Drumming. It strikes a chord deep within. And emits this resounding energy. Must be something about going back to our basics, our primal instincts. Add German band Eisbrecher and you get one good piece of music. More specifically, their live rendition of Amok from the 2010 album Eiszeit.
I love live performances. I feel there is a resonating reverberation that isn’t there on a studio recorded version. And this piece really comes alive as the band lines up at the front of the stage. Singer Alex Wesselsky is the only one without a “drum”…and drums they are. Drums as in empty oil drums or whatever the choice is for that show. This is such a fantastic idea that works really with the other four band members* joining him up front, drum sticks in hand ready for a good, rhythmic pounding. With such vigour do they approach this piece of rhythm, because that’s really what it is, rhythm with vocal backing, that the more they play, the more the drums become an extension of each and feed the energy more and more. But, what really makes this song for me is the fact that they don’t simply drum on top but on the sides and sometimes even on each others’ drums. So, in a nutshell, some damn good drumming made great by the vibe and general on stage persona of this band.
*The line-up changes but Alex Wesselsky, Noel Pix and Jürgen Plangger have been consistent since I’ve been listening to this band.