Review: Kosmogonia “Enthrone the Gods” [Cronus Productions]

Review: Kosmogonia “Enthrone the Gods” [Cronus Productions]

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The Greek band Kosmogonia this summer has presented the first full-length album “Enthrone the Gods” (earlier the band had released some demos for promo purposes) through independent label Cronus, curated by the band itself. The music of Kosmogonia can be described as mdm/folk, but with a strong influence of symphonic metal and familiar regard to “beauty and the beast” technique (brutish male growling versus angelic female soprano).

Kosmogonia is the first professional project for everyone in the band (except the singer Maya Kampaki), so they prepared for this record with a serious and careful consideration, and that positively affected the album’s sound and compositional skills. But the lack of innovative and original material nowadays is a real bane for the young bands, and Kosmogonia is no exception. And despite the fact, that the band chose for lyrical theme the Greek myths, there are no traces of Grecian ethnic motives at all; this music is rather focused on Eastern Europe folk metal scene.

All the songs have one thing in common – the male extreme vocals in the foreground and the female academic singing in the background (and choruses). Except the atmospheric ballad “Daughter of Zeus”, which entirely belongs to Maya, and “Legacy of Myrmidons” with only the voice of the leader of the band Kostas Magalios (and he demonstrated the clean vocals too). The slight exotic mood is created by recitals in Greek (“The Gods Are Near” and “Raven’s Call”). Epic choirs and symphonic layers enmesh the music, especially on fast and rhythmic songs, like “Elysian Fields” and “Triiris”. But mainly songs are performed in mid-tempo, so there’s overall sense of monotonous sameness, particularly on the unduly lengthy songs without mood changes and original turns. The entire pagan atmosphere is obtained by the single use of flute (and a little bit of keyboards, especially on the anxious song “Pandora’s Fall”), so the importance of the flute should not be underestimated. The guitar riffs often have a heavy metal foundation, as well as belligerent anthem structure, and that’s why the melodic death metal sounds smoother and even vaguer.

Although the band is based in Greece, that’s noticeable only from the lyrics and the cover art, glorifying the ancient Greek gods (cover art also hints about the female vocals, because the romantic female character symbolizes it in the majority of cases). But Greece isn’t renowned for melodic death or folk metal stars, so that’s a good start for Kosmogonia, they are well on their way in search of their own uniqueness and individuality.

Release date: July 7th, 2020 (Digital) / July 24th, 2020 (CD)

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