Dahakara- “Low of Wisdom”

Dahakara- "Low of Wisdom"

As many writers are quick to point out, the fascination with black metal from regions with smaller communities tends to lean towards the needlessly gimmicky. In this modern age, the internet has made music widely available on a global level, enabling the seemingly exotic to become readily familiar. Still, I must admit that when presented with Dahakara‘s new offering, Low of Wisdom, I realized I had yet to hear any extreme music from Turkey. Still, regional identities aside, Dahakara places itself among many peers across the globe as an act that filters classic black metal sounds through a post-rock influenced gaze towards the stars, eventually building towards cosmic dark ambient for the album’s last few tracks.

 

On a limited run of 30 tapes (and endless downloads through bandcamp), Dahakara’s Low of Wisdom strives to tackle the infinite and infinitesimal alike, from matter itself to the expanse of the cosmos. Breaking things down to such extremes may lead to a very broad and exhausting exploration, yet Dahakara offers up slick and easily comprehended black metal that touches just as much upon early Darkthrone (see the Transilvanian Hunger worship in the latter half “Augmented Vacancy”) as it does depressive black metal and dark ambient influences. For an act comprised primarily of one member with occasional outside aid, this is an album that has none of the weight of ego that many similarly ambitious solo artists carry. Perhaps it’s the balance of having a friend’s input, but until I read a recent interview with the artist, I went along believing this to be the work of a full band.

Low of Wisdom’s 40+ minutes glide by in a fashion that is oddly soothing, despite the intensity of the performance displayed. Perhaps it’s simply the key in which Dahakara plays, but to say that there is something comforting or familiar here is almost too obvious. Whether it’s the soft synths behind the majority of opener “Empyrean” or the ethereal electronic drifting of “Observables,” there are so many gentle moments that complement the otherwise gnarled and distorted songs. Something of note for many readers is that only a couple songs in Low of Wisdom include any vocals at all, creating a sense of space within the album. Perhaps this detachment is intentional due to the album’s subject matter, although it’s hard to say. If anything, the scarcity of vocals ensures the listener is free to create their own interpretation, making the album is instantly memorable and easy to access. Only a small handful of cassettes remain in Dahakara’s possession, so make haste in visiting the artist’s bandcamp and get your copy soon.