Bölzer – Aura (Iron Bonehead)

Bölzer – Aura (Iron Bonehead)

Celtic Frost aside, Switzerland hasn’t historically been the biggest destination country on the European metal map, but while our attention has been focused elsewhere, Zurich’s two-man band Bölzer has emerged fully formed with a vicious brand of blackened death metal unlike any other. Bölzer draws from a different palette than most, with songs that buzz with otherwordly weirdness at much as they rip, thanks in large part to a warbling guitar tone and keyboards that push out big atonal and symphonic blasts (I’m reminded a little of the incorrect chords on the skeleton organ in The Goonies). The vocal performance on Aura is excellent, too, with frontman KzR delivering both a deep and murky growl and desperate, clear cries. Listening to Aura is like entering a warped atmosphere, a drunken look through a kaleidoscope with a blast beat foundation. “Entranced By The Wolfshook” anchors the three-track EP, an all-too-short introduction to a band that has great things ahead — after all, it’s not just any band that gets booked near the top of the Maryland Deathfest 2014 lineup on the strength of a 3-track EP and a tape demo. –Wyatt
[LISTEN]

    Hi. It looks like you're using an ad blocker.

    As an independent website, we rely on our measly advertising income to keep the lights on. Our ads are not too obtrusive, promise. Would you please disable adblock?