Come at them Roaring:
“CAKE”, the first LP by OZYMANDIAS
“The past envoys of a different world. Those are the actual ghosts that haunt a petrified present.”
Black as Black Sabbath.
Black as Black Death (Icelandic demon drink).
Black as the signal colour of the Nihilists.
Because there is no question that you can feel a breeze of that Nihilism in the sense of “Fuck it. Go for it.” in the songs of the trio from Linz.
The vocals: Come at them roaring! The guitar: sometimes driving, sometimes tough, always hard. The drum: the heartbeat of it all. And then there is
still that organ! As if Jon Lord himself were at the Hammond only to thoroughly mess up the timelines together with the festive sounds of a church mass.
Is what we are hearing from 1974, or 2018? Yesterday’s remnants or tomorrow’s pioneers? Nothing is certain in the end.
But of course, if you don the ruling name of an Egyptian pharaoh in all seriousness, forty years after the student coded movement of Progressive Rock the way Christoph (vocals, guitar), Flo (drums), and Armin (organ) do, you are playing with timelines. That the inspiration for the name OZYMANDIAS was actually drawn from the TV-series “Breaking Bad”, when Walter White recites the thusly named poem by Shelley – pah! Education from TV is still education. If you fuse various styles of metal into your own sound, if you aren’t scared of heavy old-fashioned hard rock, you’re not that busy reading …
Rather scream until your voice fails and then batter the guitar strings! That led to nine songs that you will be hard pressed to forget. You don’t think so? Listen to this!