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ORANSSI PAZUZU is an experimental/ post black metal act formed in 2007 in Finland. After leaving Finnish surrealistic rock band KUOLLEET INTIAANIT lead vocalist Jun-His ( Juho Vanhanen) formed ORANSSI PAZUZU with guitarist Moit, bassist Ontto, keyboard player/ percussionist Evil and drummer Korjak.

ORANSSI PAZUZU released their debut full-length studio album "Muukalainen Puhuu" on the 22nd of April 2009. The lyrics are in the Finnish language.

ORANSSI PAZUZU´s music is a blend of black metal and psychadelic rock, avant garde moments and krautrock that draws its influences from as different acts as DARKTRHONE, CAN and ELECTRIC WIZARD. A very interesting mix that makes for a unique listening experience.

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( Biography written by UMUR)

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4.06 | 15 ratings
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3.96 | 9 ratings
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 Valonielu by ORANSSI PAZUZU album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.92 | 13 ratings

Oranssi Pazuzu Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Conor Fynes
Prog Reviewer

4 stars 'Valonielu' - Oranssi Pazuzu (7/10)

Oranssi Pazuzu are an example of a band whose unique style automatically places them a head above their peers, even before they reach the songwriting stage. Although all passionately executed black metal is, to some extent, psychedelic in its nature and effect, Oranssi Pazuzu provide a more literal interpretation of psychedelic black metal. Sinister black metal atmosphere and typically snarled vocals are imbued with Krautrockish twang, spacey effects and vintage fuzz. Although it feels like more of Oranssi Pazuzu's musical ideas tend to be pulled from the psychedelic end of their fusion on this latest album, the black metal nexus of Valonielu doesn't feel the slightest bit watered down. In this case, the mixing of psych and black metal conventions is solute to the point where one does not breathe without the other; Oranssi Pazuzu have created themselves one of the most unique and convincing styles I've ever heard from a metal band, and there's been no band since who has successfully managed to reach the same level of organic perfection with the blending.

Of course, all of that could be said about any Oranssi Pazuzu record. Although their relatively monopolistic hold on this specific sound give them sufficient stopping power to have excused the need for consistent innovation, some change is evident in the band's approach on Valonielu. Especially compared to their 2009 debut, Valonielu may be seen to have taken a decidedly more sombre approach to the atmosphere; whereas Muukalainen Puuhu felt incredibly self-conscious of its stylistic niche, Valonielu draws back on the playfulness of the sound. Although it should still make for a head-scratching experience for newcomers, they're more tactical regarding the use of 'space' effects and overt weirdness here. When compared to the debut and Kosmonument, Valonielu feels more mature and, indeed, more grounded in its approach. In a broad sense, it feels like Oranssi Pazuzu have reached adulthood with their style, but in doing so, they have lost part of what endeared me so much towards them in the first place.

'Vino Verso' and 'Olen Aukaissut Uuden Silm'n' both make for particularly vicious pieces of blackened Krautrock, and 'Tyhj' Tempelli' is even redolent of surf rock, but Valonielu is, on the whole, far more conservatively paced than Oranssi Pazuzu were at the start. Compared to the burstfire energy and spooky atmosphere of a track like 'Korppi' (from the debut), Valonielu occasionally feels downright plodding, and never reaches the same relative extremes of its predecessors. Oranssi Pazuzu have by no means lost their spark or vitesse, but large stretches of Valonielu have the unfortunate tendency of falling into the background. The ambient 'Reik' Maisemassa' feels like an interlude that was unnecessarily dragged out to match a full song length. 'Uraanisula' offers a neat groove at the start, but feels overdrawn in the name of drawn-out space rock tradition. Although even longer than 'Uraanisula', 'Ympyr' On Viiva Tomussa' fares quite a bit better as a longform composition, building up to the sort of power-filled ruptures that would make most post-rock bands feel and smell the need for a new set of underwear. Even factoring in the relative success of these ideas however, I would still have preferred to hear a more active, caffeinated approach from Oranssi Pazuzu. I know it's among the dirtiest of words when speaking of black metal, but yes, Valonielu isn't as 'fun' as I was expecting it to be.

While I'm not as engaged by the songwriting this time around, Oranssi Pazuzu remain at the top of their class with regards to execution. From a production and performance standpoint, I cannot think of a single thing that would have made Oranssi Pazuzu's fusion of psychedelic rock and black metal sound more convincing. The production feels warm and vintage in a way far too few albums ever are these days, and the band's choice of timbre always befits their artistic intention perfectly. Although they're no slouch when compared to the par, Jun-His' vocals are undoubtedly the most conventional part of Oranssi Pazuzu, and I'm left wondering if a more distinct vocal style could have made their sound even sharper, or risked hurting the near-perfect balance they've crafted in their style. It's that sense of style and willingness to sound unique that has kept me coming back for more Oranssi with each coming album. Though I'm sure a slower pace has the potential to work wonders for the band's sound, I'm unfortunately not feeling it on Valonielu as much as I thought I would. There is brilliance here as always, but like the rays of a cosmic sun, you shouldn't expect to feel it all the time.

 Valonielu by ORANSSI PAZUZU album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.92 | 13 ratings

Oranssi Pazuzu Experimental/Post Metal

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars "Valonielu" is the 3rd full-length studio album by Finnish atmospheric/psychadelic black metal act Oranssi Pazuzu. The album was released in Europe through Svart Records and in the US through 20 Buck Spin in October 2013.

Stylistically the music on "Valonielu" is a mix of 60s/70s psychadelic rock like Pink Floyd (think "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun" performed with fierce aggression), krautrock like Can and Faust, 70s space rock like Hawkwind, and some distorted heavy riffing and raspy black metal type vocals. It´s like listening to the mean and deranged twin of an LSD trippin hippie trying to sing a duet with his sibling. It´s ugly, raw, repetitive and noisy but at the same time it´s psychadelic and spacy sounding. The music is grounded in a strong rythmic foundation that either pounds away relentlessly or trips in a hypnotic way with the use of percussion. On top of that layers of guitars, feedback, twang guitars, spacy sound effects created by keyboards and those raspy Finnish language vocals fill out the rest of the soundscape.

"Valonielu" features 6 tracks and a full playing time of 46:14 minutes. "Vino verso", "Tyhjä temppeli" and "Olen aukaissut uuden silmän" are fairly standard length tracks and the most catchy tracks on the album. Especially the two latter mentioned stand as highlights to me. "Reikä maisemassa" is an ambient atmospheric track and "Uraanisula" and the closing 15 minutes long "Ympyrä on viiva tomussa" (which features a repeated melody, that actually sounds a bit like the above mentioned "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun"), are longer and more jam packed tracks. The diverse yet consistent in the style music provides "Valonielu" with a great flow and it´s an album that´s entertaining throughout.

To my ears "Valonielu" doesn´t quite reach the heights of Oranssi Pazuzu´s debut album "Muukalainen puhuu (2009)" and quality wise it´s more in line with "Kosmonument (2011)", which of course doesn´t mean it´s a bad album, just that "Muukalainen puhuu (2009)" really set some high standards for the band, and that Oranssi Pazuzu haven´t really been able to follow up on those incredibly high standards yet. "Valonielu" is more than worth a listen though and overall it´s still a very strong album deserving a 3.5 - 4 star star (75%) rating.

 Kosmonument by ORANSSI PAZUZU album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.96 | 9 ratings

Oranssi Pazuzu Experimental/Post Metal

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars "Kosmonument" is the 2nd full-length studio album by Finnish post/psychadelic black metal act Oranssi Pazuzu. The album was released in October 2011 by Spinefarm Records. "Muukalainen puhuu (2009)" proved to be a mighty fine debut album mixing equal parts krautrock psychadelia with post black metal. "Muukalainen puhuu" was released on the small label Violent Journey Records while "Kosmonument" has been picked up for release by the larger Finnish label Spinefarm Records, which should help the album's availability to the fans.

The music on "Kosmonument" is filthy, dark, atmospheric, repetitive, psychadelic and at times quite intriguing. Oranssi Pazuzu have an organic sound that brings a lot to the music. It would be wrong to call this lo-fi or chaotic but it definitely isn't clean nor pretty either. The vocals are raspy which is one of the most obvious black metal traits on the album, but other than that, and a couple of blast beats, you won't find much on "Kosmonument" that fall under the catagory of "regular" sounding black metal. This is tripped out and obscure. The kind of music style that makes you uncertain of what to call it.

Compared to the debut album, "Kosmonument" is slightly more psychadelic, chaotic and organic. But Oranssi Pazuzu already had a pretty original style carved on "Muukalainen puhuu" and I'd call "Kosmonument" a continuation of that style rather than a development. The album is a bit long with it's 66:13 minutes playing time and if you ask me some tracks overstay their welcome by a couple of minutes, but if you don't mind your music featuring repetitive hypnotic beats/basslines and equally repetitive song structures, I'm not sure it'll pose a problem to you. Most of the time it doesn't pose a problem to me either. In fact most of the time those features bring a cool, laid back effect to the music that's greatly enjoyable. I guess I liked the debut sligthly better than this album, but "Kosmonument" is definitely a worthy purchase too if you enjoy your post-black/extreme metal with a psychadelic twist. A 3.5 - 4 star rating is deserved.

 Muukalainen Puhuu by ORANSSI PAZUZU album cover Studio Album, 2009
4.06 | 15 ratings

Muukalainen Puhuu
Oranssi Pazuzu Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Conor Fynes
Prog Reviewer

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.

 Muukalainen Puhuu by ORANSSI PAZUZU album cover Studio Album, 2009
4.06 | 15 ratings

Muukalainen Puhuu
Oranssi Pazuzu Experimental/Post Metal

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars "Muukalainen Puhuu" is the debut full-length studio album by Finnish experimental/ psychadelic black metal act Oranssi Pazuzu. The album was released through Violent Journey Records in April 2009. Translated from Finnish to English the title of the album means "Alien Speaks".

The music on "Muukalainen Puhuu" is quite unique IMO. The basis in the music is raw and simple black metal in the vein of Darkthrone, but with an experimental and psychadelic twist. The early seventies Krautrock scene and especially Can is a big influence. The vocals are raspy, extreme and delivered in a quite convincing manner. The tempo is mostly mid-paced and there are only very few faster sections on the album. The atmosphere is tripped out and spacy and the use of vintage keyboards (lots of organ) really give the music an organic feel. Some of the songs like "Dub Kuolleen Porton Muistolle" ("Dub for a Memory of a Dead Whore (of Babylon)") and "Kerettiläinen Vuohi" ("Heretic Goat") have some lengthy and rather noisy krautrock styled repetitive parts. The title track is a bit different from the rest of the songs with it´s ambient (no drums on this one) atmospheric experimental sound. "Myöhempien Aikojen Pyhien Teatterin Rukoilijasirkka" ("The Praying Mantis of the Theathre of Latter-day Saints") is in the other end of the spectra as it is probably the track on the album that´s closest to traditional raw black metal. It´s also the track that features the fastest tempo. Even in this song there are twists and turns that keeps it from being "regular" black metal though. The lyrics are in the Finnish language and it´s something I hope Oranssi Pazuzu will continue with on future releases because it gives the album a mystical aura and quite frankly it just sounds really charming. The meaning of the words are of course lost on me but this is one of those cases where it´s a minor issue.

The musicianship on the album is excellent. The vocals may be extreme but they are full of expression, the rythm section create that repetitive hypnotic krautrock atmosphere to perfection and the guitars and keyboards bring some texture and memorability into the mix. This is of course not your average commercial pop tunes, but still there are melodic content enough to satify those who can´t live without memorable hooks.

The production is really succesful. It´s raw enough to satisfy the metal head yet very organic which should appeal to the psych fans. The marriage between the genres is completed by the sound production.

"Muukalainen Puhuu" is an excellent and quite unigue album by Oranssi Pazuzu and personally I´m really happy that I discovered their music. They definitely stick out from the crowd with their original style and innovative approach. I find "Muukalainen Puhuu" to be a very recommendable album to people who think that a blend of raw and simple black metal and experimental/ psychadelic rock sounds interesting. A 4 - 4.5 star (85%) rating is well deserved. One of the best releases for me in 2009.

* On a sidenote. Feast on that beautiful cover artwork. One of the most intriguing covers I´ve seen in a while.

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