If you visit a restaurant a number of times and you always find the same menu card, you will finally give up on them. And you’ll end up looking for places, where the food is equally good (or better), but the variation more stringent. The same goes with some of the metal genres that are out there.
Black Metal especially positively screams for some rejuvenating relief and some fresh pathways to travel. Too many bands are just holed up in their caves, drumming and rasping away – come hell (no pun intended…) or high water – in the same drowsy fashion they always did.
Now, luckily we have gigs like the Polish Neoheresy who try that different, but decidedly more thorny route to a new metal nirvana. Their latest EP Oblawa – signed to Elegy Records – presents an atypical version of a Pagan infused Black Metal style. The band’s delivery is so out-in-the-boonies that die-hard Black Metallers will feel their corpse paint evaporate when starting on the record.
You will get a hint of the Summoning electro-music machine, together with acoustics, rasps and clear voice chanting. Add to that sepulchral guitar riffs and a demonic choir that seems to step right out of The Omen and you got yourself a very special kind of devilry not easily found before. That said, the record comes across a trifle disjointed with the jumble of elements kind of helter-skelter thrown in. But it just manages to hold on to the edge of the abyss without sliding to its chaos-laden depths. All this bouncing about desolate landscapes is brought about by one F aka L.O.N.(Blakagir) as a one-man-project.
The Neoheresy horde saw the light of day in the year of the Dark Lord 2012. The project produced a goodly number of records to date of different and changing flavors. Oblawa is the fifth offering, all formats included.
Should you own a copy? This is a difficult question. Paganized Black Metal that stretches from folksy madness, over the evil pop machine to a totally dreich and atmospherically laden Black Metal grind is quite a piece to behold. I for my part enjoyed this style – or should we say non-style of a free wheeling piece of music.