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How do you squeeze 32 tracks into 27 minutes? Easy. Play them faster than the speed of sound!! That's just what Balatonizer does on their latest effort, "Occlused In Ottusity".
Only 6 of the 32 tracks are over a minute long!! The rest are all sub 59 second ditty's.
So just how does this pile of bacon get off the ground?
Well it starts with a cartoonish kind of "Intro" track before the initial hit of mayhem takes place in the form of "Muscular Prevarication". At under a minute you'd expect the track to be rather linear but it actually does have a distinct intro, body, and ending to it where the groove really settles into the body are of the song. As does "Corporal Usurpation", "Petra Lavica Etnea", "Abominations Of Triviality", "Pulverization After Intimidation", and "Ottenebrated Perseveration Through Mental Disorder", Some tracks just blast from start to finish with wreck less abandon! "Ciccio Tagliavia", "Brutal Devastation", "Diabolos", "Occlubinated Eyes Convergence", "Inebetit", "Sbigottit", "Primitivity 46", "Reborn In Ignorance", and "Se So Sa", all fit this mold. A few samples even get thrown in on "Caimme", "Anfame" (which is just a sample in it's 17 second glory), "Macabrotic Poetry", "A'Cinta No!" and "Anal By Anal".
It actually sounds like they broke out an acoustic guitar for the sample overlay on "Scacciatieista". Of course when playing this fast, does it really allow for a long intro? Not really because just as the groove gets going, the song ends!!! "Eaten", "C.E.P.", "From The Obsolation To The Obeteration", and "Sucaman". OR there's also the scenario where a long guitar fade is held and you think it's gonna go into another dimension? Not so with Balatonizer. It just drops off and heads right into the next track like "Cerebral Regression" But of course others DO head in that alternate direction like "Purification Of The Mind". "Guttural Satisfaction" actually shows some serious militant style prowess with a couple of strong start-stop breakdown like areas. (see also the title track "Occlused In Ottusity" for the same effect.) "Microscopic Brain" has a quick bit in it that sounds like someone was pounding away on a child's keyboard. "Tristeza" closes out this quick yet MASSIVE effort with a dark sample of what sounds like a person walking through a dark and leaky tunnel. If you love the blast beats and gurgling vocals then this is for you! But don't get used to anything near the "normal" structure of the song. Balatonizer just GOES for it full steam ahead. Hard to believe only 3 people make all this noise! Marco, Mario and Rodan are Balatonizer!
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Rating 8 of 10

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