Kyzer Soze - Ascension (Truth Inc Records)

Fat like your mum...
Release Date: 
13 Feb 2015 - 12:30am

The blackened death stylings of Kyzer Soze are, to put it bluntly, fucking sweet. Perhaps more death than black in their leanings, their debut Ascension is absolutely massive and shows why Australian metal can hold its head up among the international metal community. Opening with Praecursio, it begins like so many albums with a twangy (yet haunting) intro. Initially I thought 'OK, the next song will be the banger' but those cunning Kyzer Soze peeps opt for jumping straight into it and the tune soon became some gigantic writhing beast with Daniel Petley death-roaring over some engorged guitar work courtesy of Alex Cabrera and Tyler Welykitscholowik. The magnificent guitar runs continue with God Of War with the vocals almost slipping from death roars to black metal shrieks. Daniel Roine's drumming is incredible and the whole band mixes up the riffage and pace to keep things interesting. There's a delightful complexity to all ten tracks on here and my only complaint is Matthew Dunstan's bass needs a 15 minute solo somewhere - but perhaps that's just me being a mentalist old man.

There's so much bloody good stuff on here; the howling guitars and blurs of notes on Descendants of Cain - complete with magnificent breaks and top level soloing, or perhaps the nun-punchingly excellent (though all too brief) End? I almost cut myself on the razor-sharp crispness of Aedes Satan with its well-defined chord changes. Producer Jacob Hansen has done a fine job on here; everything is distinct but there's still enough grime to satisfy the most tenacious dirt lover. When Soulless came on, I leapt up and stomped about the place, forming a one man circle pit before collapsing back into my chair. Its twangy outro leads into Slaves To A Dead God before reappearing on Lament S.M. Kyzer Soze have managed to balance the mellow bits well; they're not overdone and lend a nice contrast to the madder parts on here. Lament also has a proggy feel to it and is a most noble instrumental. Final tracks Sacred Sermon and Brethren finish this album impeccably. As debut albums go, this is damned sweet. Ah fookin love it.