About Oranssi Pazuzu
Combining elements of black metal, psychedelic rock, space rock, and progressive metal, Finland's Oranssi Pazuzu describe their aesthetic mission this way: "To conjur sounds from the dark corners of space and mind." Since releasing their 2007 debut Muukalainen Puhuu, they have never made the same record twice. Oranssi Pazuzu (the Finnish name for -- an orange bodily emanation of the infamous Babylonian demon), have never followed a "formula" per se, with each album their music stands apart as exploratory rather than simply declarative, evolutionary rather than anchored in the mire of genre. With 2016's globally acclaimed Värähtelijä, they added elements of Krautrock, electric voodoo funk of Miles Davis, stoner doom metal, thrash and post metal to their sonic palette. Despite a wealth of 21st century psych overtones, Oranssi Pazuzu's music is always blacker than most any other on the planet, thanks in no small part tot the otherworldly --some would say Satantic--vocals of founder and guitarist Jun-His. Their 2019 Live At Roadburn 2017 album documented what is now regarded as one of the most immersive and inspired outings in festival history.
Formed in 2007 in two Finnish cities some 187 kilometers apart: Tampere and Seinäjoki.
around the talents of Juho Vanhanen (a.k.a. Jun-His on vocals and guitar), Ontto (bass), Korjak (drums), Evill (synthesizers), and Moit (guitar). During its initial months the band's members began writing music to fuse together various influences as a way to capture and recreate different states of mental cosmos. The band cut their debut album in 2008 in Korjak's family cabin. The resulting Muukalainen Puhuu was released via Violent Journey Records in 2009, followed in 2010 by a split LP (called Split) with the band Candy Cane. The group's sophomore full-length, 2011's Kosmonument, was a conceptual affair about a drifter lost in the void, and the record that put them on the map with fans across the Atlantic. 2013's wildly ambitious, Svart-issued Valonielu saw the band working with London-based producer and engineer Jaime Gomez Arellano. Värähtelijä, the group's fourth studio long-player, was issued in February of 2016 to universal acclaim from media as well as fans. Its median score across all publications was over 90 percent.
Moit left the band shortly before its tour, he was replaced by Domovoyd guitarist Niko Lehdontie (a.k.a. Ikon) later that year. In 2017, Spinefarm reissued the group's 2011 sophomore LP, Kosmonument, as well as two studio EPs (Farmakologinen and Kevät / Värimyrsky) while they were touring the globe. They took part in numerous metal festivals on both sides of the Altantic that year, the most famous of all was Roadburn. Their wildly acclaimed set widely disseminated on the internet and raved about by critcs from as far away as Australia and Asia.
In 2019, Oranssi Pazuzu and doom proggers Dark Buddha Rising were commissioned by Roadburn to combine their talents and differences live on stage. They accepted and participated as the Waste of Space Orchestra. That gig resulted in a pitch black prog rock opus called Syntheosis by Svart. It was released that April. In the press, the endless early comparisons of both bands to Mayhem and Darkthrone were absent; they wwerer replaced--with universally favorable notice-- as heavier modern cousins to legendary Euro prog outfits such Magma, Focus, and Eloy. In October, Roadburn issued Oranssi Pazuzu's storied 2017 performance at the festival as a limited edition recording.
The following April, Oranssi Pazuzu released the extreme experimental visceral prog metal set Mestarin Kynsi (the Master's Claw) on Nuclear Blast. ~ James Christopher Monger