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Tukaaria – “Raw to The Rapine” – [Profound Lore]

abacus   12/9/2012   A Library, CD

Some more raw evil from SoCal’s Black Twilight Circle of sadness, devotees to the legacy of peoples native to Mexico and the Southwest USA. Tuukaria, meaning ‘the night’ in Yaqui, a tribe native to the Sonora region, is a one man project from LA. This album was originally released on cassette in 2011 under the Rhinocervs label and features here tracks from splits with Volahn and Odz Manouk as well. This stuff seems much more dynamic and rhythmic than a lot of other black metal, with drums figuring prominently over the layers of guitar and really setting the tone/evolution of each track. Vocals echo blasphemies from distant caverns, like ghostly voices from a razed village. Track 6 offers a symphonic instrumental as a meditation in the midst of rituals while the final incantation invokes elements of doom, calling out to the gods in desperation. A lamentation of local cultures raped by Christian expansion, (Scandinavians weren’t the only ones of course) so put this on your headphones and go out at night for some local church burning. You didn’t hear it here though…

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