CD review ORANSSI PAZUZU ‘Mestarin kynsi’

There are records that surely doesn’t follow the mainstream paths to success and there are records being even dazing and distracting. A band that releases these kind of longplayers since more than ten years is Oranssi Pazuzu from Tampere, Finland.

In contrary to Finnish nature the band sketeches surrealistic musical pictures with six of them being on a recent cycle entitled ‘Mestarin kynsi’.

Four years after ‘Värähteljä’ has been released, the quintet unveil their fifth longplayer, also being the first one for Nuclear Blast, after having inked a deal with the German label.

‘Mestarin kynsi’ is weird, distracting and fascinating. It’s an album that polarizes and I guess you either love it or hate it. The first thing that stands out is evil and despair, being your emotional companion from start to end. Oranssi Pazuzu creates soundscapes that lean partly towards avagarde while still being rooted in Black metal. Listen to songs like ‘Uusi teknokratia’ makes you feel like listening to an apocalyptic soundtrack, put together by hellish vocals, wild guitars and synth-sounds that follows a fierce musical outburst approach..

‘Mestarin kynsi’ creates a feeling of discomfort that you start to enjoy after a while. Strong beats and hoarse screams, like in ‘Kuulen ääniä maan alta’ sounds like The Prodigy going Black Metal and not to forget the wicked closer ‘Taivaan portti’, a sound collage of blastbeat and synths.

This album is a challenge for fans of traditional Heavy Metal. It stresses the framework. For some, Oranssi Pazuzu created a masterpiece and for others it’s a total ‘no way’-album. I like the approach of the band to break the chains of standard musical formulas but I also have to admit that I needed to take in the album step by step.

Rating: 8 out of 10.

Tracklist:

  1. Ilmestys 
  2. Tyhjyyden sakramentti 
  3. Uusi teknokratia 
  4. Oikeamielisten sali 
  5. Kuulen ääniä maan alta 
  6. Taivaan portti 

Label: Nuclear Blast

Genre: Black Metal

Release Date EU: April 17th, 2020

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