Melodic death and doom metal band Dalit have released the physical version of their acclaimed 2021 release Moksha.
Back in 2016, I had my first exposure to Dalit, reviewing their sophomore release Descent, which I found myself enjoying despite my general dislike for doom metal. What struck me was the variety of influences that came through in their sound, making the tracks more enjoyable than the doom metal I had previously been exposed to. The band itself hails from Norway and formed in 2006 with a great mission statement of “striking the raw nerves of the listener with a portrait of the abused, oppressed and derelict souls”. Taking that into account, if fits well that their chosen genre is a combination of melodic doom and death metal, and one can see how that mission would fit nicely. For Moksha, the band produced the album which was mixed and mastered by Endre Kirkesola. Drums, guitars, bass and vocals were recorded by guitarist Jon Ivar Larsen with Simen Daniel Børven recording the violin.
A lonely piano opens the album, but that is quickly swallowed up by a slow, plodding, heavy doom guitar riff. Eirik Hellem’s rough, growled vocals come in shortly after and the listener quickly knows where the track is going until the quieter interlude with clean guitar straight out of Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters”. Guro Birkeli comes in to provide clean female vocals which contrast nicely with Hellem’s death metal growls.