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Pa Vesh En Lurks “The Wilderness Of Cursed Souls”


The ossuary: quite literally a church of bones. Walls stacked high with skulls and femurs, bone sconces and chandeliers… an architectural meditation on human recycling. Places like Sedlec Ossuary are a grim representation of what can be done when one simply runs out of burial lands. The cemetery is full? Make a building from clattering bones. Generally speaking, these ossuaries were places of extreme worship, orthodox churches made from the bones of monks which were used as both holy houses and places of reverence for those who came before them.

From an outside perspective, or at least one of modernity, this macabre display is nothing short of horrifying. It has been ingrained in current culture that the dead are packed away and never disturbed — to place them out in the open so brazenly challenges this cultural more. The solitary Pa Vesh En‘s black metal representation of these places, his own Church of Bones, captures the nightmarish aura which captures the essence of these skeletal houses. Listen to “The Wilderness of Cursed Souls” below.

Much like the idea of an ossuary’s constructed intent versus its modern horror, Pa Vesh En’s music exists in a duality of understanding. At first, there is the impenetrable wall of thick, bassy noise which envelops the music in its entirety. Without dissection, it seems incoherent, noisy, horrific, but therein lies the point. Much like the ossuary, this is a meditation on death and repurposing. To the wrong ear, it is confusing, even awful, but there is a functionality and structure which reveals itself to those who wish to understand.

As a black metal album, Pa Vesh En’s Church of Bones succeeds. Hidden beneath its deathly murk is music which goes far beyond competence. In tandem with its atmosphere, the anonymous Belarusian’s creations ooze the quintessences of horror and terror. This musical ossuary shambles and reeks of the must of aged, dessicated bone. It is a truly immersive piece, but also difficult. Much like any harsh experimental album, Pa Vesh En deserves deeper listening (high volume is recommended) to fully understand its horror and duality. Enter the bone church at your own risk.

Church of Bones is out October 12th on Iron Bonehead Productions. Pa Vesh En does not use social media.

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