The Slayerking - ‘Sanatana Dharma’ (Finisterian Dead End) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Monday, 18 April 2016 03:20

The SlayerkingHailing from Athens, The Slayerking sound like the bastard sons of Black Sabbath and, er, Slayer, with a brand of music that blends doom with the darker miens of thrash combined with the intensity of death metal, psychedelia, prog rock and even ambient gothicness, resulting in a debut album that is equally dense, claustrophobic, captivating, challenging and enervating.


Across its eight majestically dark tracks, ‘Sanatana Dharma’ combines huge tidal waves of destructive, sludge-encrusted riffs which are simultaneously delivered with the deftest of touches, making their impact all the more impressive when the underlying sense of apocalyptic foreboding finally erupts. Take ‘Black Mother Of The Lord Of Light’ for example: it’s built on a gradually evolving bass riff, which slowly rumbles and roars its way out of the speakers, before Efthimis’ bold vocal challenges your ear drums with its fierce explosiveness, which is immediately captured by the intense yet focussed rage of the song’s disharmonic energy.


This all may seem like a contradiction, but ‘Sanatana Dharma’ is an album of contradictions, blending apparently dissonant styles into a weirdly cohesive Lovecraftian soundscape that appeals to all of the senses in an irresistibly hypnotic cocktail of restrained power and unbridled dark passion.


‘Sanatana Dharma’ is out now. You can get your copy via the links below.


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