PHURPA//DEATHSTENCH - Evoking Shadows of Death (Pro-Cassette)
DEATHSTENCH//Phurpa - Evoking Shadows of Death
"As long as you're enthralled by a lifeless form, you are not free" - Bodhidharma
Evoking Shadows of Death is a collaboration between Russia's ritual collective Phurpa and California's occult misanthropists, DEATHSTENCH. Fusing ultrasonic vibrations and grim necro-atmospheres with the harmonious chants and deep, droning reverberations of the tantric voice, these two tracks are designed to help the chod practitioner tap the power of fear. Only those who have visited one of Tibet's charnel fields and witnessed the offering of a corpse to the vultures may be able to understand the full impact of what the Chöd tradition refers to as places that inspire terror. Chöd involves a form of self-sacrifice: the practitioner visualizes their own body as the offering at a ganachakra.
Evoking Shadows of Death helps envision such atrocities, delving into ultra-dark psychedelia by way of the most demented ritual ambient. Traditionally, Chöd is regarded as challenging, potentially dangerous and inappropriate for some practitioners. Evoking Shadows of Death is meant for meditative purposes, but can be listened to even by the most naive of ears.
Nothing could be further from the Western relation to music, in which the listener stands outside, analyzes and perhaps admires it -- an essentially passive and appreciative stance. Evoking Shadows of Death nudges you towards the steps to transmute through the aural plane and, through a process in which you must actively participate, requiring utmost concentration and mental stamina, become that of which the center is the symbol.
That transformation does not fall spontaneously, upon the listener: the practitioner must fully engage in the process.
This mystical experience is achieved, not bestowed.
Mastered by the illustrious Billy Anderson and limited to only 80 copies.
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