Published Oct 24, 2007From the first song onwards, German grinders Japanische Kampfhörspiele unleash an aural blitzkrieg any aficionado of extreme abrasion would want to be bombarded with. The vocal layering that has always been a pivotal point for this band is once again a strong phase of their battle strategy, adding a compelling dynamic that makes many of their songs easy to latch onto. These duels lend themselves to diversification as well as a sense of continuing rejuvenation, making sure that repetition is minimised by mobilising as many musical forces as they can muster. The groove-oriented axis that has also worked to distinguish their previous efforts melts smoothly into the grind tempo punk rock that characterises the largest part of their approach. This mélange allows them to experiment with a wide variety of styles, all while staying true to the spastic nature of their aggression. Overall, not much has changed for JaKa but Rauchen Und Yoga serves to further solidify their status as one of the most relevant and engaging grind acts around.
Was there anything you were trying to work on or did it just emerge organically?
Vocalist Bony: If Fertigmensch was part one and Hardcore Aus der Ersten Welt was part two, we didnt want to take the logical step and release part three, which we almost did when we started recording one-and-a-half years ago. As soon as we were in the studio we figured out that we were going to record things we had already done before. So we went back to rehearsals extensively until we thought we had penned enough material for an album thats exciting, at least to us. The songs are a 50/50 mixture of jamming in the rehearsal room and everybody working on their own.
Do you think that only vocalising in German has affected your appeal in other countries?
It does affect our appeal but in a very positive way. Ninety-nine percent of the other German death/grind bands sing in English and try to be like their idols. We sing in German, so that makes the band unique. On the other hand, I think that German is a great language to add to death metal music. To me it sounds more extreme than the English language. I would even claim that we would be much less popular in non-German-speaking countries if we would use English lyrics because it would be less exotic to some people. (Bastardized)