Odraza – ‘Rzeczom’ | Album Review

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Odraza’s new album Rzeczom is out now.

My relationship with black metal has always been really selective. I’d sometimes get in the mood for blast beats and good old screeching vocals, but it would happen not so often and last not so long. Coming from Poland, which is somewhat famous for its proficient black metal scene (most of the bands are strongly connected with the Silesia region) I was obviously aware that our main musical export product is indeed black metal, but I honestly never really got deeply into that and don’t think I ever will. Luckily for me, when I do check some of the more popular albums from that circle I am rarely disappointed and the same case is with Odraza’s second album.

Actually even before I write something about the music itself I’ll dedicate a few words to the name of the band as it’s one of the most accurate I’ve ever seen. “Odraza” can be translated to disgust and if I were to describe this album with just one word – it would be that one. What is even more impressive is the fact that the album was recorded by just two people (known as “Priest” and Stawrogin”) yet it’s hard to believe it sometimes as the sound is so monumental like it would be played by a whole collective.

This is one of the rare cases where I can understand at least some part of the lyrics on a black metal album (it’s not that easy honestly) and they’re actually really cohesive and well written for the most of it. Both duo members are heavily connected with the mentioned Silesia region which is the most industrialized part of Poland with many coal mines and factories. It comes really evident when you take a closer look at the lyrics, themes of anger, disappointment, and general depression are omnipresent. This roughly translated part from the track ‘w godzinę wilka’ may serve as an example “I’m stuck in an articulated bus, in a traffic jam made of human breaths – gazing, so you won’t speak to me ”

Do not let a short mellow intro fool you, this album will soon catch you by the throat and won’t let loose for another 50 minutes. The atmosphere may seem even suffocating at times, especially on the tracks such as ‘Rzeczom’ which thanks to its slower bass riff resembles a road roller coming at you with the full force. But this is not your regular black metal album, as the duo is not afraid to experiment with the black metal format and blends inspirations from few other genres (namely post-punk and prog). Everything flows seamlessly and doesn’t get stale for even one second, during its almost one hour of run time.

Overall this is one of the best black metal albums I’ve heard in quite some time, I really appreciate the willingness for the experimental parts and genre-bending. Rzeczom surprises the listener with its range of various moods and soundscapes: melancholic and atmospheric yet aggressive and even catchy at the same time.

Order the album via Bandcamp.

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