Tuesday, April 5, 2016

ORANSSI PAZUZU - Värähtelijä

Oranssi Pazuzu - Värähtelijä (2016, 20 Buck Spin)

This record of over 70 minutes of pushing the limits of black metal within the path of psychedelic rock and progressive metal from the Finnish masters of Oranssi Pazuzu is divisive yet obviously mandatory.

As a band tries hardly to pleased its fans but to constantly throw them curve balls, OP is operating precisely and heavily. I must admit that I was not a huge fan of Valonielu at the first place and even with a few relistens with the upcoming release of Värähtelijä I still wasn't that much into their music. Back when black metal met psychedelic rock, I was more into Nachtmystium and their entries with Black Meddle(s).

However, Oranssi Pazuzu managed to get great reviews and many followers. Värähtelijä is another step away from orthodox black metal and probably one step closer to unique sounding exploratory metal. Lenghty compositions are making this record a difficult one to get into but an immersive experience not cohesive on its overall tenure but solid in its defining of a new genre.

Värähtelijä worked for me more than Valonielu as a whole and as a potential record I would eagerly return to. Oranssi Pazuzu is definitely a band to keep bookmarked and as records go, they are rising to something great and it is hard not to like the many different paths their music is bringing to the world of metal.


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