Released: 2015, The mighty riff
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
Bangalore-based stoner-doom metal quintet Bevar Sea started out in 2007-8, and became a serious performing and recording act in late 2010, and have since gathered an unprecedented cult following in the country based on their powerful live performances and recorded output, as well as in the doom circles abroad.
When you think of India you don't automatically put doom in the mix of association. "Invoke The Bizarre" is the newst album release from Bevar Sea , and is adorned with Lovecraftian cover art painted by lead guitarist Rahul Chako. The album opens up with "bearded and bizarre" which is a slow sludge doom homage, to bands like electric wizard, Paradise Lost, Black sabbath as well as sounding like European stoner doom.
Despite crossing off every doom cliché, down to the direct references to NOLA with track,"bury me in NOLA", Bevar Sea manage to come off as more than just clones and take on the expected sounds and make it more their own. In contrast to the overall solid songwriting, the vocals are not the strongest and don't initially fit the bill.
Although having said this, them being played out as a stoner version of Jane's addiction's sound makes this work. "Sleeping pool" has a nice mixture of radiating mind theater conjuring lyrics as well as traditional song techniques. Keeping on a themed note "Where there is smoke [there is a pyre]" really kicks in some new flavor to the mix.
Sounding now like High on fire with It's enormous drumming sequences and adrenaline it's a heavy recipe blend that works well. "Heathen" the second to last track rolls in on a different tangent again, with the slow drumming of something tribal with acoustic blends on top again sounding very Black Sabbath/Pantera. Which soon sweeps up into impressive guitar work that is smooth to the ear and crushing when the crescendos hit.
The influence of American stoner doom is very easy to spot on their final track "The grand alignment" whose just shy of twelve minutes, wonder is played out. It's within this piece that you can really hear how this band are quite unique to not only their origins but in general. As they wend their way successfully through this prestigious almost history of doom.
Overall the only faults noticeable are some of the vocal choices are weaker, although it's almost like they are noticed and rectified within the rest of the song. It's a powerful album that after a few listens will definatly grow on non-believers. 'Invoke the Bizarre' is set for a 25th September 2015 release in India and October 31st for the rest of the world.
Review by Ashlinn Nash