Published Sep 23, 2015The relationship between metal and psych rock has been going on since the very inception of both genres, and almost always yields interesting things. Lately, black metal has been embracing elements of shoegaze, psych and other left-field music, which has produced some truly awesome sounds. Dark Buddha Rising take that practice to its absolute furthest extreme, but they manage to do so in a way that invites the listener in, too.
This release is actually the group's fifth studio record, making the band pretty well ahead of their time. Inversum consists of two very long tracks, "E S O" and "E X O." Both songs plunge the listener into a pit of despair, utilizing harsh riffs, howled and shrieked vocals, strange interludes and odd instrumentation to evoke what feels like a bad acid trip that still results in some good revelations about life. The record manages to be catchy and memorable, utilizing some melodic riffs and flowing instrumentation, so despite its brooding, hypnotic atmosphere, Inversum still works as an enjoyable experience, as well as a visceral one.
Those who don't want to get completely immersed into a psychedelic, hash-filled nightmare might not enjoy this — it's not exactly a light or easy listen — but if you're in the mood for some out-and-out soul-wrenching psychedelic black metal, this will be right up your alley. (Neurot)