Primordial Chaos Restored by Nicolò Brambilla
EKPYROSIS, from Italy, stands as a promising reality in the field of death metal. All four in their early 20s, they deliver a low-end, suffocating blend of dark death metal and gloomy down-tempo doom/death sections. In 2017 their debut album “Asphyxiating Devotion” has been released on CD, LP and tape format, is among the most critically acclaimed death metal debuts of the year by many webzines around the world. Their latest EP “Primordial Chaos Restored” followed in 2018, being published in occasion of their first European tour, which inaugurated an active intense live activity by the band, outside their national borders.
‘Primordial Chaos Restored’ is Ekpyrosis’ latest EP, following our debut album ‘Asphyxiating Devotion’ but introducing our newest writing approach, a more specified and personal musical direction and last but not least a renewed aesthetics, starting from the artwork up to the lyrics’ content. It is, in fact, an astrophysical-themed concept about the ultimate fate of Universe, freely described yet based upon a scientific interest, something that worked very well with the darkest and most gloomy material we’ve written. Here the doomy component of our death metal becomes more prominent, but the whole song structures and vocal lines are tighter than before, and I worked more closely on the guitar arrangement, which ended up in a more melodic and evocative result.
I wrote the whole music in a very brief period, probably being more inspired or generally relaxed. The arrangement took some more time but in general, this effort was a very spontaneous one, recollecting our strongest influences from the US and Finnish death metal into less than 20 minutes of pitch-black music. Even the mixing process was overall smoother and more fun to handle, indubitably the experience of our first full-length gifted us some more confidence.
Musical inspirations include bands such as Immolation, Disciples of Mockery, Incantation, Autopsy, Funebrarum and more recently, Dead Congregation, Cruciamentum, Disma, Hooded Menace. Definitely, my interest in the lyrical content (being Astrophysics my field of study) inspired me a lot in terms of gathering impressions, being suggested and setting the mood for songwriting.
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