“When you have an enemy, you are
very creative. You have a purpose.”
While many Americans know German industrial crossover group Die Krupps for their 1992 electro tribute to Metallica, I first became enamored with them when they unleashed their industrial-metal opus Odyssey of The Mind three years later. An album brimming with snarling guitars, clanging beats and Jürgen Engler’s raspy, ominous and antagonistic delivery, the album decried oppression and ignorance and espoused an expansive view of the world in spite of narrow minds seeking to limit such vision. The group would go on to release one more album, 1997’s Paradise Now, a harsher, more industrial sounding album before going on hiatus for many years. They have finally released an excellent EP of new material and remixes entitled Beyond, their most melodic offering since the Metallica tribute, and they have plans to embark on a North American tour with Front Line Assembly in May.
Engler chatted with A.D.D. from his Texas home about the new EP, upcoming album and tour, the state of modern industrial music, old school politics in modern Germany, Rammstein’s flirtation with fascism and much more. This interview has become A.D.D.’s first official podcast.
Mixing and post-production by Montyland Productions.