Dakhma – Hamkar Atonement

Rating: 2/5
Distributor/label [URL] Iron Bonehead Productions
Released: 2018
Buy Album [URL] https://dakhmacavern.bandcamp.com/
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/dakhmacavern/

Band line-up:

Kerberos – All Instruments, Vocals
H.A.T.T. – Drums


1. The Glorious Fall of Ohrmazd (Hail Death, Triumphant)
2. Akhoman (Spill the Blood)
3. Varun (Of Unnatural Lust)
4. Nanghait (Born of Fire)
5. Spendarmad (Holy Devotion)
6. Gannag Menog (Foul Death, Triumphant)
7. …of Great Prophets


Religion and the practices of the lesser known forms of spirituality and the occult are a dime a dozen when it comes to Black and Death Metal bands, and in this case, a band from Switzerland have made such an album devoted to the weird and mysterious rituals of Zoroastrianism.

I’ll point out first that I’m not familiar with this religion at all, so it might have biased my review here, but I’ll stick to the musical side of the album to say what is worthy of it. To begin with, Dakhma, from Zurich, has compiled enough black metal with Death and Doom influences to reign a series of treacherous avalanches on the human psyche if you dare to listen to their odes about the afterlife and the weirdness of their religious obsessions.

This album is something of an avalanche because it starts slow but then the decibel boulders slam into your ears like they’re falling down the Alps, and the reign is endless. By that I mean this album goes on, and on – it isn’t a release for the easily distracted, which is why I found it a tad boring when reviewing it and had to leave and come back several times. Progression and experimenting are things I’m always open to in my all time favourite metal genres, and all the right things were here: good blast beats, shrill vocals that reached impressive heights and lengths – but overall it felt a tiny bit overindulgent.

I will presume these guys wanted to personify what it’s like for a pious individual to undergo some religious experience and the highs it brings for a long period of time, but this critic isn’t one who wanted to undergo such an experience. Nonetheless, this is a worthwhile addition to your music library if you like extended songs and far out musicianship in your metal.

Review by Demitri Levantis