Album Review

Lunar Chamber- Shambhallic Vibrations

Lunar Chamber is releasing their debut EP “Shambhallic Vibrations” this Friday April 28th on one of the best labels in the game right now 20 Buck Spin. The band brings an insanely refreshing sound to extreme metal blending a plethora of styles. It’s got that progressive blackened death metal influence with Cynic like composition/atmospheric influences as well. It’s a wild ride and clocks in at 30 minutes (sans the quick 1:38 introduction and 50 second interlude) so you’re basically getting 28 minutes of music on 3 tracks. Those said intro and transition tracks setup the 3 songs well and helps the flow a lot. I love everything about this EP between the guitar work, vocals, bass (some beautiful fretless leads as well) and drums. It is well worth the wait and any hype that has been shared about this EP before my article. It’s very unique and that’s something that can be quite challenging in modern extreme metal.

It’s melodic, it’s heavy and it’s very moody. Lots of changes musically throughout the release and never felt their music dragged on at all. It’s pretty doom influenced as well, as if we need more styles to an already wild release! I’ve been looking forward to the day of checking out this EP and it’s well worth your time, trust me. The songwriting is absolutely impeccable and inspiring. Expect the unexpected and enjoy the ride!

Lunar Chamber, a hitherto unknown being of mysterious consciousness, now present in the physical realm for the first time with debut manifestation Shambhallic Vibrations, a tale of a journey eastward in search of enlightenment and what may lie beyond.

Ensconced in mysticism, the five-track, nearly thirty-minute pilgrimage of Shambhallic Vibrations advances unflinchingly through insane crushing riffs, bewildering solos, tranquil acoustics and illuminated ascendent melodies. “Spirit Body And The Seeing Self” details the start of the journey, self-analysis, and the attempts at launching oneself into said “beyond,” while “The Bodhi Tree” is a mirroring tale of Gautama Buddha himself, having meditated underneath it in Bodh Gaya approximately 2500 years ago, attaining enlightenment.

“III. Crystalline Blessed Light Flows… From Violet Mountains Into Lunar Chambers” is the ultimate pinnacle of the tale. Having reached a spiritual plane, pulses of light and dark; the very fabric of space-time itself churns. Knowledge is abundant here. Eventually, one is brought full circle, right back where everything began in normal life; albeit with a new sense of everything. But there is so much more to learn… a yearning thirst.

“Shambhallic Vibrations” really hits a lot of different styles and is the best for anyone who wants something new and fresh. For anyone that says “metal is dead” show them this release. Like most genres you need to dig deep to find some gems, but if you’re active enough you can find some. Lunar Chamber is one of those gems and didn’t have to look hard, seeing how much I love 20 Buck Spin and ironically found the promo in the e-mail. I’m blown away by this and don’t think any EP can top this for 2023. Mark my words.

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