Roadburn has a history of creating ‘once in a lifetime’ moments every year the festival comes around, and in 2018 we were exposed to the pairing of two of Finland’s most eclectic and psychedelic outfits performing a one-off commissioned piece of music never to be replicated. Oranssi Pazuzu and Dark Buddha Rising created something truly magical on stage that day, fans and critics alike cried out for more, be it a live recording of the set or just one more show. Thankfully, our prayers were not only answered but exceeded, as the dynamic duo of weird and wonderful artists got together again to create Syntheosis (Svart); an entirely new piece of mind-bending brilliance. Continue reading
Long-revered European music festival Roadburn kicks off four days of heavy, avant-garde and challenging music and art experiences in Tilburg, NL. Dutch black metal entity Kjeld has been added to the bill due to Cocatenatus dropping off due to a family situation. In a post, Roadburn founder and creative force Walter Hoeijmakers updated attendees on the last minute changes to the bill. Continue reading
Rising Finish doom band Dark Buddha Rising has announced their new album, II EP, due for release on April 20th from Neurot Recordings. The band has booked some live appearances, including the prestigious Roadburn Festival next month. As part of their appearance at Roadburn, they will team up with their countrymen Oranssi Pazuzu in a collaborative group dubbed the Waste Of Space Orchestra. You can watch the album trailer and pre-orders are live at the link below. Continue reading
Roadburn 2018 is shaping up to be another incredible festival. In addition to the main lineup of bands, and special programs, Roadburn has announced its Cul de Sac lineup of special bands in Roadburn’s most intimate venue as well as the site of its Pre-Party. The festival takes place, as always, Tilburg, NL between April 19-22 and tickets are expected to sell out as usual. Continue reading
Inversum (Neurot) is a spectre; a whispering guide to internal torment. It prepares the scenario, distracts and occupies you before leaving you to the horrors of your own mind. Where this journey goes is of your own making, the suggestion and probing of the menacing soundtrack is merely the catalyst.
Dark Buddha Rising‘s fifth album, and the opening of their “Third Cycle”, consists of two sprawling twenty plus minute tracks, ‘E S O’ and ‘E X O’, that serve as an opportunity for mental exploration; the two extended fields facilitating a voyage of the mind. The images, and the level of meditation, allowed into the opportunity their soundscape provides will be specific to each listener, but this dark, ominous procession of building tension brings with it the prospect to submerge into their world.
Each track offers a similar pattern, which dynamically allows this to work as a cyclical journey, endlessly concluding in nightmarish cacophony. The initiation is gradual, the build-up menacing, as minutes of cloud gather in the mind, feedback subliminal and ever present, swelling and pitching, before doomy guitars hew a crossroads into the path, and slow, heavy riffs serve as an amphidromic point, an epicentre for the trance of repetition. Haunted, withdrawn vocals filter in and out, sometimes terrified, sometimes terrifying, at other moments softer, more enticing, before the intensity shifts. The tension pulls tighter and, from being in control of the vision, the host starts to loosen our restraints, juddering us from one unreality of our own making to an ordeal shaped by the blackened minds of others, as tortured denouements flail and rasp at the edges of our consciousness. Yet there is no slaying of the demon, bloodlust is left unsated, satisfaction rent from us, due to a sudden curtailing of proceedings, as the cycle begins its brooding again, sans a feeling of closure.
Dark Buddha Rising promote and celebrate the “Black Arts of Psychedelia”, but even those of us unaltered of state can achieve absorption in their ritualistic art. At times brooding, always oppressive, the encapsulating journey of Inversum requires immersion. Take its hand, and it will lead you to unsettling plains.
The fifth studio album from Finnish drone trio Dark Buddha Rising is intense, psychedelic and laden with doom. You won’t listen to this record as much as you will experience it; it’s a challenging voyage to set sail on, but is richly rewarding for those willing to commit from start to finish. Continue reading