The History of Death & Burial Rituals part 1. As suggested by its grandiose title, The History of Death & Burial Rituals displays the duo in a considerably elevated state: the ambition and daring DEATH KARMA exhibit here almost sounds like an entirely different band. However, the band remains the same, and includes two members of the critically acclaimed CULT OF FIRE. Not unlike that band, DEATH KARMA here unveil a comparatively kaleidoscopic kind of black metal, bolstered by death metal muscle, surging-yet-layered songcraft, mystical melodicism, and a robust production that highlights every subtle nuance, every dynamic twist, and especially the over-spilling violence. It's an album that not so much abandons black/death in futile favor of something "different" for its own sake, but rather attempts - and succeeds, massively - to inject bold adventure into classicist purity. With The History of Death & Burial Rituals part 1, DEATH KARMA reveal themselves to the world...and it's just the beginning.