Contra Records & Pirates Press Records
Written By Mark Jones
This year Stomper 98 celebrate their 20th anniversary and show no signs of slowing down, to mark the occasion the band has just released the stunning ‘Althergabracht’ (Traditional) their first album in 6 years. Although singing in the German language the band has an American connection in the line-up with Phil Templar and the addition of Lars Frederiksen of Rancid & Old Firm Casuals on guitar.
The band told their label that “this will be our best album yet, no doubt” and they really weren’t lying as this is an absolutely fantastic album that deserves to be heard worldwide. The album features 13 anthems full of great melodies, brilliant guitars, aggressive vocals and the addition of the saxophone which gives the band another dimension and makes Stomper 98 so unique.
The album gets off to a great start with ‘Skinhead’, a brilliant song with excellent vocals by Sebi and laced with saxophone that’s takes the song to another level. Next up is ‘Wir Folgen den Rufen’ (We Follow The Calls) and is quite possibly one of my favourite tracks on the album, a powerful yet melodic gem full of excellent guitar licks and a brilliant sing-along chorus. After that start, I wondered if those 2 songs could be bettered and I was proved that they could with ‘Keine Helden’ (No Heroes) an absolute belter of a song that highlights a band at the very top of their game.
‘Althergabracht’ is packed to the brim of kick-ass Rock ‘N’ Oi! gems that you just can’t fail to like and the hard hitters such as ‘Nichts Ist Fur Immer’ (Nothing Forever), ‘Agenda der Angst’ (Agenda of Fear), ‘Diese Nacht’(Tonight) and the title track are just some of the highlights. Midway through the album comes ‘Freiheit’ (Freedom), an acoustic track that still packs a punch and breaks the album up quite nicely.
Stomper 98 have celebrated their anniversary in style with the release of ‘Althergebracht’ which will no doubt feature on many album of the year lists. If you have avoided this band before because they sing in German then I strongly recommend that you pick this album up, you really won’t be disappointed.