Balatonizer - _Occlused in Ottusity_
(Devil Doll Records, 2005)
by: Jackie Smit (7.5 out of 10)
Just when I thought that Origin had the expression "swift and to the point" coined, along come Italy's Balatonizer cramming a staggering thirty songs into twenty five minutes of CD space, with enough brute force to make Will Rahmer cream his pants. Indeed, _Occlused in Ottusity_ has a fair bit in common with Rahmer's Mortician -- from the programmed drums to the incomprehensibly low vocals, through to the bass-heavy guitar tones. The difference is that Balatonizer pull it off without the need to resort to an endless stream of horror samples, and more importantly, without ever sounding monotonous. This is intense stuff for sure, but it's also strangely infectious; and while it's highly unlikely that you'd be able to whistle along to it during your morning commute, it's a record that sticks in your memory for a lengthier period than you'd expect.


(article published 20/6/2005)

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