Official press release:
Iron Bonehead Productions is proud to present a special mini-album from Switzerland’s Dakhma, entitled Astiwihad-Zohr. The CD version will be released internationally by Iron Bonehead on December 18th, while the 12″ vinyl version will follow on February 29th, 2016. Comprising four tracks spanning 27 minutes, Astiwihad-Zohr is a four-step journey conceptually based around spiritual ascent/descent, with each song – “Libation (Unto The Blessed Flame)”, “Procession (Feed From The Skull)”, “Spirit (From The Plane)”, and “Altar (Flesh Upon Me)” – signifying deliberate egress toward that fateful end. For Dakhma, the record goes beyond mere “music.” Sure, the sound of Dakhma starts with churning, coruscating bestiality and bleeds into diabolical doom, but for mainman Kerberos – responsible for “Zoroastrian Chants, Rituals and Incantations, Sonic invocations of Daeva” – just like full-length predecessor Passageways to Daena (The Concomitant Blessings of Putrescing Impurity), these four hymns were created in order to submit to the eternal opposition of the six Amesha Spentas. By way of ghastly ritual incantations rendered in sonic form, Dakhma espouses the worship of all Daeva, so that they may corrupt and soil the soul of man. This is the audial essence of destruction, as sought by Az; it is the music of death.
Astiwihad-Zohr track listing:
1. “Libation (Unto the Blessed Flame)”
2. “Procession (Feed From the Skull)”
3. “Spirit (From the Plane)”
4. “Altar (Flesh Upon Me)”