Sanatana are a band from Ukraine that plays a mixture of black metal, folk, new age, ethnic, and experimental music and this is a review of their 2017 double album "Brahmavidya" which was released by Rising Moon.
Atmospheric soundscapes and melodic vedic style chanting starts off the album along with some water sounds before adding in melodic guitar leads and clean singing vocals and when the music speeds up a great amount of blast beats and black metal influences can be heard and the music also gets symphonic at times.
Acoustic guitars are added onto some of the songs which also add in elements of folk music along with all of the musical instruments sounding very powerful and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and tribal style beats are also used at times and you can also hear a great amount of melody in the guitar riffing.
Ethnic style folk instruments are added onto some of the tracks and keyboards can also be heard in some of the songs and as the album progresses female vocals are added onto the recording and some of the tacks are also very long and epic in length and when whispers are utilized they also add in more of a black metal touch and the music also mixes in a great amount of new age, oriental and experimental elements and the second album on the compilation focuses less on a metal scene and goes for more of a relaxed style that is perfect for meditation and there is also a brief use of spoken word parts.
Sanatana plays a musical style that takes black metal, oriental folk music, new age, ethnic and experimental and mixes them together to create something very original, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Vedism themes.
In my opinion Sanatana are a very great sounding mixture of black metal, ethnic, oriental folk music, new age and experimental and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Black Mother Earth" "Shiva" "Maya" and "Brahma Samhita". 8 out of 10.