There once was a time, in the not-too-distant past, when the mere sight of a Marilyn Manson CD or an N.W.A. T-shirt was enough to warrant an emergency meeting of the local PTA. Today, in this age of CEOs with tattoos and professors with piercings, you have to work pretty hard to make the most isolated, geriatric fundamentalist even feign outrage. Sure, an ambitious band could resort to performing abortions on stage, but even then the shows are likely to end with "Drive safely and don't forget to 'like' us on Facebook!"
So you really have to salute (a Berlin-circa-1939 sort of salute) Austrian musician Thomas Rainer for coming up with what has to be the most universally offensive packaging ever devised for the latest release for his solo project, Nachtmahr. The cover of Can You Feel the Beat depicts a young woman with a pair of black eyes and a bloody nose holding a blood-soaked baseball bat up to her mouth. Not since the 1974 release of The Carpenters' "I'm on Top of the World and I've Taken Hostages, Fuckers!" has anyone made such a blatant attempt at pissing off the general public.
As for the music on the CD: Well, considering the effort made on the cover's visual "fuck you," one really expects more than what's delivered. The CD consists mostly of remixes (not uncommon in the world of industrial/techno) of the tracks "Can You Feel the Beat" and "Verräter an Gott" which are hit-or-miss, although it should be noted that X-RX's reworking is exceptionally well done.
Verdict: Drive safely and don't forget to 'like' us on Facebook.
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