Not meant for genre purists, Oranssi Pazuzu are on a trip all their own; modern electric pioneers on an expedition to unlock the keys to the hidden spaces all around and inside us.
In 2016, we introduced them as “a giant that stalks these mostly otherwise untrodden lands,” referring to the Finnish extreme psych scene that invaded Tilburg with such remarkable results, and called them “a true beacon of experimentalism and innovation,” and we mean it even more for 2017.
“Oranssi Pazuzu, who released their fourth album, Värähtelijä, in 2016, may have conjured the finest blackened psychedelia I’ve ever seen. It was so much of both, so chaotic and yet purposeful, that to consider it anything less than the work of masters would be completely underselling it. When I was done taking photos, I went out into the hallway to walk around to the other side of the room and I couldn’t believe it was still daytime. And more over, the sun had come out! Something so cosmically abysmal just seemed like it should be swallowing any and all light around it, but so it goes. Stately and ferocious, they cast their waves of of bleakness over a sea of nodding heads.”
The Sleeping Shaman:
“The Finns are doing a comeback show, because last year they mesmerized everyone Het Patronaat. This time it is not much different as the band completely warps whatever you think black metal is, into something that is definitely spiced up with krautrock, prog and more strange spices. Jazzing it up and down to calm passages, where the music just flutters all over, the band completely captures the crowd again with another tumultuous outbreak. Psyching out, spinning long atmospheric parts and then just grabbing you by the throat once more. You can just not grasp Oranssi Pazuzu, simple.”