By Dr. Abner Mality

"II" is out 10 years after DBR's "I" opus was released. Nobody can say these guys don't take their time. My previous encounters with this Finnish psychedelic doom-drone act have been less than enjoyable for me. so I approached this so-called EP with some trepidation. In the words of the Masters, perhaps I need to let go of my attachment to Earthly life to fully understand the ponderous tunes these boys summon up. There goes my porn mag collection...

Seriously, I was rather pleasantly surprised by this effort. The previous stuff I've heard from Dark Buddha Rising was so monotonous and overlong that my spirit left my body due to boredom, not enlightenment. There are only 2 tracks here (fittingly), but they are the most listenable and easy to digest DBR I have heard while still staying true to their droning nature. "Mahathgata I" clocks in at 15 minutes and its heaviness is immediately apparently. Huge bass riffs accentuated with extremely dense keyboard and guitar drones writhe and undulate, while vocalist M. Neuman uncorks a varied assortment of chants, howls, screams and mumbles in supplication to ancient gods. There's just enough variety in this tune to avoid terminal dullness while its monolithic nature remains intact. Something to light up incense and turn off electric lights for.

That feeling is even more pronounced with "Mahathgata II". Don't expect metal here. Keyed in by the ringing sounds of Tibetan singing bowls (a sound iI enjoy), this is 10 minutes plus of deep drones made for universal contemplation. I love this kind of stuff if its properly done and DBR have got the proper handle on it.

Definitely recommended for lovers of psyche and drone even if you haven't previously enjoyed this band. Namaste!