Band: Papngu | Album:Holoceno | Genre: Progressive metal, Zeuhl | Year: 2021
From: João Pessoa, Brazil | Label: Independent
For fans of: Mastodon, Magma, ‘70s King Crimson, Oranssi Pazuzu
Zeuhl and metal are two genres which I’ve long felt would make fantastic bedfellows, but almost every instance of an attempted fusion I’ve found has been lackluster. Magma’s Šlag Tanz EP bills itself as jazz-metal, and that’s not too far off the mark; and the bands ni and PoiL frequently have moments where these two styles merge. Most other attempts at blending zeuhl and metal have come off as muddled, meandering morasses of aimless dissonance and irregular drumming.
Brazil’s Papangu, though, might be the best-realized example of zeuhl metal I’ve run across to date. Holoceno, their debut album, has been seven years in the making, and it tells the story of an environmental apocalypse–something Brazilians would understandably have on their minds.Continue reading “Album Review: Papangu – Holoceno”