Dead Neanderthals

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Dead Neanderthals
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Background information
GenresFree-jazz, metal, grind-core
Years active2012-present
LabelsGaffer Records, Raw Tonk, Utech Records
MembersOtto Kokke, Rene Aquarius

Dead Neanderthals is a Dutch free-jazz band that also incorporates metal and grind-core.[1] They have released several albums, many of which were based on improvisation.


The Dead Neanderthals is composed of two members, Otto Kokke on saxophone and Rene Aqarius on drums. After first collaborating online, they began improvising live, and have released several albums. The Quietus described their 2012 album Jazzhammer/Stormannsgalskap as a mighty "pounding headache of rampaging blastbeats, distorted foghorn drones and radioactive seagull squalls." Their fourth album, Polaris, was in contrast completely acoustic.[1]


According to The Quietus, "Whether forcing the twitching viscera of free jazz through a grindcore blender, slicing the eyeball of European improvisation with a metal blade, or eviscerating the whole lot in a maelstrom of noise, the sax-drums duo of Otto Kokke and Rene Aquarius pay little heed to the boundaries of genre.[1]


  • Otto Kokke – saxophone
  • René Aquarius – drums



Albums by Dead Neanderthals
Year Album title Release details
2012 Jazzhammer / Stormannsgalskap
  • Released: 2012
  • Label: self-released
  • Format: CD, digital, vinyl
2013 Polaris
  • Released: 23 Mar 2013
  • Label: Utech Records
  • Format: CD, digital
...And It Ended Badly
  • Released: 10 Oct 2013
  • Label: Gaffer Records, Raw Tonk
  • Format: CD, digital, vinyl

Further reading[edit]

  • "New Wave Of Dutch Heavy Jazz: Dead Neanderthals Interviewed". The Quietus. May 14, 2013.
  • Dead Neanderthals Discography at Discogs


  1. ^ a b c Smith, Stewart (May 14, 2013). "New Wave Of Dutch Heavy Jazz: Dead Neanderthals Interviewed". The Quietus. Retrieved 2014-07-06.

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