Eisenwald set October 30th as the release date for Svabhavat‘s striking debut album, Black Mirror Reflection, on CD and vinyl LP formats. In lieu of this announcement, the brand-new track “Aghori, Flame of Knowledge” has been revealed HERE at Eisenwald‘s official YouTube channel.
Svabhavat are a brand-new entity hailing from the American Pacific Northwest. A duo, they describe their music as “Ritualistic Necromancy Black Metal,” and indeed is that demi-tag apt: across the band’s Black Mirror Reflection debut, one will find the refreshingly old stench of archetypal Darkthrone, Mayhem, and especially Kartharsis. No elegiac odes to the Cascadians or sun-drenched bliss masquerading as “black metal” here; Svabhavat offer nothing but cold ‘n’ cruel intensity, violently at odds with their region’s reigning paradigm.
Yet, for a sound so stridently traditional, Svabhavat offer unique twists of the knife across Black Mirror Reflection, its self-imposed boundaries paradoxically offering freedom. Undoubtedly, those noble influences form their foundation – as they do for countless black metal bands, past and present – but there’s a devilish delirium the duo delve into across their debut album which suggests aesthetic aims beyond the tried & true (or “tired & tr00”). Almost deceptively so, Black Mirror Reflection in fact reflects a hovering, haunting melodicism that poignantly penetrates one’s subconscious but never without smacking of the saccharine; simply put, Svabhavat‘s ceaseless(ly sinister) intensity bleeds through at any speed, which is all the more surprising given their Spartan composition as a two-piece. And speaking of compositions, the six comprising this 37-minute Black Mirror Reflection are mini-epics in their own right, offering exceptionally linear narratives exceedingly daubed in the grim and ghoulish, the total package taut and swiftly satisfying.
Intoxication through damnation, salvation through incineration…Svabhavat offer a dread path ahead. Step forward and stare into their Black Mirror Reflection.
Take the first step with the brand-new track “Aghori, Flame of Knowledge” HERE at Eisenwald‘s official YouTube channel. Cover artwork, courtesy of Misanthropic-Art, and tracklisting are as follows:
Tracklisting for Svabhavat’s Black Mirror Reflection
1. Mysteries of the Odious Path [7:09]
2. Great Tiamat, Filled with Corpses [5:05]
3. Abhicaara [5:11]
4. Chalice of Poisoned Souls [5:35]
5. Aghori, Flame of Knowledge [5:16]
6. Black Mirror Reflection [8:16]