1. Praise of the Omnipresent One
2. Shiva Rudrastakam
3. Eternal Mother of Great Time
5. Maisasura Maridini
6. Trinetra Dhari (Three Eyed One)
Astonishing debut album by this unique band from Nepal that plays a ferocious and brutal Death Metal influenced by NILE, KRISIUN, DEICIDE, HATE ETERNAL... but mixed with vedic chants and ancient period of hinduism.
Dying Out Flame are from Nepal and play Death Metal.
This band are somewhat of a unique proposition as they combine the raw, brute force of Death Metal with traditional Nepalese music, instruments, female singing and influences. This lends the band a distinctly exotic edge.
What’s important here though is the sheer quality of the songs on this release. In the hands of a lesser band this combination of styles could easily sound mismatched and ill-judged, but Dying Out Flame have the talent to merge the two disparate worlds quite seamlessly. It sounds natural and it sounds good. Bloody good.
The traditional instrumentation enhances and adds to the ferocity and pure elemental force of the Death Metal parts. And boy when the Death Metal kicks in it sure does so hard.
The sound and fury of the band is first-rate and the deep growls of the singer are delivered at the perfect pitch. The Nepalese music doesn’t detract from the bite of the Metal at all; in fact it works exceptionally well with it to create atmospheres and moods quite in keeping with the epic and ferocious music.
If you’re a fan of Death/Extreme Metal that experiments with influences that are not typically found in the realm of Metal then this is for you. Think bands like Nile, Orphaned Land, Rudra, Therion, Markradonn, Panopticon, etc. – all quite different but all incorporating wider influences into their Metal sound. Dying Out Flame can safely be added to their ranks.
This is an innovative and creative release with lots of personality and high quality levels. Definitely make sure you check this out.
You probably do remember Nietzsche writing: God is dead? Well, Nile is dead. Krisiun, too. I’ve been into the most extreme of the metal genre for more than 20 years, but bands from Nepal are rare. It’s amazing what a global phenomenon metal and extreme metal is. If any of you have been looking at one or the other of our reviews, you will have noticed that it’s especially the metal periphery (from a European perspective) that we are especially interested in. Pakistan, Trinidad, Bangladesh… and now, for the second time in Vendetta-history, Nepal. And Dying Out Flame not only set an incredibly high standard, but simply buries other newcomers under a massive wall of death metal. Let me tell you again: massive wall of death metal.
But make no mistake: it’s death metal to the bone, but there is an element to it which distinguishes ‘Shiva Rudrastakam’ from other death metal releases – vedic chants. They are used in every song, fit nicely and are well-placed, therefore breaking the typical death metal sound while fitting into the overall sound costume very, very well. Often the songs turn towards an underlying harmonic minor scale and, although brutal as hell, do combine brutality with harmony and melody.
Of course, all in all the combination of chants, the occasional Sitar (-inspired) harmonic patterns are nothing excitingly new. The goose bump tension of the first track, for example, which is more or less a vedic chant, cannot really be upheld by the record’s title track as the atmospheric harmonies are broken with and replaced by typical Broken Hope-like death metal riffing. But the nice part is that elements of these riffs are then transcribed into a Sitar-context. I’m not sure if it is a real Sitar or a guitar mimicking a Sitar, but it sure as hell works, leaving me to ask: what was first? The vedic or death metal intention to write the song? I obviously cannot answer that question.
‘Eternal mother of great time’ on the other hand has a more Behemoth-like atmosphere to it and only towards the end, after the obligatory chant interlude picks up more speed. What impressed me the most on this record is not necessarily the songwriting, but the way it is performed. Take, for example, the hyper-fast blast beats at the end of ‘Vaya Putra’ or during ‘Maisasura’: Prachanda Amatya is a world-class death metal drummer and can easily compete with Tim Yeung or the likes. The same goes for the extremely sophisticated guitar and bass works. These guys know their instruments extremely well. This does not come as a surprise though, because from what I understand some of the members went to the Nepal Music School.
‘Shiva Rudrastakam’ is a kick-ass record! Especially the second half of the album has left a long-lasting impression on me. Not only because of the vedic influences, but because of the grandeur of the performance and creativity to combine different styles. Most awesomely done in the last song ‘Trinetra Dhari’ which I would consider the best one due to the intensity of death metal riffing in combination with high-speed drumming under vedic chants.
I am pretty sure that the European/American world will hear from Dying Out Flame again. This is world class death metal and I would be surprised if they were not to enter the touring business. So, organisers, get these guys on the road! Until then, I will give this record numerous more spins! And I recommend you do the same!
Xtreem Music is doing a bang-up job of grabbing excellent international metal bands from interesting locations. We recently witnessed the awesome power of Iran’s Azooma, and are now given Nepal’s Dying Out Flame. Taking relentless death metal a la Hate Eternal or Krisiun and blending in traditional Hindu instruments and chants gives them their own pedestal to stand upon. While there is certainly more to the picture, an easy tag would be to label Dying Out Flame as doing for Hindi music what Nile did with their Egyptian theme.
While on paper it might not seem to work, Shiva Rudrastakam is a punishing blend of death metal. The opening song, “Praise of the Omnipresent One” sets the tone for the inclusion of more traditional Hindu influences, only to have the title track erupt with straight ahead death metal violence. Burly riffs with an eastern flair offer no compromise and nicely incorporate a mellow moment amid the chaos. “Eternal Mother of Great Time” slows the pacing down and has some cool female vocals/chants towards the end of the track. The blastbeat-ridden centerpiece “Vayuputra” takes all of these moments from the first few tracks and combines them into a true showstopper. The remainder of the disc follows suit with equally menacing yet esoteric appeal, never allowing the explosive death metal to become stagnant.
It’s clear upon first listen that Dying Out Flame are not using their Vedic death metal as a gimmick. For their first attempt, it is almost breathtaking how well the Hindu instrumentation and chanting fits with pulsating and intense death metal. It’s nice to see newer bands like this putting in the extra effort to give themselves a more unique sound in the crowded world of death metal. This is a band with a very bright future.
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