Saturday, February 12, 2011

Johann Wolfgang Pozoj - Escape Of Pozoj (2009)


"Johann Wolfgang Pozoj is an avant-garde black metal band from Croatia that came to existence in 2004 by merging of two “brother” bands - Intoxicate and Grob (Grave). The band’s name is derived from (pre) Indo-European myth about a dragon (Pozoj) and its later mythological and lingual derivations.The first part of their opus is a Trilogy based on myth and the philosophical triad of thesis, antithesis and synthesis where those three phases represent the spirit becoming real through art.The first album in the Trilogy – Birth of Pozoj represents the Trilogy’s symbolic phase where the idea hasn’t yet found its complete form, and the birth of the dragon (Pozoj) as a symbolic beginning of time flow. The album was released in 2006 via Progressive Attack Records.Soon after, the band went through line-up changes and in 2007 Ivan Borcic joined the band as the new vocal and lyricist replacing Darko Simunovic, while Slaven Milic joined as the new bass player, replacing Domagoj Soic. Together with the three remaining founding members – Filip Fabek and Marko Balaban on guitars and Luka Kovac on drums, in 2009 the quintet began recording the second part of their Trilogy named Escape of Pozoj. Following the Trilogy’s philosophy, the album represents the peak of fertility and growth, maturity and completely becoming real where the idea is fulfilling its purpose and Pozoj is leaving its mother nature."

Escape Of Pozoj is a follow up to Johann's Wolfgang Pozoj's earlier release entitled Birth Of Pozoj. All in all, I'd have to say this album blows Birth Of Pozoj out of the water. Birth Of Pozoj focuses on a lot more atmospheric elements of black metal whereas Escape Of Pozoj really pushes the envelope with the whole avant-garde thing creating masterpieces in every track. If you don't believe me go listen to their track "Forest" or the sample track on youtube down below. Also, the tracks aren't as long on this album and a lot more how would you say "punk" sounding? I want to say the vocals are almost very crusty but it's more than that. Maybe Darkthrone? No. Not Darkthrone. EVEN BETTER! 

You're stranded in the middle of the forest on the coldest day of winter. As your jacket seems to be nullifying your warmth, you realize frostbite has sunken in. You're looking to the sky for guidance and praying to your non-existent god but there is no reply. You're going to die and you know it. THIS album recites your final days here on this Earth. Such a masterpiece of an album should be shared by all those with clear minds and are looking for something very special. 

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