Artist: Samhara
Album: Deathkult Sutra

Year: 2014
Genrer: Black Metal, Dark Ambient, Doom Metal
Run time: 43 minutes
My rating: 4 out of 5

In 2011 a medial vessel for complete cosmic dissolution under the name Samhara was conjured in Sweden. The cause and reason for this creation was, and is, to permeate the conditions of the physical form and dissolute it into a higher entity. To crumble the illusions of mankind and their social structures and let it collapse neath the destructive hands of Kali, Shiva, Durga and Rudra.

The context of such means is presented in Vedic Tantric Mysticism, and this is far from the famous Dissection’s Maha Kali, both musical and conceptual. Where Maha Kali scratched the surface of the subject, Samhara penetrates it and explores every ritualistic aspect to descend into an enlightening abyss. The vocalist and lyricist Sridash even spent a couple of years in India and devoted himself under the hands of the Aghoris, and became initiated under their esoteric teachings and worship of the black goddess.

Musically people would easily classify Samhara as Black Metal, without giving anything a second thought. When I discussed the musical influences with KM he explained that he tries to avert himself from musical influences, even if it gets to you subconsciously. Instead every aspect of the writing process grows from meditative conditions, and instead of picking influences from whatever surroundings that may occur, it’s a matter of diving into the vast oceans of the mind, where the waves are strong and the currents even stronger.

Musically Samhara is an experimentation, for in every vibration of sound is a whisper that long for to penetrate the borders of man. To enter the foul architecture of the so called living world in order to break it down, and Samhara was, is and will always be a tool to manifest these forces in thought, soul and heart – no matter the musical form. Which is one reason the band doesn’t want to be a part of any scene, or any form of communion that is based on building bonds between beings or bands. Instead they wish to travel in a deeper current, further down where their expressions are based on their minds and hearts alone – no matter the surroundings.

So how would I as a listener describe their music? First of all I don’t want to list a lot of band names that doesn’t even sound similar like most people do. That would just be an attempt to minimize their music as a clone. Deathkult Sutra is not your general easy-listening, couch-potato metal, such as Watain, Dimmu Borgir, Emperor and so on. I would rather combine them to the sound of the Nidrosian scene, but still in a darker sense, for the music is slow and dark but with a spark that thrives the whole thing on and never allows the listener to get bored. It’s filled with variation both in music and vocals, and it definitely delivers its sole purpose to channelize one’s deepest feelings, thoughts and make you embark on an otherworldly journey.

This release definitely embodies the dark arts that Black Metal once possessed in the days before it became a musical fast food industry. This is not a nostalgic trip either, it does not pay homage to Venom, Darkthrone and Bathory, but it wears without a doubt the aura that made Black Metal what it was in its second stage. The narration part in the song Yoganidra brought me deeper feelings that I rarely seem to find nowadays, and before that I thought that those emotions already had peaked. The vocals are deep, very deep, and almost like articulate howling growls from a dying madman and the echoing effect on the vocals adds a great deal. The vocalist comes close to the darker and more off the possessed performance Steingrim delivers in Celestial Blood. But in this case, the music fits more than perfect to the vocal arrangements. But that’s not all. There are narrations, screams, clean vocals and choirs as well.

Personally I would love to see more work of Samhara in the future, and I’m sure that the future won’t destroy the integrity that they solemnly stand for. Samhara does not search for a bigger audience, nor will they ever play live, but they deserve a following and I’m more than sure that people will open their eyes soon!

So if you’ve reached beyond the erroneous perceptions of reality, and left the false truths of everyday life behind you, these spiritual lamentations are for you. Embrace them and use their soundscapes as a tool to reach beyond your borders of reason, drown in their depths and inhale its sweet poison – The philosophy of spiritual ascension.


Band members:
KM - Meditative pulse & Distortion
Sridash - Chants of transcendence

Label: Independent
Country: Sweden

Bandcamp: www.samhara.bandcamp.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/samharaofficial/