Zaraza, Slavic Blasphemy

(c)1997 Musicus Phycus

"Brutal Experimental Symphonic Industrial Doom / Death Metal" (from the case)

Zaraza has all the makings of an industrial band, but with a brutal, harsh, edge to the music. "24 Hours" is basically industrial death metal, not like anything by Fear Factory or other such bands, but more in the vein of sampling and sequencing. The music is extremely disjoint and offers no form of soothing flow, and in general it is meant to grate on you and just be harsh. The cacophony continues into "Zakazany", which opens with a dark keyboard melody, but burst into a very noisy aural assault (nothing near what Brighter Death Now offers). Somewhere in the middle of this song the introduction to the darker elements occurs, as it starts to create a dismal atmosphere that leads into "Every Day Is A Funeral". Within "Every Day..." you are lead through the atmospheric netherworlds that will leave you longing for the intense grating sound of the earlier songs; the allure of dark music is formed in songs such as this one. A combination of eerie keyboards and sampled noises with simple drum beats and a bit more echoed death growling. The rest of the album maintains a similar style and mood of impending doom.

In the spectrum of dark music Zaraza offers a moderate entry point for listeners of industrial or death metal; Zaraza is still very much a hard/heavy music band.

Words from member Jacek

What does the term dark music mean to you?

It is a rather loose term that I use to describe anyhting that is non-standard, non-commercial and allows one's mind to explore a different plain. It can be anything from a depressing doom/death band such as Esoteric or ambient/experimental material such as Raison D'Etre. Dark music is more of a feeling than a genre - it encompasses many different styles.

How did you get into creating dark music?

I've been listening to all sort of non-mainstream forms of music since the early 1980s, starting out with hard-core, moving onto thrash, industrial, alternative and in the nineties death/doom/black metal and the whole experimental/industrial genre that has proliferated so much in the last few years.

Is the music a reflection of your life?

Yes and no. In some my ways my personal life may not always be depressing enough to generate these sorts of emotions. However, inside me there is a call to explore a different dimension. Maybe its main appeal is that it so different fromn everyday life where each day blends into one another so quickly. Music is what allows some of them to remain in memory forever.

What do you hope to achieve with the music?

For me personally, it is either a release from some of the occasional unpleasant experiences that one encounters in life sooner or later or just a desire to engulf myself in a different dimension. I do not think that much about what it does to other people. We're a small, radical, extreme underground band - wasting our time thinking how other people react to our music would surely lead to a commercialization of our style. I'd rather avoid that at any cost and focus instead on achieving what we want instead of giving the listener what they expect.

Where do you see your music progressing to?

We intend to bridge the gap between extreme metal (in all its forms) and widely understood experimental/industrial/classical music. Experimentation is one of the main sources of enjoyment when creating music. As much as I enjoy bands like Bolt Thrower put out the same excellent album over and over again, Zaraza preferes to concentrate instead on constantly trying to create something different. That makes us obviously less accessible and palatable for the mainstream underground crows, but it's a cost that we are aware of and ready to accept.