ALBUM: Cult of Fire – “मृत्यु का तापसी अनुध्यान”
LABEL: Iron Bonehead Productions
GENRE: Black Metal
RATING: 9.0 / 10
“From the days of Root and Master’s Hammer on to Maniac Butcher and Dark Storm and more recently Triumph, Genus and Death Karma, the Czech Republic has long been fertile ground for the blackest of metals. With the release of their “Triumvirát” debut last year, Cult of Fire exploded onto the scene as a new contender well versed in the olden ways. Now, with their second album, “मृत्यु का तापसी अनुध्यान”, Cult of Fire stand poised to drag those Olden Ways into a perversely brighter/darker future. On “मृत्यु का तापसी अनुध्यान”, the sound is undeniably “black metal” by definition, but Cult of Fire shred the rulebook in favor of ancient, arcane texts, speaking in forbidden tongues that dazzle with a certain kaleidoscopic flavor/fervor. Indeed, Cult of Fire are aptly named, as their attack encompasses coruscating gnarliness and winding, grinding violence, yet their grasp of dynamics spans a dizzying array of songcrafts, often simmering into melody-infused mysticism and patient, doomed-out excursions: not so much speaking a different language from black metal, but speaking one that’s an entirely unique dialect. Grab the torch and head on into mysteries unknown with Cult of Fire‘s “मृत्यु का तापसी अनुध्यान”…”
And before you even think of the thought that I am the one who drafted the piece of writing above, think again. I chose to include the official promotional text, not only out of lazyness but since I think it says pretty much everything about this fantastic piece of art.
About two months ago I reviewed the fantastic debut from Czech Triumph, Genus very confident that it would top my list of this years best black metal album. I even thought that it would be the album with the most difficult title to announce. I was partly wrong, “मृत्यु का तापसी अनुध्यान” (Translates to: “Ascetic Meditation of Death” according to Metal Archives), and it’s song titles are more fucked up than Triumph, Genus.
१. संहार रक्त काली
२ . अस्तित्व की चिता पर
३ . शव साधना
४ . काली मां
५ . मृत्यु ही सत्य है
६ . मृत्यु का वीभत्स नृत्य
७ . खण्ड मण्ड योग
८ . दिव्य प्रेम की ज्वाला से दग्ध
Musically though, “मृत्यु का तापसी अनुध्यान”, is much easier to get into when compared to last years predecessor “Triumvirát”. What you get here is approx. 47 minutes of metal filled with great atmosphere, melodies and a crispy clean production that suits this fantastic and easy, yet complex, piece of Black Metal. The Czech Republic BM-scene is really on fire at the moment and I am not far from proclaiming it as the #1 country for Black Metal as it stands now.
Recommended track: संहार रक्त काली /अस्तित्व की चिता पर
Review by: TK