Not too many
Polish Black metal bands are worth being mentioned, yet this very little
known band is undoubtely one of them, notwithstanding they've been around
since 1991. For those who don't know the band and need a definition,
I'd say their style can be kind of described as progressive symphonic
Black metal, but there's a great deal of further elements making this
6-track debut CD above the average from beginning to end; violent riffs
and vocals are placed side by side to undistorted electric guitar notes
("Dream About True Past", "Irresistible Temptation"
and "Born from Hate"). The sounds are clean including
the whole cymbal kit, the bass involving, the kick drums dry and not
effected, so that this CD is one of the few sounding better in a hi-fi
than in earphones. Who said that Black metal is a synonym of low-fi?
Occulta is breaking down a lot of common places in that field with a
At the end of the first track there's place for a remarkable guitar
solo by the guest musician Marek Karolski, followed by evocative vocals
and keyboards again main characters. Occulta, the main man of this band,
has sung and played all the rest and I can but say his riffing is really
excellent and his screams pure North-European evil! The negative "Next
Night Will Come" starts with an arpeggio to which a distorted
guitar, depressive sing-song-like vocals and sinister bell tolls add
themselves soon afterwards. It's an example of mid-paced song with a
dynamical drumwork underground not only recurring to the typical blasts;
then it's time for Occulta's freezing howls again and a stunning 6-string
solo; never have I heard such skill and good taste within a Black metal
song structure, trust me! Marek's feeling can be compared to the one
of great virtuoso of Death Metal, James Murphy, one of those you can
recognize among 1,000. 7 minutes of ecstasy for a masterpiece of Black
metal already worth the buying of "Per Aspera ad Astra".
"The Lord in the Sky" is based on the contrast between
mid-tempoes and blast beats; very appreciated is the keyboards work
one more time, here quite fresh and involving, and also played in a
baroque manner, while "Fall of the Kingdom of Brightness"
closes with the crow-like screams and the recitative vocals on sature
distorted vocals. This song differs from the others because, if you
listen to that carefully and read the lyrics, you'll notice it's powerful,
yet not wicked like the others. As to the other lyrics they deal with
several topics such as violence, satanism, warriors of the pure race;
nothing new you'll say, nevertheless something that perfectly fits Thirst's
It's really a shame this band has had so hard an existance, since the
recordings were made in 1997, but the CD wasn't released by another
Polish label as it had to in a first moment, therefore leader Occulta
had to wait until May 2003 for Marek Karolski's mastering. There's something
positive in all this trouble of course, as now there's much less attention
to the Black metal phenomenon and now that it's gone back to an underground
level again, only true bands like Thirst can avail themselves on that,
that is: less bands, more quality, less trendy people, more focus on
the few that keep the flag high and without compromises.
The back and front covers are only in blue and white, and the whole
CD oozes with a maximum level of inspiration by the genius Occulta.
The only fault I can find in this CD is the bad English grammar and
some pronunciation mistakes, but what matters is that the messages and
the lyrics are understood, so let's pass this over for this time. It's
surprising how true the saying Heaven helps those who help themselves
is, for a one-man band and a session solist have achieved so high artistic
levels with a considerable dose of musical originality that many experienced
bands aren't able to do (anymore) that I really hope the Polish label
is going to reprint their old tapes on CD or release some new stuff.
I think you all are going to feel the same need as well, 'cause these
are 31 minutes long, which is not little but they're so cool that I
just can't take them off my CD player and I'm dying for more of Thirst.
Which are very recommended if you liked the Emperor of "In the
MARKUS GANZHERRLICH - 12/3/04
-The Might of the Pagan Belief (demo - Astral Wings records)
-Per Aspera ad Astra (CD - Alles Stenar - 2004)