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Cervix : In The Red Night, A Roar... Slowly, A Chant Began...

Somewhere in the land of extreme doom, near the borders of doom/drone and doom/sludge, lies a horrible entity. It will soothe you, calling you closer with meek melodies and entrancing chimes. The warning signs of the maddening flute come to late for any return. Cervix awaits, chanting tales that initially seems as insane as the tribal - brutal - drumming, and as strange as the weird melodies that sniff around searchingly, like they were alive. Seems... Yes. However, listen carefully to it's words, and you will find coherence amongst the incoherent.

The clues stand in line in the chant of 'OBOO'. From the lyrics one realizes that it's a abbreviation for "Oh, Oirat, Galden Oirat". Have you ever heard of Burkhanism? Ak Jang, then? No? Well, they are two names for a one and the same religion. Absolute astronomy explains it as "a new religious movement that flourished among the indigenous people of Russia's Gorno Altai region between 1904 and the 1930s." (For those interested you can read more about it here: http://www.absoluteastronomy.com/topics/Burkhanism.) The Galden Oirat is one of the deities of the religion, more specifically the ancestor of all Western Mongolians. Perhaps translating the Mongolian verse of the chant will enlighten more? If so, then let's:

"Na te arzhans
Oirat, Galden Oirat
Sary-Jajyk, Ak-jajyk
Oh, Oirat, Galden Oirat"

Of the springs
Oirat, Galden Oirat
Sary-Jajyk, Ak-Jajyk
Oh, Oirat, Galden Oirat

The only language I could find that had both words 'na' and 'te' and which could combine them in such a way, is Maori. (I have no idea on what the relation here is or means.) 'Arzhans' is Altaian for 'springs', which are sacred places where they can clean themselves. 'Ak-Jajyk' is a spirit that carries messages to the gods of the upper world, whereas 'Sary-Jajyk' carries them to the gods of the Earth. From this I'm guessing this is a homage to Galden Oirat, who has or shall rise from the springs, and that when this happens/happened the Jajyk spirits shall spread the word of this happening. However, the songs tell of a darker man and that in search of the truth one should follow Shunu, "traveling to the sky". She is another ancestor, but in the form of a wolf. I have yet to grasp the meaning of all this, but there has no doubt gone a lot of deep thought into this.

It should be noted that 'The Water Of Life' is separated from the other tracks by a dividing line. It was recorded on a different date and I assume it can be thought of as either a bonus track or just as something different from the rest of the journey.

The music is though similar on all tracks, varying between intense, semi-grooving walls of sound - much like what you'll find with 5ive's earlier works - dark ambient (very ambient!) sections, and a slow, dark and sludgy doom/drone which pound like an unnatural heart amidst the blackness. Indeed one of the darkest releases I've heard!

If you're into darker doom metal amongst the really slow kind, such as Catacombs, Ea or the majestic Tyranny, then this is for you. Despite the groove, though, those looking for anything traditional should look elsewhere.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. ...
2. The Path Of Oirat

4. The Water Of Life

Duration : Approx. 39 minutes.

Visit the Cervix bandpage.

Reviewed on 09-04-2010 by Arnstein Petersen
Thermal Mass
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