Dark Buddha Rising – Mathreyata

Rating: 3.5/5
Distributor/label: Svart Records
Released: 2020
Buy Album: https://darkbuddharising.bandcamp.com/
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/dbrising

Band line-up:

P. Rämänen – Bass, Percussion
J. Rämänen – Drums, Keyboards
V. Ajomo – Guitars, Vocals
J. Saarivuori – Keyboards
M. Neuman – Vocals


1. Sunyaga
2. Nagathma
3. Uni
4. Mahatgata III


I’ll begin this review by pointing out that drone, sludge, stoner and psychedelic metal are not the sort of genres I typically consume – so there is some prejudice to this review – therefore I do ask any keen fans of said genres to not take everything I say to heart as this website might have just chosen the wrong man for the job.

With that said, let’s look at Mathreyata, the seventh album release from Finnish drone giants, Dark Buddha Rising. It is true that an air hangs about this record which makes one feel they are engaged in some meditative stupor that the buddha would have most likely experienced while contemplating the world, and that is what makes these genres score high with DBR achieving much of that on this record.

It begins by sending you into a sonic trance and holds you in a form of suspended animation which has a good grasp for most of the time but 12 minutes felt a little too long for my attention span with hearing “Sunyaga.” The second track: “Nagathma” continues this and held better at its eight-minute length, so I will say this is an album that requires a time commitment – and I mean a big one.

As I’m not one well acquainted with these sort of song lengths, I would say this album is best for those who want to sit down and spend an evening committed to something dark and ritualistic, as has been showcased by these Finns.

What stood out for me most of this album was the highly impressive drumming from J. Rämänen on the third track “Uni.” Whether this was improvised or not, it is something that had me hooked as any fellow percussionist would be, and this is among some of the ever-impressive musicianship showcased by these men on all four tracks.

The album ends on some elongated atmospherics which did prove a little too much for my liking but will leave a keen impression on fans. Overall, this is a pristine example of how qualified these men are to create some truly impressive music that will shine on well in their world and I congratulate them for their hard work despite not being a fan of said sound.

Review by Demitri Levantis