VELEHENTOR | VISHUDHA KALI | CLOSING THE ETERNITY: Ishopanishad CD Vegvisir Music
An artist collaboration here in one the most awkward digipak’s I have ever had to get a CD out of; however, the packaging looks unique and equally artistic with its nice spot varnish touches.
If the press blurb is to be believed this lengthy three-track affair has been conjured up with live acoustic instrumentation for the most part and centralised around the bastardisation of the ancient text ‘Isha Unpanished’; literature based around the concept of human values, disregarding karma and the strengths of the human condition, solely concentrating on the realities of our modern life.
Musically I expected something a tad bleak given that the last piece of work I heard by Velhentor was the impressive ‘Ceremonial Death’ EP; the first section of this album focussed more around arcane sounds, which thematically are not in turn all bad, however I was put off by the almost tantric vocalisations at the end of track one, in turn flowing into and throughout track two. If truth-be-told, this side of the ambient and drone scene does make my fists itch somewhat.
Thankfully, the last track on this album is a beautifully pleasant ambient piece clocking in at just over 21 minutes; spatially aware with a blissful air like quality, this not only came as a godsend to the proceedings, but was expertly composed to boot; if only the rest of ‘Ishopanishad’ had followed this path the entire release could have been a mini classic.
All in all this is a stable album appealing to the ritualistic drone enthusiast on the fringes of the genre; for me though this just isn’t entirely my bag as far as this scene goes.