Iron Fist Magazine

INTO BATTLE: BÖLZER

“I had actually planned an indefinite break from making music, but the idea of forming a band together seemed the right thing to do.” Hey Kzr (also of Deathcult and Witchrist), not only was that right thing to do, it was the best thing to do. Hailing from Switzerland, this duo – HzR on drums and KzR guitars and vocals – met by chance and resulted in the creation of the unholy beast that is Bölzer.

“Bölzer is first and foremost a death metal outfit with the atmospherical aesthetic of black metal and doom metal,” KzT explains. “Atmosphere is very important for us and far supersedes technicality in songwriting. Everything is very primal in Bölzer, something which, for me, denotes strength and sustainability among other things and lies at the very heart of our philosophy.” He further explains that their music isn’t just about the sound; “I believe the visual aspect of a record can be as important as the music itself, given that it can play a huge role in the overall atmosphere of the release and the way in which the listener experiences it.”

Having released a demo, ‘Roman Acupuncture’, in 2012, this year saw the release of ‘Aura’, a three-track slab of awesome that showcases the duo laying down their intent to unleash carnage, and whilst we are still picking our collective jaws up from the floor they come out all guns blazing with news of ‘Soma’, which is, “a 12″ release, this time comprised predominantly of older material”. It only gets better from there and though they claim to “write slowly”, there is talk of a full-length album for next year. They are the gift that keeps on giving and as long as it is pure Bölzer then you can be guaranteed it is going to be all kinds of hell.