This album caught me completely by surprise. I went into it knowing nothing but that this was death metal. I’m happy with this. I look at the songs and its individual lengths: massive tracks. I’m warming up. I then listen, and I’m thinking this is not quite death metal. It’s more gloomy and doomy… aaah, that’s it, doom metal. Awesome. But then about midway through the first song, “Ashtakra I”, they take off into a completely different musical direction with different tempo and structure. Oh, there’s keyboards? What the hell is this?
“This” is a band out of Finland called Dark Buddha Rising, and I’m loving the slighty kung fu vibe of their moniker. Abyssolute Transfinite (Waste Of Space/Post-RBMM) is an album that mixes up a bit of doom and gloom with psych touches. In other words, you want to hear music that sounds apocalyptic, but you’re going to do it with a freshly made bong and opiates. Let’s add another word you might not expect in this equation: progressive. Yes, Dark Buddha Rising touch on a few prog rock touches without actually being too “prog rock”, if that makes any sense. There are a lot of moments of genius on this, as the group will take you on a trip and create some moving drone passages with cool guitar work, and then as you “see” yourself getting deeper, they either keep you going in beautiful repetition or switch to a new place and bring back the doom. Danzig wishes he was this clever and heavy. Imagine Melvins, Monster Magnet and Buzzov•en if they were into heavy doom. There’s a nice punky influence too, which may come from the garage punk of the late 60’s/early 70’s than anything and… let’s just say that I went into this assuming very little, but came out of it rewarded in ways I never expected. Nice to hear metal sound this good.