8 / 10
➤ "... Songwriter Barbara knows how to compose really touching pieces that don't need to hide from other scene greats of Doom Metal. Also her vocals, from ethereal to guttural, hit the mark again in the three new songs."
MEDIA FEEDBACK • Cycles • 2021:
9,5 / 10 • Album of the month
➤ "... as soon as I hear the voice, combined with an intelligent and very gritty Post Metal with Black and Doom Metal, I am immediately left without defences … enigmatic, mystical and of course hypnotic … one of the great debuts of the year and an album we will hardly forget …"
(World Of Metal)
14 / 15
➤ "... somewhat reminiscent of Myrkur ... diverse and varied style mix ... gloomy-melancholic, but also contains at times quite cheerful passages ... my nerve was completely struck by 'Cycles' stylistically ... what an incredibly strong album!"
9 / 10
➤ "... use of very different vocal styles ... considerable richness ... high growth in songwriting skills ... like black thunderstorms ... massive walls of guitars ... healing, soothing, broadly flowing streams ... ancient healing spells in long-forgotten language (Brawand is also a studied medievalist in addition to her artistic activities) ... stirring, nature-mystical songs ... formative spiritual-magical touch ..."
9 / 10
➤ "… powerful, gripping songs that touch the listener at the root of his existence ... has become my inner retreat and home of the soul ... contemporary, dazzlingly versatile Metal with depth and ambition ... a treat for the heart, soul and ears alike, which also carries the important message that sensitivity is not a weakness, quite the opposite ... what could fit better in our time? ... my album of the year …"
9 / 10
➤ "… carries away inclined listeners with its dense atmosphere from beginning to end - completely in the sense of the content concept, which is inspired by water and the forces of nature ... gloomy, powerful ... quite individual character ... high recognition value ... also the overall production sounds quite fantastic …"
4 / 5
➤ "If you are looking for drawers in this case, you need a large piece of furniture. Because a drawer alone does not do justice to the diversity of the Swiss in the slightest. Designations like Post Metal or Doom Metal are at most the wood from which the furniture is carved. But in the drawers hide many more treasures ... a gloomy-idyllic setting. When Dool meets Avatarium and stages an Anathema piece with Alcest, it comes pretty close to WAZZARA ..."
82 / 100
➤ "… an instant hit … Post Rock combined with Folk, Post Black Metal, Shoegaze and some Psychedelic Rock … a very successful mix of Alcest, Myrkur and Sylvaine … great songs, lots of variation, excellent artists and very good vocals …"
80 / 100
➤ "… atmospheric, gloomy and dark … full of melancholy … elegance … perfect combination …"
8 / 10
➤ "… a very great sounding mixture of Blackgaze, Doom and Post Metal …"
(Blackened Death Metal Zine)
8 / 10
➤ "… really good ... reminds a bit of Alcest, Agalloch and In The Woods, but vocally more like Avatarium ... some of the vocal lines could also come from Nick Holmes on the Paradise Lost albums around the turn of the millennium …"
7 / 10
➤ "... surprisingly clear and coherently produced ... in every song new soundscapes, above which always the vocals of Barbara Brawand are enthroned and determine the action ... somewhere between the styles of Cellar Darling, Alcest and Cult Of Luna ... journey from reality up to the moon, in which especially dreamy Metal fans should enjoy ..."
➤ "WAZZARA present grand sonic artistry with their own spirited brand of enchantment and intensity, and their debut full length Cycles is absolutely wondrous to behold … stunning amalgamation of Metal and Shoegaze render their sonnets a vibrant adventure that will enrapture the senses."
➤ "… magical and dark melodies … fantastic debut album … shows how much potential the band has … I can totally picture WAZZARA playing with bands like Alcest or Cellar Darling … can’t wait to see what they have for us in the future."
➤ "… have an unique way of delivering their music … an interesting album … the moods, the guitars, the voices and all …"
➤ "... totally mesmerised by it ... imagine a cross between the Dutch The Gathering at the time of Anneke and the French Alcest ... the wonderful voice of Barbara, showing all her creative flair and skills between evolutions, high notes, vocals to an unexpected growl/scream .... fascinating and enveloping atmosphere that immediately draws us in ... try to close your eyes and let yourself be carried away by the flow of the music, as the album has a short duration and flows very well ... with an excellent cover version of Type 0 Negative's 'Wolf Moon' ... an album of pure emotion, and I listen to it while watching the first snow of November fall out of the window … I have shivers of joy … I almost press repeat …"
(The Murder Inn)
➤ "... a lot of variety ... alternating harder with softer songs again and again ... mostly very powerful, but through the varied vocals different emotional states and moods are transported very well ... so who likes it a bit mystical and atmospheric, should risk an ear here ..."
➤ "… dreamy, fragile, enchanting …"
➤ "… sometimes like a warm wide flowing river, sometimes like the deep unfathomable royal sea …"
➤ "… like an enchanting mist delicately strewn about a world long forgotten."
(From Corners Unknown)
|Base:||Zurich • Switzerland|
|FFO:||Agalloch, Paradise Lost, The Gathering|
|Release:||April 30, 2023|
At the end of 2022 and beginning of 2023, the profound band recorded three new songs, which will be released as EP "Ombreine" on April 30, 2023.
Like the water, which sometimes appears quietly dreamy, sometimes wildly roaring, you can experience the formation live today near and far.
In addition, and since the beginning of WAZZARA history, Barbara shows up here and there with her ethereal songs also as a WAZZARA solo performance act.
Taking initial inspiration from the natural poetry of water in motion, enrapt listeners have found themselves moved by the otherworldly, ethereal and magical offerings of Swiss-based songwriter Barbara Brawand since 2015.
A show quickly followed in early 2020, alongside Grift and Wolcensmen; the first and last to grace the stage before a long and terrible silence descended over the concert industry.
Nevertheless, instead of allowing weeds to choke the banks of creativity, WAZZARA has continued to wind its course and met the year’s end having grown even stronger, composed an entirely new set list and become a full band:
Barbara Brawand (vocals, guitar), Mäsi Stettler (guitar), George Necola (bass) and Julia Kapp (live session drums).
The now initiated writing process for WAZZARA's first full-length album led to exploration of wider musical horizons, incorporating spellbinding, doomy riffs into the EP’s legacy of melancholic, dreamy and celestial soundscapes.
A moon motif nurturing untamed, sacred femininity has also been woven into spells for healing old wounds.
Inspired by nature’s infinite wandering phases, "Cycles" praises the end that is always a beginning.
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