Dkharmakhaoz – Proclamation ov the Black Suns

Rating: 4/5
Distributor/label: https://ironbonehead.de
Released: 2020
Buy Album: https://ironboneheadproductions.bandcamp.com
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/IronBoneheadProductions

Band line-up:

He – All Instruments, Music, Lyrics, Production
She – All Vocals

Tracklisting:

1. The Cycle ov Omega
2. The Way with the Serpent Entwined
3. Beyond the Transcendental Lumines
4. Proclamation ov the Black Suns
5. Chthonic Rites ov Fertility
6. Ascension
7. Reu Nu Pert Em Hru

Review:

Dkharmakhaoz are a two-piece black metal band from Belarus, on Iron Bonehead Records. They will be releasing their debut album ‘Proclamation ov the Black Suns’ on 31st July, 2020 on CD and vinyl LP formats. Their music is firmly rooted in classic, second-wave black metal of the 90s but has modern flavours, too. It is powerful, yet strange and apocalyptical with thick expressions of dread and bleakness. However, there are mystical atmospheric elements, as well. 

If I could sum this album up in one word (I actually have to write a few paragraphs) it would be ‘hate’. Everything is hateful here – the depressing and raging chord progressions, the mental vocals (duh), even the production has a harshness to it. Of course black metal isn’t exactly the nicest music in the world, but things are taken to a new level, here. Somewhat interestingly for the genre, very low tunings are often used, giving a more up-to-date sound that adds to the tyrannical power. It’s very well written, too. Tempo and dynamic changes are often used to keep the listener on his toes.

There is a very striking sense of despair to the music, as well. Again, nothing unusual, but the group push boundaries in that area, also. ’Torturous misery’ would be a better phrase to use. But that’s not all, you also get panic. However, ‘Chthonic Rites ov Fertility’ does have some higher pitched guitars that sound so terrifying, it borders on comical, which I’m 100% sure the band didn’t want. It’s a nitpick, because almost everything else in the album is very well judged. ‘Ascension’ has some genuine ‘Jesus Christ!!’ moments. That song stands out as particularly shocking and I strongly recommend all extreme metal fans check it out! Even the most hardcore metallers will find it quite intense.

In conclusion, if you like bands such as Anaal Nathrakh, you will absolutely love this album, I’m sure. There are perhaps some cheesy moments (I’m not sure the rare clean singing works for example), but again, 99% of this stuff is pure gold. It’s not a groundbreaking release but the musicians certainly do try to do their own things. The djent-style tunings in particular add something quite intriguing. If you’re looking for catchy riffs you may be disappointed though, as these guys are more about power chords/dissonant chords and evil guitar melodies. Check it out!

Review by Simon Wiedemann

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