Ljosazabojstwa open their EP Sychodžańnie – released June 30th, 2017 by Hellthrasher Productions – with a organ-centric track much reminiscent of Bach’s ‘Toccata and Fugue in D Minor’, and therein afterwards push forward with some brutal, destructive blackened death metal. A really cool opening between the intro and first couple minutes of the first full-length track builds the album’s vile, grotesque foundation, and subsequently enraptures the listener.
The music that Ljosazabojstwa present to the listener during the album’s modest 33-minute runtime certainly packs a punch- a punch filled with beautiful-yet-terrifying sonic interpretations of a nihilistic hellscape. Personally, I think the effect could be carried off better if the tempo were slower on average. But therein lies the beauty of art: differing interpretations or reimaginings of one specific piece. But I digress.
I can’t quite place it, but this album does sound a touch different from others of the subgenre. It somehow has a more foreboding, hopeless feel to it than is usual within the blackened-death style; so there is definitely some ‘doom’ influence coming in on this one.
The minute-and-a-half instrumental title track sets up a great atmosphere for the final song; which in turn, acts a good send-off for the listener. I don’t have any major qualms with this album aside from the fact that I wish it were longer – such a common ailment among music fanatics.
Recommended for fans of Lvcifyre, Svart Crown, or possibly Grond.
1. Pozirk u biezdań
4. Šliach na Miehida
6. Zabojstwa ljosu