Monday, 2 July 2018
Thursday, 28 June 2018
Behemoth – Ceremony of Shiva
“I am Shiva, Hadit or Beast himself”
A song that brings forth the power of the Hindu Lord of Destruction mentioning his Third Eye and the Serpent or ‘Naga’ coiled around his neck. In the Satanic Bible and many other cultures, Shiva is known as the ‘Dark Lord’ and is also another name for Satan.
Rotting Christ – Devadevam
The Greek metal lords honour the Hindu tradition, using sacred mantras such as the ‘Gayatri Mantram’ in the beginning of the track and parts of the ‘Mrtyunjaya Stotram’ throughout, all the while chanting the names of various Gods. What’s absolutely stunning to me is how the band merges the mysticism of an ancient language such as Sanskrit with the crushing sounds of extreme metal.
Al-Namrood – Bat Al Tha ar Nar Muheja
Blackened metal from the blazing depths of Saudi Arabia. Need I say more? The very fact that a metal band exists in this country and is considered anti-Islamic is quite amazing, as they could face severe punishment. “We’re fed up with religion. Religion and society fulfil each other.” Truer words have not been spoken.
Batushka – Ектения VII: Истина
Very little is known about this dark, obscure Polish band, except that their sole purpose is to create some of the heaviest, most haunting combinations of black and doom metal tracks you’ll hear. The name of the band translated means ‘Father’, with reference to a priest. What Batushka create is a brooding atmosphere with liturgical chants and gripping tones, the band approach mystical theology and Christianity in a most unorthodox way without actually being a ‘Christian’ band. It’s a bit hard to process but I’ll let the music speak for itself.
Sheidim – Amrita
Sheidim – a very obscure word in Hebrew that means demon, and is apparently used only two times in the holy book of Tanakh. This essentially describes the ominous existence of Spanish black metallers Sheidim and also fits the theme of this article. What's interesting about this particular song is that the word 'Amrita' derived from Sanskrit word 'Amritam' which refers to the Nectar of Immortality. I really admire bands that are able to bring together elements of different cultures into their music.