Interview/Review: Menschdefekt - Empty world

Updated: Jun 24, 2020


Menschdefekt (roughly translated as Broken man or sick man) is one of three bands that got me in to industrial /EBM in the first place. When the Human Parasite was released in 2010 I was blown away by the dance rhythms, the film samples, the harsh distortion vocals, and the completely different sound to anything I had heard before then (Having been in to Metal for the most part back then)

Plague (video below) remains my favourite industrial track to this day. So when I heard they were releasing a new album for the first time in six years, I had to get my hands on it as soon as possible!


I have not been disappointed, it is a nostalgia trip for me in a way, but it is also an album full of future club hits (I hope). 'Empty World' returns to their 2010 roots in their sound and song formula and I really do hope this album sees success far and wide. We spoke to Nik about the new release.


Interview

Q. For those who don’t know, who are the members of Menschdefekt and what is the theme your band’s music and message?


A.

Menschdefekt are Fredrik Croona (Cynical Existence) on vocals, Tandrin (Mechanical Moth, Novastorm) on guitar and me, Nik, who does all the music, programming and mixing.

The music can‘t be put in to one 'drawer'. I‘m influenced by various genres such as Electro, Industrial, Trance or even metal which is why I always wanted to have a guitarist in the band. The lyrics by Fredrik are all about the fall of humanity/society and the depravity of humans. We were always socially critical and unpleasant. We do our own thing. Fortunately, with Infacted Recordings, we have a label that allows us complete freedom in what we do.


Q.

It has been six years since the release of ‘Touch of Madness.’ What has the band been up to and what made you decide to come back with this new album?


A.

I focused on work and private life. Fredrik released lots of stuff with his own projects at the time and he still does. A friend of mine invited me to Tandrin's New Years Eve party two years ago. I didn‘t personally know him before. I knew that he played in some bands and that he was DJ‘ing, so we talked about music and I found out that he was familiar with Menschdefekt. He was one of the people who got me to continue this project.

Q.

This album seems very much focussed on the way the world is now with Covid-19 and right wing oppression. What is the inspiration and thought process behind this album; Was this the way the album was always planned or did the direction of it change a lot with the continuing madness we have seen in 2020?


A.

The biggest part of the album was finished before Covid-19 became a topic. Nothing is really planned in Menschdefekt. So… no, thats not the main point. It‘s more about trends in politics and society in general. Everything in the band is affected by personal feelings. The lyrics are not always meant literally. Soemtimes they are just metaphoric.


Q.

There are a lot of remixes for the single ‘Cursed.’ What made you choose this one for remixes, and who has been your favourite artists to work with in regards to remixes?


A.

'Cursed' is a catchy track that might do well in the clubs so I thought it was a good idea to release it as a digital single in advance. It‘s always fun to see how other bands implement your songs.

My personal favourite are Ruined Conflict's because it sounds very different, and the remixes by Frame Of Mind, Nine Seconds and Reichsfeind. Next we are planning another digital single with two remixes and a very special version of the song in question.

Q.

Now that the band is back and Tandrin has added his guitar skills, will we see live shows in future when clubs re-open?