02 Nothing but Death Remains
05 Mother of Negation
06 Zeitgeist Nokturne
08 The Lowest Day
This thing will help you to cheer up. Or to drown in your misery. Actually it is misery that is manifested by the album title – “Elend” is the German word for this voracious state of being that gnaws at your spirits and sucks life and energy from you veins. If you dig Funeral Doom Metal this may be just the thing you need.
So lie down and enjoy. The German guy with a strange name Dušan Bĕlohlávek (strange for a German guy, I mean, and hardly readable) is the mastermind of this one man project with a Czech word Odpörovät taken for the name. Odpörovät means to object or to disagree, and this music disagrees perfectly with what we expect of Funeral Doom. There are no symphonic sounds here which means guitar and riff oriented music. You will hardly find sorrowful beautiful tunes here – the guy is more inclined to chop energetically and focuses on more grim and evil side of sound. Hence all the samples from some charming horror movies shot in the seventies with malicious females denouncing god. This retro feeling is often supported by the music that bows in the direction of jumpy and springy stoner metal. Sometimes the rhythms go even farther and remind more of some punk or hardcore stuff. Which is refreshing since in the majority of your Funeral Doom Metal bands tend to wallow in melancholy and sorrow and have some crystal clear and beautiful atmosphere. The atmosphere on this album is ritualistic; you may imagine witches and sorcerers dancing round a fire and trying to evoke Satan. This music could be put on in horror museums – and it surely can make your hair stand on your head and send creeps down your skin.
This retro-horror feel to the music is not the only surprising thing about it. The sound is based on guitars and is quite heavy and definitely very low and reverberating. The drums are contrary to the might of the guitar sound – since the mastermind used drum programming to get the rhythmical frame of this musical body – and this frame are subtle and even weak. The drum sound lacks weight and density and cannot be compared to the thick cloth of tight guitar riffing. Which is sad – the record could have even more impact be it armed with some pummeling blows done by a live human being.
Another component is the Hammond organ used as a supercharger of retro feel. And – surprise! – the vocals sometimes make a step aside in an unpredictable direction. It’s mostly growls that are used here but sometimes the guy begins to sing gutturals! That is heavy as hell! For me as a Brutal Death Metal fan that was a treat – I have never heard such vocals in Funeral Doom!
In the end we get a cocktail of slow and gloomy riffs mixed with some more rhythmical parts with some retro odour and some Brutal Death style singing to heat the thing up to really hellish temperatures! It is seasoned with tasty retro samples and served in a black double pocket digi-file with silver print and an 8 page booklet. A tasty fresh beverage, really exotic – and hence worth trying out!