's debut, Deathzone
, is a puzzling mix of various flavors of Black Metal
. Hailing from Poland and under the sole supervision of mastermind Primal
One, the band plays Black Metal
ranging from True
a la Watain
(âWrath of the God
â), incursions of Dark Metal
a la Benighted
(âBook of Revelation
â) and other more experimental avenues.
Production value is rather good given itâs a one-man band project. Vocals, guitars and keys (which bring nice atmospheres notably on the eponymous track) are on par with more modern bands and you shouldnât expect something ultra-raw a la Beherit
but something a bit more polished. Drums are programmed and though Primal
One did a good job on opening track "Wrath of the God
" making me almost doubt it was programmed, there are still a few fuckups here and there and most notably on âBook of Revelation
â or was it intended to sound original? Maybe so, because âoriginalâ might well be the leitmotiv of Deathzone
most notably thanks to the guitars.
Liner notes tell us that everything was under Primal
Oneâs control, inclusive of the minimal b&w artwork, except for guitar solos which were recorded by Markiz. And this is where it gets original. Where Primal
âs music ranges from True
to more personal bleak vistas played with more or less talent and reminiscent of other bands like Bethlehem
, the addition of a separate lead guitar player gives a peculiar vibe to Deathzone
. It does seem that Markiz is more the kind of Heavy Metal
lead guitarist, or maybe is it Thrash Metal
, with an emphasis on velocity and melody not far from Testament
âs Skolnickâs play.
On the first listens, this singular lead guitar play combined with a more common brand of Black Metal
sounds most often very odd and out of place. Itâs almost as if Markiz wrote his leads not knowing which music theyâd be used with. You may even think the combination of those elements as amateurish but somehow with a few more plays this strange association begins to work its way through your mind. It does make those songs original and with a good use of atmospheric keys, the results are far better than what it may look like here on paper.
Iâm not sure where Primal
is heading at the moment and how Primal
One wants to develop his sound in the near future but his first offering, while not being a masterpiece, shows promises for something interesting and worth following. I canât tell if Primal
will turn into the next Negative
Plane or remain entangled with its demons but thereâs some untapped potential here.