Dawn of the Deaf posted some feedback on our new record “Jazzhammer / Stormannsgalskap” and gave an additional history lesson for free! Awesome! Read all about it HERE or just read it down below. Let’s hope all reviewers have such good taste in music 😀
Sometimes music moves you in strange ways. It can beat you over the head or be subtle. Rarely, does it do both at the same time. Dead Neanderthals create mesmerizing sounds, combining blast beats, saxophone and synthesizers to create landscapes that bring you back to another time. At least it did for me in a big way!
I don’t know how Dead Neanderthals chose their name, but it is a brilliant choice. Why? I was actually an Archaeology/Journalism major in college (really). Neanderthals lived successfully for 100,000 years; adapting perfectly to their harsh European climate by being strong and hearty, but also embracing ‘new concepts’ like ritual burial etc.
On the two song Jazzhammer/Stormannsgalskap disc, Dead Neanderthals explore this balance between simplicity, strength and diversity – without needing any vocals to tell the story. ‘Jazzhammer’ is at first a bludgeoning beat down of pulsing rhythm. It envelopes you. When the perfectly timed drumfils spill out, it adds a subtle beauty and order to the song.
The second track ‘Stormannsgalskap’ is totally different from the first. Again, there is comfort in repetitive tones – but this time the saxophone really shines. It ‘sings’ in an unearthly voice; shrieking and groaning on command. It’s perfectly juxtaposed next to the first song.
If you like groups like Gnaw Their Tongues and Painkiller, you already should know who Dead Neanderthals are. If you don’t, give it a try. It never hurts to expand your horizon!