Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Album Review: Oranssi Pazuzu- Värähtelijä

Oranssi Pazuzu
*** out of *****
The Finnish groups newest release is a huge work of metal that moves in between all sorts of the that genres sub-genres. It is a behemoth, running long, pushing songs over 15 minutes with ease as the group explores both dark and deep spaces with various touches that make it exuberant at times.

Oranssi Pazuzu is a five piece, (Jun-His: the voice, close distance guitar, Moit: deep space guitar, Korjak: drums, Evill: synthesizers, organ, effects, Ontto: bass guitar) who self identify as purveyors of Black Metal / Space Rock / Psychedelic / Experimental music and that is pretty spot on.

Opening with the mega sprawling 12 minute "Saturaaito" the group works into a frenzy with clanging huge drums and laser like blasts of guitars. The growling vocals of this genre are present but don't distract too much from the journey. Some well placed wahwah guitar also adds to the charm as the group never gets too angular or aggressive over the path of their long sonic journeys.

Other winning efforts are the propulsive "Hypnotisoitu Viharukous" with its screeching explosions while "Havuluu" pounds and explores all over. The centerpiece of the whole shebang is "Vasemman käden hierarkia" a 17 and a half minute opus that digs into every facet of metal from jazzy interludes to progressive to speed. The track could be a perfect build for a horror movie climax or just late night thrashing around; the success lies in the fact that this music remains accessible even in its elongated, black metal ways.

The nuanced "Valveavaruus" closes the disks and begins with strings and soft digressions before building in cinematic style and yet never exploding with force, a neat trick of expectation averted. Admittedly these spaces explored by the band are not for everyone but fans of experimental metal will certainly find something of interesting in the outer space soaring of Oranssi Pazuzu Värähtelijä.
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