JYOTISAVEDANGA are a pan-international entity featuring guitarist Sadist from Indian black/grind/noise iconoclasts Tetragrammacide; H. from Russia’s esteemed Sickrites on synths, noise, and effects; AR, from emerging Kolkata cult Banish, on vocals; and prolific Ukrainian drummer Dimitry Kim (Sickrites, Goatpsalm, Do Skonu et. al.). While war metal undoubtedly forms the foundation of JYOTISAVEDANGA’s multi-dimensional attack, it is but a mere tool to be wielded – and, more suitably, malformed. For Thermogravimetry Warp Continuum is indeed a warp continuum sucking vortex-ward the most diseased and depraved decibels lurking within the all-too-often mutually exclusive scenes of black metal and power electronics, splicing various DNA and mincing its residual strains.
As such, the album is more accurately an experience rather than an “album” per se; worlds open up, and then are destroyed. To experience Thermogravimetry Warp Continuum is to literally be devastated: there is no escape, and there is no mercy. Those of hardier constitutions will still be largely unprepared for the overwhelming onslaught JYOTISAVEDANGA so effortlessly create. The album comprises six central tracks in a time-evaporating 29 minutes, but when the portals to one’s pain threshold have been freely opened, that length can seem both far longer and far shorter than anticipated, for a wealth of subtle, studiously exacted details are woven dynamically into Thermogravimetry Warp Continuum‘s very fabric. To say the album is “dense” is as vast an understatement as the record itself.
And yet, despite this very tangible (and very threatening) physicality, Thermogravimetry Warp Continuum is not all crude ultraviolence for its own sake. JYOTISAVEDANGA are named after Vedāṅga Jyotiṣa, one of the earliest known Indian texts on astronomy and astrology, and their lyricism – and overall aesthetic aims, for that matter – are steeped in the meeting point between the two as well as the latent occultism underpinning such a conjunction. This much was at least etched into their debut demo from 2016, Cannibal Coronal Mass Ejections, but has reached critical mass on their full-length debut album. But to pull the veil back too far would be to reveal too much of the trio’s inner workings, and it’s often best to allow the alchemy to do what it may…
Although undoubtedly unique in the wider extreme music landscape, it should come as no surprise that JYOTISAVEDANGA have found a suitable aesthetic/ideological home at LARVAL PRODUCTIONS, for the label has also recently fostered the blitzed-senses oblivion of TSALAL and an early split release by new-noise gods Tetragrammacide, and there’s more cruelty to come. In the meantime, there is only the beginning – and the very real END – to Thermogravimetry Warp Continuum. Black metal and noise may be inching ever close together anno 2018, but JYOTISAVEDANGA are here to obliterate all hope. One continuum, forever circular: total blackout, ultimate whiteout. Frequency death ad infinitum…ad nauseum.
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