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Titaan: Kadingir

Don't let the chilling, atmospheric tranquility of the frost covered opening instrumental "Apsu" lull you into thinking that Kadingir, the latest release from the outfit known as Titaan, is going to be a calming walk in the park. "Nis Ilim Zakaru" will quickly obliterated those thoughts, as manic guitar riffs, blast beats, hellish black metal rasps and deep death metal growls take precedent and brutalize everything in its path. But wait, then we have the spooky little "Anur", which for 3-minutes allows the heart to relax before the pulverizing "Titaan" again bludgeons the listener into submission. That's kind of the way it goes throughout Kadingir, as several of these creepy little instrumental interludes bridge the gap to the more bombastic, brutal main tunes. "Sebet Babi" and the title track are especially frantic, with an assortment of harsh vocal styles as well as some chanting stabbing through a mix of relentless blasting and manic riffing. A few of the shorter pieces contain some impressive acoustic guitar work, while the others are dominated by keyboards and chilling atmospherics.

Trying to decipher what Kadingir is all about might prove challenging, but according to Titaan, it goes something like this: "From the deeper and most ancient past of the Mesopotamic Culture, those who live heavens and subsoils, Gods and Demons, fight one against the other to reach the Eternity, sustaining the entire balance of the Universe; spreading their ancestral message to the mankind through Lalartu, the Greatest Herald, the one who is the Spectre Essence, the Mask Carrier of Fecundity, the Traveller of the Heavens Gate Kadingir, Itinerant Spirit of the Twelfth Planet. Amongst the outermost loneliness, the emptiness and spiritual dismay, the ancient and secret forbidden language with the unpronounceable name, will guide you throughout an introspective and emotional journey across Occult and Ancient Connections, Esoterically and Rituals Boundings, Cosmogony and Cosmology, Universe and Earth, where the Highest and Heavenly Angers, the Strongest Energies which reign the semisphere of the Underworld, will arise through the darkest and deepest sensations of the Self and the Soul, of the Everything and the Nothing." Well, ok then...honestly, for my money, there seems to be a bit of an identity crisis here, as Titaan can't seem to decide whether it's black metal, death metal, or doom that should be the name of the game, as there's quite a lot of everything, along with some prog for good measure. Sometimes this collision of genres works really well, as on the tremendous "Peta Babkama Luruba Anaku", at other times it's all a bit haphazard and odd, but you have to give credit where credit is due, as Kadingir certainly is an intriguing journey.

Kidingir will be available from ATMF in late January 2016.

Track Listing
1) Apsu 4:23
2) Nis Ilim Zakaru 7:49
3) Anur 3:06
4) Titaan 4:42
5) Itima 2:44
6) Sabitu 1:27
7) Sebet Babi 4:22
8) Magururnuabzu 1:44
9) Kingu 0:32
10) Kadingir 5:42
11) Utukagaba 1:41
12) Azag 1:56
13) Peta Babkama Luruba Anaku 6:04
14) Erset La Tari 5:00
15) Kuan 5:42
16) Nibiru 12:00

Added: December 29th 2015
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: ATMF
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Language: english

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