Oranssi Pazuzu
Kosmonument


4.5
superb

Review

by JohnJerk USER (4 Reviews)
December 5th, 2011 | 10 replies | 6,386 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Finnish psychedelic black metal about aliens from space; think about that for a second.

So, another chapter in the book of space metal is written. Oranssi Pazuzu is a young Finnish psychedelic black metal band whose world of lyrics and musical inspiration revolve largely around the vastness of space. At least, thats what they want us to believe.

Now the thing about Oranssi Pazuzu is that, when it all comes down to it, they don't know how to play proper black metal. They even said that themselves. Most of these guys were members of a long-running surrealistic rock band and had no metal background in music before they saw Emperor live and decided they wanted to make "dark music". Frontman Jun-His and bassist Ontto gathered some musicians and thus a refreshing debut album was born. That was four years ago.

The first thing that hits me about Kosmonument is that the psychedelica has been punched up some knots. You have wailing guitars at low-volume, alien noises eminating from somewhere beyond and fitting with a string of fast-paced drumming and guitar punishment, you have a sound that fans of Weakling or perhaps Sólstafir could appreaciate; most notably in the third track "Uusi Olento Nousee" (meaning roughly "A New Creature Rises"). What surprises me about, both that track and throughout the album, is the number of doom metal aspirations thrown about; after a sudden surge of lightning-fast strumming and drum banging Pazuzu will, with no warning, suddenly turn the speed down to minimum level and just drag you through the mud with the slowness acknowledged mostly to bands like Bongripper and Cough.

And that caught me by surprise because, compared to their debut effort "Muukalainen Puhuu" which sought to single out a solitary riff, jamming on it and then returning on it throughout the album, giving this cohesive feel and turning the album into a journey into a new style of black metal, the deal with "Kosmonument" seems to the emphasis on the psychedelic feel and the images and visuals you can form if you snap on a pair of headphones and just zone out. You have tracks like "Luhistuva aikahäkki" (roughly, "Collapsing Timecage") and Andromeda (meaning, well, yeah, you get it) to kick home this fact.

Both tracks have a base of distorted metal but is warped with spacey guitar work and cymbal hits that just pack them with punch. As I said, if you are already a fan of the more progressive or psychedelic aspect of black metal, like Sólstafir mentioned before or even DarkSpace, I will almost gaurantee that you could find lots of good listening hours in this album.

All in all, I must say that I was very surprised with how much I liked this LP. I am still on the fence on whether I enjoy this second effort or the debut more but I am pretty sure that Kosmonument will make my list of top releases this year, simply because Oranssi Pazuzu managed to do what they did four years ago; give a refreshing touch to an age-old genre like black metal.


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TheSpirit
December 5th 2011



17177 Comments


this album is awful

Digging: vhmnt / blsphm - vhmnt / blsphm

seedofnothing
December 5th 2011



3425 Comments


is it spirit, i like the album art but i don't know if i would like this, description of black metal version of pink floyd doesn't sound too appealing

JohnJerk
December 5th 2011



5 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@seedofnothing; a description like that does sound frightening, yes, but I really think you should give it a try.

TheSpirit
December 5th 2011



17177 Comments


I personally don't like it at all, but to each his own I guess. I just feel like the ideas are so underdeveloped. Not my thing. Although this bears no relation to pink floyd

seedofnothing
December 5th 2011



3425 Comments


"@seedofnothing; a description like that does sound frightening, yes, but I really think you should give it a try."

actually a recommendation from someone named "JohnJerk" sounds even
more frightening

but ill check it out anyways just out of curiosity

Imperial
December 5th 2011



1721 Comments


The only way I could describe this album is that it is odd. Depending on who you are this could be a good or a bad thing. I personally enjoyed it.

Digging: Plebeian Grandstand - Lowgazers

Eskate87
December 5th 2011



959 Comments


I enjoyed this album as well. Probably a lower ranking in my book but quite good.

bloozclooz
December 6th 2011



1770 Comments


i liked the first album, i'll probably check this out

Ticondaroga
December 7th 2011



231 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

amazing album and yes most definitely does not sound anything like Pink Floyd.

oltnabrick
May 2nd 2013



30148 Comments


this is ok

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