Released on 20 April 2018 by Neurot Recordings and reviewed by Jason Guest
If ‘Mahathgata I’, the first of the two tracks that make up this EP, is representative of what was going on in Siddhartha Gautama’s mind when he sat under the Bodhi tree determined to attain Nirvana, the man that later came to be known as Buddha must have been mightily pissed off. This is heavy, angry, and burning with an ominous weight that is nothing less than overwhelming and all-consuming. Riffs build and build and come crashing down like a bigoted God’s wrath wrapped in a colossal tsunami on a holiday resort for over-indulged, pleasure-seeking sinners.
‘Mahathgata II’ is where the serenity, the tranquillity, and the esoteric wonder we have come to generally associate resides. Mysterious and magical, enchanting and enthralling, the occult ritualism of this track is made all the more potent by the controlled release of its depths. Subtly supernatural in tone for the most part, when the guitar and the drums are unveiled in the latter part of the track and the hellish screams that hang in the middle distance emerge, this sublime invocation drag us ever further, ever deeper, and ever higher into the disconcerting atmospherics. Black, bleak and cathartic, II is a colossal and incredible experience.
- Mahathgata I
- Mahathgata II