I honestly cannot figure out a genre for this band, it seems that MAHAVATAR fall into a genre of their own. Is it Progressive Death Metal? Ambient Metal? Gothic Metal? I don’t know so I labeled it Dark Metal because the whole atmosphere of the album is an dark and tribal like vibe. Now on to the music, it’s odd, yes, but is it enjoyable? Well, Yes and No. Karla Williams seems to be able to write some really, REALLY, catchy riffs, along with some crushing ones, take for example “By The Numbers”, I love that riff, it’s nothing special, but it’s really groovy and her playing in the background of the chorus is really groovy as well. An example of the latter category would be, “The Time Has Come” with its massive riff that just kind of overwhelms everything else, giving the song this feeling of power. She can also write some great Thrash-esque songs as well, like the fast “Psychos” or Funk based riffing like “Anger” (the bass work in that song is killer as well.) Lizza Hayson is a….well; let’s say different kind of vocalist, she constantly changes her voice, from Death Metal growls, to Folk like chants, to clean melodic pitches. I wouldn’t say she’s great as a singer but she’s different and adds a bit to the nature of the music. I don’t know how the band would sound without her.
Now, onto the not so enjoyable parts of the album; I mentioned how, with examples of a few songs, how they change from styles from track to track. Now some of you may not care, this kind of irks me a bit; I wish they would have just stuck to one style, now I don’t mind THAT much when bands change all the time, but only a few do it really well, (look at CEPHALIC CARNAGE, or ULVER) and MAHAVATAR just seems to be finding their roots somewhere and I hope they do because they do show promise. Is it a terribly bad album? Certainly not, just keep in mind what you’re in for. If you like a different feel for all your music or are looking for something A LOT different than the normal crowd, look no further. Not my music of choice, but still good none the less. (Online July 11, 2006)