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Cult of Fire: मृत्यु का तापस&a

First of all, the album title and the song titles are all in Sanskrit and are hard to reproduce. They sometimes show up, at least in my copy of the promo materials, as question marks. I could copy those here, but I didn't want to make the songs here seem stupid. I want to know what the tiles are and would love to reproduce them both in Sanskrit and in translation. I have tried to reproduce them through simple copy and paste keystrokes, but I've struck out every time. I was able to get the title of the album. Anyway, we'll just have to live with the fact that this album has several tracks and that they have Sanskrit titles.

Second, drop whatever you are doing and check out some pictures of these guys in performance. They wear long black robes, masks, and some of the strangest pointy hats I've seen in a while. My first impression was to compare these guys to Ghost B. C., but it wouldn't be quite right to do that. Ghost B. C. is a good band, but it's easy to dismiss their costumes as part of a larger gimmick. With Cult of Fire, I am more inclined to think that the costumes are just part of the package. I mean, there's just nothing here to suggest that these guys all this stuff seriously and that our job is to accept that. Lots of bands like this want to imagine their music as something that invokes a pagan past, a time of magic and ritual power.

The music here is mostly black metal performed well. What sets it apart from other bands are the cool sitar passages, the brooding organ sounds, and the constant tremolo picking. Sure, tremolo picking is nothing new, but the guitar player just goes at it, as though it is fending off some terrible cosmic forces. I'm reminded of Lovecraft's tale "The Music of Erich Zann," in which a viol player does much the same thing. Whatever the purpose, this is convincing and interesting extreme music. Give it a go.

Added: February 8th 2014
Reviewer: Carl Sederholm
Related Link: Band Facebook Page
Hits: 1981
Language: english

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