OTZEPENEVSHIYE were formed in 2006 and by now have already recorded a conceptual split-album with Allerseelen and Neutral (2008, Ewers Tonkunst / Indiestate) and have taken part in a series of compilations, the band consists of members of the well-known Russian post-industrial projects SAL SOLARIS and REUTOFF
VIR dates from 1996, having released some self-made demos, split-releases and two full-length albums:.
The creation of a collaboration album was conceived by the members of both bands during their collective gig in Kazan.
Through the mutual exchange and editing of material they managed to record not just a split but something more that combined the planes of both acts and surpassed their traditional sound, not always resembling the individual works of both projects.
The style of the album is really hard to define but to mark the relative field we could use such tags as sludge / drone doom / industrial / dark ambient.
Roaring guitars and the powerful drive of a live drum kit turn into measured industrial drum-machine rhythms, a clatter of iron sheets, synthesizers and field recordings, then again giving room to overdriven strings and profound insane vocals of Sergey Milushkin (Vir).
Metaphysically this album is a kind of optical device, a magic lantern with opaque glass - matching the anguish and desperation of Russian life.
However looking more closely one can distinguish amazing patterns on the black soot of this glass behind which shines the everburning living fire.
1 1000 Дверей / 1000 Doors 13:18
2 Котлован / Kotlovan 4:03
3 Sonne Der Toten 8:32
4 -273°C 4:15
5 Чёрное / The Black 6:06
6 Ce Qui Ne Trompe Pas 7:27
7 За Ножом / For A Knife 8:46
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