By Dr. Abner Mality

The psychoactive vibrations of this Finnish outfit are probably best appreciated with the accompaniment of a Bob Marley regulation bongload. The heavy, repetitive drone here will be perceived either as the gateway to a different level of consciousness or utter boredom...there's no middle ground with these guys. And I think I've experienced both extremes with them. "Mathreyata" is another excursion into the depths of a smoky sonic void and a pretty dark ride this time around. The band members are shown playing with animal bones and getting comfy with a human skull in the publicity photos. This is doubtless meant as a musical exploration of mortality and what lies beyond.

We get two super-long tracks and two tracks of middling length. "Sunyaga" is the opening epic and is the "heaviest" song in the normal sense of the word, with huge, long stretches of droning heavy guitar and waves of thick synth propelled by a shamanic drumbeat. In a lot of ways, DBR is just as much power electronics as heavy guitar drone and this song sure proves it. I found it to be mighty trippy. The shorter "Nagathma" is a different beast, starting in a much more low key and gloomy fashion, with ghostly tones and beats before gradually picking up intensity. My reaction to this is kind of iffy. Shortest cut "Uni" sounds like something from the deep reaches of the cosmos, with high pitched guitar wails almost sounding like whalesong. This too gets heavier and more intense, with near falsetto vocals yelping and chanting. The album ends with "Mahatgata III", which comes in at a brisk 15 minutes and four seconds. Lots of gradually building tension ending in another wash of power electronics droning. The end of the journey is interesting, but the trip there can be rather monotonous.

I'm still not sure exactly where I set on this one. Part of me wants to open my third eye and float along, another part wants to put on something from AIRBORNE. Where you will stand on it is something I can't answer...