Release Date: May 24, 2005
Record label: Drone / Fuel 2000
That Krautrock figures into the picture is the big surprise on Death in Vegas' fourth release, but what's shocking is that Neu! and Kraftwerk are so mimicked on Satan's Circus. For a band headed up, up, up, Satan's Circus is a huge question mark, in career move terms at least, and one wonders why such a derivative album wasn't put out under an alias. Before it gets to the bridge, "Zugaga" is one note off from Kraftwerk's "Trans-Europe Express." None of the new tones or melodies after the bridge make the track necessary, but this is an album full of unnecessary tracks, which doesn't keep it from being a great hour of background music for whatever the high-tech task at hand.
Since 2002's Scorpio Rising, Death in Vegas have parted company with their record company, their usual array of stellar guest vocalists and, it appears, the plot. If there's one thing slightly more ridiculous than a mainman going by the name Richard Fearless it's his former dance-goth-rockers making an album of Krautrock instrumentals with several song titles in German. Opener Ein Fur Die Damen is a pleasant enough rummage around Neu!'s motorik grooves, but impatience begins with second track Zugaga, which jams round Kraftwerk's Trans-Europe Express riff as aimlessly as waiting for the delayed 10.15 to Euston.