Wednesday, January 20, 2016

KZOHH – Rye. Fleas. Chrismon. [2015 Blindspot]

Kzohh – Rye. Fleas. Chrismon. (2015, No Colours Records)

The blooming Black metal scenes of Ukraine and Russia has been releasing many new bands. The new album by Kzohh released on No Colours Records is a blend between War Black metal and Viking Black metal.

One of the first aspects of this album is how the interludes are trying to give a state of mind of War time human suffering. But a nine minutes track of only sounds of what could only be represented by attacks in Andrei Tarkovsky’s Andrei Rublev or Elem Klimov’s Come and See soundtrack is a bit pretentious and has this filling aspect that only a first listen will prevent from skipping the song ‘’Un Drapeau Noir sur l’Église’’.

Apart from the lack of editing of the sampling and of the interludes, the black metal of Kzohh is bleak and has the quality of a decent black metal release. But I would be interested in two guitars orchestrations that could have give an extra texture to the production. Which, by the way, reflects exactly the right sound for the kind of metal Kzohh perform.

In fact, the songs are a bit long but they have this quality of the golden years of the second wave of Black metal without being forced to be epic in their writings. The fact that they are on No Colours Records makes it easy for the link with Nargaroth and Graveland. Both bands are infamous for their politics and even the label in question has been raided by the police some years ago. However, except being overtly anti-christian, Kzohh is not politicized as far as I know.

So Rye. Fleas. Chrismon. shows a potential for the band to become a part of the genre but their producer has to put his feet down and help them edit their future releases because they are getting themself in their own ways.


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