[pullquote align=”normal” cite=”From a review on The Sleeping Shaman”]Dark Buddha Rising have come a long way in the last six years and have improved vastly with each new release. Inversum sees them grow from a five-member band to a six-piece with wonderful sonic effect. Rather than sounding as though there is too much happening, the atmospheres simply become denser, the melodies richer and the dark and torrid themes of the occult become that little bit more authentic.[/pullquote]
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In the frozen, desolate borderlands between doom, drone and darkwave, we watch a Dark Buddha Rising, at first in gaseous form, foggy, intangible, yet certainly brooding and sinister. Slowly, ever so slowly but infinitely unavoidable this creature takes on a more concrete shape and form – a shape and form unlike much we’ve seen (or heard) before. At its core is something dark and uncanny, yet we cannot help being drawn to it, inescapable like a black hole, but holding the promise of much more than the simple yet total unification with the singularity…
Dark Buddha Rising are among the definite highlights of the modern Finnish scene of deep, dark, psychedelic-tinged doom and gloom. Repetitive yet not exactly minimalistic, emotional and spiritual yet not exactly white.
Starting out with a style that held definite tinges of darkwave, over the course of their six albums they seem to have set a course inwards, in the direction of ever more minimalistic, repetitive drone with some interesting additions in the form of psychedelia and more avantgardistic/jazzy elements like syncopatic drumming and decidedly mantraic sections, which when put together create an unwavering soundtrack for exploration of the dark places inside yourself, a soundtrack that ever more tears itself away from the ordinary structures of music, seeking new ways of expression.
[pullquote align=”normal” cite=”From an interview with Cvlt Nation”]I think our main influence is our existence in this universe and the absurdity of it. Also, the absurdity is inevitable for matter to accumulate, so that there is a possibility for us to exist and search for the meaning of everything and nothing. The altered states of consciousness are influences for us. The reality can be viewed from different individual perspectives and also from a universal perspective. There is no beginning or end, just countless processes within the great current of energy. DBR is a process that we are drawn to in order for it to manifest into this reality.[/pullquote]
Exquisitely crafted, there are some quite meditative elements to their work, and as long as you’re comfortable (for the lack of a better word, speaking of not quite comforting elements) with the more chaotic undercurrents, Dark Buddha Rising are an excellent remedy for putting your mind back on the right track again – at least sitting in the bus heading home after a shitty workday, with the eyes closed, they definitely take my mind off the humdrum and the shite of the world, sending me towards a more balanced, natural state.
Worshipping at the altar of the Dark Buddha will be mandatory at this years Roadburn!
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Watch Dark Buddha Risings reality-bending set, when they play the Het Patronaat onFriday, April 15.
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|Ritual IX||LP (2008)|
|Abyssolute Transfinite||LP (2011)|
Interview quote from Cvlt Nation
Review quote from The Sleephing Shaman