Watch: The Black Metal Phantasmagoria of Oranssi Pazuzu

  • David Lee Rothmund

In 2016, black metal can be psychopathic (Skáphe), astronautical (Mare Cognitum), polymathmatical (Spectral Lore), trend-setting (Krallice), and prodigious (Ghost Bath). But now consider the phantasmagorical: Oranssi Pazuzu. On OP’s fourth LP Värähtelijä (out today), the listener’s experience is twisting right-round, like the music listens to you! Hear for yourself via the new vidja for “Lahja” (below via Noisey), our third peek at the album. It’s surreal, and note also its odd softness and warm feels that welcome your soul — until it turns to stab you mad with freaky art-house imagery and deft wailing. At 70 minutes, Värähtelijä quickly loses and links you in its grand ethos — and this single is a supremely harrowing taste.

Värähtelijä by Oranssi Pazuzu is out today via 20 Buck Spin. Get it here and here. Hear more here and here.

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