|Review: Odraza - Esperalem Tkane|
Label: Arachnophobia Records
Year released: 2014
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: September 9, 2014
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Rated 3.75/5 (75%) (8 Votes)
Artists Priest and Stawrogin make up the Black Metal unit known as Odraza and both fellows are also involved with Enclave, Massemord, Crawling Death and so on. Odraza is Polish for "disgust" and the album title, Esperalem Tkane, stands for...I have not the slightest idea. The Google Translator didn't help much, I am afraid.
Content wise, Esperalem Tkane is one vicious chameleon; it changes its musical colors and moods constantly and I must confess this duo has recorded an album that catches the listener's attention with a vast amount of different feelings and emotions. They offer slow, avant-garde passages to early Dark Funeral/Impaled Nazarene type of nonstop, Christ-raping bombardment and everything in between. There are lots of things going on within the songs and this stuff is not meant as easy-listen background music.
Schizophrenic and avant-garde are probably the two words that describe this record best and there's nothing easily dug out of Odraza's Black Metal. It has surely taken a lot of time getting all the pieces lined up seamlessly, exceeding all technical and artistic challenges. A song like "Próg" is a good example; it's a little jazzy and some elements of the song remind me of the musical approach taken by Canadian Cyber-space metallers Voivod. In the right state of mind, Esperalem Tkane offers a lot of musical pleasure for anyone up for a musical challenge. Give this record the time it deserves as it isn't for the trendy masses.
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