Chicago band Rezn’s second full-length album Calm Black Water is certain to end up on many best-of lists this year due to a unique blend of heavy psych and doom metal that requires repeated spins in order to sort it all out. The riffs emerge from the murky depths early on album opener Iceberg and continue throughout six heady tracks. Rezn creates additional atmosphere by layering heavy effects on the vocals that help to fold them into the textures of the music. The vocals maintain an ‘under water’ type vibe that contributes to the overall nautical feel of the album.
Vocal effects aside, this album floats (literally) between spacey interludes and mile-high climbing riffs that explode but then drop out in an instance as demonstrated in the track High Tide. The track ebbs and flows along a calm beat and vocal delivery building up to a crushing riff that finishes out the track. Rezn has crafted a beautifully heavy album that tweaks the doom metal formula with their own unique spin. Set sail on the black waters!