PARZIVAL - CASTA (Target/Mighty Music Records)


Another one from Target Records and as always, I’m curious and anxious to hear what they are going to release and support. This time, Parzival is the name of the band, and they resides, just like the label, in Denmark. Although, I’m not familiar with this quintet, but the infosheet tells me that they were formed as Stiff Miners around 1992. In 1998 and after the release of their second album, they changed their name into Parzival and all together they already released 9 albums in the past. ‘Casta’ will be their tenth release and is scheduled to hit the streets June 30th. 2014.  The band delivers a theatrical and bombastic mixture of neoclassical music with influences from Gothic, Darkwave and Wagnerian art and they like to add cinematic influences in their music as well. This description indicates that Parzival won’t be easy to consume, and believe me, it wasn’t at all…

There are 11 tracks on this album and all together it takes about 45 minutes to plunge in a musical style with many Middle Eastern atmospheres and Asian mystique. Parzival collaborated with several Indian Sikh folk musicians, and it results in an adventure that gets you in a kind of trance, if you are open minded. Besides a very unique musical approach, they wrote their lyrics in four different languages: Russian, German, Latin and Sanskrit. This mixture catapults the listener to oriental places where Boedha might be present all the time. ‘Casta’ starts with an intro, but when the song is unfolding, you will hear a very unique style which has nothing to do with metal or hardrock; I was a bit surprised that Target / Mighty Music is taking care of this kind of music as well. First of all, it is great that bands that play original music get support as well, but secondly, I wonder if here are many people interested in these kind of bands?

The vocals of Dimitrij Bablevskij are really dark and imploring and the two drummers of the band Oleg and Michael guides you into a daze. Songs like ‘Kurushektra Purana’ and ‘Airyanem Vaejah Purana’ are so weird that it’s really hard to explain. This is music for outsiders…

This is a very original album that might fit in the aula or meeting hall somewhere in the Ardennes. For example, the Castle of Petit Somme in Septon, nearby Durbuy in Belgium, where Radhadesh is gathering as the Hare Krishna Community, but concerning metalheads, I advise to skip this release…

In the meantime I will try to chant their infamous rhyme:

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna

Krishna Krishna Hare Hare

Hare Rama Hare Rama

Rama Rama Hare Hare


My rating: ? /100