ARTIST: Die Kreuzen
TITLE: Century Days
YEAR RELEASED: 1988
CHART ACTION: None
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: That’s a negative
LINEUP: Keith Brammer, Brian Egeness, Dan Kubinski, Erik Tunison. Help from Tim Cole and Peter Balistrieri
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Die Kreuzen slows it down. Dan Kubinski doesn’t scream as much. Eh.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Die Kreuzen had good notices and a decent live show, but it seemed never to really get over on a record. On this third full-length, vocal shredder Dan Kubinski slows down and actually sings some songs, and the band reduces the tempo away from being mostly hardfastrules.
Somehow, though, that didn’t improve the proceedings. It seems turgid and bloated at times, and the production from Butch Vig doesn’t do the band any favors (though the band is also credited with co-producing, so he may have just made sure the tape was rolling properly…) By the time “Halloween” comes on to liven up the place a bit, it’s too late.
Whatever the wags were saying, and how good the press WAS in the day, I’m not hearing it. So I’m off the Die Kreuzen train after exiling this.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: They released their last record in 1991, but have reunited for shows. Why wouldn’t they?
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.
GRADE: C: I may be missing something, but I’m just not feeling this. They seem to be running in place on this one.