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EVIL!!! - 80%

centuryxiii, July 15th, 2010

Ugra Karma happens to be one of the first metal bands from Nepal, who played original music defying the cover intent of almost all the bands in the late 90s/early 00s. And here we have – the first metal album released from the country.

Well this primitive factor has clearly disturbed the production and sound of the album, which could be more or less excused by the fact no advanced directions on recording stuffs were looming at that time – the dirty bass-led sounds which has a big chance to instantly turn off the listener. But wait… there’s this fucking brutal music coming up. Think of Sepultura’s "Morbid Visions" or Possessed's "Seven Churches" for an instance and the sinister and evil sound they concealed. Then think of the slashing guitar works of Sodom meets early Death meets early Cannibal Corpse, and fold it with a good amount of grind. You have Blood Metal Initiation, an album that loyally floats over the swamps of old school death metal. The guitars are quite awesomely done with plenty of chilling melodies sandwiched by the crushing brutality.

Here is no drummer in this album but a drum machine is employed. Programmed drums are rather repetitive and may sound to lack creativity.

The vocals – one of the powerful factors in the album, helping the whole sound to go really heinous. They’re cruel and they’re pretty much like Morbid Visions era Max, yet in a much much lower stretch, with reverberations on at quite a number of portions.

On the whole, the album is full of utter power with a glowing hint of passion. This is an album that has released the pure hatred of religions in the most evil and proficient way. Forget the production and just focus on the overall sound and it’s diabolical.