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Review: Kalki Avatara - Mantra for the End of Times
Kalki Avatara
Mantra for the End of Times

Label: Shaytan Productions
Year released: 2008
Duration: 20:56
Tracks: 4
Genre: Avant-garde Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: July 8, 2009
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
Readers Rating
Mantra for the End of Times

Rated 3/5 (60%) (4 Votes)

Shaytan Productions seems to be the type of label looking for music that is slightly "off norms". First, it was the Oriental Black Metal from Saudi Arabia, now some esoteric metal from Italy. Kalki Avatara consists of one single band member: Hell-10-Kabbalus who handles vocals, electric guitars, synthesizers and classical guitar. Two session musicians helped him on this project: Nighthorn on bass and drummer Francesco Struglia. The founder himself is well known for his participation in Malfeitor and Aborym. Having mentioned this last band, we can expect the music on this disc leaning towards the avant-garde side of metal.

After reading that the music was categorized as Symphonic Death Metal/Avant-garde, I had my reservations, especially regarding the Death Metal edge. Yes, it has avant-gardist/adventurous passages, although the music recorded here remains melodic, while some parts are actually quite harmonious, even ambient at times. The general concept of this CD is about the destruction of today's world and so on. The only other reference to Death Metal could be the harsher vocals and the moderate pace, so nothing to worry about. Orchestral keyboards, piano, "choirs" and the like give this album its nice symphonic edge, without going over the top and falling into the pompous / bombastic genre, which is a good thing. Crunchy riffs, bits of leads and a kicking rhythmic section are forming the metallic décor. Dark atmosphere plus esoteric tonalities are also part of the song structure. "Ruins of Kali Yuga" is introduced by a cool progressive piano and bass run. On "Purification", the listener will hear some sitar, just to be charmed later on by the organic sound of a classical guitar.

Mantra for the End of Times will hopefully give birth to a full length in the near future.

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