Finland keeps producing amazing bands. More progressive than their Scandinavian neighbours and with a keen eye for individualism. One of the main reasons for this shift in musical quality has been Finnish label Svart Records, whom on this occasion with North American brethren 20 Buck Spin, brought to life the third-full length from Tampere's Oranssi Pazuzu back in 2013. Valonielu features six-tracks brimming with progressive black metal that has more in common with USBM than it does with the ice-cold, anti-human take of those of their home continent.
1. Vino Verso
2. Tyhja Tempelli
4. Reika Maisemassa
5. Olen Aukaissut Uuden Silman
6. Ympyra On Viva Tomussa
More than ever, I crave both engaging music and the time to immerse myself in it. Alas, it’s all the more difficult to find time now, which makes it all the more special when it comes along. I’ve been meaning to sit down with this album for a long time! I’ve read so much about Oranssi Pazuzu in various publications and immediately they seem very captivating. Opening song Vino Verso appears amidst a swathe of sci-fi effects and off-kilter progression. I appreciate that sci-fi might not be the right kind of comparison for the sound on Valonielu, but each to their own. Vino Verso isn’t a speed-laden BM song and it doesn’t need to be. It builds your curiosity with it’s other-worldliness.
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You can buy Valonielu in both digital and physical form from Svart Records here - http://svartrecords.com and from 20 Buck Spin here - http://www.20buckspinshop.com.
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