Oranssi Pazuzu

Värähtelijä (20 Buck Spin)

Phases & Stages

Black metal psychedelia, Oranssi Pazuzu spirals out of any known universe on fourth album Värähtelijä. This isn't the space that Neil deGrasse Tyson talks about, but rather the acid-laced galactic territory of Sixties mind warps like 2001: A Space Odyssey. Finnish fivepiece named for the Babylonian demon made famous by The Exorcist, Pazuzu, they field whispy drones and tribal drumming until the space/time fabric rips and another dimension unleashes a barrage of crusty ranting and firestorm guitar. Painful howling and tenacious blast beats corrupt the swirling doom of "Havuluu," while "Valveavaruus" adds horror-film organ for an extended coda of meteor dust and bad vibes. The title track floats in a liquid gel cloud of mystery, made creepy by the guttural muttering weaving in and out of consciousness. The (bad?) trip comes to a head in "Vasemman Käden Hierarkia," nearly 18 minutes of choral synthesizers, cosmic soloing, sheet-metal riffs, sneering vokills, percussive crunch, and ambient ugliness that summarizes Pazuzu's career in one mighty track. Imagine Hawkwind if Dave Brock hired Emperor to back him up.

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