Raven Starblood

October 28, 2012

Bezoar - Wyt Deth (2012)

I don't post often here. Too much blogs, not enough time... and energy. But whenever I discover a great album relevant to any of the styles this blog's about, I jump here to share my enthusiasm. But it's true I become very difficult to satisfy. I'm old now and it's not with "warmed-up" riffs (that means "nothing new" in French) or previously-better-done doom or sludge I can feel the nice thrill of excitation. But this band from Brooklyn (with a funny name of pathology due to digestive occlusion caused by ingested hair) fulfils my criteria of thrill and excitation. Constantly unpredictable, this band (led by a female voice) is able to mix genres apparently unable to sit in the same chair. According to their biography sketch, they have actually very diverse influences (Sleep, YOB, 1349, Diamanda Galas, Swans, Mayhem, Electric Wizard, Eyehategod, Slayer, and Darkthrone). A good point to start but not always a success when the target is reached. Here it is. Of course, the Sabbath influence is major (not cited above but obvious), but they are so inventive and cross-over that it's not even possible to classify them in the doom category. Sometimes they are completely acoustic ("Burn Everything", "Nikola") and they show then how they could compete with everyone on any ground, even doom americana. Other times, they can be prog as were Jethro Tull on Aqualung ("Friend of my Enemy") and it's impressive. But there are many other 70's styles that could be cited. Not a song is similar to the other one. I don't remember a band doing such a thing in recent years. And it's wonderful that the cover sleeve is consistent with this impossible taxinomy (between Todd Rundgren, Zappa and Carcass). Don't miss this gem, one of the best thing you'll hear this year, one of the most creative and powerful. Their bandcamp site to buy this masterpiece here. Their facebook page there.

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