Fuck my skull! So here is "Soma", the completion of the energy/body concept that Bölzer began to cantillate in 2013 with "Aura".
And when I saw the "promo invitation" from Invictus in my emails, I started screaming out of excitement like a little girl. You guys do know how to touch my soul!
Bölzer successfully used their time between "Aura" and the current, coming EP to gain momentum with alot work in making themselves a name as excellent live band. With that momentum in their backs, "Soma" was more than ready for critical acclaim. And once more, they showed us who the Zeus is.
What differs "Soma" ?
Neither the guitars are heavier, nor is the double-bass faster.
Soma is not a tempest in the teapot.
In the eye of the storm, that's where Bölzer's music is right. Bludgeoning with its august power and perfect precision. "Soma" uses the same modus operandi that worked for "Roman Acupuncture" but this time much more hypnotizing...
...And since this work was written between the first demo and "Aura" this wasn't too much of a surprise.
Nevertheless, or precisly because of that, I would not say that "Soma" is the strongest of Bölzer's outputs. It is plain Bölzer version 1.5
This still means that this is a disgustingly splendid piece of sound and soul-consuming. You get caught in the furor maelstrom right at second one of the first eclipse named "Steppes", which is 5:40 minutes in duration. "Steppes" is completely punishing with unbelievable intensity that comes from all directions. The spoken-word element around the mid-mark introduces a galloping rythm that makes Steppes abit similiar to "Zeus: Seducer of Hearts" from the demo.
Lash! Lash! More! More! Onwards! Onwards! Tear through the steppe!
That HzR's drumming is quite unique is what highlights Bölzer as so special in my book. A great drum tone and highly effective playing. These solo hits on the snare-drum, responsible for the typical gallop...
On to the second and already final track that namely is "Labyrinthian Graves". With its 12:44 minutes of duration, the longest song this swiss duo has created so far.
As engulfing as the cretian labyrinthe and as abominable as the minotauros himself, "... Graves" drills into your acoustic meatus. The guitar is twisted, riffs and chords get torn apart but are yet in bliss. Vocal and string mangler KzR is showing different singing styles that create an overshadowing darkness. Raspy clean vocals, Death Metal cantos or animating Black Metal eeriness. "Labyrinthian Graves" leaves deep cuts in the flesh, as it is sharp as a Theseus blade.
"Soma" works like a nietzschean axiom "The will to overcome an emotion is ultimately only the will of another emotion or of several others". The intensity in Bölzer's music is overwhelming and breath-taking. I am yawing for more and more and more. It is the perfect execution of intensification and climax that reach the cusp (so far) with "Aura".
Style: Black/Death Metal
CD, LP and Cassette version through Invictus Productions
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