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3.95 | 39 ratings | 3 reviews | 28% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1999

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Eine Neuer Tag (4:17)
2. Carousel #2 (2:44)
3. Wir Brauchen Dich #6 (7:21)
4. Four Plus Seven Means Eleven (7:06)
5. Take Care (4:08)
6. Spiel (0:40)
7. Dr Hansl (1:30)
8. Apokalypse (4:28)
9. D.I.G (5:28)
10. Du Weisst Schon (2:43)
11. Livin' Tokyo (8:39)
12. T-Electronique (6:51)

Total time 55:55

Bonus track on 2000 LP release:
13. Das Lied Eines Matrosen (4:20)

Line-up / Musicians

- Ulrike Helmholtz / vocals
- Steven Wray Lobdell / guitar
- Joachim Irmler / organ, production
- Michael Stoll / bass
- Werner Diermeier / drums
- Lars Paukstat / percussion

Note : The actual instrumentation could not be fully confirmed at this moment

Releases information

Artwork: Thomas E. Martin

CD Klangbad ‎- frav 199 (1999, Germany)

2xLP Klangbad - FRAV 119 (2000, Germany) With a bonus track

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FAUST Ravvivando ratings distribution

(39 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(28%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(41%)
Good, but non-essential (26%)
Collectors/fans only (3%)
Poor. Only for completionists (3%)

FAUST Ravvivando reviews

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Review by Syzygy
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars The third studio album to emerge from Faust's return to active duty saw the departure of bassist Jean Herve Peron, leaving Werner Diermeier and Hans Joachim Irmler as the sole remining members of the original line up. Thankfully there's been no attempt to replicate Peron's unique bass style, and the musicians completing this line up all bring their own contributions to the Faust sound rather than trying to reproduce the sound of their predecessors. Like King Crimson, they have managed to update their sound while retaining their distinctive style.

Like their previous two studio albums, Ravvivando combines primal rock beats with swirling storms of electonica and massively distorted instruments. The acoustic interludes and bizarre little quasi pop songs of their 70s heyday no longer appear, although they are still capable of abrupt shifts and remarkable contrasts. On this album there is also a hint of the post rock/math rock of Tortoise and other Thrill Jockey acts, particularly on the last couple of tracks. Elsewhere, Ulrike Helmholtz adds some blood curdling vocals to an already traumatising soundscape, while the addition of an extra percussionist gives 'Zappi' Diermeier's lumbering industrial powerhouse rhythm an even more powerful punch.

Faust have not mellowed with age and have remained open to new developments in music. Hopefully there is more still to come from these pioneers of experimental rock - not for the faint of heart, but strongly recommended.

Review by Mellotron Storm
4 stars Two years after the "You Know FaUSt" album the boys are back minus original bass player Jean Herve Peron. Four new members have been added and what better time with this now six piece band than to make some heavy noise. And that is the thing that stands out for me on this record...the heavy, relentless rhythm filled with distortion and electronics. Of course it's not all this way but these guys have become almost industrial sounding on this album at times. Please read Syzygy's review not just on this particular album but on other FAUST records as he explains it all so well.

"Eine Neuer Tag" builds as the organ and drums standout. I like the background noise 2 1/2 minutes in. Late in the song we get this circus-like noise that is quite annoying as it blends into "Carousel # 2" where it gets louder. Yikes ! It's all great the rest of the way though. "Wir Brauchen Dich # 6" has this heavy beat and more. The guitar rips it up after 4 minutes. "Four Plus Seven Means Eleven" has this beat with noise which includes distorted guitar expressions. It turns spacey late to end it. "Take Care" has this deep atmosphere as drums crash the scene. Distant sounding vocals join in. It blends into "Spiel" where we get some crazy percusssion.

"Dr. Hansl" has a beat with vocals and experimental sounds. "Apokalypse" is catchy with guitar and vocals. The guitar lights it up before 2 1/2 minutes. Killer stuff. "D.I.G." is a top three for me. The guitar and sounds pulse. Cool sound. A change 3 minutes in as it calms down then slowly builds again. Nice. "Du Weisst Schon" has all kinds of sounds or noise(haha) depending on your viewpoint. Spoken words before 1 1/2 minutes. "Livin' Tokyo" and the final track round out the rest of my favourite three songs. This one is catchy with distant vocals. Other voices join in briefly then the focus goes back to that great sounding rhythm. "T-Electronique" has an electronic beat to start then another beat joins in. How good is this ! Spacey background synths sound excellent too.

While you pretty well know what your going to get with any given FAUST album, this one is a little different. Pounding percussion, wailing distortion and insane elctronics ? Sounds like the same old FAUST to me. You might just have to fasten your seat-belt this time that's all.

Latest members reviews

4 stars Rating: B+ In the 1970s, Faust proved themselves one of the most creative (and bizarre) bands of all time, and Ravvivando proves that, twenty-five years later, they've lost nothing, both in terms of musical quality and creativity. They are not repeating their classics with Ravvivando. Instead ... (read more)

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