Genre: Experimental Grindcore
Stukas: German ground attack aircraft, which operated in WW2, from the word Sturzkampfflugzeug (aka dive bomber).
Schmeiser: The most extensively used during WW2 German submachine gun.
It shouldn’t be difficult for one to guess the concept of the album, although in theory it is difficult to have a thematic unity in an album that has no vocals and therefore no lyrics. Obviously we are talking about World War 2 and specifically the Battle of Britain, as W. Churchill himself announces in a sample on the opening song. That is the term we use when we refer to the attempt of the Nazi German air force to prevail against the British air force (RAF), an attempt that was unsuccessful despite the fact that German aircrafts outnumbered the British ones.
So the duo (!) which consists of drummer William Blackmon (Gadget) and bassist Pär Laurén, had to perform a tour de force. To create a solid sound using merely two main instruments, to sustain our interest in the highest possible level throughout the record despite of the lack of vocals and to mentally transport us to the mayhem and terror of the blitz. That was quite a task, but the band pulled it through with the assistance of a number of tricks. First of all, the bass sound is massive, with one hell of a distortion, so it manages to overcome the lack of guitar work. Second, with a little help from friend musicians, who add a guitar solo (in Black Skies Over Dover), as well as keys and samples (in White Cliffs of Dover, Ok Kif!, Schmeiser Smasher και Anzo Annie). Finally, we catch the feeling of the warfare with the use of various sound effects, such as original radio broadcasts of the air raids and bombing and battle hammering sounds.
The technical abilities of the two musicians are admirable. Pär Laurén is doing magic with his bass, moving with ease from supersonic speed to doom, even fusion bridges, while William Blackmon proves that he can deliver quality drumming, besides blastbeats to demanding jazz-fusion even.
In sort, this is a very interesting release, with a war concept that is brought to life equally with the brutality of grindcore as with the atmospheric industrial intervals. I believe that the Stuka Party project could produce a quality full length in the future, structuring more instruments into their music and with even wider experimentation.
The EP is available in a limited 300 copy release including both 10’’ vinyl and CD.