Third full-length for these Finns who have been bending minds since 2009 with their distinctive strain of kaleidoscopic, psychedelic black metal.
Oranssi Pazuzu: Valonielu
Finnish psychonauts trip the light fantastic
Less frantic and restlessly experimental than 2011’s brilliant Kosmonument, Valonielu is scrupulously pared back rhythmically; simple direct riffs are built for heavy repetition, the trance-like rumble of fuzzy sludgy chords acting as canvas for a panoply of retro-futuristic electronic synth squelches.
t’s a singular album that brings to mind the BBC Radiophonic Workshop as well as Immortal, Pan Sonic and Beherit, and when fully immersed Oranssi Pazuzu’s suspenseful, high-tension dynamic becomes explosive, as towards the end of Uraanisula when the listener is jolted from a hypnotic, 70s Tomorrowland groove into urgent, kinetic fury, or on 15-minute closer Ympyrä On Viiva Tomussa when imperial, droning chords burst out of a hushed hippie-jam intro.
Even on the shoegazey post-punk Tyhjä Temppeli, frostbitten rasps anchor this compelling album in a recognisably BM universe, albeit one that’s had its third eye resoundingly squeegeed.