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Album Review – Hanzel und Gretyl “Born to be Heiled” 2012

Posted in Album Reviews, Sevens to Nines with tags , , , , , on February 5, 2013 by Lightning Slim

 

images  Hanzel und Gretyl have never really been on my list of bands for whom “the best is yet to come”, so it was a pleasant surprise when Born to be Heiled dropped – because it’s a killer record.

HuG like the following (in no particular order): Leather, Industrial, Thrash, Iron Crosses, Pentagrams, Boots, Military Chic, Fascist Iconography, Motorcycles, Wagner, Sci-Fi, Goth, Germany, Beer. Listening to one of their records is like the entire inventory of your local head shop /Hot Topic was loaded into a blunderbuss and shot onto a mixing board. Born to be Heiled is no exception, and may be their best effort yet.

We begin with “Hanzel und Gretyl Für Immer”, an appropriate and expected piece of Teutonic clank, before things amp up into disco thump with “Unterstützung 87”, the best Rob Zombie song he never wrote. From there, the band mines several influences, including mid-period Ministry, newer Slayer-style Ministry, the Revolting Cocks, and (of course) Rammstein. The record is capped off with “More German than German”, a cheeky Fischerspoonerism that represents the very best of where HuG can take you.

By understanding the inherent limitations of the genre, and not claiming to be mad geniuses who have the potential to lose their edge, Hanzel und Gretyl have, in Born to be Heiled, put together their most compulsive listening experience yet. Zehr Gut! 8.5 out of 10

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Deals & Steals: Viking Swords and Mixing Boards

Posted in Deals & Steals with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 10, 2012 by Lightning Slim

lair-of-the-minotaur-album-204pg041310  Hey all, a big backlog of interesting finds from the past couple of months. All prices $US, Shipping about $15  altogether.

3 Inches of Blood – Battlecry Under a Winter Sun $5.59. Old school 3IOB is good times.

Dark Tranquillity – Haven $4.88. I’m trying to like it. Really. The riffs are there, but so is the baritone crooning. At least I didn’t turf it out the window like I did with Projector.

Lair of the Minotaur – Evil Power $4.19. This is currently one of my favourite things; a sludgy, fudgy Melvins-like fuzztone with an Entombed’s worth of aggression. Heavy, heavy shit.

Lonely Island – Turtleneck and Chain $9.99. The perfect thing for chilling and sippin’ on a lite beer.

Landmine Marathon – Sovereign Descent $5.99. Recent changes to the band can’t take away the power of this massive recording.

Imperative Reaction – Minus All $4.49. IR are that rare animal nowadays – traditional electro industrial.

Arch Enemy – Anthems of Rebellion $2.99. Their most ineffectual album to date, but the price was right.

Evanescence – The Open Door $6.99. File under stuff that I know is bad but listen to anyway. So terrible, so in my car all the time. I think it’s because Amy Lee’s voice reminds me of happy times chasing girls in college using Sarah McLachlan as bait.

And lastly, a record that reminds me of a fun concert story:

18368244;encoding=jpg;size=300;fallback=defaultImage  Hanzel und Gretyl – Uber Alles $2.00. I have a soft spot for these Fako-Fascisto Funsters. They played my area with Slick Idiot last year (during Oktoberfest, no less) and blew out the sound system in the club about 20 times in a row. The result was terrible, but I’ll never forget mock-dominatrix Vas Kallas turning to Kaiser von Loopy, completely dropping character, and honking in pure Brooklynese: “This is gonna be one of them nights, eh Rob?”

Thank you, Rob and Betty.

Thank you, Rob and Betty.

Deals and Steals: Metal North American Style

Posted in Deals & Steals with tags , , , , , , , on September 17, 2010 by Lightning Slim

  Multiple entries for each band this time, all from the US of A or Canadia. Shipping was on Second Spin this time, courtesy of a promo code they gave me for screwing up the last one. This order shipped from their facility in Illinois instead of California – advantage IL as everything came in its original jewel case rather than bubble wrap around the naked disc.

Hanzel und Gretyl – Zwanzig Zwölf $7.19, Scheissmessiah! $6.39. I wonder what Tim Skold, who has been in both KMFDM and Marilyn Manson, would think of these self-proclaimed “Fukken Über” fetishists?

Three Inches of Blood – Fire Up the Blades $7.19, Here Waits Thy Doom $5.59. Yes, I know the last one is slower. Still the most appropriate soundtrack to Conan’s best-in-life mantra.

  Devildriver – The Fury of Our Maker’s Hand $10.39, The Last Kind Words $7.19, Pray for Villains $10.39. DD came along when I was suffering from band fatigue, so I was never on board. I missed a lot of good stuff! Fury and Villains are special editions with DVD.

We Are the Fallen – Tear the World Down $6.39. Review is here!

See you next time – stay heavy!

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