Sunday, February 21, 2016

ORANSSI PAZUZU: "Värähtelijä"

Rating: RR
Label: SvartRecords 2016
Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom

(Un)successful or not? Brilliant or simply just gaga? Trippy, hippie, black metal space-rock with psychedelic textures and free flowing structure? or rather the lack of the latter? The depths of Oranssi Pazuzu's psyche is vast and ever spending throughout the album and you're about to experience the rollercoaster ride of your lifetime? This reviewer do sadly not agree as I play the opening 9 minute long track. I find myself looking at the clock, the tele, the roof, the wall, the floor. I'm basically looking for a way out of this neverending nightmare.

I do enjoy some plysch,  Krautrock, Tangerine Dream, the weirdness of Can, the black of early Samuel, the atmospheric, progressive genius that is Pink Floyd, the out of the box material. This however is not only out of the box, it's out of his mind and frankly just a noise machine (the opening track). Moments of clarity are far between, but there's definitely something intriguing about his ultra violent journey through the Finnish darkness and previously unheard dimensions of form and structure.

Track two, 'Lahja', a lot better and the far edge of psychedelia, the soft (sorta') black metal voice in the background (Finnish lyric only not that you could tell anyhow) and melancholy to the extreme. It's the blackest of black, the darkest of dark, the grimest of grim. The groovy tribal drumming add a new dimensions to the music and things are looking up. What an improvement from the first (shocking poor) track. The title track is one long chanting mode as well as mood. The Finnish dark metal answer to India and Hare Krishna music? Yup. That's it actually. Nicely done Urban. You've cracked the code to Pazuzu's vault and mind.

One thing's for sure. You need patience to sit through this kind of arrangements. Some of them are just too trippy and out there for my personal taste.

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