it was a great surprise to hear of this release on Nilaihah Records. Of course for those on the other side of the ocean, it is still readily available. The music is fantastic and builds so much on the previous works.

Each catchy track takes the listener from one fast-paced dance-friendly track to another. There is enough variety in the tone, tempo and pace that it keeps the listener interested. But overall, from the first smooth vocals of "Give Me A Reason" to the final beat of "Bist Du Bereit?!" each deep accented vocal, each synth loop or driving beat holds the listener enthralled. Club friendly tracks? Take your pick, they're all perfect, fun, meaningful, full of emotion and captivating. Want some variety? Throw on "I Count On You" for a mid-tempo ballad-like emotional song. "Give Me A Reason" has quickly become a favorite and it's extremely difficult to pick one out of all of the excellent tracks. Because I'm an Alphaville fan, I found that "Victory of the Heart" was very familiar in musical style and lyrical content. The bottom line comes down to the quality and crisp, un-distorted and catchy nature of the music.

Besides the great original selections on this album, included as a bonus are six tracks from what would be the Give Me A Reason maxi-CD. And you can't forget the fun intro to "Enter the Remix Zone". Remixes include a pounding "club mix" which adds a bit of a techno touch to it, or the "Assemblage 23" mix which is a nice touch from this popular remixer and artist. The real variety happens with the "Pestillanz Mix" by Massiv in Mensch or the "Hecq Remiqs" with even more of an experimental touch.

This is definitely a synthpop gem that fans won't want to miss. Be sure to pick it up!

Rating: 4.5/5
Gothic Paradise

Yet Another Electro Webzine
"Endanger" are back, back with a bang, presenting their third studio album and yes, it's by far their strongest work to date. "Endanger" have often been compared to bands such as Covenant, Assemblage 23 or evene Camouflage, presenting a fresh wave of modern, catchy electropop tunes.

"Addicted to the masses" is their next step to the top of the international electronic scene, combining moody grooves and catchy hooklines including club hits such as "give me a reason", "addicted to the masses", "victory of the heart" or "I count on you". As a bonus the CD features the full 6 track MCD of "Give me a reason" including mixes by Assemblage 23, NamNamBulu, Massiv in Menach and Hecq.

Yet Another Electro Webzine

Synthpop.net

 This is the third album for Endanger, following the debut "Motion" and "Eternalizer", and also this marks the second domestic release for the band, as this edition of the album is the special Licensed North American version released by Nilaihah Records. Rouven Walterowicz and Marc Pollmann, the two members of the band, have obviously matured their sound a great deal since the first album was released. I almost have a hard time believing that this is the same band, since this album is so much more textured, so much more moving... It's like it's a totally different band, just about. 

From the first track, "Give Me A Reason", I find myself immediately hooked into this album. The vocals are very solid, and the music is not only very danceable, but also very catchy. Also, the songwriting is much improved, with the songs (at least those that I could understand, the German ones exceed my limited knowledge of German by far) having a strong emotional message behind each of them. It's a hard task to point out the highlight songs here, as the quality was so consistently high throughout the album, but "I Count On You", "Velvet Heart" and "Victory Of The Heart" were all songs I found myself going back to over and over again (besides "Give Me A Reason", that is).

The remix selection added to the end of the disc is also, somewhat surprisingly, pretty high quality throughout. I guess I've seen too many albums with 6-7 remixes tacked onto the end where only 2-3 were really of any quality, but that's happily not true here. Both the club mix and Assemblage 23's mix are well-suited for club play, while leaving a lot of the original song intact. The remix of "Mein Stern", from the "Eternalizer" album, is a nice bit of variation from the otherwise dominance of GMAR remixes. The remaining remixes were all impressive as well, but the closing remix was also quite.. unusual.

Anyway, this is a extremely good album, and well worth your purchase! Highly Recommended!


Jason Baker @ Synthpop.net

Neurozine
Endanger is back with their latest installation Addicted To The Masses. This new full-length album, after the re-release of their debut album Motion:Reloaded, includes a total of sixteen tracks and almost 70 minutes of pure electropop.

This talented duo, that consists of frontman Rouven Walterowicz and Marc Pollmann, delivers high quality electropop when it is at its best. Addicted To The Masses includes many nice and good songs, from cool ballads to more dance-catchy songs with a little more tempo. This combination of wonderful song and soft melodies makes this album really good.

An album to recommend if you like artists such as Namnambulu, Assemblage 23, Colony 5 and Plastic. At the same time (included) you got five remixes of the opening "Give Me A Reason".

Björn Andersson @ Neurozine

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Wrapped in Wire
Endanger is a German EBM/Synth-pop band that sounds similar to Beborn Beton, Covenant and Neuroactive. If you like any of those bands, you will most likely enjoy the music of Endanger as well. What you get on this CD are clean electronic songs with untreated deep accented male vocals. Some tracks are energetic EBM for the dance floor with relentless rhythms and beats, while others are slower paced with a lot of drama and melody. Both styles are just as good as each other and add a lot of variety to the CD. While this band isn't really doing anything new or different, they do indeed make some extremely quality music. The vocals are especially good. The singer has a great voice and sings very well. A lot of the songs are catchy and will probably have you singing along to them. There's not a bad song to be found here. Everything will hold your interest and make you want to listen to them quite often. There are a few short instrumentals mixed in with the actual full-length playing songs that seem a little out of place. But they're so short that they almost seem like intros or endings to songs instead of like different tracks. For the most part this band reminds me a lot of Beborn Beton, but with a slightly harder EBM edge. If you enjoy clean European EBM/Synth-pop music, you will definitely want this CD. Wrapped in Wire


Amazon.com
If industrial-dance music initially found its audience among Depeche Mode fans looking for something a little harder, Endanger might find their fan base among industrial-dance listeners looking for something a little... lighter. However, like Sweden's Covenant and Britain's VNV Nation, Endanger prove themselves so adept at infusing melody and hooks into their fast-moving calculus of beats and bass synth, even the most jaded rivetheads are bound to hear something that will prick up their ears. The duo of Rouven Walterowicz and Marc Pollmann balance their debut disc nicely, serving up driving electro anthems ("Inside," "In Silence") tempered with slower, epic, almost ballad-like compositions ("A Story Of," "Silkskin") and short, introspective instrumentals. A U.S. edition of an album released in Germany in 1999, this version of Motion adds three extra tracks--two remixes and one new song, "Lord." -- Steve Landau @ Amazon.com

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