Black metal has a knack for sinking you into the depths of despair, depression and other dismal descriptive words, and with Dakhma and their newest effort Passageways to Daena (The Concomitant Blessings of Putrescing Impurity) that is certainly true. Dakhma doesn’t just cast you down into hell fire by playing blistering black metal alone however. Dakhma incorporates elements of death metal as well, so not only does your soul get shredded by the blackened essence of this release, but you also get shredded limb from limb by raw and punishing death metal.
To begin this mind altering and soul shattering release, Dakhma provides you with some abyssal ambiance that sends a chill down your spine only to submerge you into molten darkness seconds after. Dakhma does a great job of creating soundscapes that you cannot escape, soundscapes that are mind numbing, will breaking and provide you with an incredible bone chill and the feeling that your flesh is melting all at the same time.
As each song progresses and you get closer and closer to the end of the release, you feel as though you have been completely submerged in hell fire. Each song is terrifying and blistering and does its best to drain you of all life. The main staple of Dakhma and Passageways to Daena (The Concomitant Blessings of Putrescing Impurity) is skin tearing, rapid fire blackened death metal, but Dakhma does tend to slow the tempo every now and then creating slow heavy dirges that signify the end of your existence.
On one hand you have to combat the furious lashes scorching brutality and on the other you have to combat the slower more melodic and atmospheric dirges that they throw at you. As chaotic and raw as this release can be at times and as detrimental as it can be, the slower elements that feel as though something spectral and purely evil is watching you can be just as harmful. There isn’t anywhere you can run and there isn’t a place that you can hide from this monolithic effort from Swiss monster.
From front to back you get diseased riffs coupled by tumultuous drums only to be executed by thick bass lines. Unearthing themselves from what sounds like the bowels of hell are the vocals. The vocal delivery is two pronged since not only does the vocalist shriek devilish cries but he also bellows spine crushing death metal growls. No matter what you are getting thrown at you, you get the best of both black metal and death metal and that makes for one hell of a destructive listen.
This entire ten track release is dripping with evil and soaked in something that is putrid and purely sickening. Passageways to Daena (The Concomitant Blessings of Putrescing Impurity) is raw, bestial and ritualistic and altogether a listen that you just shouldn’t pass up.