HAN JIN OAKLAND Ė When I saw the bandís name I thought of a band from Japan or as least an Asian founder of the formation. But no, this band is from Germany! And I ask myself how did one come up with such a name.
Whatever, what counts is the music and HAN JIN OAKLAND arenít able to score many points. The quintetís Hard Rock is way too average for my taste. Just typical Hard Rock without the last kick. The songs are varied, partly fast, partly slow, short and brought straight to the point. For Christoph Pelzer (v) itís difficult to handle the faster parts, though. Heís singing the slower parts much better.
It needs a couple of reruns for the songs to set in the listenerís ears, but they wonít stay there for too long, cause theyíre nothing special. Though, ďDying On Floor Number SixĒ is a cool, speedy Rock number with a calm chorus. You can abandon the rest of them, some passages are able to enthuse, but they will never reach the status of a classic.
So, itís ok for a demo and the packaging in a DVD-case is immoderate, but thatís about it. (Online June 15, 2006)