For the last eighteen years or so, metal has been on a constant in my life through all the bullshit. Metal has been there for the deaths, the great times and even the times I was getting dirty with certain women. It’s hard to be original in the metal scene anymore because it seems like everything has been done or every riffs has been written. Germany is known for having intense dark humor and not giving a shit what anyone thinks, ever. I present to you, the one band that stole my heart way back in 2002, Japanische Kampfhörspiele. Call them Grindcore, call them Grind/Punk, call them whatever you want but no one label will ever stick to this band as long as their creating music.
With three guitarist, two vocalist, a bassist and a drummer that also does vocals, it’s hard to understand how Japanische Kampfhörspiele can put together tracks and records so well. Spanning from acoustic parts in between very strange time signatures that work so well God himself couldn’t pull the shit off. Noise samples and skipping the record on purpose is done a couple of times, along with very small black metal riffs in certain tracks. It’s a goddamn carnival filled with intense blasts from bombs exploding and you praying for your life. Don’t even get me started on the vocal work that these wizards pull out of their wonderful top hats. Very guttural growls with high-pitched screams like I’ve never heard used together, while all in Deutsch. In reality, I can see why most classify this band as grind but only for the fact they have lyrics about politics and being very outspoken on social commentary.
You get the full package with Japanische Kampfhörspiele, grind, punk, thrash, death, acoustic, noise & small shreds of black metal.”Kaputte Nackte Affen” is one hell of a ride that I’m staying on for a very long time. If “I’m bored” ever crosses your mind while you’re listening to this record, I’ll buy you a plane ticket to come see me so you can brutally gut me with butter knives. I mean, for fucks sake, “Homeentertainment”, the eight track on the record, is nothing but a breakdown with some guitar solo action in the background but it’s just that addictive that you can’t stop listening. If you like your metal very chaotic but to the point it’s enjoyable and you can let it all sink in, Japanische Kampfhörspiele is exactly what you need in your life. I’ll give you this, they are more addictive than crack cocaine or meth but at least you just enjoy some tunes and Japanische Kampfhörspiele won’t harm you, at least not while your awake.
Germany – The refuge that everyone needs for things on the black market. Japanische Kampfhörspiele – The one band that will feed you like little baby birdies that no longer have a mother. Listen to them while intoxicated, sober or just fucked up on every pill you can possible take, I bet you that they sound the same either way you do it. Japanische Kampfhörspiele did break up this year after this release but they will always be remembered by me for releasing the best metal material to date.