X-Mas Death Jazz (Digipak)
Limited edition digipak with 4 bonus tracks.
"On their new album X-Mas Death Jazz Panzerballett this time utilize universally known Christmas songs from all over the world such as White Christmas, German classic Leise rieselt der Schnee as well as Last Christmas. However, the jazz-metal impresarios show no mercy so that, except for the basic tone progression, no stone is left unturned – none whatsoever. Once again Panzerballett utilize their self-perfected concept of “Verkrassung” (“extremization”) and thus create jazz-metal monsters that fuse technical force with the warmth of ease. The virtuoso skills of Jan Zehrfeld (guitar), Joe Doblhofer (guitar), Alxander von Hagke (saxophone), Heiko Jung (bass) and Sebastian Lanser (drums) add to a record that does not only have something to say but is also an enormous amount of fun. X-Mas Death Jazz can be summed up in few words: Hooray, de-Christmastized Christmas! Panzerballett have evolved from the status of the insider’s tip a long time ago, which is why it is no surprise that in guest musicians like Mattias IA Eklundh (Freak Kitchen, Steve Vai), Mike Keneally (Frank Zappa, Joe Satriani), Jen Majura (Evanescence) or Steffen Kummerer (Obscura) a raft of glitzy names has agreed to be part of X-Mas Death Jazz."
"Christmas. A jolly time for family fun, crackers, carols, too much food and a few glasses of… death jazz? Maybe not – but hey, why not? German oddballs Panzerballett have only gone and done a Christmas album, featuring warped versions of the likes of Little Drummer Boy and_Last Christmas_, and the end result is a ho ho ho-rrendously fun cocktail of comic-laced chops and jazzy virtuosity. The songs grab a dash of influence from their festive counterparts but whip them in a completely different direction with frothy-mouthed glee. Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer lords it with avant‑garde flourishes amid the familiar motifs, while the zany Let It Snow manages to juggle tech metal, jazz, barbershop-esque vocals and an ever-so-slight sniff of punk in the space of 30 seconds. For those who get queasy at the thought of cheesy, festive‑flavoured tunes, bells’n’all, don’t be scared – the tracks are more than enough of a prog roller coaster to make you to forget about That Time Of The Year, with the tunes far removed from their originals. But if you love wacky music and Christmas too, this may be the best stocking filler you’ll ever receive." - Prog Magazine