Album Review: Waste of Space Orchestra – “Syntheosis”

Waste of Space Orchestra - Syntheosis

How do you describe something that defies description at every turn?  What does ‘avant-garde’ even mean when you are so far removed from your peers that you don’t even seem to notice them? George Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel is not necessarily your go-to spirit guide for examining and understanding boundary-pushing psychedelic metal, yet here we are, listening to Waste of Space Orchestra’s monumental Syntheosis and witnessing abstract concepts swirling and coalescing around us. True to Hegel’s dialectical method, concrete meets abstract and both are reconciled to pure absolute during the course of the album, in the sublime manner of an eternally recurring sonic metamorphosis equal parts primal and cerebral. Continue reading

Album Review: Oranssi Pazuzu – “Värähtelijä”

oranssi pazuzu Värähtelijä

Finland’s Oranssi Pazuzu caused quite a stir with their 2013 release Valonielu which was about as straight ahead as these psychedelic exorcists get. For their 2016 release Värähtelijä the band came to a fork in the road and took it. The album is exceptionally experimental, plunging down the psychedelic road into unchartered territories of black metal, noise, and chaos. Yet, the album is accessible. Easy enough for a casual fan to spin and appreciate yet complex enough for those who have followed the meandering path of Oranssi Pazuzu to transfix themselves. Simply put, Värähtelijä is a startling work of uncompromising genius. Something that alters the way human beings consume and listen to not only metal, but all music. Continue reading