Black Metal Band ZURIAAKE 2015 New Album National Tour Shenzhen Station
China and Chinese black metal isn’t as odd as it may seem at first. In fact, Eastern Asia has been developing a really strong bond with metal for a few years now and though it was slow to start, the pace has steadily been increasing with the black metal scene, in particular, growing stronger and stronger with time. Maturity has hit this region of the world only a few years after the black metal waves managed to breach the barriers that were trying to contain it. More developed countries, in terms of its relationship to metal and, more specifically, black metal, have had to wait a much longer time for maturity and wisdom to sink into the skin of the musicians that tried to play this scathing style. Chinese black metal was first introduced to me by the wonderfully depressive Be Persecuted, a band who has held a firm position in my heart to this very day, despite discovering them a while ago now. Though ZURIAAKE aren’t specifically depressive black metal, a number of their traits can be aligned with this fateful sub-genre that cannot elude criticism.
However, ZURIAAKE are by no means a one dimensional band. Not only do they cater to the needs of the depressive fan, their seasonal inspired black metal style caters to the more ambient, or atmospheric fan who craves for a little more invention that the depressive spectrum sometimes tends not to offer to its beleaguered followers. I, myself, am a big fan of seasonal bands and by that I mean bands inspired by Autumn and Winter, two of the biggest inspirations behind the black metal scene over recent years. These seasons have become pillars of the community, opening their arms and their doors to all who seek inspiration and a certain amount of beauty with which to reference their listeners back to. ZURIAAKE, though clichéd at times with the samples of storms, particularly falling rain and thunder over the sombre guitar sections, are a band who like to contrast emotions within their special soundscapes. There is beauty in the destruction that ensues that most depressive black metal bands are simply incapable of achieving and because of this, it incapacitates the listeners emotions and forces them to feel as the ZURIAAKE musicians felt when they created this divine and lush record. « 收起