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MUUKALAINEN PUHUU

Oranssi Pazuzu

 

Experimental/Post Metal

4.00 | 13 ratings

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Conor Fynes
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4 stars 'Muukalainen Puhuu' - Oranssi Pazuzu (8/10)

It is unfortunate, but it feels that the genre of metal has become so vast and popular amongst musicians that many bands tend to run as one; rarely having a unique sound of their own to muster. With that in mind though, it becomes that much more of a treat when a metal band has a unique sound. Oranssi Pazuzu came to me as a 'psychedelic black metal' recommendation. Although I had heard some successful dabbling in this fusion from the likes of Nachtmystium and even Enslaved before, I must say that no other band I have thus heard truly merges the two genres together as well as is heard with Oranssi, and their debut album 'Muukalainien Puhuu'. Torn between the acid-tinged hippie sound of the 1960's and the grim black metal aesthetic, the end result is something playfully nightmarish, and utterly original.

'Korppi' opens 'Muukalainen' up with a hit; a manifest of the band's defining traits. Suddenly, the listener is plunged into a world of campy surf organs, raw electric picking, harsh vocal rasps, and an alien atmosphere. Think of a black metal soundtrack to a classic 1950s science fiction film like 'Invasion Of The Bodysnatchers', and you might be on track with what the sound is like here. Oranssi Pazuzu really does well with the more upbeat psychedelic sound, and while the music maintains its intense atmosphere and uniqueness during the slower parts, the nightmarish fun factor is lost. From this debut alone, it is clear that Oranssi's greatest strength is in the way they work with the catchier songwriting.

Things are performed rather admirably here, although the rather clean production may feel a little too polished for the black metal purists out there. The music itself does not feel to be performed with the utmost passion, but the strength rather lies in the brilliant way the band is able to emulate the playfully tripped out nature of classic psychedelic rock bands, while all the while maintaining their black metal approach.

These cosmonauts have left an indelible impression with their unique sound, and while it does feel like some of the songwriting could have done well with stronger hooks and a greater consistency, 'Muukalainen Puhuu' has put Oranssi Pazuzu on the map.

Conor Fynes | 4/5 |

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