Doing a little research on a band can pay off. Not only in finding out that some incredible
grind comes out of Italy, but that one of their members is actually a comic book artist for
Marvel. Unfortunately, other information on the band is rather scarce. We received this CD
for review fairly late after it's release date, which usually annoys me as it ends up being
something that deserves to be buried forever. In Balatonizer's case, however, I'm just left
wondering why this never received a worthy amount of acclaim and attention when it first came
out? Occlused in Ottusity, if you couldn't tell by the title, is absurd and even goofy, but
it's also explosive, violent, and incredibly enjoyable.
What can I say, really? It's drum-machine death/grind, chock full of quirky samples, that
struggles greatly with the concept of variance and change without being something it isn't.
Fairly primitive, but still highly complex at times, their songs range from a full-on fury to a
mid-pace, all while using sudden tempo changes to pave the way for their most intense material.
Spliced with plenty of dissonance, they excel particularly in setting up their dizzying riffs
and tight musicianship. Don't get the wrong impression though, while they could be compared to
Gigantic Brain in regards to their vehement and unusual delivery and choice of rhythm, I'm able
to state that Balatonizer is just slightly more normal. "Caimme" is the first memorable track on
the album, beginning with a sample and a repetitive synth riff with a style and charm that The
Berzerker would kill to have. The Italian trio also uses an ample array of discordant climbs while
balancing them with their adamant blasts, like on "C.E.P." Even though the deep growls and throat-shredding
higher gargles sound great, I'd love to hear some thick yells incorporated into a few tracks.
The production is also somewhat love/hate thing for me. While the instrument levels all comfortably
recorded, there's a lot of aspects like speaker shifts and low-fi parts bass parts that I'm divided by.
I can't necessarily decide if I think it adds fantastically to the album or just becomes tedious and
distracting. No matter though, as when you hear the bizarre spectacle of a song like "Microscopic Brain",
with the random insertion of artificial harmonics, or the unrelenting attack of "Reborn In Ignorance"
backed by horror-movie sounding keyboards, you'll forget whatever technical gripes you have with the
sound and just lose yourself in some highly entertaining, proficient, and furious grindcore.
In a world plagued by sub-par grind bands with poorly programmed drum machines, Balatonizer pull an Al
Bundy by grabbing the entire genre by the belt and throw them out the door. I highly recommend Occlused
in Ottusity to any bloodthirsty fan of inhuman and unforgiving brutal death metal who hasn't lost their
sense of humor amidst all the pictures of botched surgeries and construction accidents that line the
inlets of their favorite bands.