Deathstars - 2011 - The Greatest Hits On Earth
01. Death Is Wasted On The Dead (previously unreleased)
02. METAL (previously unreleased)
03. Death Dies Hard
06. Synthetic Generation
08. Blood Stains Blondes
10. New Dead Nation
11. The Mark Of The Gun
15. Play God
Deathstars and I was anything but the famous love at first sight / sound. How they posed in black latex clothing in their first music video for "Synthetic Generation" back in 2002 and the way they delivered their musical onslaught similar to that of numerous other Goth acts, didn’t impress me at all And that was the end of the matter "Deathstars" as far as I was concerned.
Many years later however, in 2010 to be exact, a song was played at a party that took my heart by storm. It turned out to be "Death Dies Hard" from an album entitled "Night Electric Night". When I asked the DJ who was the band behind the song he replied none other than Deathstars! So these Swedes from Stockholm had at least one good song but I didn’t bother to investigate any further.
Fastforward to the end of last year when Deathstars accompanied Rammstein on their "Made In Germany 1995-2011" European tour and released a “Best Of”- album. Since the band had only three albums under its belt some yelled "rip-off in time for Christmas” but I considered it "a clever move by their record label Nuclear Blast".
Ok, "The Greatest Hits On Earth" was indeed released just in time for Christmas but considering the fact that the Death Glammers were going to expose their music every night for months in front of several thousand people their degree of popularity among Rammstein fans was surely going to rise while chances that these kids were going to go out and buy all the band’s releases at once were slim. A compilation album on the other hand gives them the opportunity to get hold of tunes from each album while spending their cash on a single disc.
This clever move is opened by two brand new tracks, namely "Death Is Wasted On The Dead", a dance floor filler out of the handbook on how to write an infectious tune, and "METAL", a composition that could be an original by Rammstein.
The other songs are a culled from the combo’s three platters "Synthetic Generation", "Termination Bliss" and "Night Electric Night" and not only include hits like "Death Dies Hard" but also cuts such as "Tongues" and "The Mark Of The Gun".
And just like their label mates Hardcore Superstar with their best of "The Party Ain't Over 'Til We Say So", the men around singer Andreas "Whiplasher Bernadotte" Bergh achieve what they set out to do as you want to hear more from the quintet after listening to "The Greatest Hits On Earth".
My advise is to go out and purchase the complete discography and see for yourself how this young band has grown since their introduction to the scene. Highly recommended!
Written by Stefanie Singh
Last Updated (Wednesday, 23 May 2012 09:22)