Posts Tagged ‘Russia’

Taiga - Cosmos

Russian black metallers Taiga’s newest record ‘Cosmos’ is another piece of the cryptic and bleak Russian black metal puzzle. Russia is a country that constantly cranks out bands of a high quality in various genres, but never seems to get the credit it deserves. ‘Cosmos’ is out now of Symbol of Domination Productions.

This is bleak, depressive black metal at it’s best,with ghostly keyboards accompanying the fiery riffing and the gloomy atmospheres. It often switches between a slower pace where the almost suicidal atmosphere is suffocating to the blasting, white hot setpieces that howl and shriek at the stars above. This dichotomy is what makes Taiga interesting to me; coupling not only the firebrand speed and rage of pure black metal but the weeping, shrieking loneliness of atmospheric black as well. Tracks like ‘Космос’ have an almost uplifting quality to them, when soaring melody drags the misery into the bright lights of day.

There’s definitely plenty of heart wrenching melancholy floating through this record, but Taiga’s grasp on the cold, desperation of life is masterful. ‘Cosmos’ builds itself within a cocoon of solitude, of darkness and of misery. Piercing through with sobbing screams, you still cannot fathom the depths of despair lurking here. Turn it on, turn it up and drift away forever…

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https://symbolofdomination.bandcamp.com/album/sodp103-taiga-cosmos-2017

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FS Projekt is a one man fantasy metal project from Moscow, Russia and he has kindly sent me a number of his EPs and singles to review. A revolving door of musicians assist Efes in realising his ideas and vision, and by following the discography through, it is interesting to see how the project evolves over time and over each release.

His first release, ‘The Birth of a Magus’ is a simplistic yet enthralling slab of power metal with some memorable choruses and nice riffing. You can feel a definitive influence from the likes of Gamma Ray or Helloween, which gradually evolves throughout his current discography. Early on there is a tendency to rely upon a more simple framework of early German power metal, and it later builds towards a more grandiose vision. The single ‘Za Khladny Gory…’ sees that build, adding more keyboard layers into the sound.

‘The Elven March’ is where the fantasy elements start to really build, and FS Projekt begins to progress towards a more Rhapsody style execution. Uber melodic, with a massive sense of scale and huge hooks are the order of the day, while the over-the-top feeling that some symphonic power metal can be is beginning to show. ‘The Harpy’ EP is where the true potential of FS Projekt becomes apparent. Balancing the desires to fully release the symphonics with a galloping sense of melody and traditional heavy metal aesthetics, you begin to realise the potential.

The discography can be found on Bandcamp, and I recommend ‘Crimson Sails’ from ‘The Harpy, ‘Fingolfin’ from their debut and the newest single, ‘Thy Creed’ as the best songs to check out. But if you’re into this kind of thing, you won’t be disappointed with any of it!

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Russian djent/math metal band SamadhiSitaram’s new record ‘Kaliyuga Babalon’ is crashing down upon us, courtesy of Sliptrick Records. This massive sounding album came out last summer, but I’ve only just got around to finding it hidden in amongst my emails. This proves there’s always a reason to go searching back in old mail sometimes!

After a dramatic, string loaded intro piece, the band kick it into thunderous djent territory with the spiralling death torrent of ‘Kali-Yuga’. Huge riffs, packed with unimaginable groove and off kilter timing, cascade upon you while a Nergal-like vocal performance adds similar heft. The monstrous chug of ‘The Death of a Stone’ is devastating, stabbing outward with solo leads. Electronic, almost 8bit sounds bleep across juddering machine-like riffing, and you can feel an underlying Fear Factory influence creeping into the Meshuggahisms. ‘Kaliyuga Babalon’ is designed as if a soulless machine that has perfected the churning maelstrom of death.

Chunky, dense and ruthless, SamadhiSitaram apply a cold and ruthless streak to the often ethereal and open genre of djent. This is death metal laced with unfeeling technical knowhow. It feels claustrophobic, crushing and during the mammoth ‘Orgy (Ritual Babalon), ritualistic in its single mindedness. Rare moments of space and melody appear, but this is a constricting, serpentine display of sheer brute force.

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https://sliptrickrecords.com/

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Russian black/death annihilators Vhorthax formed in 2016 with only one thing in mind; providing us with the intonations of Satan through the medium of harsh, savage blackened death metal. ‘Nether Darkness’ is due to launch at the start of January 2018 on Iron Bonehead, and it is six tracks to start your new year with a bang.

Bookended by traditional intro and outros of morbid and evil intent, ‘Nether Darkness’ is mostly as you’d expect of a black/death release on Iron Bonehead; a cacophony of pure Devil worshipping demonic metal. ‘The Levitating Tomb’ is a thick, crawling track with a rusty guitar tone and a bile drenched vocal. You ever come across a track that feels slow even when you’re assaulted by blastbeats? This is it. The pace is dirging but the atmosphere is oily and dense. Vhorthax stand out from the legions of black/death bands due to the quality of the production (crisp and clear) and also their pace. Proving you can be just as effective at a trot as a gallop, ‘Nether Darkness’ is brutally efficient.

Of course, the thrashy ‘Thy Foul Graal’ shows that Vhorthax can do both equally well, but I prefer the slower and more intense stuff. The crowning of this EP is the excellent, maddening miasma of ‘The Vessel of the Trinity’, that is a track that will invade your mind and poison your soul. ‘Nether Darkness’ is a triumph, and I look forward to more to come from these Russians.

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Serpentrance have crawled from ancient Russian voids to belch forth their debut EP ‘The Besieged Sanctum’, first released in 2015, and now being rereleased by Blood Harvest Records. It’ll be out on the 10th November, and is probably one of the most devastating releases of 2017.

Opener ‘Sin’ is a growling, lumbering beast of horrendous black/death metal; riffs hewn from the abyss crash upon you while a fell voice utters atrocities that wind around blasting drums and crawling riffs. This trade off between ferocity and slow doomy passages gives way to fears of what these rituals will draw forth, especially with that toll of the bell at the start of the frantic ‘The Aphotic Temple’. Serpentrance are indeed like their name; a snake like entity that moves with dark grace but waits with evil intent to snag you and entrance your mind. Hypnotic dirges leave you little light or air to survive on, and the titanic miasma of ‘Among the Timeless Tombs’ is the high point.

‘The Besieged Sanctum’ is a piece of art; devastating extremity layered with massive low end, brutal vocals and a vibrant yet crushing riff set that will strike fear into the hearts of men. Serpentrance are chaos, death and abyssal evil, and this release is the epitome of those principles.

https://bloodharvestrecords.bandcamp.com/album/the-besieged-sanctum

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http://www.bloodharvest.se/

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Pagan metallers Pereplut hail from Russia, where some of the finest European pagan and folk metal around is hailing from these days. Their new record, ‘At the Ancient TRimes’, is a beautifully constructed collection of songs that yearn for simpler times, that ache of a certain traditionalist je ne sais quoi that is both heart pumping and heartrending in equal measure. It is out now through Stygian Crypt.

After the melancholic and folky intro track, we begin to delve into ancient Slavic forests, hunting for spirits and places where the touch of modernity has not reached. Pereplut have more than a little Korpiklaani about them, but without the drunken piss taking. Imagine the windswept majesty of Metsatoll but with a little more forest magic. ‘At the Ancient Times’ isn’t all whimsy, flutes and ‘plastic pagan’ moments though; there is a defiant metal heart beating in here that mixes some almost Bay Area thrash moments (‘Тропою волколака’) and some melodeath crunch.

By the time the pastoral shades of the last track fades out, you’ve experienced a journey through lost cultures and folk magic. Pereplut may never become the most famous of this genre, but to miss out on an album of this quality would be a crime. Pereplut deserve your attention, so go support them!

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Russian death metallers Aborted Fetus (combining two iconic names in brutal death metal) return with their fifth full length record of crushing brutality, ridiciously heavy music that is guaranteed to leave you breathless and broken. If you like bands like Devourment, Cephalotripsy and those ilk, I think that Comatose Music is going to be getting some orders in April from you.

Focusing their hellish devastation on medieval torture methods, these thirteen tracks contain such delights as ‘Breaking Wheel’, ‘Pouring Molten Lead into a Throat’ and ‘Hanged on the Hook by the Rib’, and each track is laced with poisonous riffing and a relentless battering low end. While the wheel is never going to be reinvented with brutal death, you can feel it when bands do it well, and Aborted Fetus manage to keep things memorable and fresh while sticking to genre tropes closely. The startling ‘Awaiting..’ in the middle shakes things up a bit with melancholic clean guitar (which also makes a reappearance in ‘Buried Alive), before ‘Burning At Stake’ drags us back into the fire.

There’s a surprisingly clarity to the vokills, as deep and menacing as they are. Plus you aren’t just subjected to monotonous beatdown after monotonous beatdown; Aborted Fetus give you a bit of waspish Hate Eternal stuff, a good chunk of Cannibal Corpse-esque groove as well. These 17 year veterans have got their sound down to a tee, and ‘The Art of Violent Torture’ sounds tough, savage and threatening. As all good death metal should.

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