Friday, May 27, 2011

Johann Wolfgang Pozoj - "Birth of Pozoj" [2007]

Artist: Johann Wolfgang Pozoj
Title: Birth of Pozoj
Genre: Post-Metal, Avant-garde Black Metal
Country: Croatia
Year: 2007

Track List:
  1. Bellum Omnium Contra Omnes
  2. Queen Emeraldas
  3. Autodistraktiv
  4. Hisperia
  5. Outro
"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"

I personally wouldn't even call their music "avant-garde black metal", because this album defies any attempts to label it. If you need labels - it's somewhere in between of epic crust (Fall of Efrafa etc.), post-metal, and progressive rock. Regardless of how you'd call it, the music is absolutely amazing, and the atmosphere it creates is great too. Definitely one of the best avant-garde metal albums to come out in the 2nd half of 2000's. It's also remarkable that the 2nd track is apparently inspired by Leiji Matsumoto's works, which I love too...

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