This Album was an important voice of a new German music trend, the so called “neue deutsche Härte”.
Their first album (WAS VERDORRT, 1995) caused a scandal, but instead of becoming more modest, STENDAL BLAST hit back even harder. A fresh greeting from Stendal reaches us with their new album ALLES LIEBE (“with all our love”).
An ambiguous greeting in fact, as it’s not really the Gospel that Stendal Blast bring. One could say singer Kaaja Hoyda’s lyrics are about destruction and abuse of yourself and others, they feature a lot of sex and crime, but what makes them special is that they’re exemplifying this on ice cream, the death of bee “Willi” (a German children’s cartoon), suntan oil (ÖL - oil), or an ugly girlfriend (DU BIST NICHT SO SCHÖN - you aren’t very beautiful)…
Poetry or pornography?
At least it’s for sure, that ALLES LIEBE is not a “music-CD” in the normal sense, it’s more a musical piece of Slam Poetry. A spontaneous opposition to academic literature, Slam Poetry is usually performed in bars and clubs, standing on the bar, the poet being cursed and spilled with beer by the audience. This situation resembles a lot the situation of a STENDAL BLAST concert.
ALLES LIEBE …
is a complex CD, which is not neccessarily easy to grasp at first hearing.
What seems amusing at first sight, becomes cruel with the second hearing, and this ambiguity is exactly what makes STENDAL BLAST naive, poetic and obscene at the same time.
Besides “radio play” pieces and weird experimental parts that you can only decipher when listening by headphones, the album also contains real earwigs (DER SPANISCHE MOND or DU BIST NICHT SO SCHÖN) and ballads (BLUT IM SCHUH).
Unmoved like ethnologists, STENDAL BLAST research on the strange specie of the civilised homo sapiens. Be it mating rituals (ÖL) or ingestion of food (DER HAHN IST TOT), profound triviality and tragic greatness always go hand in hand…
Catchy electro and more guitars with lots of hit potential and a spontaneous opposition to academic literature. This is fun, this is heavy, this reminds of Rammstein, but it's also very suitable for the dancefloors.
The parodists of the German Electro-Underground are back again. The controversial reactions to their debut album "Was Verdorrt" in mind, "Alles Liebe" might cause far less irritation, but the trio around Kaaja Hoyda is still provocatively funny: Whether it's "Oil" that intones Rammstein-like things, "Blood in the Shoe" reminds Stefan Eicher or it always sounds like the cocoa pulling through of Das Ich, Lacrimosa and Co, Stendal Blast never make the mistake of celebrating ridicule for their own sake. There is truth and identity in everything they do. That they make it at least musically easier for their audience this time and even call some dance numbers their own should actually help to inoculate also a larger part of the scene a little thoughtful humor. It would always be desirable.
"Blood in the Shoe" is a bitterly evil ballad. "Oil" is something they used to call a gutterer before Rammstein... "You're not that beautiful" is... something like a love song. Less electronics and a little more traditional four- and six-string instruments enrich the strange world of K.H. on Stendal Blast's second album. The strange world is also your world, and that's why this record is perverse. I am one of those who liked Stendal Blast back in 1995. Whoever hated it then will still hate it today - for completely different reasons, reason enough to buy this CD, because we can all use motivation, right?