AN NCS PREMIERE: APARTHIVA RAKTADHARA — “NADA OF CREATION COLLAPSES ONTO PRIMAL BINDU”
Aparthiva Raktadhara‘s 2018 debut demo Agyat Ishvar popped a lot of eyes wide open, including ours. Even at only 12 1/2 minutes in length, it struck like a nuclear-tipped missile, often breathtakingly fast, cyclonic in the intensity of its riffing, and berserk in the ferocity of the vocals. Yet the frontal assault of the music didn’t completely obscure its intricacy or its insidiously seductive effects. It left us as intrigued as it did obliterated.
Now we’re about to have an even more formidable demonstration of this trio’s powers, because on May 20th Iron Bonehead Productions will release their debut album Adyapeeth Maranasamhita (আদ্যাপীঠ মরণসংহিতা). It was received, as the band explain, “as a burning revelation of riktata, realized within our hearts as we meditated under a Bodhi tree by the Ganges in Chanak, Uttar Kalikshetra, in fall 2019.”
Now that revelation has taken its complete form through sound, and we bring you part of that experience in today’s premiere of the album’s closing track, “Nada of Creation Collapses Onto Primal Bindu“. We think you’ll be quickly convinced that this isn’t like any other death metal you’re likely to hear this year.
There’s a wild, writhing quality to the riffing in this new song. With a blend of heavy sandpaper roughness and knife-edged penetrating power, the guitar grinds, swivels, and darts in maniacally exhilarating fashion, like an expression of savage ecstasy, and the exhilarating intensity of the experience is magnified by the turbulent bass lines, the blistering drumwork, and the vocalist’s bestial roars and scalding snarls.
The band segment all the dazzling contortions and elaborate instrumental interplay with blaring chords and sudden stop-start detonations, but the overarching impact is one of pure exhilaration. It’s a completely jaw-dropping experience, and to these Western ears there’s an exotic melodic quality in the song that hints at occult ceremonies and seems rooted in the band’s birthplace of Kalikshetra (aka Kolkata).
At the risk of having your head spin off into space, press play now:
Below you’ll also find the stream of a previously released song, “Gnostic Arousal Of Shava Lingam“, and it’s equally thrilling and mind-bending to hear — another spellbinding amalgam of wrath and wonder, of madness and revelation.
Iron Bonehead will release Adyapeeth Maranasamhita (আদ্যাপীঠ মরণসংহিতা), on CD, vinyl LP, and cassette tape formats. For more info about the release, keep an eye on these locations: