Yaotzin released Chaosbringer in January 2014. It’s a four track single, you can check it out yourself via the links below this post, and like our last band this group hail from The Netherlands. Yaotzin have a long and accomplished history behind them, and one short review like this won’t cover that history correctly and completely, or do their discography any justice. As always there will be plenty of links laid out at the end of this post to help you get more info on these guys, and we encourage you to waste no time and hop to it.
So, the four tracks on this release consist of the title-track, ‘Chaosbringer’, as well as ‘Malkuth’, ‘Murder’, and ‘The Incarnation of Satan’. As this is quite a short recording we’re going to try and dissect the songs a little, as we don’t have the luxury of leaving some of the release for you to discover on your own.
One of the ways we thought we’d tackle this somewhat difficult band was the following… On their ReverbNation page, the band posts that they sound like; “Dark Funeral, The True Mayhem, Immortal, Marduk Official, Belphegor”. So, with only four tracks to look at and with most of you knowing those five bands pretty well (I mean, you must, right?), let’s do a bit of an actual comparison. We started with the title-track.
‘Chaosbringer’ starts us off here with a melodic instrumental intro, that steadily increases in complexity until Theo’s vocals kick us off in the second minute to a backdrop of drums, drums and more drums (courtesy of Bas). The recording is clean, the music is tight. As with the intro, the song seems to gradually make itself more and more complex without loosing any of the atmosphere it has collected so far. It’s fast and ever changing and, finally, impressive. So, we take some notes but let’s move on for now.
‘Malkuth’ definitely sets a different tone. Each individual part is more solid and sure of itself. The harmonies are just as beautiful to listen to but it’s certainly more harsh and self-assured than the intricate guitar fills and harmonies from ‘Chaosbringer’. All the solid guitar work brought to us courtesy of Spoor, the former bassist. ‘Murder’continues this same feeling on, but it’s a much more sinister song. It’s a great mixture of the complexities already shown on the past two tracks. A wall of sound completely intertwined with light guitars, can rival the solid blocky songs in the same vital feelings.
When ‘The Incarnation of Satan’ begins we have some pretty high expectations for it. And, amazingly, it doesn’t fail to deliver. Overall this seems such a well composed MCD that the four tracks doesn’t bother us in it’s shortness but rather its lack of length… The track is another perfect mix of time changes, instant riff-jumps, and yet perfect unity.
Some of us at the office may have started off this post with a little bit of mocking in their voice at the claims of Yaotzin on their ReverbNation page, on which there’s not much else but album links and the list of bands they’ve listed under ‘Sounds Like’ (“Dark Funeral, The True Mayhem, Immortal, Marduk Official, Belphegor”). We’ve dug out the newest releases of all five of these in order to do a little comparison, more out of curiosity at this stage than an attempt at proving the claim wrong.
And we ain’t gonna tell you shit. Nah, we really did dig the albums out of our vast dusty collections. And we agree that they tagged themselves pretty well. But in the end, it’s up to us to listen to Yaotzin, not decide who they fucking sound like. We’ve linked the albums below. Enjoy.
We don’t know what’s in the Dutch scene to make the bands so intriguing, but we know exactly where we’ll be holidaying next, in search of some good gigs. Seeing Yaotzin and Weltschmerz together? Well let’s hope someone get’s the idea in their head.
Links for the Band:
Links for newest albums of bands referenced above:
Dark Funeral: Angelus Exuro Pro Eternus (2009) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcDFfQBsLBw
Mayhem: Esoteric Warfare (2014) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nk2i0sS1Gmo
Immortal: All Shall Fall (2009) http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBvi7zXrqdr3Bp3nTN5WbosVKfVQgZTop
Maruk: Serpent Sermon (2012) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1VAFcD82tM
Belphegor: Conjuring the Dead (2014) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TW0puOh1W0s
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Until next time,