Czern - Zgliszcza - Download (2020)

Labels: Selfmadegod
Review by: Alex Deller

Dense and rather ornery, CzerÅ”ž have arrived at a sound that’s fairly distinctive but still needs a lift to really get where it’s going. The blocky riffs and weary trudge resemble the likes of Fudge Tunnel and 90s -(16)-, but this blank-eyed industrial grind is offset by the trance-inducing roil of a band like Heavydeath. Black metal influences enter the fray, too, and it’s here that things have a tendency of falling down: the sweeping tremolo-picked sections seem rather stock, and more likely to have you checking your phone than staring at the stereo in rapt, open-mouthed amazement. Imperfect as it is there’s still plenty to enjoy, and I’m hopeful that CzerÅ”ž can iron out the kinks and deliver something more consistently mighty next time around.