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Posts Tagged ‘Jassa’

JASSA – INCARNATION OF THE HIGHER GNOSIS LP (Fallen Empire Records)

Monday, May 21st, 2018

Jassa - Incarnation Of The Higher GnosisDue to my ever-diminishing vocabulary and inadequate intellect, I have no idea whatsoever what an incarnation of the higher gnosis is – or could purport to be – but verbose, bordering-on-nonsensical album and song titles have always been a key part of the Black Metal and Death Metal experience for me.

Though its meaning eludes me, ‘Incarnation Of The Higher Gnosis’ is nevertheless a fitting title for Jassa’s rather wonderful third full-length, which is in essence a superb offering of mysterious Heathen Black / Death Metal (overlap between the two subgenres very evident) emanating from the top left corner of the Motherland, not far removed from Finland (geographically, not sound-wise).

Hate Forest is a reliable reference point but Jassa have their own distinct sound and the lack of hype around this entity in our sickening, race-to-the-bottom era of feverish online clambering, needy posturing and instagratification is frankly baffling.

Evilometer: 666/666

JASSA – LIGHTS IN THE HOWLING WILDERNESS LP (Fallen Empire Records / Amor Fati Productions)

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

Jassa - Lights In The Howling WildernessIf, like me, you bemoan the tragic, premature demise of Hate Forest then you could do worse than checking out Jassa’s second full-length album, ‘Lights In The Howling Wilderness’. I’m not sure how politically correct or offensive it is to compare Russians and Ukrainians these heady days but I’ve just done it and there’s no turning back now.

This is a superb, ritualistic, otherworldly record with a majestic aura, exotic instrumentation and ominous drums that betimes sound like human bones hitting off coffin lids. Sometimes it gets a bit muddled and seems to be losing direction and focus and threatening to come apart at the seams … in true Black Metal spirit.

Evilometer: 666/666