Yoga "Megafauna" review



In Wayne Barlowe's "Inferno", the author describes himself as having been given a free pass to tour Hell for the purpose of illustrating the denizens of the underworld....and I now know that the members of Yoga were given a similar free pass, to try to replicate the sounds emanating from the Unholy Place. Like Barlowe, Yoga has given names to these pieces, but I will not repeat them here, for fear of the burning sigils returning to this Earth to haunt me.





Nor will I make an effort to relay to you the music that sounds similar to Megafauna, because I can guarantee you that the members of Yoga did not have the luxury of listening to any Goblin or Darkthrone records while they toured the infernal pits. What I will tell you is that once you've heard Megafauna, the spell has been cast, and the gates can never be closed. Listen once and throw it away. It matters not. You will bear the scar of having heard the sounds that were never meant to come to the surface.




These are the sounds that emanate from the cursed streets, the deepest pits, the giant Gates, and even the Chambers of the great Demons themselves...sounds that are living beings themselves. And your journey will take you as far as Barlowe and Yoga went...to the Keep of the second most evil force in the universe, Beelzebub, the Prince of Darkness, who at first is a shapeless swarm of flies...and then a giant legless flyheaded humanoid. Barlowe was truly disturbed by this presence, and awakened near his home, notes intact...with only sporadic,hazy memories of his trip to the Prince's throneroom. It is eerily similar to my experiences with Megafauna, and I'm sure the same happened to Yoga... as we are want to wonder what unspeakable evils were brought upon us in that chamber. All I can tell you is that it is very real...the music of Yoga is beyond simple instrumentation. It is a sound that is alive and breathing, infused with a millenia of pure faceless evil.


I wonder if I should thank Yoga and the Agents of Hell for giving us one of the best albums in memory, or curse them for unleashing these scars upon us...

Bottom three images are copyright Wayne Barlowe.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Very out there release to put it mildly,love the use of keyboards thru-out.Lots of stuff coming out harckening back to the days of krautrock... Ash Ra Temple, Can, Cosmic Jokers, infused with metal elements. Oranssi Pazuzu, Journey To Ixtlan, Procer Veneficus.

Anonymous said...

What about...Pensees Nocturnes:Vacuum, bluesy black metal,Diamatregon:Crossroad & the KTL:IV that things a contender for album of the year don't you think.

Anonymous said...

Yesterday I got this insane album The Vampires Of Dartmoore- Dracula's Music Cabinet very outta this world blackened lounge lizard sounds.Impavida-Eerie Sceneries has to be the best album of 2009along with , Nurse With Wound-The Surveillance Lounge.

HSJ said...

Pensees and Vampires of Dartmoore...good stuff...

KTL IV is good, but I like the demos of that album better. I honestly have no idea what album of the year is at this point.

Maybe Pocket Full of Rain or Clubroot...or Zones or...