गौतम बुद्ध – प​ु​न​र​्​ज​न​्​म भ​ा​ग २

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The album takes an-unorthodox approach to raw black metal, working in traditional Indian instruments, but keeping them as lo-fi as the other elements on the album. The vocals are simultaneously buried in the mix and piercing through as a violent outbursts. More importantly, there’s a strange three way blend at play of DSBM, raw and atmospheric black metal. Overall this is a fantastic album and another installment in the गौतम बुद्ध book of near perfect releases. If you like your black metal to have an experimental edge and to transport you to new exotic places both geographically and spiritually, then this album is for you.

Artist: गौतम बुद्ध
Album: प​ु​न​र​्​ज​न​्​म भ​ा​ग २
Label: Independent
Release Date: August 4, 2023
Location: Kushinagar, India
Genre: Experimental raw/atmospheric black metal

Written by James Sweetlove

Generally speaking with extreme metal the harder the band name is to read or pronounce the heavier and more devastating the music is going to be. While that doesn’t normally translate to bands whose names are in different languages and alphabets, I can assure you that the principal applies with गौतम बुद्ध.

The independent Kushinagar, India based experimental Buddhist black metal band present us with their second album, a strong follow up to their amazing debut. The music remains much in the same vein, but there are some clear refinements and experimental flourishes. The band also continue their aesthetic trend of using Buddhist imagery and strongly contrasting red and black, a look that inexplicably suits the music.


The album takes an-unorthodox approach to raw black metal, working in traditional Indian instruments, but keeping them as lo-fi as the other elements on the album. This combined auditory flow works in two ways, the first of which is relaxed instrumental segments leading into raw aggression. The other is the instruments being layered right over the harsher elements in parts. The acoustic guitar segments present throughout the album also help to add some complexity and diversity of sound.

The vocals on the release are easily one of my favourite elements, as they are simultaneously buried in the mix instrumentally and piercing through as a violent outburst. There’s a pained, desperation in the vocals as they almost have the tone and energy of DSBM, particularly in the moments of inconsolable wailing. While having that pained aspect they also have a prickling exterior coat of rage and spite that dilutes the depressive aspect enough for this to still be classified as raw atmospheric black metal.

What really makes this album special though is song writing ability, something that presents its self in a number of ways. From the long form songs running from seven to eleven minutes to the complex instrumentation, the album is impressive. What really ties it all together though is its focus on duality, duality between loud and quiet, between harsh and aggressive and quiet and peaceful. Its this balancing act woven into the fabric of each track that keeps the album from ever becoming boring or overbearing.

Overall this is a fantastic album and another installment in the गौतम बुद्ध book of near perfect releases. If you like your black metal to have an experimental edge and to transport you to new and exotic places both geographically and spiritually, then this album is for you. Just don’t try to learn more about the person behind the project, because I can tell you from experience that you are wasting your time.




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