DEATHSTENCH / Phurpa - Evoking Shadows of Death - Cassette
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DEATHSTENCH / Phurpa - Evoking Shadows of Death - Cassette

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DEATHSTENCH//Phurpa - Evoking Shadows of Death 

"As long as you're enthralled by a lifeless form, you are not free" 
- Bodhidharma 


Evoking Shadows of Death is a collaboration between Russia's ritual collective Phurpa and California's occult misanthropists, DEATHSTENCH. Fusing ultrasonic vibrations and grim necro-atmospheres with the harmonious chants and deep, droning reverberations of the tantric voice, these two tracks are designed to help the chod practitioner tap the power of absolute terror. Only those who have visited one of Tibet's charnel fields and witnessed the offering of a corpse to vultures may be able to understand the full impact of what the Chöd tradition refers to as places that inspire fear. 


Chöd involves a form of self-sacrifice: the practitioner visualizes their body as the offering at a ganachakra. Traditionally, Chöd is regarded as challenging, potentially dangerous and inappropriate for some practitioners. EVOKING SHADOWS OF DEATH is meant for meditative purposes, but can be listened to even by the most naive of ears. Though on a high plane, nothing could be further from the Western relation to music, in which the listener stands outside, analyzes and perhaps admires it -- an essentially passive and appreciative stance. One must make steps to transmute through the aural plane and, through a process in which they must actively participate, requiring utmost concentration and mental stamina, becomes the center of that symbol. That transformation does not fall spontaneously, upon every listener: the practitioner must engage in the process. 

This mystical experience is achieved, not bestowed. 

Mastered by: Billy Anderson 

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