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Experimental/Post Metal • Finland


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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.

ORANSSI PAZUZU´s inclusion in the Prog Archives database was approved by the Progressive Metal Team.

( Biography written by UMUR)

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3.94 | 26 ratings
Muukalainen Puhuu
2009
3.89 | 18 ratings
Kosmonument
2011
3.90 | 22 ratings
Valonielu
2013
3.93 | 49 ratings
Värähtelijä
2016
3.42 | 31 ratings
Mestarin kynsi
2020

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2.50 | 2 ratings
Kevät / Värimyrsky
2017
0.00 | 0 ratings
Farmakologinen
2017

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 Mestarin kynsi by ORANSSI PAZUZU album cover Studio Album, 2020
3.42 | 31 ratings

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Mestarin kynsi
Oranssi Pazuzu Experimental/Post Metal

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Honorary Reviewer

2 stars This 50-minute long album is not for the faint-hearted as Finnish Act Oranssi Pazuzu create something which is experimental, dark, and to be honest just plain weird. This is their fifth album since they came together in 2007, and their name is taken from 'Oranssi', meaning 'orange' in their native Finnish language (the colour of cosmic energy) and 'Pazuzu' is the ancient Mesopotamian demon of the wind. So, they are orange cosmic demons of the wind, maybe. For the most part they are combining post rock and atmospheric black metal in a manner which also uses both space rock and krautrock, and while Neurosis are a point of reference so are many others such as Swans. It is eccentric and experimental, yet while there are passages which do make sense there are plenty of others where it feels like the band is just treading water with no emotional build or direction.

The production is deliberately cloudy, and although the bass stands out the guitars tend to fall into a buzzsaw background, while the black metal vocals sound as if they have come from the early Nineties as opposed to the present day. One of the issues I have with it is down to the choice of keyboard sounds, as there are times when it sounds as if they have been sampling Eighties games and it just comes across as twee as opposed to threatening or exciting and does nothing to move the music in a positive direction. I do get the impression, certainly when they move far more into standard black metal territory, that they are quite a different beast in concert, and while I can see myself checking them out if they were in town, listening to this again for pleasure is another matter altogether. Reading the biography this band ticks a lot of boxes for me, so I was looking forward to it, but the overall result is too messy, with a lack of direction.

 Mestarin kynsi by ORANSSI PAZUZU album cover Studio Album, 2020
3.42 | 31 ratings

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Mestarin kynsi
Oranssi Pazuzu Experimental/Post Metal

Review by ssmarcus

3 stars Full disclosure: I listened to this album genuinely wanting to hate it. Count me as one of those people who barely considers experimental atmospheric black metal as music. But regardless of how you might feel about black metal or the various kinds of atmospheric post-rock sub genres out there today, there is still something irresistible about this record. Every song on this record is a clinic on how to skillfully layer music and build tension. And unlike so much of the music in this sub-genre, the ambience actually contains discernible melodious musical ideas.

However, the tragedy of this record is the insufferable and suffocating black metal vocals. Time after time, vocalist Ontto insists on interrupting the band's groove with the most grating black metal vocals you've ever heard (outside of the lo-fi traditional black metal). It's not that harsh vocals wouldn't work with this music at all, it's the specific style, timing, and perhaps mixing of them that is so off-putting.

Oranssi Pazuzu are clearly an exceptional and envelope shattering group. And while they certainly don't owe it to anyone to change or adapt their sound in anyway, I genuinely regret that their vocal choices are going to deprive a larger audience of hearing what actually makes this band so exceptional.

 Mestarin kynsi by ORANSSI PAZUZU album cover Studio Album, 2020
3.42 | 31 ratings

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Mestarin kynsi
Oranssi Pazuzu Experimental/Post Metal

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams

5 stars With a name that refers to an orange colored Babylonian demon, the Finnish band ORANSSI PAZUZU sounds as if it just moved to our planetary system after leaving the Oort Cloud and more than any other modern metal act has brought the term psychedelic metal into the vernacular while more or less making the final case for its inclusion as a bonafide subgenre of the greater extreme metal universe. Although this band was formed as far back as 2007 in Tampere, Finland, it has remained underground like a collective of bottom-feeding fungi that are only visible to those who venture into the dark recesses of the musical universe however album after album this band has grown in stature by crafting a collision of sounds that acts like A.I. as it self-replicates and learns how to perfect itself after every incremental step.

While there was never any doubt amongst the true believers who have been following this band over the last several years that this collective has latched onto the visionary possibilities that can only expand beyond its wildest dreams, perhaps nobody was expecting how quickly this band emerged from the Finnish fens of the great Scandinavian north has wrested itself into the top position of black metal's highest ranks. With only its fifth album MESTARIN KYNSI ( Finnish for 'Master's Fingernail' ), ORANSSI PAZUZU has struck the perfect balance between the dramatic and calamitous sonic terror of black metal fury with the darkest psychedelic head trips that portend an ominous demonic summoning as if they have found the perfect musical formula to terrorize the astral planes. Talk about a scary trip!

Embedded with a hypnotic minimalistic post-rock style of cyclical grooves and rhythms bringing pioneering forces such as Swans and Neurosis to mind, ORANSSI PAZUZU amplify the psychological effects by taking things up several notches and crafting a true state of visceral anguish expressed in recurring loops of sound that find sonic experimentation and dark avant-garde ambience to frightening new arenas. While the team of Jun-His [Juho Vanhanen] (vocals, guitar), Korjak [Jarkko Salo] (drums), Evill [Ville Leppilahti] (keyboards, synthesizer, organ, effects, percussion) and Ontto [Toni Hietam'ki] (bass) remains solid, this cast of darkness has found the replacement of Ikon [Niko Lehdontie] who takes the place of long time guitarist Moit. With a set of six sprawling tracks, ORANSSI PAZUZU has taken the possibilities of psychedelic black metal back into the realms of the Oort Cloud with sonic swirls of scary atmospheric backdrops and effects that envelop every thumping bass groove, every raspy vocal rage and every thundering percussive backdrop fortified by guitar antics from the deep.

Having been based in the aesthetics of black metal since its inception, ORANSSI PAZUZU has grown more confident in its ability to weave a tapestry of electronic intimidation with suffocating eddies of sonic pulsations balanced in a perfect production where a twinkling drone effect envelops the sonic assault like a black hole and the musicians are left to compete behind a resonating wall of sound. In many ways it seems that the results of the ORANSSI PAZUZU experiment have also found the logical conclusion of the pre-OP sounds in the experimental post-punk act Kuolleet Initiaanit. Going for the psychic jugular, MESTARIN KYNSI is designed to craft the ultimate darkened cloud over the world with the one/two punch of heavily distorted black metal in conjunct with eerie atmospheric spectral slices of astral angst.

Keeping the ORANSSI PAZUZU steeped in the Finnish language only adds to the frigid cold alienation of MESTARIN KYNSI which takes the expected route of post-metal styled guitar riffage drifting into expansive terrains while subtle variations of rhythm, pitch and dynamics slowly ooze their way in and out of the scene but this album takes on various new personas by engaging in many moments of non-metal moments by taking unexpected turns into what almost sounds like black techno. The most shocking development is the third track 'Uusi Teknokratia' which offers a pounding groove as if The Prodigy or Infected Mushroom had seized control and steered the musical flow into a psytrance induced Krautrock fueled black metal frenzy. If blackened Kraut-metal hasn't been coined as of yet then surely it could find a nomination after an album like MESTARIN KYNSI.

While ORANSSI PAZUZU seems unable to deliver a substandard album, it is utterly amazing at how this band has continued to progress its experimental psychedelic infused metal craft into ever tighter fine-tuned epic compositions that have found the perfect balance between the most extreme metal bombast and the lucid dreaming airy ambience that sounds as if it has broken Earth's orbit and set loose in the expansiveness of outer space. Somehow knowing exactly when to break the monotonous spell and take nosedives at hairpin speed precision into progressive fits of rage, this is one band that defies all logic and keeps you on your toes throughout this exhilarating turbulent ride. Having shown even greater potential with the band's latest collaboration with Dark Buddha Rising as The Waste of Space Orchestra, ORANSSI PAZUZU demonstrates clearly how they can now stand on their own two feet and conquer the extreme metal world with a distinctly unique sound that doesn't let up until the very last notes of the frightening drone-fueled closer 'Taivaan Portti' ceases its metallic orotund hysteria. Needless to say, this one exceeded all expectations. All bow down to the new metal masters.

 Värähtelijä by ORANSSI PAZUZU album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.93 | 49 ratings

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Värähtelijä
Oranssi Pazuzu Experimental/Post Metal

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars "Värähtelijä" is the 4th full-length studio album by Finnish, Tampere based extreme metal act Oranssi Pazuzu. The album was released through Svart Records in February 2016. It´s the successor to "Valonielu" from 2013.

Stylistically the material on "Värähtelijä" is a continuation of the style the band introduced on their debut full-length studio album "Muukalainen Puhuu (2009)" and further developed on "Kosmonument (2011)" and "Valonielu (2013)". It´s a a psychadelic blackened extreme metal style, which is strongly influenced by 60s/70s psychadelic rock (I hear quite a few 1968-69 Pink Floyd influences in the music and some early Hawkwind too) and 60s/70s Krautrock artists like Faust and especially Can. It´s slow building and hypnotic music featuring repetitive beats and bass lines, raw noisy and some atmospheric mellow guitars, swirling psychadelic synths, and a raspy black metal voice in front. The atmosphere is dense and dark, and even in the most mellow atmospheric parts there is an underlying ominous mood to the compositions, which works really well for Oranssi Pazuzu.

Although the material on the 7 track, 69:13 minutes long album, is obviously composed featuring structures (not regular vers/chorus ones though), which develop throughout the tracks, there is a loose organic feel to how the band perform their parts, which provides the music with an unpredictable jam type element. It´s actually one of their strongest assets, although they sometimes seem to get lost in their jams and let them last a bit too long. That´s of course an aquired taste, so I won´t hold it too much again them, and I am greatly entertained throughout most of the album. I´d like to mention the 17:39 minutes long "Vasemman Käden Hierarkia" as one of the highlights of the album, but all tracks are high quality compositions.

"Värähtelijä" is a well produced release too, which features a dark, gritty, and organic sounding production, which suits the material perfectly. So upon conclusion "Värähtelijä" is another strong release by Oranssi Pazuzu. It´s not a revolution of their by now trademark sound, and maybe a bit of development is in order by now, but it´s hard to deny the great qualities of the release and it doesn´t completely feel like Oranssi Pazuzu have stagnated and don´t have anything new to offer either, so a 4 star (80%) rating is still deserved.

 Muukalainen Puhuu by ORANSSI PAZUZU album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.94 | 26 ratings

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Muukalainen Puhuu
Oranssi Pazuzu Experimental/Post Metal

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams

4 stars If ever there was a band to finally warrant the creation of a fully-fledged subgenre called psychedelic space metal, then this Finnish band, ORANSSI PAZUZU surely must catalyze that process to the breaking point even if a gazillion other spacey metal bands ranging from Arcturus, Smohalla, A Forest Of Stars, Nachmystium, Hail Spirit Noir or even certain aspects of Sigh didn't exactly get it there. It must be that ORANSSI PAZUZU (Finnish for "orange" plus the name of a wind demon from Babylonian mythology) simply has done it so well, that is in mixing psychedelic space rock with black metal that is literally impossible to tell where one ends and the other begins at times despite there being clear cut phases where each dominates the sonic scene. This debut release MUUKALAINEN PUHUU ("The Alien Speaks") pulls off the perfect marriage of psychedelia and space oriented rock with a black metal ugliness. The album cover alone tells exactly what's in store, namely an extraterrestrial journey into the inner and outer recesses of the darkened cosmos above and within. The spacey organs bring early 70s Krautrock bands to mind and the repetitive rhythmic grooves do indeed bring bands like Can and Neu to mind.

The sounds on MUUKALAINEN PUHUU are characterized by long and drawn-out sweeping progressive sonicscapes that establish a darkened and tripped out atmospheric presence with ample use of ambient effects and synthesized avant-garde fixings. Once these psychedelic mood enhancers are fully established, the five musicians who make up this band from Tempere lets loose with some heavy grooves that somehow simultaneously evoke the heavy psych pioneers of the past while still allowing a black metal bleakness to rip through the veneer. Generally speaking, the guitar riffs are groovy in composition but distorted and blackened in tone and intensity. The raspy vocals of Jun-His are what keep the overall sound grounded in a pure black metal feel as do the heavy riffs but when strange lounge lizard type keyboard runs dance around the distorted string section it creates a most peculiar contrast but somehow the crystal clear production has a way of balancing out the opposing forces. Some of the organ and synthesizers sound haunting like lost ghosts on the solar winds.

This isn't the kind of black metal that's vile and vicious. There is no buzz saw feedback wall of sound nor are there angry and hateful temper tantrums. This is a cold and mysterious type of metal with swirling sounds and carefully unleashed aggressiveness that perfectly accompanies the imagery and perhaps the most ideal of space shuttle soundtracks for metal heads. Perhaps one of the reasons this combo effect works so well is the common element that both heavy psych and black metal share and that would be the repetition of grooves that keep the listener hooked and hypnotized. ORANSSI PAZUZU pulls off a double play in this regard as this music both stimulates and mesmerizes simultaneously and always remains spectral while guitar riffs that seem to go slightly in and out of tune provide an underlying tension. While some tracks are heavier and deliver a more raw second wave black metal attack, some parts sound more like they could have been just as comfortable in some 60s club setting minus the raspy vocals of course. ORANSSI PAZUZU's debut is quite the captivating listen as it not only has a totally unique sound already fully established but varies the tracks enough to keep the magic alive for an entire album's worth of material. While they would perfect their fusion techniques on subsequent releases, MUUKALAINEN PUHUU is already an astonishing psych metal album in its own right.

 Värähtelijä by ORANSSI PAZUZU album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.93 | 49 ratings

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Värähtelijä
Oranssi Pazuzu Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Conor Fynes
Prog Reviewer

5 stars 'Värähtelijä' - Oranssi Pazuzu (90/100)

Oranssi Pazuzu began as a near-perfect fusion of black metal and campy psychedaelia. I loved the debut when it came out back in 2009. As much as I enjoyed them early on however, I don't think I would have ever predicted just how far they could take the sound. The early Oranssi Pazuzu material was fascinating by the merit of the band's authentic dedication to genre-blending. By 2013's Valonielu and especially now with Värähtelijä, it finally feels like Oranssi Pazuzu have become so grounded in their sound that it no longer feels like a forceful gimmick. For these guys, dipping into the kosmic and hellishly surreal is second-nature routine.

It's a great experience to listen to Oranssi Pazuzu's albums in chronological order. Although their style has shifted a bit along the psych/space/kraut axis, it's their confident grasp that changed the most. I felt like they finally fleshed out their substance through songwriting on Valonielu. By comparison, Värähtelijä has taken far more time for me to get into. Since it "clicked", I've realized that slow burn was a result of OP having brought themselves up to a brand new stage in their evolution. Akin to the way Kosmonument opened up and spaced out the palette of the debut, Värähtelijä does the same for the tight focus on Valonielu. This time, the band are plunging forth with a much greater sense of direction even in the sparsest moments, and the evolution has boded well for virtually every facet of their sound.

Värähtelijä is probably the most engaging metal album I've heard this year so far, and that's saying a lot. I wasn't always so warm on it. The first couple of times hearing this latest record, I surprisingly wasn't grabbed. Maybe I'd been expecting something with the songwriting heft of Valonielu; it's even possible I just wasn't in the mood for a space-black attack the first time it hit my lobes. Regardless, Värähtelijä has proved to be the biggest grower of the year for me. Where early on I was quick to call it their least engaging album to date, I'm glad I was quickly put in my place.

Värähtelijä is a total masterpiece, and this may be the first instance where referring to the band as "masters" really rings true. As their sound's expanded, they've gained tighter reins on the style. While "Hypnotisoitu viharukous" and "Havuluu" develop their always stellar heavy side, the boldest improvements arrive in the psychedelic jams. The sparse atmospheric movements on Muukalainen puhuu even somewhat up to Valonielu occasionally ran the risk of sapping the album's momentum. Värähtelijä features some of the sparsest, most ambient material yet, but I've only appreciated it more each time I hear it. They meticulously curate their soundscapes with the same intensity they offer their fuzzy riffs and blackened noise. It's nowhere so apparent as on the 17-and-a-half minute long centrepiece "Vasemman käden hierarkia". The crunchy krautrock riffs ultimately give way to wide-open dark ambiance. It's like the would-be soundtrack to some psychedelic sci-fi horror film. I guess the same could be said for their work on Muukalainen puhuu as well. However, where the spook factor early on was mostly campy fun, here, the terror is very real.

Oranssi Pazuzu's atmosphere made the transition from "fun dark" to "true dark" at some point over the last couple of albums. All I know is that Värähtelijä manages to set me on edge. The psych rock riffs are as inviting as always, but there's an undercurrent of fear in their music I didn't really hear before. For what it's worth, I think this is the first real masterpiece Oranssi Pazuzu have made. Even if their past albums can be considered classics in their own right, it's hard to think of a way where the band could develop further after Värähtelijä. From the slow burn of "Saturaatio" to the schizoid guitar noise on "Havuluu", Oranssi Pazuzu consistently find new and exciting ways of fleshing out their fundamental blend of genres. For whatever it's worth, these guys have long since encased themselves as one of black metal's most innovative forces. I have no idea how they'll manage to push it even further than this, but I've got fingers crossed.

Originally written for Heathen Harvest Periodical

 Kosmonument by ORANSSI PAZUZU album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.89 | 18 ratings

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Kosmonument
Oranssi Pazuzu Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Conor Fynes
Prog Reviewer

4 stars 'Kosmonument' - Oranssi Pazuzu (81/100)

It was relatively easy to get obsessive over Oranssi Pazuzu. Even years into their career, they've retained a monopoly on a style fusion that's as striking in practice as it was promising on paper. If too much talk is spent on the band's genre, it's only because Oranssi Pazuzu stand in a world of their own. not that psychedaelia and black metal haven't been fused in the past, but only here does it sound like a blended, balanced marriage. They are host to a surreal, hazy real. Is this what the Norwegian Second Wave would have sounded like if they had been raised in 1970s West Germany?

I still remember when I was showed Muukalainen puhuu back in 2009. The sheer authenticity they gave to the psychedelic nd was enough to set them apart from virtually every other psych-black band I'd heard at the time. Oranssi Pazuzu's debut still stands as one of the most singular experiences I've come across in music. Even then, the material itself left room for improvement. While they had practically nailed the execution from the beginning, Muukalainen puhuu's atmosphere may have been just a bit too campy for their own good. The dark fuzzy turn they took on the follow-up Kosmonument saw fit to legitimize their style even further.

It's sometimes debatable to me whether Kosmonument may actually be Oranssi Pazuzu's best album. It's easily the most bloated thing they've done, lacking the focus of Valonielu or concentration of Värähtelijä. Regardless, of any album they've done to date, I find Kosmonument is the easiest to get lost in. Oranssi Pazuzu also arguably plunged to their darkest depths here. where Muukalainen puhuu may have sounded playful, it's hard to make the same argument about Kosmonument's fuzzy nightmare aura. Even if the album could have used trimming in places, the sheer excess is what sets the album apart from others in the band's discography.

Oranssi Pazuzu opted for a more album-centered approach on Kosmonument than the song-by- song impression of the debut. Although this resulted in fewer standout pieces than other albums, the choice to approach the album as a single piece of work served the end result well. Each track flows from one to another in an intuitive stream. At the potential cost of melodic hooks, they placed more emphasis on texture and fuzzy effects. Though not to the spaced out extent of Värähtelijä, Kosmonument never rushes to get anywhere. The hazy flow of the album definitely draws from the psychedelic end of Oranssi's sound; I think it served the band well to align themselves so closely with disciplines not often heard otherwise within a black metal context. The way things are done here, the atmosphere and timbre are made more important than the songwriting itself. Not that the composition ever slacks, but it's seldom been the reason why they've stood out as much as they do.

The fact that I've seen Kosmonument lauded and decried as the best and worst Oranssi Pazuzu album in different places should testify to its significance in their career. A more reliable album like Valonielu may hit closer to the mark more of the time, but the purpose of experimental music should be to rile and divide. While the debut still has great charm, this is the album where I think Oranssi Pazuzu really legitimized themselves as a "serious" act-- whatever that means. Where the vibe of Muukalainen puhuu could have been brushed off as a well-made gimmick on a jaded day, Kosmonument pushed it so much further.

 Valonielu by ORANSSI PAZUZU album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.90 | 22 ratings

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Valonielu
Oranssi Pazuzu Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Conor Fynes
Prog Reviewer

4 stars 'Valonielu' - Oranssi Pazuzu (84/100)

I'm amazed that a band like Oranssi Pazuzu could manage to define themselves by such a singular sound, and still manage to develop and change over time. When it first came out in 2013, I remember thinking that Valonielu was their least impressive album. Now, I'm thinking it's possibly their best. It has everything to do with the band's decision to focus on this album. Muukalainen puhuu opened their career with an incredibly creative set of songs that did everything psychedelic black metal could be expected of. Kosmonument followed up with a much more sombre kind of atmosphere, fleshing out the style and expanding it to near-excess. It is fairly common form for progressive bands to reel back after pushing themselves so far, but it's not often that it actual works to the music's benefit. Leave it to Oranssi Pazuzu to be an exception in many cases.

I can see why Valonielu didn't hit me quite as hard upon its release. It doesn't have a lot of the playful camp of its predecessors. Instead, it sounds like the band finally matured at some point directly prior to Valonielu. Whatever goofy charm it may have lost in translation is far outweighed by the improvements Oranssi Pazuzu made here. This is the first album of theirs where I feel the songwriting was finally consistently up to par with their ambitions. Much less was left up to chance this time around. If anything major changed between Kosmonument and Valonielu, they obviously became confident with their unique psych-black fusion that they no longer felt the need to overtly showcase the template. At last, the material was written with substance over style in mind. Saying that is by no means a condemnation of what they've done before-- Oranssi Pazuzu were great from the start; it's just that Valonielu gives a much easier time of remembering it track for track than the couple of records it followed.

Valonielu's songwriting may be more memorable, but memorable songwriting also results in a greater number of standout moments. Oranssi Pazuzu continued their tradition of fantastic opener tracks with "Vino verso"; the fuzzy starting riff atop thick bass synth has probably etched a permanent place in my memory. The same easily applies to "Tyhjä temppeli" as well, an eerie groove-driven piece that near-perfectly demonstrates everything brilliant about this band. And if we're talking about particular standout moments, the explosive climax on "Olen aukaissut uuden silmän" (complete with Jun-His' best recorded scream to date) is one of the most cathartic things I've probably heard in modern black metal. I'm sure there's some charm lost by the fact that Oranssi Pazuzu were no longer wearing their style on their sleeve when Valonielu dropped, but repeated listening has only gone to prove this was an incredibly smart move.

While I'm sure many people hearing Valonielu will have had at least some experience of their prior work before, I'm sure the music would still seem incredibly strange to a newcomer. In a way, it really is no less odd than the work they did before. The change obviously lies with the fact that Oranssi Pazuzu had finally figured out how to properly harness a sound they themselves had largely innovated. They started out as a great band, and it seems like they're only set to improve with each coming album.

 Valonielu by ORANSSI PAZUZU album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.90 | 22 ratings

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Valonielu
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
3.89 | 18 ratings

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Kosmonument
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.

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