Kosmogyr - Eviternity - (8.5/10)
Published on March 8, 2018
Eviernity is the debut full length album from the international duo known as Kosmogyr. Though the band’s sound is rooted heavily in second wave black metal, the members are from China and the Czech Republic. Comprised of guitarist/bassist Xander Cheng and vocalist/drum programmer Ivan Belcic, Eviternity marks the final product of two years of toil and labor. The pair’s debut album is destructive and forceful, yet an air of melancholic introspection and bleak decrepitude permeate the entire offering.
After the brief melodic soiree that serves as the album’s intro, Kosmogyr begins firing away on all cylinders. It’s an unrelenting pace, full of blasting programmed drums, and well executed trem riffing; a fiery air of chaos woven through each movement. There are a few moments of whimsical melody, like the lullaby-tinged intro to “Quiescent”, the piano notes that start “Fraility”, or the acoustic guitar meets ambient of “Refulgence”, but most of the band’s nods towards melody come through the trem riffing patterns, with their near-cathartic movements, and subtle, yet lush keyboard notes. The result is an album that is viciously aggressive, yet refined with a keen ear for impalpable melodies, accentuated by often-prominent keyboards shining through the din. The vocals seethe with aggression, sounding throat scrapingly angry through their garbled squelch.
Kosmogyr’s debut album does not sound like a debut. Indeed, it has strangely high levels of replayability; which could mostly be attributed to a mix of stellar songwriting and a sinister, yet largely approachable sound. Despite hailing from the Czech Republic and China, Kosmogyr’s sound is fully rooted in the Scandinavian traditions of the genre; featuring big trem riffs with a buzzy, treble-laden tone and rich melodies lurking throughout. Despite the amount of traditionalist, second wave worshiping black metal bands that have been coming out of the woodwork lately, Kosmogyr’s debut is fully worth your time. It’s, perhaps a tad more aggressive than many contemporaries, it is an extremely well written and nicely flowing release.