And here we have another review concerning Japanische Kampfhörspiele’s Christof Kather projects, this time ‘named’ “CHRIST of KATHER/ MARKUS Maria HOFF”, the two musicians involved with this release. “Das Oldschoolformat Der Zukunft” was released in 2012, but I believe that, since the music is outstanding, I need to review it here, although there are already many other opinions on the internet.
The Japanische Kampfhörspiele aura is obviously present in “Das Oldschoolformat Der Zukunft”, not being that far from their roots. The music is a mix of hardcore, grind, punk, crust, some Death Metal influences here and there and I confess, if feels freaking amazing. I have to also admit that Christof and his side-projects have never disappointed me. While I listen to this album, I feel like jumping and headbanging. And, in my modest view, one of the most important aspects of music is to create a sensation, a sentiment and not simply leave you bland and that’s when you fail. “Das Oldschoolformat Der Zukunft” made me forget about the daily troubles for a while and that is truly important.
What’s more, one thing that completely displeases me is the fact that some bands are highly respected for being so technical, but, at the same time, their music sounds sterile. This, as far as I remember, doesn’t apply to this release. This is a straightforward, fast, powerful album, with very interesting lyrics, in my humble opinion, of course, in fact my German is still somewhat basic, but fortunately I could understand many aspects of them, The album doesn’t get boring at all, how could it get anyways, twenty eight songs in thirty-four minutes. Actually, it leaves you wanting for more of their sonic attack.
When it comes to the production, nothing is over-polished, but still clean; you are able to listen to all the instruments with no problem what-so-ever. I invite you to, please, check their Bandcamp page and, if you enjoy their music, I ask you to support this band the way you are able to. I personally loved this work and hope you all feel the same way.
Have a good day.
Band: CHRIST of KATHER/ MARKUS Maria HOFF
Album: Das Oldschoolformat Der Zukunft (2012)
2. Bombt Die Dritte Welt Weg
4. Heavy Metal E.V.
5. Musik [Soll Eigentlich Schön Sein]
12. Atomkraft Loben
13. Schmutzige Bombe
14. Schnibbel Schnibbel Operier
18. Freie Bahn Mit Marzipan
23. Entspann Dich Mal
24. Limitierter Lamborghini
25. Rock Am Ring Bänzel
28. Die Röhre
CHRIST of KATHER/ MARKUS Maria HOFF is:
Christof Kather – drums, vocals, samples
Markus Hoff – guitars, bass, hammond organ
Official Bandcamp: http://christofkathermarkusmariahoff.bandcamp.com/releases
All photos belong to their rightful owners.December 4, 2014