Hanzel Und Gretyl @ Bogiez, Cardiff

28th September 2013
Review and Photography by Rhys Heal

It’s always exciting when this little venue underneath the hustle and bustle of the Cardiff nightlife springs to life under duress of something a little bit different. Rock clubs, usually the domain of wall to wall amplifiers and a patchwork of stomp boxes, they aren’t used to having acts like tonight’s opener space, do power in with the conviction and eloquence that only a top class industrial  act can muster.

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This Dutch four-piece come armed to the teeth with a barrage of power-chord heavy, headbangers that span five albums including this year’s tragically underrated ‘Dark Side of Light.’

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Conducted to a razor’s edge, there’s a reason why Deadcell’s merch cases are have run dry during the tour and there’s a tussle for the last morsels as soon as the stage goes dark.

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With tonight’s headliner however, it is a completely different story. Hanzel Und Gretyl bark out that they’re performing all the crowd favourites such as ‘Third Reich from the Sun’ and ‘SS Deathstar Supergalaktic’ .

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But the blade soon blunts under a wave of muddied atmospherics, an over-indulgence of distortion and listless vocal additions and Vas’ guttural thrusts; it soon become a toneless monotone, turning this set in to a rather long, unattractive barrage of noise.
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This is not what we expect from an industrial metal powerhouse and it’s a bit startling that it turned out to be such a bassy din that should have come with complimentary earplugs.

Nice try but a bit of a shame.