Hanzel und Gretyl – Satanik Germanik

Rating: 3/5
Distributor/label URL: Metropolis Records
Released: 2018
Buy Album [URL]: https://www.metropolis-records.com/product/11624/satanik-germanik
Band Website: https://www.hanzelundgretyl.com/

Band line-up:

Kaizer Von Loopy – guitar, vocals, programming
Vas Kallas – vocals, bass

Tracklisting:

1. GOLDEN DÄMMERUNG 03:10
2. WE RISE AS DEMONS 04:49
3. BLACK SIX ORDER 04:29
4. WEISSESWALD 04:11
5. I AM BAD LUCK 04:20
6. TRINKEN MIT DER KAIZER (DIE BIERZ FROM HELL) 03:22
7. HELLFIRE UND GRIMMSTONE 04:15
8. SONNENKREUZ 03:34
9. UNTER ALLES 03:19
10. 13 MOONS 04:43
11. KINAMREG KINATAS 04:44

Review:

Hanzel und Gretyl formed in early 1993. In April 1994, they completed a demo entitled Kindermusik. Of the 200 cassette tapes manufactured, most were sent to record labels and fanzines and some were sold on consignment at a local music store called Bleeker Bob’s. Their 2014 offering, Black Forest Metal, marked a new era, employing black metal & satanic themes crossed with motifs from the Brothers Grimm fairy tale.

So here we have what they say is their most metal effort yet, and it sure is really metal and noisy, but it just seems to be spinning its wheels. This is a one-note album, one song sounds the same as the next, nothing innovative or interesting at all. The songs kind of drone on and on and really have nothing to offer except that they are heavy and a mix of male and female vocals to differentiate them from each other a bit. The lyrics are mostly in German and the English lyrics aren’t that good, “Trinken Mit Der Keiser (Die Bierz from Hell),” is especially bad with lyrics of “Go Kesier! Go Keiser!” and “It’s your birthday, it’s your birthday!”. You get chugging guitars, tappity-tap double bass drums that sound flat and growled vocals that try to sound scary but come off sounding ridiculous.

If you are a fan, then you will be buying it and rocking out to it loud. If you aren’t, then look elsewhere in their catalogue for something better. This has the feel of the mid-’90s when a lot of industrial bands went metal, and now hardly any of it gets played anymore.

Review by:

Rick Ecker

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