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Introducing Hannover hardhitters The Hirsch Effekt

The Hirsch Effekt

Let’s play a little game I like to call “fantasy band”. It goes a little something like this:

Step 1. Take the best elements from a few of your favourite bands.
Step 2. Create three fictional LPs, all packed to the brim with quality.
Step 3. Add a few splits and an acoustic EP for good measure.
Step 4. Listen to The Hirsch Effekt and see if it more or less adds up. If so, move on to step 5.
Step 5. Surprise! Your dream band sings in German now. Wunderbar!

Of those three aforementioned LPs, Holon: Agnosie is the latest one – released back in April – but let me tell you why you need to catch up on The Hirsch Effekt and give them a slot in your busy schedule.

The Hirsch Effekt - Holon Agnosie album art[24th April 2015]
[Long Branch Records]

01. Simurgh
02. Jayus
03. Agnosie
04. [Chelicera]
05. Bezoar
06. Tombeau
07. Emphysema
08. [Defaetist]
09. Fixum
10. Athesie
11. [Tischje]
12. Dysgeusie
13. Cotard

With a level of experimentation akin to Mr. Bungle or Capillary Action, they’ve take elements of The Fall Of Troy, added an actual symphony (at least parts of it) and packaged it all in free flowing mathcore. The compositions on Holon: Agnosie are serious at times, fun at others, but never feel silly so they’ve clearly managed to avoid the pink cigarettes, meth-heads and Mormons that frequent the pitfalls of the experimental genre.

Each of their three full lengths to date is thematically linked to the philosophical concept of Holons; something that is simultaneously a whole and a part. It’s appropriate when you listen through THE‘s discography: each album works on its own but, unless I‘m imagining it, also as part of a whole; there are subtle nods between albums musically and maybe lyrically too (perhaps – I don’t speak German).

Each ‘part’ of this whole – each album, that is – refers to Hiberno, Anamnesis and Agnosie (Agnosia) respectively; each an interesting psychological, philosophical or historical subject when thought of in these terms.

The music is an amalgamation of many influences and while some of the songs – when heard separately – might sound like they belong to different artists, that ‘Holon’ approach rings true here. Listen to “Ligaphob”, then “Bezoar” and you’ll no doubt feel like you’re listening to two different, equally talented artists – but listen to them within their respective albums and you’ll find they fit quite well in the overall flow.

This may all read like hyperbole and overstated fanboy-ism, but honestly, The Hirsch Effekt are my favourite new discovery this year. I just know they have a large potential fanbase out there waiting to be tapped by their sweet Indielectropostpunkmetal, so if hyperbole is what it takes to get them where they deserve to be, then spread the word and get your Holon on!

Jón writer banner Jan 2015