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Mahavatar @ Mercury Lounge (5/24/2010)

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Artist: Mahavatar
Venue: Mercury Lounge (New York, NY)
Opener: n/a
Date: 5/24/2010
Label: Independent Artist

Admitedly, it has been awhile since I had followed the adventures of the band Mahavatar and that made the news about their Mercury Lounge gig something that bore investigation for me. I always hate when I lose track of a band that I like but when you live in NYC there are so many groups to keep track of that sometimes it happens. The last time I caught them was either at the Continental NYC venue which was a great place and now sadly no longer offers Metal fans live music. Someone said that it became a sports bar and I guess that is a good thing because the city certainly doesn’t have enough of those  The Mercury Lounge is a great place for a band like Mahavatar because its just big enough to get a healthy crowd inside and with a low stage and no barrier, the audience and band fans can get right up close and personal with the group and maybe even sing into the microphone if the singer allows them to do so. I had learned about this show when I ran into Lizza at the recent Orphaned Land show over at B.B. King’s. Both she and that band originally hail from Israel so she was present to support them. It was a nice surprise for me, but enough about that night and onto the task at hand.
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“From The Sun, The Wind, The Rain, The Soil” by Mahavatar

Artist: Mahavatar
Title: “From The Sun, The Wind, The Rain, The Soil”
Label: Escapi Music
Release Date: 8/15/2006
Genre: Gothic World Metal
Rating: 4/5

The band Mahavatar might hail from Brooklyn and NYC but their roots are from a more worldly level with lead singer Lizza Hasan coming from Israel and Karla Williams, Jamaica. The two formed the core writing team that allowed Mahavatar to record their Cruz Del Sur debut Go With The No. The album was loaded with grinding, yet sometimes passionate vocals as well as a lot of crunching guitar work. However for fans of the band in the States it was not an easy album to get a hold of. The band recently signed on to Escapi Music last year and now as a result of their efforts the larger public will get to enjoy this very interesting band. Comparing the two CD’s, every song from “Go With The No” is available on this new release with the addition of another track and its also received a little extra mastering. Having listened to some World Metal a la Orphaned Land (Israel) and Cruachan (Ireland) I was a little surprised to find a limited amount of world sound in their music. Instead there is a Gothic Metal energy ebbing on many of the tracks such as “Open Your Minds” and “Deep Cobble” where Lizza starts soft and ends up growling like the hungriest of Metal wolves. The lyrics are written much like poetic verse and I feel some fans of the band Otep might enjoy this as well but do not expect the thrashing of Otep material in Mahavatar music. Their style is more of a slowly chugging train bringing forth feels of some solid Stoner or Doom Metal acts that have come before them. The line up completing the Mahavatar puzzle is as mentioned Lizza and Karla who are joined by Szymon Rapacz (bass) and Shahar Mintz (guitars). Drums have been recorded by T. Motta and R. Star.
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