The Hirsch Effekt have realized their philosophical dream of outdoing perimeters and pigeonholing. The band’s musical spectrum, ranging from Hardcore, Chamber Music, Death Metal, Jazz, Electronica, Pop to any other imaginable genre, is being completely deconstructed, and woven into an highly individualistic mash-up of its own. The trio, hailing from Hanover, Germany, seem eerily to embody the musical resonance chamber of the black hole.
The artcore group, consisting of multi-instrumentalists Nils Wittrock (i.a. vocals, guitars), Ilja John Lappin (i.a. bass, vocals) and Moritz Schmidt (drums), plays an extremely variable style of music, as well as combines various elements to the utter peak of sophistication. The end result is nothing less than a homogenous and enormous sound monster, nearly beating your speakers to death. Although the very first impressions coalesce into an epic, aggressive, and sinister sound, there is a specific personal touch and frankness in the German lyrics of Nils Wittrock. They signify authenticity and closeness and stand out as a counterpart to the musical periphery.
In 2013, the readers of German alternative magazine VISIONS voted the group’s second album under the 20 best albums of all time. It was the only German album that made it on the list, next to rock and metal classics like Nirvana’s “Nevermind“, Tool’s “Ænima“, The Mars Volta’s “De-Loused In The Comatorium“ or Rage Against The Machine’s self-titled album. Even Math- & Hardcore giants, The Dillinger Escape Plan, got hold of The Hirsch Effekt and took the band on tour, twice in a row. The band also supported bands such as Enter Shikari, Between The Buried and Me or Coheed & Cambria and performed at European festivals such as Wacken Open Air, With Full Force Festival, Dunk! Festival, Euroblast, UK Tech-Fest, Open Flair or Complexity Fest.
“The world may have mourned when we lost the marvel that was THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN but you could not have wished for a more equipped band to usher in the future of mathcore.” DISTORTED SOUND MAGAZINE
“Tremendously indigestible and severe, yet sounding so irresistible and levitating like no other German band. Chapeau!” METAL HAMMER
“An outrageously genious piece of work, at all points!” EMP
“The Hirsch Effekt go every direction except backwards, and are an unstoppable force.” THE MONOLITH