Merdumgiriz and everything that comes out of that camp is no stranger to darkness, oppression, obscurity and nihilism; and with the release of Pas.to.rale that certainly still remains the case. When this album was brought to my attention it was called their “best album ever”, and I have to agree. Pas.to.rale still follows the same formula that the other works that Merdumgiriz has come out with but this one seems more tightly knit and cohesive. Each song on this record plays well into one another creating a cohesive and damning listen.
Much like other works that Merdumgiriz has released it still has a chaotic and sinister edge to it and yet the majority of the songs on this record sport a sort of melodious nature all at the same time. Once you press play, you know what you are getting in to, and that is a twisting, dark and purely blackened listen that tends to stick with you well after you are finished listening. Each gnarled note is felt and each lyric and vocal is heard and through ten songs you are presented with a unique and wholly soul shredding listen.
Yayla crosses many different genres never sticking to one for very long. There is everything from doom, to black metal, to death metal and more and they do a good job of mixing everything together to create a cohesive listen. Pas.to.rale takes you into the abyss of your own mind, into the darkest reaches that your mind has to offer and makes you face that darkness all on your own. Once you begin listening you become shrouded in misery and pure darkness, and even so you enjoy what you are hearing and want to keep listening.
Even as sinister and twisting as this release is you just can’t seem to turn away. There is something about it that is very inviting and before you know it you are multiple listens deep. From full fledged metallic assaults to pure instrumentals and everything in between, Pas.to.rale provides you with plenty of diversity and variety and you never really know where Yayla is going to take you next. This release keeps you guessing from note one all the way through and keeps you interested and listening all the way through as well.
The longer run times on this release play well for Yayla as it gives them a chance to soak you in all of the poisonous and bleak atmosphere that they provide. They take you on a twisting journey through the darkest reaches of the soul and mind and spit you back out the other end. Pas.to.rale is unforgiving to say the least, and even so you still feel mightily compelled to press play and listen to what darkness awaits you around the “play” button.
Overall, I have to agree with Merdumgiriz with this being their most solid release to date. It has everything in a trademark Merdumgiriz record and then some which ultimately provides you with a thought provoking, heavy and memorable listen.