Graveyard of Souls
The Cold View
The Cold View is a Drone / Funeral Doom project from Germany. The sole protagonist A.A.S. started creating The Cold View at the end of the year 2011. The name of the Doom project derives from a philosophical concept of Nietzsche that describes a sober view onto the things in the world.
A.A.S. started working on the first song in November 2011. There was the concept of creating a winter album by writing and recording one song per month. The songs are not only dealing with personal experiences or emotions but also with experiences of nature. Nature was taken as imagery of nostalgia, longing and melancholy, but also as reflection of the darkness in life.
The debut record "Weeping Winter" got finished with mixing and mastering end of spring 2012. The album got out as a free download digital release. The Cold View got very positive feedback from the Funeral Doom and Drone listeners, some good reviews and in the end over 3000 downloads in 48 countries of the world in less than one and a half year.
In January 2014 The Cold View started working again on the new concept album "Wires of Woe, Ways of Waste". After the first album being from a very personal perspective The Cold View now wanted to take a more neutral view onto the world that influences human existence. No ego perspective in the lyrics, just a cold view unto the things.
Speaking of the songs the compositions and sounds got more complex for the new one, but also more experimental. The second album is dealing with the coldness of our materialistic, technocratic, egoistic society that makes the world to a place that is the mirror of mankind that has lost its sense, soul, purpose and individuality. The album is not really socially or politically critical. It has no social / political agenda or ideology. It is the denounce by A.A.S. that we have lost our spirit.
"Wires of Woe, Ways of Waste" was finished in April 2014 and was mixed and mastered at Blockstudio in Berlin (http://www.blockstudio.de/), like the first album. The album is released by Endless Winter as CD digipack, limited to 200 items.
GS Productions re-release "Weeping Winter" as a limited CD digipack (100 items) including a bonus track. The Cold View recorded the bonus song "Severe Season" in May 2014. The song is like a retrospective of the songs of the first album. For the music Drone and Doom elements and stylistics of both albums got used.
In 2006 they started probably the first gothic metal band in Cherkassy. At the beginning there were Vladimir (WallDemar, guitar) and brothers: Dmitry (Sniper, bass) and Anton (Mucky Pup, drums). The following development brought 2 new members in 2008: Igor (Soul, guitar) and Alexey (Napalmer, vocals). And in the beginning of 2009 the band has finally decided on its name - Tectum. Tectum, a simple Latin word, might even have Ancient Greek roots, has a row of synonyms - “shelter”, “asylum”, “cover”, “dwelling”, “residence”, “roof”, etc. The name, that was never used in music before, succesfully got accustomed in many corporations and companies all over the world as it implies stability and confidence. Accordingly, we introduce the understanding of “tectum” as an eternal wait, leaving and coming back, α and ω, private world of each person, loyalty to traditions and respect, moral values, etc.
Over time the band started to get heavier and lower its sound , and at present the style is the most correctly to be defined as a mix of gothic metal / dark metal /death-doom. The biggest influence on Tectums music was made by old monsters Paradise Lost, Crematory, Godgory, Novembers Doom, Agalloch. The music contains clean vocals distinctive in Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride, Tiamat and the growl, typical for death-doom. The band is trying not to put itself into the borders of a certain style and is experimenting with its sound and pace of play. Lyrics are mostly in English, raising questions of life and death, misery and hopelessness, melancholy and loneliness, love and sorrow, mystery and enigma, light and darkness, and a lot of other things as well.
Since the release of the demo album Tectum gave more than 20 concerts, the most important of which was the performance at the international festival Metal Heads Mission-2010. In 2013, the group stood in the face of four permanent members - Napalmer, Walldemar, Sniper, Mucky Pup. In October, 2013 Endless Winter - Russian doom metal label - released his first full-length album “Path to Eternity”, which includes 11 tracks. Artwork engaged W. Smerdulak, who is known for co-operation with many metal groups of the CIS.
Dreams After Death
The Dreams After Death project has started in 2010 by András Illés after his lack of success with several other musical groups. The two most significant band positions he held was singing in the Hungarian Death Tribute Band for three years and playing on keyboard in Léthe (doom/death metal) for five years (both local underground bands). András realised that he must work alone to develop his own concepts, and the talents necessary to reach real results.
The style of Dreams After Death is a mixture of atmospheric funeral doom and symphonic death metal. The project's aim is to adapt this style to his home country, Hungary, where it is relatively unpopular. Quoting Johan Ericsons, András declared his goal 'to make each record better than the previous'. He is a keyboard player and singer primarily, therefore keyboards are a strong element in the project's sound. Even though he works alone, he plays on all of the instruments in the songs, and spents a lot of time improving his knowledge in other instruments and mastering.
Some of his favorite doom bands are Shape of Despair, The Howling Void, My Dying Bride, Anathema, EA, Colosseum and Evoken. Bands from other styles include Summoning, Ákos and Dimmu Borgir.
Krief de Soli
Lethargy of Death