Hanzel und Gretyl - _Uber Alles_
(Metropolis Records, 2003)
by: Aaron McKay (8 out of 10)
This is some of this band's most powerfully complicated and heavy work to date. While the _Ausgeflipt_ album was an extremely killer effort, I am a -big- supporter of this German outfit's duo trade-off vocal approach on _Uber Alles_, where they volley on and off like a pair of simultaneous bowling pin jugglers at an illusionist's show. What's more is I am committed to this newest effort's blend of diversity, both musically and vocally. Singing largely in their native tongue, Hanzel und Gretyl enhance their overtly techno-infused-metal mystique on _Uber Alles_ well more than tenfold. Hard-hitting licks and disrupted lyrics go a long way to making _Uber Alles_ nearly as significant as _Transmissions From Uranus_, but with an edge that the latter effort couldn't hope to attain on Earth or -anywhere- else, for that matter. More choppy and industrially metal, _Uber Alles_ kicks down the door between the potential of their creation and the explicitly inhuman nature of the beast on this newest manifestation. While still not without samples and an industrial feel, this album has its fair share of mood-inducing moments too, like on the last cut from the CD, "Aufweidersehen" (and -damn-, some of those German words are HUGE!). Admittedly, this release is not for the closed-minded, but Hanzel und Gretyl -do- put out some widely acknowledged material -- known for its techno slam aspects, as well as its unique metal prowess -- on the market today. What's more is that this album seems to be driven to the edge of nearly an addictive attraction; like something out of a Mad Max movie, I'd say. Give these two a spin, chances are you'll like more than just the raw power of these Germanic industrial revolutionaries.

Contact: http://www.metropolis-records.com

(article published 5/29/2003)


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