“Dad, that actually sounds pretty bad.”
Thus my eleven-year-old daughter in the car one afternoon after I had received the promo copy of X-Mas Death Jazz by German Panzerballett.
There is the thing with children that they very often speak the obvious truth. And, mind you, this is a girl who, like her two sisters, has been exposed to everything from grindcore to Gangnam style, and by the way plays music herself. Her taste is eclectic and she appreciates music you wouldn’t immediately expect an eleven-year-old school girl to dig into.
Anyway, back to the fact about her being right about this CD.
According to the promo message, X-mas Death Jazz is a sort of statement against the consumerism of the Christmas season, and in that spirit, Panzerballet have “extremitized” a bunch of Christmas songs. This in turn means that the songs sound like the bastard children of songs by Cynic and Captain Beefheart. Some would say they are total perversions of eight Christmas songs. Some, like my daughter, would say that it simply sounds awful.
There is no doubt in my mind that Panzerballett are brilliant musicians. A shame that their music is schizophrenic, fragmented and shrill to the point of the unbearable.
01. White Christmas
02. Kling, Glöckchen
03. Little Drummer Boy
04. Es kommt bald
05. Last Christmas
06. Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer
07. For Whom the Jingle Bells Toll
08. Let It Snow
09. White Christmas (instr.)
10. Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer (instr.)
11. Es kommt bald (instr.)
12. Let It Snow (instr.)
Playing Time: 69 minutes
Jan Zehrfeld - guitar
Joe Doblhofer - guitar
Alexander von Hagke - saxophone
Heiko Jung - bass
Sebastian Lanser - drums