Epitimia – Нить (Thread) – Audio

The St Petersburg (Russian Federation) quartet who go by the letters – A. (Guitar / Bass). K. (Vocals), M. (Drums / Backing Vocals) and I. (Guitars / Backing Vocals) forming the blackmetal band Epitimia released the EP Нить (Thread) yesterday.


A five track release (available on bandcamp) that fills the room with an otherworldly soundscape of soaring and swooping dark-melodic metal that seems to emerge from a wintry forest as the music, although expansive, feels as though blanketed in studio baffled by the absorbency of snowy drifts.

This is an EP to ingest in full to best immerse in to the ethereal weaves of the roughly fifty one minutes release.

The closing track is the just over eleven and three quarters minutes – Древо (The Tree).

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Kosmogyr – Thalassic Lunacy – Audio

The black metal Czech / Chinese duo Kosmogyr released the LP Eviternity digitally on the 9th.

Kosmogyr - Thalassic Lunacy


A nine track album (available on bandcamp as a digital version or as a CD), is an immersive roughly fifty three minutes of unremitting musical assault. As in previous music featured rather than centering on volume the powerhouse is created through an irrepressible drum-kit paired with the destructive guitar creating luxuriant distorted melodies while the vocal howls as though looming from a tomb.

The opening track Sui Generis, that lasts for only ninety two seconds, lulls the listener in to a state of calm as though a decoy prior to the ensuing tsunami crashing in to the room.

The approaching eight minutes of the closer Thalassic Lunacy being my pick of the release.

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Kosmogyr – Quiescent – Single Review

The Czech Republic / China based black-metal duo Kosmogyr released their début single on the 25th.



Quiescent (available on bandcamp) is a cement liquefying just over six minutes of roaring menace. Opening with quiet harmony the listener is lulled in to a sense of security, until suddenly, like a car suffering from turbo lag a pulverising roar hurtles in to the room careening in a menacing furious pace. As the ears become accustomed, so, the slowly paced guitar melodic structure emerges from the throbbing tumult giving the sense of running at two distinct speeds and marks the track for its ability to deliver the unexpected whilst the distorted vocal provides these two elements in Quiescent their cohesive quality.

News also arrives of an LP due for release later in the year.

Those of longer stay will perhaps recall a Czech Republic and China tie up, based in Shanghai in the form of Death To PoniesIvan Belcic is the common thread.

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