Awaken the Dragon
This is the Austrian demon-invoker Pazuzuís second full-length album, currently
out of print because of the defunctional state of Dark Matter Records, but it is
scheduled to be soon re-released by Avantgarde with bonus tracks.
Pazuzu has always been associated with metal and metal audience, even if any of
his work (under this project name) has never had one chord played with electric
guitars or bass, or ever had one drumbeat played with real drums. I do see the
connection very well, because this is the kingdom of steel and metal presented
in the cinematic soundtrack/synth epic format that is familiar to metal
audiences from numerous stirring intros and interludes; and considering the
popularity of Pazuzu and also inferior stuff like Mortiis, apparently has also a
place outside intros and outros.
So, the two main aural participants here are Pazuzuís trusty synths and his
vocals, with emphasis this time on the clean-spoken
story-telling/invocation/declaration mode, as opposed to the satanik
growl/scream/whisper mode which was domineering the darker first album ĒÖAnd All
Was SilentĒ. There is nothing in the structures and compositions here that could
be called sophisticated or neo-classical or very musically proficient. Itís very
simple and effective, if you get into the atmosphere. This is very easy
listening and I would despise this as entertainment, were it not for the
metallic undertones of the themes and tunes. All of the songs are composed from
a couple of catchy, stirring or simply mood-creating melodies played with a
fitting sound sample, structured loosely into a passage to create a sonic
background for the tales Pazuzuís voice tells of fantasy worlds of dragons,
swords, sorcery, demons and emperors.
There is a definite connection in feel to what Summoning has accomplished with
his Tolkien black metal epics and it is not surprising, because both members of
Summoning also appear as guest composers on this recording.
Not a masterpiece, simple fantasy music to inspire you by the fireplace on a
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