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Nibiru: Undivided Ascension

Italian psychonauts Nibiru might be new on the underground radar, but they’ve already journeyed into the deepest heart of the occult, and beyond.

Heavy music is a many-splendored thing, fertile with disparate approaches and viewpoints and splayed across an infinite spectrum that encompasses everything from the cheapest of thrills to the most unfathomable of depths. It is to the latter that Italy’s Nibiru have nailed their psychedelic colours: yet more proof, perhaps, that the liberated ideologies of the metal underground enable real magic to happen.

Predicated on an ethos of improvisation and questing intuition, this freewheeling trio have only recently emerged from the shadows of the doom and psych scenes, but since their formation in 2012 they have already produced three albums that are as mindblowing and transformative as anything released in the 21st century.

With lyrics sung in the Enochian language of 16th century occult philosophers John Dee and Edward Kelley – who believed they could communicate with angels via a ‘scrying mirror’ – the music on Caosgon (2012), Netrayoni (2013) and now new opus Padmalotus seldom conforms to any stereotypical doom formulae. Instead, Nibiru can be heard to be reaching for some other nebulous but irresistible spiritual goal, the endless possibilities of improvised riffing and ritualistic ambience driving them to rare heights of sonic potency.

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