From the very beginning, Black Heaven was much more than the mere side project of Mantus mastermind Martin Schindler. Destined to be an artistic complement to Mantus, the missing jigsaw piece in Martin's work, Black Heaven creates darkly electronic visions that in no way fall behind the profound depth of the Gothic figurehead that is Mantus. Now, three years after the last album, Black Heaven returns - with the equally long awaited and essential 'Dystopia'.
After the aptly titled retrospective 'History' (2009), Mantus cast their eyes to the future horizon and deilvers a record that is the projects' most versatile journey through an electronic cosmos while retaining a thoughtful, melancholic element already known from Mantus. 'Dystopia' is Gothic Electro in perfection, is the unique blend of two scenes into an emotional and surprising walk on the borderline.
Aside from archetypical Black Heaven tracks like the haunting 'Die Zeit die bleibt', 'Lächelnd geht die Welt zugrunde' with its apocalyptic melody or the melancholic, dreamlike 'Himmel ohne Sterne', it is songs like the aggressive club hit 'Licht bricht Dunkelheit', the Electroclash trip 'Schwarze Asche' or the surreal fairy tale 'Ich spielte dort am großen Teich' that add to the lost, urgent and fascinating atmosphere of this extraordinary album. Dark Electro never sounded more dystopian, more unworldly.
An unmistakably example of Martin Schindler's prowess, 'Dystopia' is by far the most versatile, the most exciting Black Heaven album ever. It delivers an hour-long journey into another world - a journey dominated by bitter reflections, critical questions, but also by the warmth of human emotions. The dance into the abyss never felt better.