When I see an album with 32 song titles the warning signs usually
begin to show because of the fact that I 'm for the most not very
fond of 50 second songs but Italian death grinders Balatonizer does
a superb job in convincing me of otherwise. It's like you don't
really notice the length of the songs because they all compliment
each other perfectly. Music-wise we're over in something perhaps
best can be described as Mortician meets Nasum. The Nasum reference
is mainly based on the fact that they also have the ability to bind
the songs together and make them seem as a unity and the same is the
case here. The vocals are ultra low and guttural and it works flawlessly.
The drums are programmed by guitarist Marco Failla and he's done a great job.
The only thing that really gives it away is the somewhat clinical sound that
the drums have.
The guitars are thick and juicy and therefore they logically add to the depth
of the soundscape. The music is as you can imagine brutal as fuck but the
band varies the music enough so it doesn't come across as a monotone blur
of idealess blastbeats, guitars and growls. Something that is a bit unusual
is that Balatonizer uses keyboards on a few of the tracks and the result is
convincing. A fun thing is that the band actually doesn't have any lyrics but
instead Marco has drawn a comicstrip which can be found inside the booklet.
Occlused in Ottusity might not contribute with anything unheard but it sure
does provide 25 solid minutes of sonic mayhem and if you can live with that
then I wouldn't pass on it.