Label: Ván Records
BEZWERING from Gelderland, the Netherlands, is an entity risen from the ashes of Wederganger. Continuing in the vein of its illustrious predecessor, BEZWERING forges Undeath Metal marked by rabid aggression and utter despair since 2018. Following the 2019 demo heralding the first album with two of its songs, the 2020 full-length Aan de wormen overgeleverd (Handed over to the worms) catapults nine undead cadavers into the world of the living.
This is a classic black metal album with no atmospheric interludes/passages or surprises. From the dynamic drumming to dark and powerful riffs, the album delivers the sound that the fans of that traditional BM sound will enjoy in an instant. The album’s language being in Dutch might confuse some people but I think that this worked pretty well for the vocals in general, as it sounds natural and flows easily.
There is one big highlight, that is, the operatic clean vocals. This changes the overall vibe of the album completely. Be surprised; some of you might be impressed, some of you might raise your eyebrows but you have to admit that the clean vocals add such a nice dimension and even a bit of eeriness thanks to the amazing talent of Alfschijn. Just check out Rouwstoet or Aan Gene Zijde and you will know what I mean.
As much as I enjoyed this record and the surprises, I have to admit that the record didn’t really blow my mind that much. Sure, you can tell that the guys have the motivation and the vision but considering that they were recently formed, they need a bit of time to completely show their potential and move forward. In particular, if the arrangements could be improved, the repetitive passages reduced and if the band manages to show their passion and that spark, we could be in for a treat in the future. This debut release is a nice start nevertheless and I look forward to hearing what they have for us. I can also see this band working out better live in a black metal gig or festival. So keep in eye for these Dutchies if you like your black metal traditional!
05. Aan gene zijde
06. Terror terroris
07. Geen bloemen op mijn graf
08. Het tweede gezicht