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4.07 | 48 ratings | 4 reviews | 29% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2020

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Prime Time (5:23)
2. Who the Jack Is Migger? (6:37)
3. Mind Your Head (3:34)
4. No One Is Flying the Plane (7:08)
5. WalkŘrenritt (2:43)
6. Urchin vs. Octopus (6:20)
7. Alle Meine ─ndchen (5:50)
8. Coconut (6:32)
9. S.O.S. (7:05)

Total Time 51:12

Line-up / Musicians

- Jan Zehrfeld / guitars (all tracks), bass (except 1,4)

- Virgil Donati / drums (1)
- Marco Minnemann / drums (2,8)
- Morgan ┼gren / drums (3)
- Gergo Borlai / drums (4,6,9)
- Hannes Grossmann / drums (5)
- Andy Lind / drums (7)
- Florian Fennes / saxophone (1,3,5,7)
- Sam Greenfield / saxophone (2,8)
- Georg Gratzer / saxophone (9)
- Anton Davidyants / bass (1,4)
- Joe Doblhofer / guitar solo (#1 on 2)
- Jan Eschke / piano (4), synth solo (7)
- Michael Lutzeier / baritone saxophone solo (4)
- Larry Mu˝oz / saxophone (4)
- Mark Oates / trumpet (4)

Releases information

Label: Gentle Art of Music (GAOM-068)
Format: Vinyl, CD, Digital
September 18, 2020

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PANZERBALLETT Planet Z ratings distribution

(48 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(29%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(29%)
Good, but non-essential (29%)
Collectors/fans only (12%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

PANZERBALLETT Planet Z reviews

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Review by Windhawk
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5 stars German artist PANZERBALLETT has been an ongoing venture since 2004, with founding member Jan Zehrfeld as the key figure and just about the sole consistent part of the band over the years. New Panzerballett albums have appeared at regular intervals, and their seventh album "Planet Z" was released by German label Gentle Art of Music in the summer of 2020.

Panzerballett will probably be more of a niche band, due to the highly challenging nature of the music they create. But for those who are equally fond of jazz and metal, and who tend to adore music described as challenging and avant garde in nature and spirit, for those I feel rather safe in stating that Panzerballett's latest album is a production that the greater majority will enjoy. The album also strikes me as a good introduction to this type of music for those who find such a description intriguing.

Review by kev rowland
4 stars Guitarist/bassist Jan Zehrfeld is back with the latest release under the Panzrballett name, and yet again he is taking the band in a different direction. Drummer Sebastian Lanser had a major impact on the last album, 2017's 'X-mas Death Jazz', but this time around he hasn't used Sabastian at all, but instead has brought in a whole host of drummers to work on different tracks so we get the likes of Virgil Donati and Marco Minnemann casting their spells alongside another 4 drummers. We also have five different saxophone players, and a few other musicians but there is never any doubt that this is built primarily around the guitar.

In some ways this is a shredder's paradise, but the way he links in with the core saxophone sound moves this far more into jazz territory, combing to create something which is fusion in some ways, but not how it would normally be considered but instead something which is far more metallic and in your face. The music often switches between metal and free form jazz, as well as combining together to create something that is weird, esoteric, and absolutely enthralling. In many ways this is not an easy album to listen to, as it is definitely challenging, yet the right listener will also find this incredibly compelling. Given the amount of different musicians playing on this all credit must go to Zehrfeld for creating something that definitely sounds like a band. The standout for me is "No One Is Flying The Plane" by composer Jeff Novotny, which has an additional horn section and comes across as big band jazz combining with metal, with some gorgeous piano breaks and incredible bass and drums. It should never exist, but definitely make musical sense. For those who want their music to be out there, right out there.

Latest members reviews

4 stars Planet Z is the new album by the German "jazz metal" "quintet" Panzerballett. I say "quintet" because a key part of this album's sound is the sheer amount and diversity of guest drummers. If you're in any way familiar with prog drummers, all of them are big names. I was certainly excited to hear ... (read more)

Report this review (#2493743) | Posted by mental_hygiene | Thursday, January 14, 2021 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Not for the mild manner prog fan - this is unique, intense, busy, jazz-metal. Seven of the nine songs on "Planet Z" are cover tunes, but you may never know what song it is because of the amazing and zany arrangements. I didn't even bother to find out who the original composer is. Seems that woul ... (read more)

Report this review (#2479315) | Posted by Grumpyprogfan | Monday, November 23, 2020 | Review Permanlink

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