Prezir – Contempt (2017)

Wisconsin’s Prezir are made up of some familiar faces that we’ve already covered here at The Grim Tower several times before. Two of those should be awfully familiar to you, like guitarist/bassist Rory Heikkila of Shroud Of Despondency and Luka Djordjevic of Khazaddum on vocal duties. The drummer here is a man by the name of Brian Serzynski, known for playing in Pigs Blood. According to the rest of the information that I have here (pushes up glasses) the band considers their music to be a “feral blend of death, black and thrash metal with influences inclusive of early Emperor, early Enslaved,Grand Belial’s Key, Arghoslent, Morbid Angel, Deicide and Destroyer 666.”

When the album begins, we’re greeted by some light acoustic playing inspired heavily by folky tremolos as well as some creepy quotes that express the mastermind’s continued hatred of religion. Particularly that one with Jesus. After the intro, we get into the real meat of the performance with a track called “Devotee Decree.” It is a raw but audible offering that feels exactly as we’d expect given the influences. Bits of thrash and a couple of tremolos with a mixture of deep growls and hefty scowls make up the rowdy performance here. I especially like how the piece changes shape, which although is sometimes tough to discern in so far as a few of the lead melodies (depends on the vocal mix and drumming) are concerned, but still comes off as a full-bodied performance that offers much more than what one might expect at first glance. It’s beefy and it needs to be, because I’m tired of picking off bones from bands that just don’t have enough muscle to deviate from the rest of the scene. “Holy Men Of Putridity” continues this feeling as it begins with thrash, throwing in some death bits and a speedy solo section before it rolls into rather hefty folk-tremolos. These can sound a bit triumphant in the mix and work to give the piece some depth. “The Legend Of The Five Suns” shines in the initial drumwork, which turns the piece wholly black metal but doesn’t neglect the death and thrash bits that we’ve been hearing thus far. The middle section here didn’t impress me though, and I almost fell asleep until the solo came in. The folky tremolo sections came in once again, sounding just as grandiose as before; but this time saving the day in the process. The record continues in much the same style, but at the same time, this isn’t something that we want to deviate too far from the norm. I don’t expect Prezir to inject bagpipes, synths or clean vocals into their performance as that would just come off bizarre and not really fit the atmopshere that they’re trying to achieve. It’s excessively dark, brutal and authentic as far as this genre is concerned. The performance is quite raw as well, but that should appeal to kvltists, even though I wouldn’t consider some parts of this album to be kvlt, nor would I rightly give a damn. I would however, consider this disc to be a true representation of extreme heavy metal music without all of the core and djent modernisms that have plagued the scene for so long.

When Prezir set out to make this album, they simply wanted to mix together all of the things about heavy metal that they loved and couple that with some commentary on society – in this case, religion. I really don’t think you can go wrong with what I’d consider to be a very solid album. I don’t think that Prezir set out to be the next big thing in metal, and this probably won’t astound you in any way – but it will give you a pulse pounding and memorable performance from beginning to end. You can’t go wrong with it and I’d definitely recommend checking it out. I’m giving this a solid score, but a couple points higher than usual, because I feel that its deserved.

(6 Tracks, 30:00)



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