Band – Zebulon Kosted
Album – Die Groot Korkodil Pieter Willem Botha
Country of Origin – USA
Genre – Experimental/Ambient/Black Metal
Release Date – April 2, 2021
Label – Independent Release
Author – Hayduke X
Never one to sit on his laurels, nor one to present the unexpected, Zebulon Kosted have given us a new form of strange, otherworldly masterpiece. Die Groot Korkodil Pieter Willem Botha is thematically about the South African politician Pieter Willem Botha, who died in 2006. The subtext of the commentary presented here is something along the lines of, “May he rot in hell for all eternity.” for Botha was an unrepentant racist who was a strong supporter of apartheid.
Known for creating experimental black metal with elements of doom and noise, ZK seem to be spending some time exploring a more atmospheric sound lately. Quite frankly, this release starts out sounding like a dungeon synth album (no complaint here…that’s my latest obsession), before adding some acoustic guitar and launching into some ominous droning doom. Rashid Abdel Ghafur, the main man behind the project, provides his standard caustic vocals throughout.
Die Groot Korkodil Pieter Willem Botha is one forty-four plus minute track, which may seem unmanageable. The reality is that it draws you into a trance with it’s droning rhythms, building tension and beauty slowly, Ghafur revealing more of this monster with each bile filled invective. Certainly, this is not something to listen to while running errands, but if you give yourself the time to listen, you’ll be lost, then found, in this immense piece. Give yourself over to Zebulon Kosted.
Biography: Hayduke X has been writing for MoshPitNation since June of 2016. He is also a contributor to The Metal Wanderlust. Prior to joining the MoshPitNation team, Hayduke published reviews on his own blog Rage and Frustration. In addition, he has DJ’ed an online metal radio show of the same name as his blog, written for TOmetal.com, done interviews for Metal Rules, and collaborated with The Art of B Productions to create video interviews with a wide variety of bands.