India remains a buried gem within the treasure hoard that is underground metal. Though bands like brutal death Gutslit and progressive melodic Demonic Resurrection have been gaining momentum and notoriety, everyone is still missing out on what incredible music the Indian underground has to offer.
I don’t even remember how I stumbled onto Prophets of Yahweh, but I was smitten with their first single, the first and title track off of Oronodromozro (don’t ask me how to pronounce that). And I was fortunate enough that I could get part of my preorder a couple days early so I could write it a proper review.
The album begins with a gloomy sounding guitar solo, a somber chorus chimes in in the background, and then emerges a quiet but deep growl. And then you’re yanked under by the sheer weight of the track.
The level of heavy is pretty consistent throughout, however if for whatever reason the prospect of thrashy/ proggy death metal is too heavy for you, rest assured that there are a few slower, jazzy, ambient interludes to lighten things up a bit. But don’t let that deter you; Oronodromozro isn’t so proggy that it becomes hard to follow, but it isn’t so simple and redundant that attention meanders away elsewhere.
Aside from the title track, “No More” stood out to me; it reminded me of a song that might have been on a later Revocation album (Deathless, perhaps?). It might just be me, but I hear some serious Dave Davidson inspired riffage and solos. The only thing that’s different are the vocal tones. Jithin Peter (leads, vocals) exhibits a stellar vocal range; his high/mids are very reminiscent of Jens Kidman (Meshuggah), and his lows are purely demonic.
I don’t want to give too much away, but this album is sheer fire. My only qualm is that I wish there were another couple tracks; Oronodromozro seems to end almost too quickly after it starts.
This album is out now! You can jam it right here in the embed above, and if you like what you hear, you can head over to the Prophets of Yahweh bandcamp and scoop that bad boy right up. They’ll even send you a CD if you’re interested. Of course, if bandcamp isn’t your thing, you can find Oronodromozro on a myriad of other platforms such as Youtube, Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora, etc. etc.
Though this one release has taken quite a bit of time to finally become a reality, Jithin and the Prophets of Yahweh guys are already concocting ideas for their next release. If you have an opportunity to ever see these guys live, I envy you, and you should absolutely check these dudes out.