For those not familiar with Balatonizer already (just like I previously
wasn't), Balatonzier are a trio based in Palermo,Italy who describe
their style as "VULGAR-DEATH-GRIND", certainly a term which sparked my
interest first off. This cd is packaged amazingly, totally pro printed
booklets, a bio sheet, cd complete with cdrom video. If only more bands
would take this initiative haha! Great artwork and a great concept.
Balatonizer seem to be a band that are pretty serious about what
they're doing, a whole lot of effort has gone into this release, and
its good to see a band with the whole package so to speak..
This cd contains 32 tracks from Balatonizers full length "Occlused in
Ottusity", and if anyone can understand what this title means, please
let me know because I have no idea.
Balatonizer plays some sort of mid-tempo semi guttural death metal.
Slightly groovy, and definitely an oldschool influence, but with the
added nu-er approach of the drum machine.
In terms of riffs and sound, some comparable bands would be
CorpsefuckingArt (not surprisingly), Monstrosity with fisher, and you
get the drill. There are some faster grindier beats in this recording
but really not enough of it to class it as any type of grindcore in my
Listening right the way through this cd can get kinda difficult, 32
tracks of this is just way too much for me, I found it hard to
concentrate without skipping tracks and although it wasn't my cup of
tea from the word go, I really couldn't see a lot of anything in it,
and definitely couldn't see where the vulgar grind. The cd seems to be
a lot of the same stuff, mid tempo to fast beats, guttural vocals in
most parts, typical tech death metal riffs. These guys are probably
really good musicians, but as we all know sometimes good musicianship
doesn't necessarily render brilliant creativity or originality, and the
drum machine gives it a weird edge.
Just reading through this bio sheet that was included, I came across an
interesting metaphor (or bad translation) for their music, saying: "WE
ARE LIKE A ITALIAN EXTRASTRONG COFFEE THAT EMIT RAGE AND POWER, STUFFED
OF OUR FUNDAMENTAL IRONICAL VEIN". Hmmm * Really restraining myself
here*- and "TRACKS OF THE LENGTH OF MAX 1 MINUTE THROWED ON PUBLIC LIKE
STONES DURING A VULCAN'S ERUPTION, 30 MINUTES OF SONIC EARTHQUAKE THAT
SWEPT OUT EVERYTHING WITH A CIRCULAR MOTION SIMILAR TO OUR
HEADBANGING". If only this album lived up to such amusing hype!
Well, if I were to use a simile for Balatonizer, this band was kind of
like an EXTREMELY AVERAGE COFFEE THAT EMIT TECHNICAL RIFFS OF NO
PROGRESSION AND NO SUBSTANCE, JUST A REALLY FIRM DEATH METAL INFLUENCE
THROWED UPON THE PUBLIC LIKE A DROP IN THE ALREADY WIDE OCEAN OF
GENERIC DEATH METAL.
To conclude, Occlused in Ottusity struck me as the kind that's been
done a hundred times before, a hundred times better, with a lot of it
leaving me uninterested. Needless to say, I found little quality in
this album really; it was uninspiring death metal with guttural vocals
that didn't sway me at all. Occulsed in Ottusity is not something I'd
categorize as overly BAD; (after all this is only one persons opinion),
but I just found it to be quite mediocre and boring. This album gets
1.5/5, loads of room for development here guys, a cool theme that's
really well organised, but not much intensity to back it up with.