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PROST? Sunday, June 18, 2017
I'm making a long overdue post here to say the official site,, appears to be borked. This is sad.

P.S. I haven't abandoned I hope you haven't either.

SATANIK GERMANIK! Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Believe it or not, there's going to be another Hanzel und Gretyl album coming out soon! Yes, this year. 2015! It's going to be called Satanik Germanik. Other than that, we don't really know anything about it. But watch out for the ability to preorder soon.

You can read my song reviews below. I liked the album quite a bit, but hardly any of the songs really fit a concert-setting, I think. The title track, "Pentagram Sky," and maybe "Big Bad Kyzrwlf," but other than those...yeah, I can't see myself getting too excited to hear live. Especially since Loopy doesn't use any kind of vocal effects on stage, and that's a big part of the Black Forest Metal sound, in my opinion. I mean, his voice is always off from album versions of songs, but I feel like the lack of distortion and whatever when they play the new songs, it really detracts from it. Maybe it's just me though.

Anyway, get ready for Satanik Germanik. I'm excited.

The new album is released in 2 days. Here are the rest of my reviews.

7. Burning Witches for Satan
Boom! In slams in the next song. It starts sounding like something off of the 2012 album, but then chills out into a more groovy style with English lyrics. I don't skip this track, but it isn't a standout selection. I foresee it being played live, and it would probably be enjoyable there. Something I noticed with this song, and it's a small thing, but the mix sounds a little different. The drums aren't as punchy, and the guitars sound a tad off. Maybe it was one of the first songs they recorded for the album, or maybe it's one of the last ones. I remember Vas or Loopy saying something somewhere about recording some stuff kind of late in the process. So maybe "Burning Witches for Satan" didn't get the same kind of attention as the other songs.

8. Mavro Metalliko
One of the more brutal and memorable songs in my opinion. We have some sort of foreign lyrics. I don't think it's German, at least not entirely. I could be wrong though. Before I mentioned these new songs generally having a more sophisticated and thought out sound. "Mavro Metalliko" exemplifies that nicely. It's all subjective of course, but I feel the way the different sections of the songs work together really makes the song. Just compare it to the previous track or "Hexenkraft." This song just takes you places, and I do get a little hint of Scheissmessiahness here. Good stuff.

9. Big Bad Kyzrwlf
If there are any silly songs on this album, this would be it. "More Metal Than the Devil" almost fits that description, but this one is more so. The title probably makes that obvious though. It's no "Number 1 in Deutschland" or "Der Furer" or something, but it is one of those Loopy songs that I hope gets played live and becomes a staple. Starting off with some Slayeresque guitar notes, it alternates between slow verses and super heavy parts. Again, the vocal effects are so extreme that I don't think they can get away with doing it without effects live; it would sound silly.

10. Pentagram Sky
Reaching track 10, this is my favorite song on the album, and certainly one of my favorite HuG songs of all time. It's heavy, it's catchy, it just takes you places. The main riff reminds me of "Shortest Straw" by Metallica a little bit, but that probably wasn't intentional. It features a lot of Vas/Loopy dueling vocals, which I've always been a fan of. They rarely have their vocals overlap for some reason, traditionally, although it does happen occassionally on this new album. But "Pentagram Sky" specifically, it works spectacularly. There's a creepy guitar solo in the middle, breaking it down. The song clocks in at 7 minutes and 31 seconds, which is also admirable. Almost all of their songs are between 3 and 4 minutes, and it's just awesome that this musical masterpiece lasts as long as it does. Looking into it, the only song that comes close as far as running time goes is "Trance Planet Vortex," which lasts 6 minutes and 47 seconds, if you're curious.

Anyway, I'm spending a lot of time on this song, but I have to. I can't remember the last time a song hit me like this one did, by any band. I can listen to it over and over again, and I get goosebumps every time. I love this song. I want to marry it.

11. Grimm Ritual
As "Hoia Baciu" took us into the world of Black Forest Metal, "Grimm Ritual" takes us out of it. It's musically more substantial than the intro, and just kind of drones on the whole time. In this case though, it works. It just makes me want more, and so I listen to the album again, because it's awesome.

And that's the end. Black Forest Metal, the new album from Hanzel und Gretyl, comes out in just a couple of days. It is sincerely a step forward for the band, but I believe if you've been craving a little old school HuG sound, you're going to get some of that here. Aside from "Hexenkraft," I love every minute of it. Speaking of minutes, the album is over too soon, with only 11 tracks and the bulk of them clocking in around the 3 minute mark. But hey, that just leaves us wanting more, and when we get it, if it's half as good as Black Forest Metal is, it'll all be worth it to wait.

Preorder this thing guys. iTunes, Amazon, Metropolis Records

The best deal is at Amazon, but use what you want. Buy it and go see them. It looks like they're going to do a small tour in the US in December. There's a New York and a Virginia date so far.

Here we go again. Round 2 of my full album review of Black Forest Metal.

4. Hexenkraft
I do not like this song. I almost always skip it when I listen to Black Forest Metal. I'm not sure why I don't like it, but it's the weakest track in the bunch, in my opinion. Even if someone didn't actively dislike this song, I think they would agree that it's the least good song on the album. As I've mentioned before, these new songs are generally slow to mid-tempo, and this is a slower song, but I don't think that's why I don't like it. Maybe it's that the verses are slow, and the choruses are even slower. Maybe I'm weird and prefer the more driving choruses found in songs such as "Loud und Proud" or "Fikk Dich Mit Fire."

5. More Metal Than the Devil
Contrasting the previous track, "More Metal Than the Devil" is very listenable. Even the title of the song is awesome, and I hope it makes its way on the back of a t-shirt in the near future. While the name of the song sort of recalls "More German Than German," from the Born to Be Heiled album, the song itself is nothing like it. It isn't my favorite song on the new HuG release, but it's in the top 3 probably. It's one of the faster songs here, and perhaps the heaviest, featuring Loopy's wolf-vocals. Also of note is that the refrain/prechorus/whatever part contains some screaming and sort of ridiculous drumwork that we might have heard on Zwanzig Zwolf some years ago. It's the kind of sound I wish more of these new songs shared: It's definitely a new direction from what they've done before, an evolution, but it's still unmistakably Hanzel und Gretyl.

6. Evil as Fukk
Then this song plays, trying to beat the last song for coolest song title ever. I like this song a lot. It's kind of groovy and slow and drones on, but it's pleasing to my ears. It's a nice transition from "More Metal Than the Devil." Hopefully they'll play this live. Speaking of which, and I'm sure I've mentioned it here or on the forum somewhere, but all of Loopy's vocals are heavily processed and scary sounding. I wonder how they'll handle that live. Will it just be playback? Or will he use a vocal effects processor? I hope it's the latter, but we'll see.

Alright, I'm late doing this, but here we go. Black Forest Metal is coming out next Tuesday, November 11th. My plan is to do 2-3 reviews each day, so I should be done with each song review by the end of the week. Like before, as I said, I'm going to review each song individually. That's different from most album reviews. But if you're here reading this, you should be familiar with Hanzel und Gretyl's catalog and will get a good perspective on my feelings about the album. I like all of HuG's albums, but I can definitely appreciate all of them.

1. Hoia Baciu
This is the intro to the album, setting the tone for what is to come. It's very slow and dirgey, with spoken word being the focus. I can't say it's very interesting, but it serves its purpose.

2. Black Forest Metal
You've probably heard this song by now. If you haven't, go watch the nifty video they did for it. I didn't like this title track at first, but it grew on me. Musically, it's more sophisticated than most of Hanzel und Gretyl's past work I think. Other than the crazy death metal German growling towards the end of the song, it's lacking that patented HuG silliness a little bit. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? I don't know. That's up to the listener to decide.

3. Blood of My Horns
The third track is one of my favorites on Black Forest Metal. It's more of a straightforward metal song with a chorus that will surely be fun to experience live, and if you're listening to the album from beginning to end, you've probably realized that Black Forest Metal is indeed a turning point for the band. It's heavy, but these songs are slower than you'd expect them to be. This song, and pretty much every other song on the album, would not fit on any other Hanzel und Gretyl album.

Because I am so fortunate, I have been listening to Black Forest Metal for a few weeks. You may remember last year that I reviewed the remix album, Fur Immer. I want to review Black Forest Metal too, so I'm going to. I've been working on typing out reviews of each track. I don't want to spoil anything, but it's good. I will say this though: if you miss more of a Scheissmessiah sound and/or did not like Zwanzig Zwolf so much, you'll like Black Forest Metal a lot, I think.


Hanzel und Gretyl have reached their PledgeMusic goal. As of this posting, they've raised 103% of it actually, weeks in advance of the deadline. Maybe with the extra money, they'll come up with more merchandise for us to buy such as military caps or tank tops or socks or something. Or...maybe something to fancy up the live show like strobe lights! I miss the days when they would use those.

Anyway, even though the goal has been reached, we should still consider pledging more. There are still some cool, one-of-a-kid items to purchase on the PledgeMusic page:

I bought a lot of stuff myself, including but not limited to Loopy's New Century V Factor guitar. I fell in love with that thing when I saw him playing it 8 years ago in Chicago. And now (or whenever they ship it) it is mine!

NEW ALBUM! PLEDGEMUSIC! Wednesday, May 21, 2014

I don't have time to write up a lot for this right now, but I wanted to get this out there. Hanzel und Gretyl are doing a PledgeMusic campaign for their new album. Lots of exclusive goodies can be had by you if you donate. There's 60 days to meet the goal. We can't tell what that goal is, but we've got it up to 8%. Not bad for only being up for a few hours.

This is something I've been hoping HuG would do for an album someday, so I was very pleasantly surprised when I got wind of it. Fund the new album, Black Forest Metal, and get awesome stuff in the process!

HANZEL UND GRETYL FUR IMMER! Friday, October 4, 2013
I've had the opportunity to listen to the new remix album, Hanzel und Gretyl Fur Immer, over the last few weeks. Like most things concerning, I started working on a review of it, scrapped it, did it a different way, edited it, scrapped it, etc. But we also had a bit of a conversation about the remixes on the forum.

I think I'm going to wait until the album is out to talk much about it, because it's the most out-of-left-field thing they've done in a long time. Even though they're technically remixes of songs on Born to Be Heiled, almost all the songs sound like completely different, new songs.

Again, I'm not going to get into it yet, but I'll say as long as you don't need to have your remixes to sound similar to the original versions and you like electronic stuff reminiscent of some of the tracks from Transmissions From Uranus, Hanzel und Gretyl Fur Immer is a great piece of work.

FUR IMMER! Tuesday, August 6, 2013
You've all probably heard the news by now, but Loopy has remixed Born to Be Heiled in its entirety. The remix album is called Fur Immer. I really think this is really cool. Even if it doesn't end up being the best thing since sliced bread, it's still something that was a great idea and something that a lot of us unconsciously wanted...maybe.

I mean, there's some hardcore fans out there that have been following Hanzel und Gretyl since the early days (myself included), and even if we love the last 3 albums to death, listening to the first 3 albums is very pleasurable as well. Loopy has said that those that want something more similar to what they were doing back in the day will like Fur Immer.

I've been scouring the Internet every day since it's been announced, and the best I can come up with is this short video featuring a remix of "Born to Be Heiled."

If I come across anything else, I'll post it.

On the forum, I've been hinting at some stuff. But now, I'm revealing it: I have had Born to Be Heiled for about a week and a half now. I feel rather privileged. I can't and won't let anyone hear it yet, but I thought it would be cool to do one song review a day. There are 11 tracks on the album, and we've got 9 days until release. Maybe I should have started this a few days ago, but whatever.

I think my reviews will be more useful than a random magazine reviewer because I'm a fan and I can compare songs to Hanzel und Gretyl's past work. To preface, while I did enjoy the 2012 album, it's not my favorite. Uber Alles and Scheissmessiah are my preference. So if you share my opinion, these reviews might matter a little more to you. Anyway, here goes...

1. Hanzel Und Gretyl Fur Immer
This serves as an intro to the album. It's not the most "out-there" thing they've ever done, but it's pretty refreshing. It's mid-tempo, maybe slow even. And well, just think Uber Alles. It definitely reminds me of songs from that album. But if it were on that album, it would sound a bit out of place. The feeling I get from this song sets up the general opinion I have on the album: for the most part, it's new ground for HuG. It's somewhat familiar sounding, but it's definitely new. There's nothing like this song on 2012, nor is there on any of their other albums either.

2. Unterstutzung 87
They've played this consistently on tour for the last year or so. Sometimes, Loopy would play the main riff of ZZ Top's "Sharp Dressed Main" for the solo, but on this studio version, that doesn't happen. The solo is still there, but it's a less silly musical bit. Anyway, "Unterstutzung 87" would be the radio single of the album, if there was one. It's comprised of chugging guitar riffs, a touch of the vocal stutter effects introduced on the 2012 album, and 4 on the floor drums. It's fairly slow, but gets faster and heavier towards the end.

On the forum, it was suggested that I include lyrics with these reviews. For this song, it's mostly German, and unfortunately I'm not able to make out most of it. But, I guess I can include the chorus: "87! 87! 87! Acht und sieben! 87! 87! Unterstutzung!"

3. Blitzkriegerz und Hellriderz
A song with English lyrics. Beginning and interspersed with some motorcycle sounds, we have some more chugging guitar riffs here. To be honest, I can't say this is one of my favorite songs on the album. Musically, it doesn't really go anywhere. Once you've heard the first 20 seconds of the song, you won't be surprised by the rest, minus a guitar solo.

Some lyrics: "Iron angels on my side, iron angels in the sky. Iron angels burn and ride. We're gonna burn and ride, we're gonna burn and ride!"

4. Hammerzeit
This track begins cool enough, and the music feels a little Uber Alles-ish. But this is one of the few songs on the album that I feel doesn't really go anywhere other than a cool breakdown towards the end. Going purely off the title of the song, I was hoping for something a little...sillier. You know, like M.C. Hammer's "Hammertime" song. The chorus does reference lyrics from that song, but this is a little more serious than I was expecting, not that that's bad necessarily. And maybe the lyrics ARE silly, but since they're in German, I just don't know.

Lyrics: "Hammer! Hammer! Hammer! Halt! Hammerzeit!"

5. Der Furor
If you liked the attitude of the 2012 album, you should like this. This one wouldn't have felt out of place on that album. It's sort of in the vein of "Number 1 in Deutschland" I'd say. Lots of double-kick, fast guitar riffing, and that's on top of odd samples of a man speaking German and Vas screaming. As weird as this song is, it's one of my favorites.

6. Born to be Heiled
I'll start by saying this might be my favorite track off the new album. It just has this attitude to it. It makes me want to know what the English translation to the German lyrics are. The song is driven by a swing beat and catchy guitar riffs. I can't think of any other HuG songs that is roughly 50% English and 50% German. Usually it's one or the other. Anyway, yeah, I like this song a lot. And the more I think about it, maybe THIS would be the radio single instead of "Unterstutzung 87."

7. Holy Shiza
At this point in the album, we reach a trend of exceptionally awesome sounding songs in my opinion. As many times as I've listened to this album over the last few weeks, it's hard for me to rate each song and say which is my #1, my #2, and so on. But...offhand, I'd say this is in my top 3. It's another one of those songs that would sound out of place on any of their other albums. It's not a slow song, but it's not fast either. And there's this cool Slayer-ish breakdown part that caught me off guard. As soon as it started the first time I heard it, I was like, "Whoa. This is different." You know, for Hanzel und Gretyl. I'm looking forward to knowing what these German lyrics in English too.

8. Motorschwein
Okay, I have mixed feelings on this song. Uber Alles had "Aufweidersehen," Scheissmessiah had "Purity," and 2012 had "Totenhead." And I'm going to group "Motorschwein" with those: slower, chill out songs. But there's some weird guitar solos in here, and...yeah, it's not a bad song, but for me, it's the weakest track on the album.

9. I'm Movin' to Deutschland
I'll just say it: I love this song. It's weird. It's nothing like they've done before. It's nothing like anything else on the album, and I wish it wasn't true. Loopy handles vocals on this one, and...I'll just say hearing him say, "Let me hear you say 'eins, zwei, drei, vier.'" in a southern accent is just hilarious. There's some cool southern-ish guitar licks, and one thing I didn't realize until recently was the phrase that's used in the right half of the song a few times: "Get on the train, we're movin' to Deutchland." You know, because I'm no transportation expert, but I don't think you can take a train from anywhere in the US to Germany.

10. Ironstar Outlaws
I like this song. Musically, it captures what I feel the album was supposed to express. It features some synthesized/sampled banjo picking, some southern rock guitar work, and English lyrics. Even without the banjo, it would be tough to imagine this on any other HuG album. Maybe Scheissmessiah. I don't know. Anyway, so we have banjo here, and some midtempo driving rhythm.

Example lyrics: "...Rebels to infinity. I reject all that you are. This black metal shines for me."

11. More German Than German
You can't listen to this song and not have a smile on your face. I can listen to this song over and over. If you've heard any of the audio samples online, you've got an idea of what to expect, but the synthesized vocals give it some extra entertainment value. I like the first verse:

"More "Uber" than "Alles." More "sauer" than "kraut." More "wiener" than "schnitzel." More "Ramm" than "stein." And then to change up the main phrase used, one time it says, "More German than Scheisse," which makes me laugh a little bit every time I hear it.

Okay, so there are my little reviews for all the songs on Born to be Heiled. Buy it here, here, or here if you haven't already. It's really good, really. If you've liked anything they've done in the last 10 years, you'll like it. If you liked Uber Alles and Scheissmessiah more than 2012, you'll like it. If you only liked 2012, you'll like it.

BORN TO BE HEILED Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Random notes:

The new Hanzel und Gretyl album is coming out soon, November 27th. Buy it here, here, or here.

I'm working on a new design of the site, off and on. I planned on launching it around the release of Born to Be Heiled, but we'll see...

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