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Albez Duz – Wings Of Tzinacan

Label: Listenable Records / Release date: 28th October 2016.
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Albez Duz (Albez Duz is a German language used 800 years ago, with “Albez” meaning “swan” and “Duz” meaning “noisiness” or “rush.”), is an occult doom unit that first emerged in Berlin in 2006. Initially it was formed as one-man project of Eugen Herbst.

In 2009 a full-length self-titled debut album was released and it already gained wider media and fans attention. In the following years Herbst continued to write music and gather a full line-up for what is now known as Albez Duz band. 2014 saw the arrival of their second opus entitled The Coming Of Mictlan. Soon after the band also begun to perform live.

Now, after another couple of years of silence the band finished the recording of this brand-new 8-tracker opus Wings Of Tzinacan. The album was produced and recorded with a help of producer and engineer Michael Zech (Secrets Of The Moon, Triptykon) at the helm.

Most of the eight tracks off Wings Of Tzinacan are quite lengthy as expected from a doom rock band. The music is slow, but with some convincing harsh and deep almost misanthropic vocals. Guitars are distorted and to times acoustic too, while it is all accompanied by some key-arrangements and atmospheric drumming. It all together helps in creating this beautiful but also scary and depressive autumn landscapes atmosphere.

I like the interplay between all four musicians and their instruments. Those things are best exemplified in a behemoth of a song named “Sacred Flame” as this track, almost ten minutes long, best represents the whole band and their approach to musicianship and song-writing. To put it differently; Albez Duz shows off moments of calm stillness standing in stark contrast to the thundering doom that the occult rockers also deliver in the song.

I’m convinced that with the release of Wings Of Tzinacan these Berliners will establish themselves as a leading force in the European underground and receive a high praise from both critics and audiences alike.

Albez Duz is definitely burning its flame higher and brighter, ready to cast a spell on the globe and initiate a new chapter in a satanic doom. Esp. recommended for fans of Black Sabbath, Saint Vitus, Count Raven, Tiamat, Jex Thoth, Paradise Lost, Type O Negative, Pentagram and such.

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