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Panzerballett: Breaking Brain

If you are looking for your progressive music to take you on a gentle and serene trip through the forest of elves and nymphs, you might as well save some time and stop reading now. If, however, you want your senses to be barraged from all conceivable angles than this band might be for you.

Panzerballett is a German progressive rock/metal/fusion/jazz band which formed in 2004. I first became familiar with the band having reviewed their previous CD Tank Goodness, released in 2012. On their new album Breaking Brain the line-up is Jan Zehrfeld (guitar), Josef Doblhofer (guitar), Alexander von Hagke (sax), Heiko Jung (bass) and Sebastian Lanser (drums).

The rhythmic complexity on display throughout the album will be appreciated by fellow progressive rock musicians and those music fans who want to be challenged through every note, riff and chord. The songs vary greatly in dynamics from thick heavy djent style riffage to ambient dissonance. The songs are incredibly complex so if you are wanting an 'easy' listen you have come to the wrong album. Tempo changes galore with the music often venturing in total chaos. All the players are excellent musicians taking these songs in unexpected and totally unorthodox directions. The Sesame Street reference in "Mahna Mahna" being a prime example. While the melodies haven't grabbed me yet it is hard not to be impressed with this album. Panzerballett is a band making their own rules and I get the feeling they wouldn't have it any other way. Check out the band's website or their label The Gentle Art Of Music for more information.

Track Listing:
1. Euroblast (7:10)
2. Typewriter II (6:11)
3. Der Saxdiktator (8:41)
4. Mahna Mahna (2:37)
5. Smoochy Borg Funk (6:12)
6. Frantik Nervesaw Massacre (7:42)
7. Shunyai/Intro (2:05)
8. Shunyai (8:26)
9. Pink Panther (6:20)

Added: March 6th 2016
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
Related Link: Band's Official Site
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Language: english

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