The weirdos in Oranssi Pazuzu are back with their new record, Metsarin Kynsi, coming out April 17 through Nuclear Blast. Fans will know their brand of off-the-wall psychedelic black metal, but Metsarin Kynsi brings an extra layer of spooky that adds something very fresh and welcome, if a bit unsettling at times.

Right out of the gate the opening track “Ilmestys” brings that familiar Oranssi Pazuzu flavor, with spacey soundscapes, constant repeated ostinatos between the instruments, and odd synth textures, but there’s something a little more menacing underneath. The little bit of info they gave about the album sheds some light on why—Metsarin Kynsi translates to “The Master’s Claw,” and the album itself is a rumination and subversion on themes of world domination, indoctrination, propaganda.

It’s tough for me to pull out just one or two standout tracks for you because everything on this album simultaneously streams together into one overarching mood and sound, but at the same time remains fresh and interesting. It’s a perfect example of what black metal can accomplish when you stop giving a shit about purists, and I’ve spun the record about 5 times in the past couple days, enjoying every minute along the way. “Ilmestys” is great for its setting of the stage, I really enjoy “Uusi Teknokratia” when it goes into the dissonant layered vocals around the middle, but I’m enjoying this album’s creepy vibe and the further level of aggression it seems to hold when compared to Värähtelija and it all needs to be taken as a whole. Absolutely pick this one up, you won’t be disappointed.


Ben Serna-Grey is a musician and writer from the Pacific Northwest. His fiction and poetry have appeared in Apex Magazine, Bending Genres, Broadswords and Blasters, Two Cities Review, and others. He has sheet music published through Subito Music Publishing and also puts out experimental electronic/noise music as Mother Anxiety. He is also a contributor for Toilet Ov Hell and occasionally reviews short fiction on SFF Reviews.


  1. Jimmy McNulty Reply

    Whoa, sounds like you enjoyed this more than the folks at Angry Metal Guy. I am soooooo hyped for this one! Glad to know you liked it.

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