Thursday, October 4, 2012

PANZERBALLET: "Tank Goodness"

Rating: RRR
Label: Gentle Art Of Music 2012
Review by Martien Koolen

Panzerballett is a German rock band from Munich combining jazz and metal; and so creating a new sound called phatting, in German Verkrassung. After highly appreciated albums like Hart Genossen Von ABBA Bis Zappa and Starke Stucke, Panzerballett again comes up with a highly original fourth album with a unique sound. You really have to listen to this album to understand and feel how this band sounds: it is complex music with lots of saxophone and trumpet, but also some really mean and heavy guitar riffs and hooks. Most of the tracks are instrumental but on two songs you can hear vocals from Conny Kreitmeier and Ron Van Lankeren (Time Of My Life)) and Mattias IA Eklundh on IKEA trauma. The CD also contains four covers, being: Some Shunk Funk (Brecker), Giant Steps (Coltrane), The Time Of My Life (Previte/DeNicola) and Take Five (Desmond). Especially the song from the horrible movie Dirty Dancing is completely weird, but the classic jazz tune Take Five is also played completely over the top. From the other four songs I really like Vulgar Display Of Sauerkraut - what a great title - which is an instrumental guitar driven metal track with amazing solos, riffs, hooks and arpeggios. The IKEA Trauma - again a superb title - is a rock song with vocals, some heavy passages and a keyboard solo. The other two tracks are rather jazzy and funky and not really my cup of tea. But you should really have listened to this album once in your lifetime and then maybe Panzerballett will become one of your favourite bands.... They are unique, so check them out at maximum volume and go crazy!


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