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butterepGuitarist Marcel Neumann would like you to know that WE BUTTER THE BREAD WITH BUTTER "are NOT a joke band." I wish he'd told me that a couple of weeks ago when I was out cruising in the Mazda3 I'd been loaned, while cranking SiriusXM Liquid Metal under the cover of darkness. It was then that my ears first took in the music of WE BUTTER THE BREAD WITH BUTTER, but all I could think was - "There's actually a band called WE BUTTER THE BREAD WITH BUTTER." Much to my surprise, a press stream of their PROJEKT HERZ EP arrived in my inbox here at Rock Father HQ a few days later.

On PROJEKT HERZ (just released 'Stateside this month after having been released elsewhere late last year), American audiences get their first official taste of the German band, which can best be described as some sort of electro-deathcore. Unimpressed with the first few tracks and their messy and noisier approach to landing somewhere near BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME and THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN with hints of RAMMSTEIN-lite tossed in, I almost tuned out. 

But then a trio of songs - "USA," "Western Beta," and "Euphorie" grabbed me. 

There's some intriguing melodies that manage to break through the chaos - classical guitar on "Western Beta" - and a synth lead in "Euphorie" that wouldn't be out of place on a record by THE BIRTHDAY MASSACRE.

It's interesting... enough to make me look back at WE BUTTER THE BREAD WITH BUTTER's past output, including this performance from 2010:

I have to note that I was worried that some of the synchronized moves would enter into "crabcore" territory (I usually prefer such unified rocking to be left to KISS or ZZ TOP), but once again - while that older track might not represent where the band is in 2013, my interest is piqued.

PROJEKT HERZ is available now, with their next full-length, GOLDKINDER, expected this August.


The Rock Father Rating: 3/5 Stars

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

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Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

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