FUNERAL IN HEAVEN / PLECTO ALIQUEM CAPITE - ASTRAL MANTRAS OF DYSLEXIA Split CD
Genre: Black Metal
There are plenty of European black metal acts who add some of their nation's traditional folk music into their overall sound. So I'm not really surprised to hear some Hindu musical influence as well as instrumentation coming from two bands who hail from Sri Lanka. The FUNERAL IN HEAVEN section of this release starts off with a completely traditional Hindu instrumental track that had me dozing off to the point where I dreamt about curry. The second one in "Bandhana" (Gatahaththey Kathaa Wasthuwa) is textbook BURZUM with some violin added as well as spoken word parts combined with the tortured vocal smorgasbord. The third cut "Buddhang Saranang" sounded like some 70's hard rock with an acoustic drum beated for percussion purposes.
Our second Sri Lankan act on here PLECTO ALIQUEM CAPITE starts off their section with an ethnic influenced instrumental track, so much for nuance. It's followed with the psychotic "Stoned Guru Ramblings". This cut starts off with some vocal radio samples which bleed into shrieks by the band's vocalist (I hope, ah no I don't) that's accompanied with more instro schlock. "Cemetary of the Deep" sounds like the a doom band playing while an exorcism is being conducted. Obviously it's my favorite cut on here. The final blast treat on this split "Crestfallen: Immolating Shakthi" combines both acts bringing everything together like a psychotic free for all. In all honesty I have a hard time taking this serious.