Sunday, May 10, 2009

Weapon - Para Bhakti... Salvation

Release Date: 2008
Label: The Ajna Offensive
Release Type: EP

I've never understand why this was myself, but black metal and solos seem to mutually exclusive phenomenons. Virtually all of the black metal bands I've encountered lack solos of any kind. It still befuddles me to this day. Especially when we have a band like Weapon putting solos into their own brand of black metal so well.

At two songs, Para Bhakti... Salvation is a relatively short affair, although to say it doesn't command your full attention throughout its 14 and a half minutes is very, very wrong. "Archana" sucks you in with its hypnotic and violent whirlpool of pounding blastbeats, crunching tremolo riffs, and satanic vocal incantations. The leads are effortlessly weaved into the song, adding an extra element of melody, but don't detract from the atmosphere whatsoever. "Archana" climaxes with a rousing solo and a wall of pounding double bass.

At this point it is safe to say that Weapon are no slouch when it comes to musicianship. The production has a raw, primitive edge to it yet retains enough clarity for the individual instruments to cut through. The drummer is no one-dimensional blastbeat machine, as he augments the songs with a variety of crashing fills and cymbal crashes. The guitar, is by no means, typical either. There are numerous catchy riffs and leads here, though they are far from being melodic and pretty.

"Para Bhakti... Salvation", the second half of this EP is a slightly different animal. While "Archana" retained a constant, slightly droning, blast-beated rhythm throughout, "Para..." shifts gears ever so slightly. The opening of it could very well be death metal, although there is an undeniable black metal mavolence to it. The song shifts into a slightly "rocking" midtempo swagger about two minutes in, though it could just be me. The song takes a steep dive into blastbeat territory, before it shifts back into the "rocking" riff, albeit backed by driving double-bass this time. The solo here isn't too commanding on its own, though juxtaposed to the rhythm, it adds a sinister and aloof melody. The song ends with an eerie chanted melody and tribal drums, begetting at the great and terrible things that are sure to come from this band.

Highly potent and highly recommended.



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