I haven't seen Mahavatar since L'Amour closed a few years ago. The band's live show has gotten significantly stronger over the past few years. It was always tough to get a real sense for the sound and abilities of some of the opening acts at L'Amour as they seemed to book about 5 acts in front of the headliner and give each of the openers about 20 minutes to play.
If you are a fan of Nightwish, you are sure to like Mahavatar. Their sound is very goth-oriented and borders on doom, but the tempos never get quite that slow. Mahavatar's sound extends beyond "traditional" metal and incorporates a number of world/ethnic elements. Their sound might be better compared to that of a female fronted Moonspell.
Obviously, Mahavatar is gaining a national reputation as they just announced that they signed with Escapi Music and their new CD is due to be released in the US on August 15th.
From the band's website:
NEW LABEL - NEW ALBUM - NEW DRUMMER!!
Yes, we know we've been silent for far too long, so now it's we fill you in on what we've been up to...
First off, Mahavatar are very excited to announce that we are now signed to Escapi Music from Sweden. We are very proud to be apart of the Escapi family and look forward to a great future in music revolution.
I have a few more pictures of the band posted to Flickr and I will try to get my picture of Dirty Rig and Ice-T & Body Count posted over the next couple days.