Searing, stampeding riffs and swelling, emotive melodies collide on Kosmogyr‘s full-length debut, Eviternity.
Drawing influence from various points along the black metal spectrum, Shanghai/Prague-based duo Kosmogyr offer a blistering blend of modern black metal that touches upon multiple subgenres within the scene, while faithfully nodding to the genre’s progenitors. The band’s sound is immense, enveloping, and all around vicious while retaining an impeccable sense of melody. The tremolo picked, knife-like guitar riffs echo the black metal of old, but with a gleaming finish. The riffs wreak havoc at high speeds above pummeling, surprisingly organic sounding drum programming, and venomous vocals. But the aural hellfire is almost always engulfed by shimmering walls of cosmic melody, which aid in keeping the music one foot in the bleak and one foot in the ethereal.
The aforementioned sound is fully actualized on the band’s newest full-length record, Eviternity. Through nine epic tracks, most of which extend well past the six-minute mark, Kosmogyr transport listeners into a kind of musical purgatory in which darkness and light coexist. After a brief serenade of synth keys and strings on “Sui Generis”, the journey officially begins on the rampaging “The Wane”. This towering track immediately throttles the listener with its ferocious, razor-sharp riffs that could carve desert canyons. The track begins as hopeless and seething as possible, but the fury gradually transforms into powerful, triumphant melodies as the song culminates in a gargantuan wall of cathartic sound.
Chaos ensues in tracks like the rampaging “Quiescent” in which the band unleash a slew of intense, serpentine riffs that coil around listeners and constrict them until their lungs burst. This track rips and roars with the intensity of death metal but stays firmly rooted in black metal as the frenetic instrumentation bleeds seamlessly into fierce, frostbitten territory that will have black metal aficionados feverish applying corpse paint. The album’s fifth track, “Frailty”, behaves in a similar manner as it weaves back and forth between intense, melodic fervor and disemboweling riffage. The track is also peppered with shimmering synth keys and impassioned solo work, which aids in sticking out from the pack.
Other standout tracks include the album’s penultimate tune, “Vision”, which begins with a post-rock esque section of ethereal, wavering clean guitars. Hyper-speed tremolo picking gradually fades into view before the track takes off on an excursion filled with icy melodies and blast beats. The track breaks the mold a bit by incorporating some marching, pseudo sludgy chord progressions that are intertwined with the band’s black metal flurries, resulting in brief sections that nod toward the post-black metal scene.
Kosmogyr‘s Eviternity is an incredibly solid modern black metal record that melds destruction and beauty effortlessly. This band is sure to be on everyone’s radar soon enough.
Release Date: March 9, 2018
Favorite Tracks: “The Wane”, “Quiescent”, “Vision” and “Thalassic Lunacy”
For Fans Of: Drudkh, Wolves in the Throne Room and Krallice