Japanische Kampfhörspiele
Neues aus dem Halluzinogenozinozän

Label: Bastardized Recordings
Three similar bands: Leng Tch'e/!T.O.O.H.!/Cephalic Carnage

Rating: HHHHHHH (4/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm
01. Mantra
02. Der Schweinetransport
03. Familie fährt mit Auto
04. Drohnenangriff auf unsere Werte
05. Madal1
06. Erregte Männer auf der Venus
07. Build a better world
08. Halt deine Schnauze
09. Deutsches Handwerk
10. Lass deinen Müll auf dem Festivalgelände liegen
11. Madal2
12. Trauerorgasmus
13. Superspreader

Christian Markwald - Vocals
Christof Kather - Drums, Vocals
Marco "Bajo" Bachmann - Bass
Robert Nowak - Guitars
Martin Freund - Vocals

Japanische Kampfhörspiele (2001)
Die Großstadt stinkt, ist laut und septisch (2002)
Fertigmensch (EP 2003)
Hardcore aus der ersten Welt (2004)
Deutschland von vorne (EP 2005)
Rauchen und Yoga (2007)
Luxusvernichtung - Vierundfünfzig vertonte Kurzgedichte (EP 2009)
Bilder fressen Strom (2010)
Kaputte nackte Affen (2011)
Welt ohne Werbung (2014)
Deutschland von vorne II (EP 2015)
The Golden Anthropocene (2016)
Back to ze Roots (2018)
Verk Ferever (2019)

Hofi, Maik Wonsikiewicz, Julian Schumertl and Olgaczka - vocals

Produced by Ramon Smith, Whiteroom Studios

Released 2021-01-29
Reviewed 2021-03-21



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Japanische Kampfhörspiele’s new album Neues aus dem Halluzinogenozinozän is described as a milestone in music history. Apparently, it isn’t small words to describe an album like this, not another grindcore album according to the press material. But it is from the grindcore genre they spring into their own brand of music, the new album has an annoying title, lyrics in German, and a pretty amusing artwork.

It is more progressive than your everyday grindcore stuff, it is more punk rock, pop and progressive core stuff. For fans of hardcore, and punk, that sort of thing. They have a fairly fresh sound, not as aggressive as grindcore, more diverse in terms of tempo and vocals as well. They keep the playing time sensible and the album feels pretty short and to the point with their style of music. For stuff in the grindcore/hardcore kind of music it is an album with more depth than you usually see in such albums.

They have power and energy, but also direction and finesse – much more interesting than most of the grindcore genre. I think the album is good, it has fresh ideas and it works pretty well. What I am missing are the outstanding stuff, like an outstanding hit song, something like that. There are bits that are terrific, but there are things that are less exciting. And overall I don’t really think that it is a really high flying album, it is good enough to enjoy for a while but I can’t see that it is particularly memorable.

Probably excellent for the fans of the band, and I think that it can appeal to most fans of the punk, hardcore, and grindcore genres. It can probably appeal to a pretty wide scope of music fans, it may not be quite my cup of tea, and in my view it isn’t a milestone in music history – but albums don’t need to be that to be half an hour of decent entertainment.