Prepare to be engulfed in a relentless sonic maelstrom as Azken Auzi unveils their self-titled debut album, “Azken Auzi.” Hailing from the realms of sludge and doom, this French trio delivers an uncompromising and powerful auditory experience that captivates from start to finish.
From the very first notes of the opening track, “Disgrace,” Azken Auzi announces their arrival with earth-shaking force. The thick, downtuned guitars exude a primal heaviness, embracing the listener in a suffocating embrace that transcends the boundaries of sludgy doom metal. The raw energy and crushing riffs summon images of ancient titans rising from the depths of the earth.
The band’s musical proficiency is evident throughout the album. The rhythm section, comprising the thunderous basslines of Laurent and the unyielding drumming of Fred, serves as a relentless driving force behind the immense wall of sound. Together, they lay the foundation for the dark, atmospheric landscapes crafted by guitarist/vocalist Ludo, who masterfully weaves a tapestry of haunting melodies and dissonant harmonies.
Amidst the sonic chaos, the obscure vocals of Ludo emerge, adding a layer of desperation and emotional depth to the already colossal sound.
The album’s centerpiece, “Rho Scorpii,” stretches over five minutes, allowing Azken Auzi to explore the full spectrum of their musical prowess. The track weaves through moments of brooding introspection and blistering aggression, immersing the listener in a harrowing journey of darkness and desolation.
Throughout the album, Azken Auzi proves themselves to be masters of dynamics, skillfully transitioning between moments of heaviness and contemplative calm. The ebb and flow of the music mirror the tumultuous journey of human emotions, leaving listeners on the edge of their seats, hanging onto every note.
The production of “Azken Auzi” is exemplary, further accentuating the band’s immense sound. Each instrument finds its rightful place in the mix, resulting in a rich and immersive sonic experience that envelopes the listener in a relentless embrace.
As the final notes of 8 minutes long “Home” fade into the abyss, the resonating impact of Azken Auzi’s debut album lingers on.
For fans of sludge doom seeking mind-catching musical voyage, “Azken Auzi” is an essential addition to your collection.