Listen to the new album ‘Palimpsests’ by Vin de Mia Trix

By on 26 May 2017

The new album ‘Palimpsests’ by the Ukrainian doom band Vin de Mia Trix is released 31 May via Hypnotic Dirge Records (Can) and Cimmerian Shades Recordings (USA). You can buy a copy of ‘Palimpsests’ here.

“Following on the heels of their 2013 full-length ‘Once Hidden from Sight’ and a 2016 split with Nethermost (USA), it’s hard not to notice the risen ambitions and wider scope presented on Vin de Mia Trix’s new double-album ‘Palimpsests’. The Kyiv-based band has always combined various doom metal genres and influences and aimed to create intelligent and touching, yet uncompromisingly heavy and dark music, but the songwriting depth, versatility, and atmosphere on ‘Palimpsests’ is on another level compared to their past albums.”

“‘Palimpsests’ is an album about archetypes, the stories and characters that exist deep inside our collective subconsciousness, stories so significant and influential that they appear in various peoples’ and cultures’ mythology. Concepts like rebirth through sacrifice, stealing knowledge from the gods, or the great cleansing flood can be found anywhere from Hinduism through Ancient Greek myths to Christianity, proving their importance in shaping societies and civilizations. These stories are told to this day, and ‘Palimpsests’ album tries to retell them once again, adding to the eternal cycle.”

“The name ‘Palimpsests’ summarizes the spectrum of themes the band aims to convey and embodies the concept of multi-layered meanings and symbols expressed through musical, lyrical, and visual content. Musically, ‘Palimpsests’ is rooted in Extreme Doom, venturing occasionally into the territories of Prog Rock and Post-Metal.”

“Stories are important. It is through stories that we define ourselves and the world around us. So Palimpsests is an album about archetypes: the stories and characters that exist deep inside our collective subconsciousness, stories so significant and influential that they appear in various peoples’ and cultures’ mythology. Concepts like rebirth through sacrifice, stealing knowledge from the gods, or the great cleansing flood can be found anywhere from Hinduism through Ancient Greek myths to Christianity, proving their importance in shaping societies and civilizations. These stories are told to this day, and our album tries to retell them once again, adding to the eternal cycle.”

“Each song on the album covers one such archetype, combining several versions of the same story, reaching out to the old tales and myths. To strengthen this link with the past, we inserted parts of sacred texts in ancient languages into the lyrics. Still, the lyrics are not the focus of this album: music is itself a form of narrative, able to invoke emotions without using words and thus transcending time and culture. We aimed to make the songs as long and multi-faceted as the tales they are dedicated to. They might prove a challenging listen, but, we hope, a captivating and rewarding one.”

Mixing and mastering were handled by Damon Good of the mighty Mournful Congregation, making sure the production quality matches the music’s ambitiousness. The double album is presented as a 4-panel digipack with an exclusive 36-page booklet designed by the Kyiv-based Seri/graf Studio.

Vin de Mia Trix are:

Andrew Tkachenko – Vocals
Alex Vynogradoff – Bass, vocals, guitars, piano
Serge Pokhvala – Guitars
Igor Babaev – Drums

 

 

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