In a genre as sclerotic as Black metal where all the clichés have been used, it must find a way to stand out among others. Satanism in Black metal seems to have lost the form of being subversive, and it has become almost common.
Cult of Fire is spawned far from India as the band is from Czech Republic, the country of beer and hockey. The group offers us their second album using Sanskrit as the album title as well as track identifier. Fortunately, their music is not as unreadable as their title.
Indus culture is the great novelty of this second album from Cult of Fire. The group’s first work, Triumvirate, released in ‘12, was more orthodox in its approach, a more classic also in terms of black metal. The group worked on melodic black metal while keeping it raw enough, sprinkled with delicious orchestrations which gave it a special flavor. However, मृत्युकातापसीअनुध्यान, which stands for Ascetic Meditation of Death, goes further than its predecessor. Even more complicated as consequently Czech, Hindi and Sanskrit are used here in lyrics, because it’s probably more esoteric (I believe the lyrics are a mix of different languages)for the group. But this is not the only change. Because even if the orchestrations were preserved and traditional Indian instrumentation was added, the music would not sound as great as it. So on this firm background of black metal with orchestration with the additional ethnic dimension, it’s really a great measure of orient and oxidant fusion.
To end with, मृत्युकातापसीअनुध्यानis a classical styled, incisive, often rustic and minimalist, with the obvious and predictable melodies of the genre- a multicultural mixing that allows Cult of Fire to stand out from the mass- not playing the exact religious black metal what the purists demand for. The band members have Maniac Butcher for that. It’s really a pleasant listen to the music here and one suggestion is implied: open your world and have an admirable exercise of styles out there.
Tom Coroner – Drums
Infernal Vlad – Guitars, Vocals
Devilish – Vocals
Review by: Safwan Hossain