Nigromante – Pazuzu (2019)

As black metal winds down into trope-type repetition and pattern entropy, dungeon synth and related genres are taking off just like medieval world music did the first time black metal burned out, and now those two subthreads are converging.

Medieval world music, exemplified best by Lord Wind Ales Stenar or Burzum Hlidskjalf, showed us a desire to form continuity with the ancient past and the future past modernity, in other words carrying on as if we never went down this bad path.

Dungeon synth, arising from the works of Mortiis and black metal instrumental transitions, emphasized a dark and morbid form of music like black metal that was still invested in sounding evil and ancient like an H.P. Lovecraft, J.R.R. Tolkien, or E.A. Poe story.

Somewhere in the middle were bands who explored ambient music, like Jaaportit or Neptune Towers. These took influence from several generations of electronic music, especially Tangerine Dream and Kraftwerk, run back through the filter of modern industrial, black metal, and medieval world music.

These genres will never find the audience that black metal did because they do not rock in the way that guitar-driven music can. Medieval world music, inspired in part by Dead Can Dance, struggles between being self-consistent and therefore unappealing, or adding in swing and syncopation to attract a herd.

In turn, that choice brings in the question which has haunted humanity for centuries, which is whether to appeal to the herd or to focus on reality and tell the truth as best it can be seen. The former brings direct power, the latter indirect power.

Thus we can introduce the concept of the occult, which technically means hidden but in practical human terms, means “hidden in plain sight.” Shrouded in Dunning-Kruger and esotericism, the occult requires cumulative knowledge sought with affirmative pursuit that unites the analytical and creative.

Nigromante, known for composer EbVleb from his work with Abyssum, attacks the question of modern music with a droning, pulsing, ritual-influenced form of a dungeon synth and medieval world music hybrid that also brings in elements of the post-industrial electronica scene. Expect a soundtrack of subconscious symbolism.

If you can imagine a jazzier Hlidskjalf with more atmospheric experimentation like Jaaportit and song development in both layers and narrative in the style of Tangerine Dream Phaedra, albeit on a shorter scale, that is roughly what you will find here.

The more Dead Can Dance drifted toward rock, the less epic and intense their music was, but their audience became wider. It seems that quality and quantity are opposites. Nigromante attempts to go under this by making obscure music, but with a nod to the use of theme and rhythm that propped up medieval world music.

Consisting of three tracks, Pazuzu shows this songwriter at his most efficient: no part fails to relate to the rest, especially the parts before and after it, and together the use of parallelism, theme, balance, and structure echo the application of musical techniques like harmony, melody, and rhythm.

Despite that, the EP manages to keep an offhand and organic air about it, seeming both emotional and obscure, and in that sense it functions as a transport beyond this world and its crowd-ingratiation policies, but still makes for a pleasurable and provocative listening experience.

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16 thoughts on “Nigromante – Pazuzu (2019)”

  1. Black metal failed because of the racially mixed background of Mayhem, the band that codified the Norwegian style. Namely, Euronymous and Hellhammer, who were/are of obvious Saami extraction (Laplander, i.e., Asiatic admixture).

    As such they never should’ve been allowed near Oslo; they should’ve been deported to their ethnic homeland, the Arctic Circle.

  2. Canned Feces says:

    Don’t worry bruh, legions of muslim/BBC cock are being rammed hard down every blonde woman’s orifice up there in Scandinavia as we speak, and it ain’t stoppin’. Creating a new generation of bastardized children, but with superior testosterone levels nonetheless.

    You’ve had your chance in the 90’s, and fast forward 26 years later you can of course try to pray to Darwin, Nietzsche and Odin, but I don’t think your dead and outdated gods will answer. Autism is one hell of a drug though, so at least you’re entitled to enjoy that while it lasts before the abyss comes for you.

    Have a good one.

    1. Robert says:

      Wow, Bitterman! Who put canned feces in your cereal?

  3. Mr. Feces, you think the cucking of Norway began in the 90’s?

    WRONG! Let me educate your ignorant ass.

    After the Great Plague ravaged Norway’s coastal villages, the rulers of Norway encouraged Laplanders to move south into the depopulated areas. The motivation? Same as today — tax revenue. Greed before purity…

    The subsequent migrants were culturally Nordicized and absorbed into the population, resulting in Sami-Nordic hybrids like Euronymous, whose parents came from one of these western Norwegian fishing towns.

    If you want a start date for the weakening of Norway, there you have it… This information is readily available.

    Norway’s symbol of (((resistance))) to the Nazi occupation was a paperclip! Need I say more?

    1. Turdgthor, Consumer of Shit, Slurper of Diarrhea says:

      The only noteworthy snønigger in like, the last 1000 years is a finnic/sami named Breivik, which should be telling.

      Other noteworthy snøniggers include Carl Emil Pettersson, Louis Cachet and the ástandsbörn (+1 for wAnglos).

      1. Yes, by default the Astandsbörn have climbed higher up the evolutionary ladder due to Anglo insemination. That’s how it works (not factoring in caste, of course).

        Speaking of Astandsbörn, the nation of Iceland as a whole is a great example of a damaged, neurotic populace due to race-mixing (Norwegian [with some Sami admixture] + Irish). As long as they don’t leave their island to breed with us, we’ll be OK.

        You sure about Breivik? On day 3 of his trial he said he didn’t think the Sami should be allowed in Oslo. I was under the impression he was a great Aryan leader phenotype, like Varg, or the Donald.

        1. On day 3 of his trial he said he didn’t think the Sami should be allowed in Oslo.

          Or in Norway. Flats belong in Asia, browns in Africa, tans in the middle east, and casserole people only in Europe.

      2. Other snønïggëren of note include Knut Hamsun and Varg Vikernes.

        1. Svmmoned says:

          Louis Cachet = Varg Vikernes.

          1. Somehow referring to him with a French name makes little sense to me, aesthetically.

    2. After the Great Plague ravaged Norway’s coastal villages, the rulers of Norway encouraged Laplanders to move south into the depopulated areas.

      Sounds like typical administrative-bureaucratic-managerial stupidity. “See, we have solved the problem!” But you have not solved for the problem, which is how to have a civilization…

  4. Canned Feces says:

    I only eat pitch black feces! White feces just aren’t strong enough for me!

  5. Trogthor, Crusher of Nerds, Decimator of Autists says:

    Autism synth (new age music for basement dwellers) before that ugly goblin motherfucker, Mortiis put on his human mask.

    The real occult exists in the realm of pop music, where the only true God, Moloch resides.

    1. Facepalm says:

      So, another ignoramus who thinks “occultism” means “Bible Moloch stuff” and things like that… If all you Jesus LARPers would realize that basically the Medieval Church Theologists were only a stone’s throw away from their own contemporaries who are now considered “occultists”… There is nothing “occult” in pop music, but there is the technique of simple pleasure delivery, which is not the same. Hedonism is not occultism, you idiot.

      1. Trogthor, Crusher of Nerds, Decimator of Autists says:

        An exceptional occucktian sperg response, you deserve an applause!

      2. Eckhart, Plato, Myatt, Emerson, and Holmes are more proximate than most think.

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