“…an eight-track/51-minute excursion into murk that calls to mind Type O Negative and The Butterfly Effect-era Moonspell as much as Paradise Lost while still retaining an identity of its own in its sense of atmosphere, depth of mix, and arrangement flourish…” – The Obelisk
This Friday, occult doom rock conjurors ALBEZ DUZ will release their Wings Of Tzinacan full-length in North America via Listenable Records.
Already reaping critical accolades from the underground critics in the proverbial know, Battle Helm hails Wings Of Tzinacan‘s “heavy, doomy metal with an epic feel,” likening it to, “the soundtrack to the forthcoming apocalypse.” Echo Eyes lauds a record, “rife with malice,” and a sound that is a, “complete manifestation of majestically-drenched, sorrow-filled howls of those who reside in the darkest pits of the human subconscious.” While Worshipmetal.com lists the album among its 5 Metal Albums You Simply Can’t Ignore In October 2016.
In advance of its release, today The Obelisk is streaming Wings Of Tzinacan in its dark, menacing entirety commending its, “echoing spaces, weighted groove, righteously dark melodies and top-grade organ work on songs like ‘Our Lord the Flayed One,'” further celebrating, “an eight-track/51-minute excursion into murk that calls to mind Type O Negative and The Butterfly Effect-era Moonspell as much as Paradise Lost while still retaining an identity of its own in its sense of atmosphere, depth of mix, and arrangement flourish…With opener ‘The Uprising,'” adds the esteemed blog, “the metallic chug prominent early in its 9:44 run builds in intensity but gives way toward the midsection to reunion-era Celtic Frost-type malevolence, slower, meaner, wider, and the arrival of keys signals a transition into a longer atmospheric break. Satisfyingly, they return to the central riff before finishing out, and in accord, ‘Reflections’ and ‘Our Lord The Flayed One’ both offer a blend of straightforward-ish hooks and grand-in-the-presentation downer atmospherics – the latter delving into extreme metal growls and shred late while still keeping a relatively moderate tempo; a fascinating meld rarely so fluidly executed – before the quieter, mournful organ of “Innocence Gate” begins a turn toward some of the broader-reaching material that “Sacred Flame” (the longest inclusion at 9:46) will establish as the course for Wings Of Tzinacan‘s unfolding side B.”
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Out now on European shores, Wings Of Tzinacan will see release via Listenable Records in North America on October 28th, 2016. Preorder bundles are currently available at THIS LOCATION.
Emerging from the dark corners of Berlin in 2006, ALBEZ DUZ – old High German for “swan” (Albex) and “noisiness” or “rush” “Duz” – was forged by Eugen “Impurus” Herbst initially as a one-man side project. The band’s ominous debut was recorded in 2009 with singer Lars Kaeding. Following Kaeding’s death however, the band stepped into the shadows for the next three years. With a lingering fire and purpose, Herbst continued to write for ALBEZ DUZ and, after an exhaustive search, crossed paths with Alfonso Brito whose voice seemed destined for the project. In September 2014, the duo brought the band’s second album The Coming Of Mictlan to life via Iron Bonehead Records and Archaic Sound. They began performing live shortly after.
ALBEZ DUZ has since shared the stage with iconic acts such as Primordial and Swans as well as other rising talent including Bölzer, Ascension, and Hexvessel. In a short time, the Berliners established themselves as a force in the European underground and elicited high praise from both critics and audiences alike. ALBEZ DUZ recently completed its third full-length album, the thundering Wings Of Tzinacan, at The Source Studios Munich with producer and audio engineer Michael Zech (Secrets Of The Moon, Triptykon, Ascension etc.) at the helm. Guitarist Julia Neuman has joined their ranks, solidifying the band as an unstoppable power trio.
With a twilight performance at the prestigious Speckjaga Funkenflug Festival already checked off the band’s list in 2016, and other appearances scheduled, ALBEZ DUZ is burning its flame higher and brighter, ready to cast a spell on the globe and initiate a new chapter in doom. The gates are open! Fans of Saint Vitus, Count Raven, Tiamat, Hawkwind, Jex Thoth, Pentagram, and the like have been warned.