Just in time for Halloween, Holy Mountain releases this album that folks have been calling the black metal Throbbing Gristle or Mayhem playing the Twin Peaks soundtrack. While I am unsure either of those are fitting, what Yoga does do is play a version of black metal that isn’t of the bedroom variety, while still providing a ton of atmosphere.
The fidelity for this kind of black metal is actually really good, which will throw off most BM fans. That doesn’t mean this is the most crystal clear sounding disc on the planet, but it definitely allows the listener to pick up on the creepier subtleties that pervade the disc. The comparison to horror movie soundtracks, especially the more twisted ones, are apparent in the creepy keyboard washes, the muttering (possibly backward) vocals and the delayed to hell everything else.
No one’s going to be requesting copies of tabs for the riffs to Guitar World, but the amount of sounds that Yoga puts in each track makes it pretty interesting and definitely beyond the singularity of a lot of black metal releases. It never really gets gnarly enough, but it stays interesting throughout the disc. 7/10 -- Andrew Murdock Livingston (11 November, 2009)