Review: Cosmic Church – Täyttmys

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And so, farewell to one of underground black metal’s most intriguing acts. Täyttymys is the swansong from Cosmic Church, and whilst it would be inaccurate to say that the solo act was ever one of the biggest names in underground black metal, they were certainly one of the more promising. Previous album Ylistys was (or should have been) a modern classic, full of atmospheric black metal, just on the right side of raw whilst still possessing a real sense of grandeur, tapping in to something bigger than humanity. Täyttymys picks up where that album (and previous EP Vigillia) left off, summoning grandiose, genuinely epic black metal that feels as if it is more than just music, and is instead trying to communicate something fundamental to existence.

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Cosmic Church – Ylistys

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Label: Kuunpalvelus

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Whilst it’s easy for those unfamiliar with the genre to perceive black metal as simply being a combination of blastbeats, corpse paint and Satan, even a short time exploring the music will make clear that it is one of the most varied styles of metal. Whilst there are those who worship at the altars of pure brutality and low-fi production, there are other souls who use black metal as the basis for something more noble and transcendent. Cosmic Church are one such band, as latest release Ylistys shows.

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