giovedì 16 febbraio 2017
Paria - "Knochenkamp" (World Terror Committee, 2016)
Genre: Black Metal
Year: 25th December 2016
Time: 28 min
I must say that it's very difficult that the German label World Terror Committee, managed by Sven Zimper of the known and controversial NSBM band Absurd, disappoints the fans of black metal. In fact, this label supports many brave black metal bands often full of strong occult/esoteric lyrics. So, W.T.C. deserves a lot also this time due to its compatriots Paria and their mini-album "Knochenkamp"!
Paria, guided by the guitarist Akeon, aren't a new band considering that they plays even since 1995. Hence, they lived the so-called golden years of the second wave's black metal also if, at that time, they recorded only some unofficial demos releasing their first album even in 2008 after many line-up changes. Now, Paria have spewed forth 3 albums, and the most appreciated of them is the last one, "Surrealist Satanist", which saw the rays of light just through World Terror Committee in A.D. 2013.
Musically, Paria plays an epileptic and possessed black metal. This is due firstly to the nervous and tentacular drumming of Gonzo Goatpestilence, which gives to the music to the band a chaotic aura focusing usually on quasi-jazzy mid-tempos also if he is very able to smash everything with a storm of violent blast-beats. Secondly, the vocal performances of the same Panzerdaemon are incredibly sick and insane: for example, he scare also the most expert listeners with nightmare screeches while, in other times, he hypnotizes them with theatrical chant-like vocals reminding to me a more perverse version of Ozzy Osbourne or Bobby Liebling of Pentagram. And the various songs (excluded, obviously, the very long intro) are dynamic and unpredictable lasting from 4 to almost 8 minutes of lenght, often starting them in mid/slow tempos destined to explodes shortly after (as in "Pergamentikkch Nemesis" and "Cyclikkch Ovogenesis").
But what is the cover? Well, it is nothing more than "Call from the Grave" of Bathory, a track coverized, to say the least, by billions of bands, so you should expect no surprises. Instead, Paria surprises everyone playing "Call from the Grave" with a big personality through a more extended and slower version of it in order to combines Bathory with Black Sabbath where Panzerdaemon is an absolute protagonist with his hallucinated chant-like vocals. In addition to all this, the lead guitar phase of the cover is very good also because Akeon cites, as in the original song,the "Funeral March" of Chopin.
1 - Intro
2 - Pergamentikkch Nemesis
3 - So Far from the Hidden God
4 - Cyclikkch Ovogenesis
5 - Call from the Grave (Bathory cover)
Panzerdaemon - vocals/bass
Akeon - guitars
Gonzo Goatpestilence - drums
Official site: http://www.worship-paria.de/
World Terror Committee: http://www.w-t-c.org/