Hailing from the stomping grounds of Belgrade, Serbia are Black Metallers KOZELJNIK. The band formed in 2006 and have since released: 2 full length albums and 2 EPs. Currently consisting of drummer L.G. and vocalist/guitarist/bassist Kozeljnik (both members of other Serbian BM bands MAY RESULT and THE STONE). This is my first exposure to KOZELJNIK and their music a mesh blend of mid tempo type of Black/Death Metal. I was in contact with L.G. when he mailed me a copy of the band’s latest EP Null: The Acheron of Multiform Negation. The EP consists of 6 tracks and runs just over 35 minutes.

The first thing I noticed on this album was the solid production work. Clear and crisp with plenty of punchy drums allowing for a nice full sound. The guitar work is catchy and not too flashy with ultra technical solos or complex structure, but are heavy. The vocals on the other hand really got to me, they are melodic/opera-like and clean-ish but just somehow seem out of place. I listened to this cd over and over, but my ears just could not adjust to the vocals. I think that with a different vocal approach, the music would stand out even better. The album’s opening track “As If Through A Myriad Of Shades” starts the melancholy off with a nice blend of gloom. The music is reminiscent of IN THE WOODS and SECRETS OF THE MOON with the atmosphere established throughout the cd. A good mixture of some old school style meeting a new style of black metal.

The last 2 tracks on the album are from the band’s first demo from 2007 and showcases a much different sound overall. The first of which is “Scourged with Apathy”and a blast beat fast paced attack that really brings out the musicianship of the duo and provides a hint Somberlain-era DISSECTION to the mix.

This is a well polished EP that provides a good solid release. You have to listen to the album a few times in order to get a “feel” for it and to also adjust to the vocalist. Otherwise, the music does provide a doomy mid-paced style of black metal. Check out MAY RESULT and THE STONE so that you can get an idea of what these musicians do prior to checking out this release. I think this album good effort, but not a great one.