Usually I am very wary of bands that use synth in metal and try to avoid such bands as much as possible. But the horror themed doom metal band Blizaro is a band that has won over me and my criticism of synth usage. Returning after a period of 6 years, Blizaro make a spectacular comeback with their second full length ‘Cornucopia della Morte’. The band’s unique mix of doom metal with soundscapes that one would find in old school horror movies is refreshing and the progressive leanings of Blizaro only adds to the uniqueness of the sound.
Classic doom metal riffs are present in abundance and they carry that eerie edge that one would come to expect of this style. Riff master John Gallo packs in a lot of melody that bring to mind the likes of Candlemass and Black Sabbath, and are highly compelling. Supported by the thundering bass of Mark Rapone and the adept drumming of Mike Waske, Blizaro’s tracks feel like an epic journey through the most twisted horror house one could find. The four part Nemesis forms the first half of the record and features some of the more heavier riffs. The synth elements add elements of theatricality and greatly compound the horror element.
The instrumental track Giallo, perfectly captures the atmosphere of old Italian horror films (the likes of Lucio Fulci, Dario Argento etc) and could not have had a better title. The interplay between the synth and the guitar leads is absolutely enthralling. Frozen Awakening starts as a fun stoner / doom jam which slowly evolves into a eerie doom track which evokes a serious sense of dread. Blizaro deliver another perfect example of synth usage with The Staircase, a spaced out synth laden instrumental trip that boasts some of the best lead guitar work on the record.
‘Cornucopia della Morte’ invokes dread, fascination and it packs a pretty heavy punch. The progressive guitar work makes this one of the more fresher releases this year and by the looks of it, it will be very hard to top. Blizaro’s return is a triumphant one and the album is a must listen for anyone who calls himself / herself a fan of doom or horror.