Buy the album here:https://vamacara.bandcamp.com/album/cosmic-fires-the-enlightenment-reversed
70s rock with blast beats!
The idea behind Vāmācāra (Sanskrit for: “left-hand path“) was from the beginning to unite oriental and western music, aesthetics and philosophy. After the band was formed in 2015, N. (drums, percussion) and A. (vocals, guitar, bass) impressively demonstrated this approach in 2017 with their EP “Mantras for the Manifold”.
The present debut album “Cosmic Fires: The Enlightenment Reversed” resembles a union of black, doom and death metal mixed with psychedelic and stoner rock. It should come as no surprise that the musical versatility is also reflected with lyrics in different languages (English, Greek, Polish and Turkish). Those who need stylistic pigeonholes can also describe the whole thing as “70s rock with blast beats”. In any case, Vāmācāra offer an extraordinary listening experience!
Recorded by Ali Orhan at Tonstudio SH in Kiel and Jan Bzinkowski at Hear Studio in Warsaw, the whole thing was finally mixed and mastered by Jörg Uken at Soundlodge Recordings, who gives the production a fitting and impressive sound. Let yourself be captivated by the raw black and death metal sound with doom and psychedelic elements as well as a 70’s rock foundation that always shines through.
Tara of the Cremation Grounds 00:00
Alchemical Symbolism 05:25
Vintage Filth Merchants (Yaşlı Pislik Tacirleri) 10:26
Moonbeam Trails 14:12
Rat Saliva 20:29
Brought up by the Moon 26:01
Watch the videoclip of Alchemical Symbolism here:
Color version: www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWjrMPuSVU8
Black and white: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujcG6CJZh_U
Watch the in-depth video interview about the recording process:
The “multi-faceted, genre-bending, under-the-radar gem” (nocleansinging.com) Vāmācāra is back. And with them, an album that, once again, tries to build a bridge between blastbeats, doom metal, and the psychedelic groove of 70’s art rock.
While sticking to the foundations of their previous effort “Mantras for the Manifold”, they deliver a somewhat different aural experience this time. While the incorporation of oriental elements was still subtle on their debut EP, you’ll find more obvious links this time. “Rat Saliva” is an homage to Jeet Thayil’s “Narcopolis” and “Vintage Filth Merchants” features Turkish lyrics. Vāmācāra’s A. comments: “We’ve chosen to let Egemen Gürgen transfer the lyrics of ‘Vintage Filth Merchants’ to Turkish as my first visit of Istanbul during a Balkans tour together with Ctulu and Necrowretch heavily inspired me. The clash of oriental and occidental culture, traditions, and the astounding fact that Turkey has a rich history of 60’s and 70’s psychedelic rock bands convinced me to make use of this oddly beautiful language. Even more so, the message applies a lot to what has become of this once thriving and open part of the world.”
As for the rest of the album… go find out yourself!
released April 29, 2022
Drums, guitars, bass and percussion recorded by Ali Orhan at Tonstudio SH, Kiel.
Vocals recorded by Jan Bzinkowski at Hear Studio, Warsaw.
Mixed and mastered by Jörg Uken at Soundlodge, Rhauderfehn.
Cover and booklet photography by Sara Turki.
Booklet layout by Mathias Junge.
Vāmācāra logo by Moonroot logos.
Lyrics to Vintage Filth Merchants (Yaşlı Pislik Tacirleri) transated by Egemen Gürgen.