Barishi are a band from Vermont that plays a very progressive form of metal with elements of melodic black and death metal and this is a review of their self released and self titled 2013 album.
"Sky Burial" which is also the first song on the album opens up with sound effects along with some saxophones a few seconds later and the song is an instrumental intro with no vocals or other instruments being utilized.
"Holy Mountain" begins with heavy and melodic sounding progressive metal guitar riffs along with some drums and you can hear bass guitars in the background which also leads up to saxophones as well as a small amount of clean playing and then melodic clean singing vocals kick in before evolving more into aggressive screams and then guitar leads and solos start coming in and out of the song.
"The Rider" opens up, with some heavy and melodic sounding guitar and bass riffs along with some drums before adding in black metal screams and after awhile death metal influences and progressive rock style guitar leads are added into the song along with some hardcore style screams.
"Exhibiche" starts up with nature sounds and spoken word samples and a few seconds later bass guitars kick in along with some clean guitars before adding in drums and a couple of minutes later guitar solos and leads start coming in and out of the song.
"Through Mountains, Through Plains" kicks in with melodic clean singing vocals, heavy guitar riffs and drums and you can also hear bass guitars in the background and as time goes on by the music gets more progressive sounding along with some aggressive vocals which also leads up to a brief use of clean guitars before getting heavy again.
"The Waters" comes in with drums and heavy, melodic and progressive sounding guitar riffs along with some black metal influenced screams a few seconds later along with some powerful sounding bass guitars and towards the end there is a brief use of guitar solos and leads.
"A Place That Swallows All Rivers" hits it off with distorted and clean sounding guitar riffs along with some bass and drums and a few seconds alter guitar solos and leads start coming in and out of the song and there are no vocals present on the song with the music being all instrumental.
"Jaguar Scarification Ritual" which was also the last song on the album begins with sound effects before adding in drums and bass guitars which also leads up to heavy guitar riffs that also utilize a great amount of melody along with some clean guitars which also leads up to clean singing vocals which later evolve into some aggressive sounding screams as well as guitar leads.
Song lyrics cover dark and metaphysical themes, while the production has a very strong, powerful, heavy and professional sound for being a self released recording where you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording along with some of the songs being long and epic in length.
In my opinion Barishi are a very great sounding progressive metal band with elements of melodic black and death metal and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Rider" "Through Mountains, Through Plains" and "Jaguar Scarification Ritual". RECOMMENDED BUY.