Thursday, May 11, 2017

Oxiplegatz - "Fairytales" [1994]

Artist: Oxiplegatz
Title: Fairytales
Genre: Progressive Metal, Industrial Black Metal
Country: Sweden
Release date: 1994

Track List:
  1. Starseed
  2. Fairytale
  3. Northern Stars
  4. His Time Has Come
  5. I See It Now...
  6. Dark Millennium (There Shall Never Be Another Dawn)
  7. Conclusion
  8. Lust for Life
  9. Numb
  10. Departure
  11. Vision
  12. Adrift
  13. Oh No...
  14. Outro
Oxiplegatz was a rather obscure side project of Alf Svensson (ex-At The Gates), started around 1993. Unlike many metal bands at the time, Oxiplegatz actively used sci-fi/space aesthetics and lyrical topics, and probably were one of the first bands to be called "industrial black metal", although their music is quite different from what's usually meant by it now. I'd rather call it with the all-encompassing term "progressive metal" (even if this term has a different meaning nowadays as well).

The quality of production on this album is rather low compared to the later releases, but it's fairly good for a self-released metal album in the 1st half of the 1990s. Yeah, the cover art is ridiculous, but no more so than the cover art for "Acid Motherhood" by Gong :)

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