Maha Kali by N’Zwaa is a concept solo album by Mahesh Das from New Hampshire in the US. The album begins with a relaxing almost peaceful track entitled “Om” which lulls the listener into a false sense of security and does not prepare you for the onslaught that is to come. As soon as the next track begins, you are thrust into a full black metal assault, with brutal and unnerving vocals, accompanied by the chaotic yet mesmerising combination of the drums and guitars, it really does create an intriguing listen.
The drums and guitars are filthy and muddy, and the vocals invoke visions of demonic entities – it creates a feeling of discomfort and this feeling is only periodically relieved by more melodic guitar leads in just the right places to give you moments of curiosity as the where the music will take you to next.
In the track “Kali Gayatri” is where I first notice a section of guitar noise that continues for a while, it is unnerving, and fascinating, and provides yet another layer of fascination about where it will land. This appears again in various places throughout the album and adds a sense of foreboding.
Overall the album is gloomy, yet passionate – unsettling, yet strangely uplifting at the same time. The vocals are wicked, vicious and fiendish, and are the standout of the album. But they certainly would not come across in this way if it wasn’t for the music behind providing the perfect canvas for the malevolence which is administered throughout.
Definitely worth a listen if you are a fan of black metal with plenty of chilling atmospheres.
Release Year: 2019
Reviewed by ForsakenMisery