|Review: Vietah - Zorny Maroz|
Label: Stygian Crypt Productions
Year released: 2008
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: October 28, 2008
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
Rated 3.75/5 (75%) (4 Votes)
Vietah is yet another solo act from a multi-instrumentalist, strengthening my belief that Black Metal arts are where to look for talent! Zorny Maroz is the debut album of this solitary musician better known as Antarctis, hailing from Gomer City, Belarus.
All the lyrics on this disc were written in the author's native tongue, but English translations are included in the booklet. I liked the music right away when I first started listening this album. I had a little bit of a problem, nothing big though, with the vocals. I think that the tortured/harsh vocals were too forced and upfront, whereas a discrete and ghostly rasp would have suited the chilling autumnal mood of this release. Being categorized as Ambient Black Metal, Zorny Maroz has some sort of a depressive and intense aura floating around. A combination of highly distorted guitars (lead/arpeggios and riffs), ambient keyboards, symphonic here and there, and mid paces worked together very well to reproduce the black and gray scenery shown in the booklet. Two of the tracks on this album are instrumentals. "Vietah Dy Samotnaja Zorka" is made exclusively of a distorted lead being repeated over and over, while the closing track, "Adczuzanasé is a calm/ambient piece played on keyboards. The music of Vietah has a tendency to be repetitive, in a mesmerizing way, suiting the grey-ish /depressive mood of the album. My favorite compositions are the long lasting piece of darkness called "Tliennie" and "U Prastoru Pa-za Inszym Bokam".
Zorny Maroz is a great opus of Ambient Black Metal, bound to satisfy the fans of Burzum and the likes.
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