How adventurous are you feeling? Are you looking for something other than the standard 3-4 minute traditionally structured song? Well, if so, you’re in luck because I’ve got a doozy for you.
Oranssi Pazuzu feels like the spiritual offspring of 70s psychedelic/gothic soundtrack masters Goblin. This album feels less like a traditional album than a terrifying descent into a psychedelic nightmare. This album should rightfully take its place as the soundtrack of the 2020 pandemic quarantine. It captures all of the despair and hopelessness that has come with the collapse of our social, economic and government structures over the past few months. Its sound is an abrasive atmospheric journey punctuated by some of more grotesque and guttural vocals you will ever come across. The album feels like a horrendous car wreck that you can’t look away from. I’m not entirely sure this thing is completely listenable, but it is an album that I haven’t been able to stop thinking about since I first spun it. It’s superbly crafted, but it really takes a strong constitution to fully immerse oneself in it. Honestly, I am not really in favor of warning stickers on albums, but it kind of feels as if this one should come with a trigger warning. It’s dark as fuck and it is relentless. It culminates in a final track that feels like what insanity should sound like.
You’ve been warned. I give this album my full recommendation. But be careful. This one will fuck you up.
4 flip flops out of 5