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Metal/Punk: Instrumental Metal Jazz: Jazz Fusion Moods: Featuring Saxophone
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by Panzerballett

An innovative, hard 'n' heady mixture of jazz, funk and metal, crossing complex polyrhythms with metal guitar riffing, funky grooves and jazz improvisation.
Genre: Metal/Punk: Instrumental Metal
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1. Zehrfunk
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5:17 $1.29
2. Reload
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5:01 $1.29
3. Aspirin Smoke
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6:52 $1.29
4. Schmitz Kadtse
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6:16 $1.29
5. Iron Maiden Voyage
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7:23 $1.29
6. Abkrassen
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7:42 $1.29
7. Meschugge
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6:37 $1.29
8. Zickenterror
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4:23 $1.29
9. Outtakes
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0:53 album only
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"Panzerballett is a heavy jazz-fusion band from Germany who play an exciting brand of instrumental music that is sure to tickle the fancy of prog, metal, and fusion fans alike. Featuring Jan Zehrfeld on guitars, Gregor Bürger on sax, Florian Schmidt on bass, and drummer Max Bucher, this combo lays down some funky grooves littered with wild solo spots and complex, often times metallic arrangements. Imagine a cross between Brand X, Kraan, The Brecker Brothers, and Planet X, and you get somewhat of an idea of what to expect here. Zehrfeld is the mastermind behind the band, a former guitarist of Klaus Doldinger's (of Passport fame) band, and the composer of the eight tracks here.

Many of the songs steamroll ahead with mean intentions, led by Zehrfeld's intricate guitar riffs and melodies and the squonking sax of Burger. The constant battle between funk, jazz, and metal is what makes these songs so interesting and so enjoyable. Bucher's intricate drum licks propel the 'heavy metal jazz funk' of 'Zehrfunk', a perfect way to kick off this exciting CD, complete with searing sax and guitar solos. Shades of Mike Stern's more aggressive material can be heard on 'Reload' and 'Aspirin Smoke', and the band's hybrid of heavy metal and bebop comes out full force on 'Schmitz Kadtse' and the appropriately titled 'Iron Maiden Voyage', a complex tune with plenty of weaving sax and guitar lines. Panzerballett also seems to be paying homage to another metal great on the song 'Meschugge', a real barnburner with raging polyrhythms, heavy riffs, and jazzy sax. They really dazzle the senses though on the insane stop/start mayhem of the finale 'Zickenterror', again, combining jazz and metal perfectly.

Once you grab a listen to Panzerballet, you'll no doubt agree that this band is ready to be a force on the instrumental progressive rock scene. Expect big things from this German ensemble in the very near future."

Pete Pardo / "Sea of Tranquility"


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Jim Neary

This Cd slips from 70's jazz/fusion to speed metal to John Zorn-like sax craziness (sometimes withing the same song)and it works without a single flaw. I can't wait for the 2nd CD!

scott robinson

Many artists state that their music is a fusion mix of sounds. Most listeners out there can here when there is real fusion with the various instruments. Panzerballett is the real thing. The energy of the fusion is huge. The variations in sound and flux are excellent. It is real metal jazz-just like the Jersey boys.


Jazzrock wasn't dead, it just didn't have a real smell for decades
(allmost 5 Stars!)
Well, PANZERBALLET is one of those (still very young) groups which give back real scents, tastes, structures and vivid power to - yes - Jazzrock or Rockjazz or Fusion (as you like). And they play stunningly,

Of course they include some metal- or perhaps even math-rock ingredients. I also hear some M-Base-(all-)most-sound-alikes.

It's real big fun to see them live also. (They're a 5-tet meanwhile, with an also very fine 2nd guitarrist and a new, even better drummer)

If you like the samples here, GET IT, there's no weak track. And watch out for their new CD. Should be available soon ...


metal mixed with jazz with funk
this German band is really incredibly good. They can play. The sax doubling is a unique sound to them. I would like to write a horn arrangment to their stuff. Metal guitar will mold right into jazz fusion solos and back. Gordon Goodwin and the Phat band would be proud of this... Tight stuff

Gregory N Hill

Excellent album, terrible price
This is a great disc, but while the band insists on charging such an insane amount for it, I can't recommend anyone buy it. The follow-up, Starke Stucke, is probably even better. Fans of heavy fusion will definitely love both discs. Now, if we could just get the band to see sanity about their prices.