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Otto Kinzel, We Are all Doomed: The Zodiac Killer
Bluntface Records, Nov. 9

11/10/11
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



As is typical of New Hampshire, Kinzel is a local producer who doesn’t advertise his New Hampshireness all over his websites (he also operates Bluntface Records). This state isn’t a mecca of goth/industrial (I can’t fix everything around here, you guys), so he recently hatted out for Boston, hooking up with Lucretia’s Daggers before promptly hatting back again and working hard to get this operation going. From the look of this release he’s essentially trying to be what Tom Shear is to Assemblage 23 as just one simple example, i.e. a one-man Gravity Kills on one hand, the other hand free to indulge other favorite sounds. In Kinzel’s case that’s stuff like Dillinger Escape Plan and whatnot, your basic math-metal-thrash anger-management. He’s got the voice, synth-chops and ax for it, although the math here sounds more like Drive Like Jehu than Dillinger, i.e. some of this would work for the dudes at Hydra Head Records and such and so. A look at the LP title, though, points to a bit of showmanship, which, here, is personified in crazy-sounding movie dialog and stuff, all in the hope of highlighting the subject matter. It’s a good start, absolutely; his next step on this trip will hopefully involve more synth layering fueled by outrage, the inspiration for which can be found anywhere. A- —Eric W. Saeger






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