Prepare your mind, body, and the deepest recesses of your soul: the black gates that Dark Buddha Rising unlocked a decade ago with "I" open further in 2018, as the band announce the "II" EP, due for release via Neurot Recordings on March 23, 2018. "II" continues to traverse spiritual planes, exposing a vortex with their sonic calls from beyond.
For ten years, the Finnish band has convened in the now-famous Wastement studio space, set below their home city of Tampere, Finland, to roil in the sounds of the underground, to meet dark spirits, to breathe in time with rhythmic pulses sent from the skies, the stars, and the very dirt around them.
On the surface, the band emits the blackest of psychedelia. Deep down, the sounds are forged in the blue fires of the ancients; exhalations of gods, goddesses and demons alike. Of this new offering, V. Ajomo notes, "To drain our sonic temple, we wanted to record the new material which was made for 2016 shows in order to proceed towards the unknown with open minds and hearts. After the cleansing, we initiated our chamber with ambient meditation and opened the portals of inspiration for our future work."
"II" sees Dark Buddha Rising return to its purest incarnation: J.Rämänen on drums, P. Rämänen on bass, and V. Ajomo on guitar, J. Saarivuori on synths and M. Neuman on main vocals. "We have done a full cycle of the orbit and now is the time for gravitational slingshot towards the new dimensions in sound, deliverance and vision," says Ajomo.
The EP's A-side was recorded and mixed in Space Junk Studio by K.Nyyssönen and B-side was recorded in Wastement by Dark Buddha Rising and mixed by S. Tamminen.
Sample new sounds with this immersive video by Chariot Of Black Moth in the player above.
It has been two years since Dark Buddha Rising found a home amongst kindred spirits at Neurot Recordings, who released "Inversum," the first album recorded in the band's Wastement home AKA "the asylum of eternal feedback."
"II" will be released on CD and vinyl formats via Neurot Recordings. Pre-order info will be released in the new year. Stand by.
The track list is:
1. Mahathgata I
2. Mahathgata II