Genre: Melodic Black/Death Metal
Country: Slovakia
Label:Beyond Eyes Productions
Year: 2018

Infernal Vlad (Cult Of Fire) returns with sophomore part from his melodic black and death metal project, Death Karma. Vlad is damn ambitious and his work will satisfy anyone searching for a story behind his music preferences. I assume its listeners will be busy trying to find more information about the 7 (+1) countries and their sounds, that the Slovakian artist attempt to describe with his songs. Almost all tracks are brilliant and on the same top level quality, as all are well written and executed perfectly. In his own words…:

HAITI – Voodoo

Under the influence of narcotics, I follow the rhythm of psychedelic drums, where the dance, death and sacrifice can wake up the dead body from the ground and no other can speak with them like Baron Samedi – A Loa of the Dead.

TIBET – Sky burial

Mantras are spreading over the Tibetan mountains where dead bodies float in the vultures’ stomachs. Om Mani Padme Hum. (It is said that all the teachings of the Buddha are contained in this mantra: Om Mani Padme Hum, so we can’t actually translate it into a simple phrase or sentence)

SCANDINAVIA – Ship burial

Strength, pride and bravery are sailing to Valhalla under the wings of valkyries where Odin is waiting for them.

NEW ZEALAND – Mongrel Mob

Maori rebels, pacific devils, fierce death dealers, savage robbers. United they stand, they would never bend. Howling in the night, wooden coffin in the air… Outlaws, rise! Unite! Mighty Mongrel Mob.

EGYPT – Pharaohs

Eternity is the destination of every pharaoh’s soul which is hidden under the pyramid.

INDONESIA – Tana Toraja

The dead ancestor shares the same roof, the same house. This is great respect and act of boundless love in Rambu Soloq ceremonies in Tana Toraja.

CZECH REPUBLIC – Ossuary

The half-blind monk arranges skulls and bones overnight in the lower part of the church. With the sound of organ he creates beautiful death patterns in the shadow of the candles, in the name of God.

JAPAN – The Sea of Silent Trees (bonus track for Japan vinyl version and CD)

High demands, no privacy, no love, no human touch, no dreams, hopelessness, aimlessness, it’s not the right way in life, but it’s the right path to Aokigahara forest, where the deliverance is waiting for them.

“your life is a precious gift from your parents”, “please, consult with the police or call your family before you decide to die”