KOZELJNIK "Deeper The Fall"


By Dr. Abner Mality

Blasphemy Rites from Poland don't mess around. They want everybody to know how evil they are. When you have song titles like "Drink the Poisoned Piss of Baphomet", "Beergoat of Sodomy" and "Alcoholic Sabbath", you're not interested in being stocked at Wal-Mart. Apparently the fellas have no website whatsoever, including Myspace and Facebook, so we know they are "truer than true" and mean business. C'mon, when you got a band called Blasphemy Rites featuring songs like those above, you gotta know what you're getting into. Anybody looking for real music here has got to be nuts. However, if you want to drink yourself into a coma and hate everything but most of all God, this might just work. Lots of early Bathory primitivism mixed with old Sodom, Blasphemy, etc, etc. You know the drill.

Serbia's Kozeljnik sound positively genteel in comparison, even though they are a grim crew themselves. There's a certain catchiness to the black metal practiced by these fiends that almost reeks of traditional heavy metal, but metal made dark and creepy. The occasional addition of violin and clean choir like vocals add a mournfully mildewed touch. The six tracks are here are all pretty long and wend and weave through styles at their own pace, occasionally touching on thrash and doom as well as black metal. Some of the vocals sound very awkward and I can't say I take to the Serb tongue very well. But it's a generally well-rounded and interesting set of songs, though nowhere near as nasty and despicable as Blasphemy Rites.