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Hanzel Und Gretyl
Uber Alles
Metropolis Records

Anyone concerned by Hanzel Und Gretyl's fascination with fascist trappings may relax. They pose no threat. Relegate yourself to keeping America's shores free of cold-war operative Boris Badenov. In related news, David Bowie is not a spaceman. Stiv Bators was neither a vampire nor British. Daryl Dragon is not a captain, but The Monkees were, in fact, shaved apes. Now that the Nuremberg defense has rested, their schtick leaves them open to accusations of racism on one side and accidental allegiance to hate groups on the other. Although titles like "SS Deathstar Supergalactik" and "Third Reich From The Sun" are meant to bring a laugh, extremists on either side of the fence aren't known for their campy humor or sense of irony. One listen to "Mach Schnell" should prove that this is more about American pop-culture than anything else. And if it was funny enough for Mel Brooks, why not a couple of New York clubbers?

On the path to the gingerbread industrial dance club, Hanzel has left a trail of Kraftwerk samples, hardcore riffing and synth buzzing. The booty-shaking beats are creative, and plenty of sirens blast the compound for death-ravers to make the Great X-scape. Damn hippies. At least they don't have pacifiers anymore. Bondage imagery abounds enough that Bob Crane would feel right at home. Vas Kallas' ferocious bark sounds like she's got a Doberman tearing out her throat from the inside. Every bass-bump moves the speakers across the floor, so best screw them down. Searing metal guitars and angle grinding noises will please KMFDM and ...Thrill Kill Kult fans alike. Half the lyrics are auf Deutsch so break out your high school textbooks. Dis-missd!

-Ewan Wadharmi

Track Listing:

1. Overture
2. Third Reich From The Sun
3. Ich Bin Über Alles
4. Komm Zu Uns
5. Mach Schnell
6. SS Deathstar Supergalactik
7. Let The Planets Burn
8. Intermission
9. 11:11
10. Verbotenland
11. Transplutonian Annihilation
12. Mein Kommandant
13. Aufweidersehen

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