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8/10 Chaim
 

ALBEZ DUZ - The Coming Of Mictlan - CD - Archaic Sound - 2014

If you enjoy Danzig's occult rock but always wished it to be ballsier and darker, then Albez Duz's The Coming Of Mictlan is your definite answer for that desire. This German three-piece's occult doom rock is the best of all worlds: the heavy metal enmeshed with Gothic rock displayed on The Coming of Mictlan is certainly something to write home about.

Elegantly these Germans mix traditional, epic, doom/heavy metal with Gothica and Satanic rock 'n' roll into one indivisible recording that echoes Type O Negative, The Sisters Of Mercy, Danzig, Abysmal Grief and Count Raven: one voice, a single, unified sonic pulse.

Feverish and dark narrative lines, some classic heavy metal leads and a harrowing atmosphere that envelopes everything in a shroud of mystery and 1970s occult rock vibe, aided by some church organs and a sensually-sounding vocalist, the songs are both engaging and airtight, charged with the power to drown the listener under waves of erotic/Satanic, ritual sentiments.

The compositions are beautiful yet caustic, and the atmosphere is devouring. Even the ballad-like tracks, such as the fifth track "Drowned," own that sinister, heartbreaking quality to them, like a marriage between Swans, Death In June and A Different Kind of Slumber-era Tiamat.

The Coming Of Mictlan is an anthology of macabre, nocturnal lullabies with a strong narrative essence; a brilliant, highly enjoyable and elegant piece of doom, gloom and rituals; an album that's good enough for love-making, wrist-cutting or for transcending beyond the here and now. Isn't that what music is all about? a vehicle for transcendence? (8/10)

 

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