Oranssi Pazuzu

Terrorizer have the full stream of the brand new Oranssi Pazuzu album Valonielu and they make a really great point in their write up on the band — whilst much of black metal at the moment is preoccupied with shoegazing introspective atmosphere, Oranssi Pazuzu take the opposite approach and thrust their black metal out into the cold and unknown darkest reaches of space. Listening through Valonielu the first thing you’ll notice is just how off-kilter it can be at times, tracks sweep through quiet, brooding build ups to raucous passages draped in swirling synths and grim howled vocals — within minutes of each other.

If you’ve never heard the band before and you’re still listening then right now you’re probably wondering what on earth you’ve let yourself in for, but I would implore you to give this record the time it deserves — much of Oranssi Pazuzu’s back catalogue unearths itself over multiple listens, unlike their psychedelic counterparts in Nachtmystium who, to me, have always been a bit more immediate. And if you like it, well you can pick up your own copy on October the 11th through Svart Records.


– DL


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