Country: France
Title: Metempsychose
Label: Malpermesita Records
Year: 2017
Style: Black Metal

Azziard are back after 3 years since their impressive second album, Vesanie, this time with an album out on the newly founded and funny sounding (at least to me it sounds funny) Malpermesita Records. Metempsychose is even better than Vesanie, the band got more atmospheric, more intense, vicious and mysterious, borrowing plenty of new techniques from the new Black Metal bands out there, but still keeping things brutal and traditional, without any space for mellow stuff. Sinister is a word that could best define what's happening on this new album, but I'd say the technical level has also improved, there are plenty of impressive elements thrown in all over the place, like GoreGrind-like vocals, or Heavy Metal leads and solos, but the overall delivery is of a solid Death Metal influenced Black Metal, fast (to sickening fast) paced and fronted by a damn versatile and interesting vocal section that takes the aggression to another level. One hell of an impressive album coupled with one hell of an impressive and memorable cover artwork.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 9/10