Monday, February 15, 2016

REVIEWS - SHIBALBA - SAMSARA - CD

SHIBALBA - SAMSARA - CD
MALIGNANT RECORDS/TUMORCD91
RITUAL AMBIENT/ESOTERIC SOUNDSCAPES
COMES IN A SIX PANEL DIGI-PACK WITH
EXTENDED LINER NOTES AND BEAUTIFUL
ARTWORK BY: G. ADIS
(WWW.OCCULTICONS.COM)
SHIBALBA IS:
ACHERONTAS V. PRIEST
ALDRA AL-MELEKH
FEMALE CHANTS BY:
APOTOME
DIDJERIDOO/MIXING/PROGRAMMING BY:
NEKELMU ILU


I.) THE MAGICK OF MIRRORS:
SHIBALBA craft dark esoteric soundscapes that range from
haunting transcendant pieces to sub-orchestral occult rituals.
Both beautiful and terrifying depending on where you are in a 
track. Their most recent release on Malignant records titled
"Samsara" may be their best work to date. An immensly powerfull
and emotive album that takes us through five realms of smoke and
shadow. "The Magick Of Mirrors" begins our travels beyond the veil
of modern civilization with beautiful female choir vocals and electronic
bells and chimes. Purifying the air for this sacred work of magick. Deep
synth strings coil underneath like twin serpents as various atmospherics
build and burst in a flood of esoteric energy. Certain tones and textures
are very similar to the work of SKY BURIAL, Although this is much darker
overall. Ambiance is filtered through like sharp beams of light penetrating
to the bottom of a pool of crystal clear water. Minimal use of percussion's
is utilized for effect and impact. Synths swirl like thin clouds of smoke,
Falling slowly upon us as a shower of radiance. Chimes dance like lightning
bugs in a hidden grove. Undisturbed by human life. Heavy tribal percussive
elements build in an intense climb and are very reminiscent of PHELIOS. What
sounds like a dozen chiming clocks is heard ringing through Dark Ambient 
passages that push out air and inhale all else like a massive black hole
in the heart of space. A celebration of the devoid and empty. Ripples 
become tears in the fabric of all you thought you knew as SHIBALBA take
you beyond the mirror and into pure nihilistic negative space.

II.) DHARMA AND ALCHEMY:
"Dharma And Alchemy" opens the second portal and demonstrates how a
grand work of high magick can be achieved through the sheer force of 
sound. Windswept textures sweep us into a wormhole of yawning ambiance.
Male vocal chants are recited as an unknown incantation. A mantra that
is spoken in a grim tone as bells ring through the outer emptiness.
Swirling atmospheres rush and retreat only to begin again. Large gongs
are employed and serve their purpose well. Distant sounds are heard
that sound like the universe itself is shrieking at the realization 
of it's own existence. Their is an atmosphere of seriousness, Grim
and intense, That SHIBALBA refuse to let the listener ignore. You
are not merely listening to this as musical entertainment, But rather
have become the vessel that they are channeling their rituals into.
Much like the magick of alchemy, This will change you from what you
once were to a new entity by the time it's over. One filled with
symbols and signs. A walking omen and emmisary of the cryptic and
arcane. Listening to SHIBALBA is an experience that not only stays
with you, But has an impact on how you perceive all that is around
you. Raspy whispers and rattling bones end this stage in our departure
and we step up to the gates where the oracle awaits.

III.) STELLAR ORACLE:
Brooding ambiance gathers. Deep, restless and surging with the
strength that can only be collected through countless aeons of slumber.
Ancient Deities awaken and begin to wander in the form of dripping tones
and subterranean winds. Again I am reminded of SKY BURIAL but not enough 
for SHIBALBA to come across as a clone of them or anyone else. The oracle
dwells in a cavernous realm populated by curious creatures that peak and
peer as resonating hums and vibrating denseness. Bones are heard as they
are cast, Surely engraved with runes or other symbols of power and incite.
Long chants are bellowed through the delay and reverb of this lightless
cavern. Skin drums are played by unseen hands signal that the oracle has
begun to concentrate on divination of cryptic matters and arcane secrets.
Centuries of knowledge and it's power surge throughout every track on the
album. It is a lot to take in for the neophyte but a rewarding experience
for the experienced master. It's not enough to merely put this on as background
music. SHIBALBA demands your full attention and will accept it as a gift in 
exchange for their secrets. Whether the bargain is struck willingly may or
may not be of any concern to these shadowy masters of sound. Students under
the study of artists like OF EARTH AND SUN, HALO MANASH, or any other artists
on the Aural Hypnox label will find much pleasure here. Hissed whispers demonstrate
the restraint of the serpent and the force it holds within it's coils. We end here
until it strikes out on "Samsara." 

IV.) SAMSARA:
The hissing from before starts this one off. Louder and through gritted teeth.
Inhuman voices sing through the gloomy haze of ambiance that is present...It
lingers like pregnant clouds waiting to be loosed upon the earth. Electronic
textures and echoing chimes move above the shifting sounds of faceless beings
shuffling through piles of broken skulls and fragments of bone. The storm crashes
the gates of the heavens as thundering drums pound like a call to war. Esoteric
warfare. God versus man versus God. The abyss howls and moans as the whispers
persist. Cinematic and climatic at once. Fans of WOLVSERPENT and FUNERARY CALL
should be devouring this. The vocals are obscured and wondrous. Curiosity is
peaked to the point of madness when one begins to wonder what secrets they 
contain. There is much beauty in darkness and here darkness reigns supreme.

V.) NEKYIA:
Nocturnal birds and insects chirp in communication. Speaking of things only nature 
can comprehend. Slow percussion's trudge through a murky swamp of muffled ambiance.
Great bells ring as venomous snakes display their rattles and challenge any who
disturb their territory. The bones of countless dead beings are heard rattling
in the wind like grotesque wind chimes hanging outside of the abode of an ancient
shaman. Disorienting synths bathe all in their eerie glow. Similar to an intro
piece by XASTHUR in tone and composition. At close to fifteen minutes, "Nekyia"
is a treacherous journey through a place that was never meant to be inhabited
by mortal man. Dismal, uneasy music that invokes anxiety and conjurs feelings
of dread and despondency. There is an unshakable feeling that multiple beings
of malevolence are lurking nearby...Watching, waiting...For the perfect moment
to lash out and devour your very life force itself. You can hear creatures growling
in voices of reptilian coldness. To say that this is uncomfortable music is an
understatement. Anyone on the outside walking in to this would be disturbed to
say the least. Depressive and opressive all at once. Malignant is not only a 
fitting label for this release, But a fitting description as well. Pure horror
enthroned.

WITH THEIR MALIGNANT RECORDS DEBUT, SHIBALBA PROVE THAT THEIR ARE
POWERS THAT BE WITHIN THE DARK AMBIENT UNDERGROUND. POWERS THAT
THEY HAVE STIRRED AND HARNESSED TO FULL EFFECT. AN ABSOLUTELY
STUNNING EXPERIENCE. IF YOU ARE NOT IN AWE WHILE LISTENING, 
THEN YOU ARE ALREADY DEAD:

9/10
-ABATTOIR-

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