Bells, singing bowls, horns, choirs and gongs from Asia, but also instruments from areas with shamanic cultural heritage are combined with dark guitar riffs, deep basses, experimental synthesizer sounds and colossal rhythms from western cultural heritage to initiate and accompany this sacred/healing/transforming process.
The path of recognizing and being blinded to one’s nature by indoctrination and the desire or urgency of detachment of the same.
The catharsis, which can often also be perceived as very threatening, because it is known to take place beyond the «comfort zone» and in addition can cause fears of where it should lead, what it does to me, if I want to change?
Since «metal music» by its nature is also threatening (or should be), it lends itself perfectly to support this process.
We want to use our passion for this style of music and try to enrich it with other instruments besides the classical ones that make up this style. A breath of fresh air can never hurt. You just have to have the courage to open the windows.
Darkly beautiful, at times even disturbing soundscapes invite you to listen. Transformation happens through listening. The journey is to be experienced through hearing, not seeing. And in the end, this is probably the real task of music, to be an «universal language». That is why it connects across language barriers. The eye is excluded and the ears transport the message to the heart (the true self), where emotion shifts and transformation takes place. Music evokes emotion – emotion evokes movement – movement is life and therefore the opposite of death. Stagnation is the enemy of life.
The music of OATH OF CRANES is a form of ritual to enrich this process or to imagine it. The instruments create the atmosphere, carrying and accompanying the voices and choirs in their recitation of the lyrics.
Although the song titles are consistently in Sanskrit, the album nevertheless harbors an eclecticism. We draw from and are inspired by different cultures that deal with transcendent processes and the path of «liberation, revival», whatever that may encompass. In the end, all spiritual movements try to describe the way back to the alma mater or God or the great One.