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Madness

Germany Country of Origin: Germany

1. Intro
2. Fight
3. Freedom
4. Queen Of The Rain
5. Broken Heart
6. I Stole Your Love
7. Madness
8. Living On My Own
9. Where The Brave Belong
10. Tears
11. Dark And Light
12. Anymore

Review by Alex Grindor on May 15, 2023.

Death metal trio Bottlekopf continues their assault by delivering The Jokes Are Over. A very straightforward, in-your-face display of death metal dealing with the constant personal struggles one has. Although their career is relatively short (this being their second album since their inception 13 years ago), Bottlekopf holds nothing back in its music.

Musically, the instrumentation is tight with very little variation but still packing a heavy punch in the guts nonetheless. Guitar riffs and leads are well executed and the bass' weight is present throught the album. The drums never rely on over-the-top displays of inhuman frenzy, but rather choose a more controlled delivery that still crushes and beats you down. Vocals are competently executed and, despite being low growls, are quite legible. I do however feel that the music lacks some variation, as many tracks end up sounding the same at moments. Nothing terribly wrong with that but I like a bit more of variation. Despite this, the record as a whole has a constant groove that swirls amidst the brutality, which is more notorious when the band is at its slowest, like in track 11: 'Brainwash'. Production-wise, everything is crisp yet clear enough. It is a well-mixed album and nothing is left behind, everything has its level of clarity. From drums up to vocals, everything just sounds great.

With a near 50-minute runtime, The Jokes Are Over is a well executed, if a little repetitive, death metal album that shows Bottlekopf improving their work as a band. If you like your death metal a little more groovy a la SFU (but with a competent vocalist), then Bottlekopf is a great choice to consider. I was not enthralled by this album at all but still enjoyed it and commend the band nonetheless for its great sound and packing quite the punch despite being a trio.

Rating: 7.8 out of 10

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Review by Alex Grindor on May 15, 2023.

Death metal trio Bottlekopf continues their assault by delivering The Jokes Are Over. A very straightforward, in-your-face display of death metal dealing with the constant personal struggles one has. Although their career is relatively short (this being their second album since their inception 13 years ago), Bottlekopf holds nothing back in its music.

Musically, the instrumentation is tight with very little variation but still packing a heavy punch in the guts nonetheless. Guitar riffs and leads are well executed and the bass' weight is present throught the album. The drums never rely on over-the-top displays of inhuman frenzy, but rather choose a more controlled delivery that still crushes and beats you down. Vocals are competently executed and, despite being low growls, are quite legible. I do however feel that the music lacks some variation, as many tracks end up sounding the same at moments. Nothing terribly wrong with that but I like a bit more of variation. Despite this, the record as a whole has a constant groove that swirls amidst the brutality, which is more notorious when the band is at its slowest, like in track 11: 'Brainwash'. Production-wise, everything is crisp yet clear enough. It is a well-mixed album and nothing is left behind, everything has its level of clarity. From drums up to vocals, everything just sounds great.

With a near 50-minute runtime, The Jokes Are Over is a well executed, if a little repetitive, death metal album that shows Bottlekopf improving their work as a band. If you like your death metal a little more groovy a la SFU (but with a competent vocalist), then Bottlekopf is a great choice to consider. I was not enthralled by this album at all but still enjoyed it and commend the band nonetheless for its great sound and packing quite the punch despite being a trio.

Rating: 7.8 out of 10

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Review by Alex Grindor on May 15, 2023.

Death metal trio Bottlekopf continues their assault by delivering The Jokes Are Over. A very straightforward, in-your-face display of death metal dealing with the constant personal struggles one has. Although their career is relatively short (this being their second album since their inception 13 years ago), Bottlekopf holds nothing back in its music.

Musically, the instrumentation is tight with very little variation but still packing a heavy punch in the guts nonetheless. Guitar riffs and leads are well executed and the bass' weight is present throught the album. The drums never rely on over-the-top displays of inhuman frenzy, but rather choose a more controlled delivery that still crushes and beats you down. Vocals are competently executed and, despite being low growls, are quite legible. I do however feel that the music lacks some variation, as many tracks end up sounding the same at moments. Nothing terribly wrong with that but I like a bit more of variation. Despite this, the record as a whole has a constant groove that swirls amidst the brutality, which is more notorious when the band is at its slowest, like in track 11: 'Brainwash'. Production-wise, everything is crisp yet clear enough. It is a well-mixed album and nothing is left behind, everything has its level of clarity. From drums up to vocals, everything just sounds great.

With a near 50-minute runtime, The Jokes Are Over is a well executed, if a little repetitive, death metal album that shows Bottlekopf improving their work as a band. If you like your death metal a little more groovy a la SFU (but with a competent vocalist), then Bottlekopf is a great choice to consider. I was not enthralled by this album at all but still enjoyed it and commend the band nonetheless for its great sound and packing quite the punch despite being a trio.

Rating: 7.8 out of 10

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Review by Tobias on March 26, 2001.

Unfortunately, I have very little to say about this disc. While I was listening to it, my wife’s exact words were, "You don’t like me anymore, do you? Why are you doing this to me?". Yes, smart-asses, she was making the comment in reference to the music.

While the album started out with some decent guitar riffing that sounded like a less-polished Whitesnake, by the fourth track, it was all starting to sound the same. Alright, that was the positive part.

Whitesnake was never a propagator of fine lyrical art, but sure as hell stymie Chinchilla with a seemingly deft command of poetry. What I’m trying to say in so many words is… Chinchilla’s lyrics mind-numbingly stupid. They’re worse than the ones I came up with when I was 13 years old (one of them had the line "and if you make me cut my hair… so there!"). In fact, they’re so moronic it’s freaking painful as hell! By the time I reached the "required" ballad track (titled Broken Heart, all hail the masters of originality!), I felt so sorry for this band and my own ears that I just turned it off.

Bottom Line: This is the most ghastly album I’ve reviewed to date. It might peak the interest of some 12-14 year old boys that are starting to kick rebel-mode into high-gear, but all in all, I could make better music by pinching monkey nipples.

Rating: 1 of 10

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