Cult Of Fire - मृत्यु का तापसी अनुध्यान review




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Band: Cult Of Fire
Album: मृत्यु का तापसी अनुध्यान
Release date: November 2013


01. संहार रक्त काली
02. अस्तित्व की चिता पर
03. शव साधना
04. काली मां
05. मृत्यु ही सत्य है
06. मृत्यु का वीभत्स नृत्य
07. खण्ड मण्ड योग
08. दिव्य प्रेम की ज्वाला से दग्ध


Eastern influences in rock-derived forms of music have come quite a long way since the days of George Harrison and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. With metal in its modern state, we definitely have plenty of bands that follow suit (Nile, Melechesh, and Rudra, to name a few). The problem I find with a lot of this Eastern-infused metal, however, is that the metal almost always seems to trump the Eastern elements, and being the Oriental f̶a̶n̶a̶t̶i̶c̶ ̶ nerd that I am, I find myself looking for bands that strike more of a 50/50 balance between the two. This year, I was lucky enough to get my wish, in the form of Cult Of Fire's sophomore release मृत्यु का तापसी (that's "Ascetic Meditation Of Death," for all you heathen bastards who have not yet mastered the holy Sanskrit).

With their 2013 effort, Cult Of Fire fully immerse themselves in the themes behind their music to a degree that almost comes across as slightly transcendental. Right off the bat, these Czechs drag you deep into a world of Vedic rites and ancestral Hindu deities, and there's no turning back from there. On the one hand, मृत्यु का तापसी is firmly grounded in a very powerful and well-executed folk atmosphere (sitar, native percussion, clean chants), easily rivaling Negură Bunget at some of their best moments (check out the first track, or the closer, in particular). These elements are somehow always delivered in a way that makes them feel highly genuine and believable, almost as though you're not really listening to a black metal band in 2013, but to an Indian tribe of a bygone past. They send you places, to say the least.

At the same time, मृत्यु का तापसी is indeed a black metal album at its core, and this sound more or less dominates. Cult Of Fire, however, certainly don't adhere to the typical formulas of the genre, and have a very interesting way of employing song structures similar to some of their contemporaries, whilst at the same time retaining their own identity. The riffing on this new output, for example, is for the most part quite groovy and at times even catchy, conjuring thoughts of Nachtmystium during their Black Meddle era (Track 2 and Track 7, notably). In addition, the album also has some guitar leads here and there that are quite minimalist and melody-centered, reminiscent of The Meads Of Asphodel's style (Track 4, Track 6). But no matter the correlation to other bands, Cult Of Fire still maintain a sense of distinction, a feeling that the music they create is unquestionably their own.

Furthermore, मृत्यु का तापसी is without question one of the best composed (if not entirely original) black metal albums of the year. The folk and extreme elements balance themselves out almost flawlessly, and there's a strong sense that Cult Of Fire embrace Eastern culture because they're truly interested in it, not just for a useful band image, which certainly lends them a higher degree of respect than your average group. Listen to Slayer and worship Satan? Forget that nonsense, listen to Cult Of Fire and praise Kali! *Note: she's right there on the album cover, to make it easy for you.


Rating breakdown
Performance: 9
Songwriting: 10
Originality: 8
Production: 8


 



Written on 23.11.2013 by Comforting the disturbed and disturbing the comfortable since 2013.


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26.11.2013 - 14:45
!J.O.O.E.!
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Written by Mr. Doctor on 26.11.2013 at 06:51


Your example isn't that good anyways since the previous vocalists (who is the one who stills writes the lyrics) is from a part of Findland where swedish is actually the official language.

Never heard of Findland, but I suppose no one can find it =P
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26.11.2013 - 15:30
mz
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Giving my ears a rest from music.
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26.11.2013 - 19:21
Marcel Hubregtse
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Written by Troy Killjoy on 26.11.2013 at 00:19

Written by Apothecary on 25.11.2013 at 20:59
Non-English speaking bands don't always write in their native languages

I think Finntroll is a good example of this.



Kursk would be a better example. Like Rod said the vocalist of Finntroll is from a part of Finland where one of the official languages is Swedish, Swedish is the second official language in FInalnd generally. Whereas Russian isn't an official language in Finland at all

But Che's example of Urfaust is actually spot on. Another good example would be Corrupted they are from Japan yet sing in Spanish.
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01.12.2013 - 20:43
Pennywise
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Its better than Rudras new album which is a great sucess since Rudra specialised in this topic and music. The deity on the cover is Kali and not Shiva.
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01.12.2013 - 23:03
Apothecary
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Written by Guest on 01.12.2013 at 20:43

Its better than Rudras new album

Agreed, which is saying something because Rudra are pretty top notch to begin with.
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Written by RaduP on 14.01.2016 at 02:08

So you're not actually a bearded shaman opening his third eye through music?
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25.01.2014 - 15:30
ghalib86
The picture is indeed of Kali with Shiva under her... what makes it pretty obvious is the presence of a crescent moon on his forehead and what seems like a third eye.

The demon Kali destroyed was "Rakt Beej" meaning "Blood Seed." For every single drop of his blood that would fall on the ground, countless clones would appear. Kali overcame this by not letting even a drop to fall down - instead beheading the demon and letting his blood fall into a bowl of fire which would evaporate every last trace of the blood.

The proper translation of the songs would be:

1. संहार रक्त काली (Annihilation Blood Kali)
2. अस्तित्व की चिता पर (On the Funeral Pyre of Existence)
3. शव साधना (Corpse Worship)
4. काली मां (Mother Kali)
5. मृत्यु ही सत्य है (Death Alone is the Truth)
6. मृत्यु का वीभत्स नृत्य (Gruesome Dance of Death)
7. खण्ड मण्ड योग (Battered Skull Yoga)
8. दिव्य प्रेम की ज्वाला से दग्ध (Burned by the Flame of Divine Love)
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25.01.2014 - 15:34
Apothecary
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Written by ghalib86 on 25.01.2014 at 15:30

The demon Kali destroyed was "Rakt Beej" meaning "Blood Seed." For every single drop of his blood that would fall on the ground, countless clones would appear. Kali overcame this by not letting even a drop to fall down - instead beheading the demon and letting his blood fall into a bowl of fire which would evaporate every last trace of the blood.

I'm deeply into the Hindu religion myself, and I gotta say, the mythology behind it is pretty fucking metal
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Written by RaduP on 14.01.2016 at 02:08

So you're not actually a bearded shaman opening his third eye through music?
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