BÖLZER – Aura (2013)
Review by Estelle on the 8th of October 2014
- Coronal Mass Ejaculation
- Entranced by the Wolfshook
- The Great Unifier
Genre: Black/Death Metal
Label: Iron Bonehead Productions
Date: May 13th, 2013
KzR (Okoi Thierry Jones) – Vocals, Guitars
HzR (Fabian Wyrsch) – Drums
You won’t find yourself to be the only speechless person after spinning the devastating debut EP of the Swiss black/death metal duo Bölzer.
These two guys managed to obtain such a unique, deliberate, complex sound and create an outstanding cosmic style at the same time that no one has been able to accomplish before – their naturally rotten death metal-based sound is saturated with louring black metal elements; generating an eerie, tremendous atmosphere which is even strenghtened by the matching obscure cover art.
Aura starts with the heavy beast ‘Coronal Mass Ejaculation’ that immediately gives the speed and defines the atmosphere of the whole EP with its muddy, dark sound; leading the listener to the magical world of mesmerizing, drawling riffs expanded with haunting, twisted melodies.
The following ‘Entranced by the Wolfshook’ is probably the strongest track among the three with its massive main riff that keeps pouring the darkness on the listener. The guys couldn’t have found any better voice than KzR’s: his tone fits and at the same time defines the harmonized different parts in the songs that vary between speedy and drawling, gloomy way of playing.
The closing ‘The Great Unifier’ is the lenghtiest and most monumental piece with its 11 minutes, giving us an entire experience of professional music playing in the spirit of cruel yet extremely passionate old school sounding black/death metal, and giving us the chance to feel in complete trance for a few minutes after the last notes of the song.
One probably rarely hears any record which would be as coordinated as Bölzer’s EP ‘Aura’: the harmony of the tempo, riffs, melodies, the vocalist’s tone, the cover art and the whole feeling we get while listening or simply looking at the record is unexplainable. I would say ‘Aura’ truly is a release which proves the existence of something special and something of high-quality even in our days, and which requires the old-school feeling of listening on vinyl or cassette tape – so in case you like the EP, you won’t regret buying it in one of the classic formats!