Kostnitsa – Temple Pestis CD
From the cold and barren landscapes of Russia comes music that is equally desolate. The debut album from Kostnitsa freezes tears as they fall from your face. The slowly drifting swirl of Dance of Death envelopes you like the breath of winter before you are completely swallowed by the Burzum-esque When. The bouncy tempo and mournful guitar tone reverberate with misanthropy. Upward arcs of synth float across thin, trebly guitars and tortured vocals. Hints of Katatonia echo in the rhythmic repetition of the riffs. A permanent sadness touches every note of End of Sorrowful Life.