Review from Feedback Metal Webzine

February 13, 2014
From: Feedback Metal 
Published: February 12, 2014

Wild Years of Remorse and Failures is a reissue of two albums by Stroszek. It incorporates the albums ‘Songs of Remorse’ and ‘Life Failures Made Music’ as well as the ‘Wild Hunt’ EP and two cover songs. The albums were originally released between 2007-2009 and were notoriously difficult to obtain hence the re-release. 

Both albums have been remastered and the ‘Songs of Remorse’ album has had all its vocals re-recorded. The musical style is an acoustic folk combination mixed with dark rock. Clean vocals on the tracks immediately set Stroszek apart from most groups in the dark rock genre as well as the use of acoustic guitars.  The first album ‘Remorse’ has a strong folk band or country music feel with acoustics and gentle drums punctuated with the occasional burst of electric guitars and heavier drum beats merging with the melancholic vocals. Stand out tracks on the first album include a cover version of Dick Curless’ ‘Bury the Bottle with Me’ ‘The Railroad Track’  and ‘Sand’.  

The second album ‘Failures’ has a heavier rock sound compared to ‘Remorse’ with a more oppressive theme of sadness and despair complemented with some dark metal style riffs and heavy drums reinforcing the theme of failure. It still retains the acoustic sound but it’s not as prevalent as it was in ‘Remorse’ with more songs employing electric guitars. Highlights for ‘Failures’ include another cover song, this time Townes Van Zandt’s ‘Tecumseh Valley’, whilst elsewhere ‘Land of Silence and Darkness’ and ‘Secret of the Earth‘ sound splendid.  

In Conclusion  Wild Years of Remorse and Failures is a great album for those curious about Stroszek and long-time fans eager to hear how their old favourites sound remastered. It also provides an opportunity for those who missed out first time around to get their hands on a copy.  It’s an extremely accomplished collection of two fine works (Personally ‘Remorse’ just wins in the better album contest) and on the evidence of this it isn’t difficult to see why it has been so difficult to get hold of.

Reviewed by: David Gilroy

Review from Alternativ Musik Webzine

January 27, 2014
From: Alternativ Musik Webzine
Published: January 26, 2014
*Google translation of German review

After two years before the album Sound Graveyard Bound appeared, Stroszek published now everything foregoing on two CDs in the form of wild years of remorse and failures , which includes two albums and two EPs, and was composed of the name of the albums and the first EP. Together, the nearly two hours of music, wherein the backbone is always a guitar that remains rather quiet, melancholic...

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Review from Son of Flies Webzine

January 27, 2014
From: Son of Flies Webzine
Published: January 25, 2014
*Google translation of Italian review

Claudio Alcara of Frostmoon Eclipse puts another point to its extensive creative source through the project Stroszek. The main difference lies in the sound of the new path that unlike the black metal of the FE prefers darker atmospheres, researched and developed in the most intimate part of the IO. As can be easily understood, musicians such form, eg me, a source of interest. It is no coinci...

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Review from Ave Noctum Webzine

January 20, 2014
From: Ave Noctum Webzine
Published: January 19, 2014

There’s a clue on Stroszek’s Facebook where it is written that the band’s influences come from “highways, trains, gas stations, hotel rooms”. As you may gather, “Wild Years of Remorse and Failures” is no barrel of laughs, nor is it intended to be. This double album amounts to the re-release of two early albums, an EP “Wild Hunt” and cover tracks of songs by Dick Curless and Townes van Zandt, both originally rele...

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Review from Black Phoenix Rising

December 6, 2013
From: Black Phoenix Rising
Published: December 1, 2013

Stroszek's early works have been unavailable for some time, so with the "Wild Years Of Remorse And Failures" double album release from Hypnotic Dirge Records we see some of these works remastered and made available once more. It includes the debut album "Songs Of Remorse" on the first disc (titled Remorse), then the album "Life Failures Made Music" as well as the EP "The Wild Hunt" on the second (titled Failures). Added to this...

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 Released: December 7, 2013
500 Copies
Dark Folk / Melancholic Rock