It almost seems as if KAIZER are not quite of this world, yet they manage to completely mask out the here and now and time and space and create their own, very special, extraordinary cosmos of sound: the KAIZER cosmos. A cosmos in which the most multifaceted elements of gothic, dark rock, NDH (‘New German Hardness’) and dark pop fuse into an illustrious, dark romantic potpourri that bewitches all the senses.
The indisputable fact: KAIZER know how to captivate their listeners and draw them into their spell with an extravagant mix of sounds. This mix equally comprises hard, punchy guitar riffs as well as enchanting melodies, sensitive moments, mesmerising grooves, epic cascades of sound, catchy rhythms and ambitious lyricism. The protagonists McMurdoch, Alexander Göran Frh. v. Sperling, Thomas v. Stachow, Nina v. Ackseli and Sr. Chris Hammond know their musical trade, which manifests itself spectacularly on this powerful debut disc. The years of friendship that bind the charismatic quintet (they have all previously been active in various artistic projects) are also reflected in the new album: KAIZER are aware of their strengths.
The Berlin five-piece thereby spectacularly succeed in breathing an expressive, authentic and individual nuance into every single number, which lends their debut work ‘Lebenszeitverschwender’ powerful dynamics and an exciting impetus. There are no limits to the delicate fine-tuning at work. So KAIZER show something of their dreamy, romantic side, yet also play with a coquettish, avant-garde attitude, emitting a casual nonchalance, before then digging deep under the surface and bringing forth emotions stamped with pain, sorrow, loss, fear, devotion, hope and longing. It’s this virtuoso range that enables KAIZER to stand out from the crowd: turbulent, rotating, unpredictable, poetic, diverse and as wonderful as life itself. Imperially good!