Album Reviews

Solar Deity – In The Name Of Satan

  • Review by: Ankit Baraskar

Traditional/raw black metal has traditionally been about channelizing your anger/discontent through your instrument. Different bands embraced different issues- some personal and some slightly more global. But regardless of image or philosophy, the sound remains one of unadulterated aggression. Continuing this tradition(I’m just having too much fun with this word given the irony in context) is Solar Deity from Aditya Mehta and Yash Pathak, both associated with the death metal act Exhumation, which most Indian metalheads have at the very least heard of, if not heard.

The album starts off with a very short instrumental introduction(which is a relief considering the senselessly convoluted ‘ambient’ stuff that most bands are chucking at us these days), and immediately breaks into the first legitimate track – ‘Declaration of Satanic Victory And Eternal Reign’.  The onslaught of uncompromising black metal that starts with the very first riff does not subside till the end of the very last song. The album flows effortlessly, each guitar riff nicely leading into the next without any rough spots. ‘Ceremonial Feast At The Black Temple’ is a beast of a song that within a period of seven minutes manages to reach epic proportions. 3:47 almost makes you wish for someone to start chanting in the background. I was curious to see how Mehta would handle the shift of style from death metal growls to black metal shrieks, but he has more than managed to get it down.

What I really love about the album is the production and the mix. The drum sound is absolutely spot on, with the snare sounding abominably tight. The guitars have a raw edge without sounding overly muddy, reminds me of Immortal’s sound in Damned In Black. The bass could’ve been a little higher up in the mix, though the album production is dynamic enough for one to quickly locate the same by tweaking the equalizer a bit. Negatives? The last track(minus the outro) takes a little too long to fade out, and the lyrics and the song names are a little too outlandish/overdone. The album art is standard fare, though the logo is nicely done.

To sum it up, this is an admirable offering from the Mumbai duo, though not delving into unknown territories, proclaiming a definite mastery of the known. 8.0/10, something I would love to here live. And in case you’re a cheap fuck like me thinking ‘where shall I get the cash for this thing’, this will make your day. Free download and stream. Check it out in its undiminished lossless glory here.