Distributor/label: Hibernacula Records
Distributor/label URL: http://www.hibernacularecords.com
Buy Album [URL]: https://barzakh.bandcamp.com/releases
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/BARZAKH-Black-Metal-Jakarta-129349202409/
Getz – Bass, Drum programming
Agni – Vocals, Guitars
01. Shadow in the Grief
2. She’s Not Honoured
3. Hatred in Mourn Heart
4. The Valley of Unrest
5. A Place to Pray
6. The Satanic Place
7. Halutination of Psycho
I’ve come across very few bands from Indonesia so I was quite intrigued to see what Barzakh had to offer. Originally released in 2007, this album saw a reissue more recently via UK bale Hibernacula Records, a label I’m quite familiar with.
After several spins of the album I’m afraid there’s not really a lot to say. It’s a blend of black and death metal done in a raw fashion. It’s quite fragmented and has very few memorable moments.
There are times where a decent riff appears but generally these are lost in a mire of mediocrity. The vocals are suitably savage but perhaps a touch distorted for my liking. The drums sound programmed, which is fine but they have quite a stagnant and plastic sound which can easily be avoided in this day and age.
I listen to a hell of a lot of underground black metal and I truly admire what Barzakh are trying to do, but sadly the end result is bland and disjointed. So I’m sorry guys, this one isn’t doing it for me at all.