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Bluntface Records / Press

“Okay, hands up, who’s ever wanted to hear the complete story of the Zodiac Killer set to a blistering metal sound? That many? Good, I’ve found the right crowd. Otto Kinzel’s album is a first for me, and that’s saying something. Each song tackles a different chapter of the Zodiac Killer’s story, from the “Two Dead on Lake Herman Road” to “October 13th” to “I Am NOT Paul Avery.” If you’ve seen any of the movies or are just a fan of the macabre, this one’s going to appeal to you. The music here is a mix, from shredding guitars and growled-out vocals that would leave the throat of a lesser singer bloody and raw, to more melodic instrumentals that give us a break between slayings. Otto’s done his homework in preparation for this album, showing that he’s taking this as a serious project, rather than choosing a dark subject for pure shock value. In “I Want To Report a Murder,” he even includes lines where the killer calls the police to report the murders...(g”

“As is typical of New Hampshire, Kinzel is a local producer who doesn’t advertise his New Hampshireness all over his websites (he also operates Bluntface Records). This state isn’t a mecca of goth/industrial (I can’t fix everything around here, you guys), so he recently hatted out for Boston, hooking up with Lucretia’s Daggers before promptly hatting back again and working hard to get this operation going. From the look of this release he’s essentially trying to be what Tom Shear is to Assemblage 23 as just one simple example, i.e. a one-man Gravity Kills on one hand, the other hand free to indulge other favorite sounds. In Kinzel’s case that’s stuff like Dillinger Escape Plan and whatnot, your basic math-metal-thrash anger-management. He’s got the voice, synth-chops and ax for it, although the math here sounds more like Drive Like Jehu than Dillinger, i.e. some of this would work for the dudes at Hydra Head Records and such and so...go to website for full review)”

“Let's face it, half the fun of having a website like this is being able to promote new artists. Every once in a while, we'll come across an artist who doesn't quite fit the format, but still seems deserving of some level of recognition just the same. Case in point: Otto Kinzel and his latest album release "We Are All Doomed: The Zodiac Killer". "We Are All Doomed: The Zodiac Killer" is Otto Kinzel's debut solo LP. The album is a concept album that centers around the unsolved murders committed by the Zodiac Killer that occurred in Northern California in the 60's and 70's and the public fear that arose as a result. Otto's latest effort "We Are All Doomed: The Zodiac Killer" is a cinematic experience, complete with narrative excerpts from letters written by the Zodiac Killer...go to website to read full review).”

“This is Otto Kinzel's debut solo LP, a concept album that revolves around the story of the unsolved Zodiac murders that took place in Northern California in the 60's and 70's. Since it's a concept album it depicts the facts, the places and the persons involved with accuracy. For example, Lake Herman road and Lake Berryessa are some of the actual places where Zodiac murdered his victims, Paul Avery was the reporter who had been covering the case and Paul Stine was a cab killer whose blooded shirt was sent to the Chronicle as proof of Zodiac's actions. Besides being well-researched, it's musically solid as well. Intro, outro and skits are well placed, making it sound good as a whole rather than random noises combined together. Guitar work stands out as well. If I had no clue who's behind this, I would have easily mistake this for Mr. Bungle’s latest work or a Fantomas project. So, check it out and try to support the artist! Here's Otto's website to keep an eye on as well.”

“This little e.p. from New Hampshire musician Otto Kinzel is in advance of a full-length album entitled "The Pain and the Progress". Kinzel's industrial/electronica influences are apparent on these four tracks. KMFDM and Foetus spring to mind upon a first listen as well Faith No More during their "Angel Dust" period. Of course this is not the brand of rap/rock that's been shoved down our throats for the last ten years by bands who do it all for the nookie. The first track, "Life's Blood", really does remind me of Mike Patton's vocal styling with a hard edged industrial dance groove. "Missed Call" features a pretty rad combination of an old school jungle beat with some interesting guitar and an original arrangement that somehow stays danceable while flirting with experimental noise. The other two tracks here are pretty decent, as well. He's able to put together some really lush and complex arrangements that demonstrate his unique musical and production skills.”

“Otto Kinzel IV bowed out of live music for a while last year. He was bored with the metal scene, an endless succession of peaks with no valleys. “It was all very predictable — two downtuned guitars and a screaming vocalist. He also sensed an unwillingness on the part Kinzel took his love of beats and sequencers into the studio and began a solo project. He hoped to come up with an austere, minimalist sound that employed a few ingredients wisely. The plan was to use Kinzel’s programmed tracks as a canvas for other musicians, including vocalist/lyricist Michael Hauptly-Pierce, who wrote five songs for the project, bass player Matt Connarton and turntablist Steve Bradbury, among others. The record began to take shape over the summer. The music is a hybrid of Depeche Mode dance pop and Skinny Puppy industrial rock, with an unconscious nod to Frank Zappa’s psychedelic jazz collaborations with Captain Beefheart.”

Mike Withhaus - The Hippo (NH-3/18/10)

“In his solo career, Kinzel has embraced electronic beats and synthesizers more than in his previous work, giving the CD a more industrial, electronic sound, said engineer Matt Marcil. “The old music, he had a lot of synthesizers, but now it’s just complete sequencers,” Marcil said. “He’s got some good writing going on. You can tell that the arrangements of the music are well thought-out and it’s always great to work on something of that nature.” Recording without a drummer isn’t new territory for Kinzel, who says he’s long been drawn to electronic acts like Aphex Twin and Björk. “I’ve always been fascinated by drum machines [and] programming in sequence,” he said, adding that the closest thing to a typical band that he’s been a part of was The Isolated Sequence. Kinzel is also branching out by having different musicians perform with him on the tracks, giving other musicians carte blanche with the songs he creates on his own.”

Katie Beth Ryan - The Hippo (NH-8/6/09)