None More Black: Congregation Of The Cosmic Church

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Kept you waiting, huh?

Cosmic Church is – surprise, surprise – a Finnish black metal band. In their music one can sense the legacy of the Finnish scene; there’s a heritage in the riffs and the way the melodies are never fully fleshed out. But they are more than tradition. There’s a hypnotic and atmospheric quality to the band’s music that lives up to their name. Or rather, “their”. Cosmic Church is largely Luxius Sumering Auter and guests like Profundiis (drums, Blood Red Fog) and Rauta (guitar). I have not known of the band for very long, but I have quickly become impressed with their work.

I had the pleasure of catching Cosmic Church live earlier this year. Much like their songs, their shows are more on the hypnotic side than the eventful. Apart from the triangular formation, leaving the mid-stage empty, and the red robes, hoods and cowls as opposed to the usual black, there’s little remarkable happening during their gigs. If you wanna see a hell of a show, go see Taake – this doesn’t mean that Cosmic Church doesn’t play a hell of a gig, there’s just not much of a show going on. In fact, their shows are exactly like their songs. There’s not a whole lot going on at first; only upon a closer look examination do you find more surface to the songs. Even then the band itself remains slightly odd and out of place, despite drawing from the same pool as most black metal bands.

Between their founding in 2004 and their debut full-length in 2010, Cosmic Church released a multitude of demos/EPs. The most important (I’d say) is the Arcana Dei– trilogy. The first four songs don’t quite capture the band’s signature sound, but if you can get past the, shall we call it, rough production, the songs boast a number of good riffs (and melodies). The second part, songs 5 to 8, are slightly clearer production-wise, but if you’re one of them “golden ears” you ought to steer clear. If not, you can stream the trilogy compiled into one right below.

Absoluutin Lävistämä, the aforementioned debut LP, features a less demo-like production, but also possibly the band’s dullest songs. Unfortunately, everything about this album can be considered stock. Despite featuring a thick atmosphere, born here through the buzzing of guitars rather than keyboards, and hypnotic song structures, complete with cold riffs recalling the melodicism of the Finnish-scene, nothing really stands out. It all feels lacking, even the Filosofem-esque atmosphere. It’s not a bad album, but compared to much of the band’s body of work, it’s mediocre. Perhaps, however, you’d like to make up your own mind by streaming it below?

It is on their first split with Blood Red Fog that things really start to get interesting. “Mysteeriverhoon kietoutunut” is a 21-minute portal to the more, well, cosmic side of the band. The varying tempos, clear production and a hitherto missing passion instantly shoot the band into heights I’d never have expected them to reach. On all the non-CD versions of this split two other tracks also reside, neither as great as the opener but both very enjoyable. I must say that the atmosphere present here is still born of the guitars, but “Jumalten Kyyneleet” includes some chanting and the first appearance of the band’s signature hypnotic nature.

Ylistys is where I first entered the hall. It is where LSA first truly seems to have embraced the majestic side of his band, where the atmospheres build on top of sharp riffs and furious, lively drumming. Some songs, like “Näkyjä Indigolähteeltä” are seemingly driven by a melodic keyboard, but the catchiest motifs never resurface. Other tracks, like “Kätketyn Tulen Vartija” don’t seem to do much else than build momentum for hours, until a short burst delivers that climaxlike a shot to the back of the neck.

The band’s most recent release at the time of writing is Vigilia, a four-song, 30-minute EP that might just be Cosmic Church’s finest hour. The songs aren’t as hypnotic as on Ylistys, but they make up for it with vividness, atmosphere, and a feeling similar to that found on Burzum‘s earlier work yet composed of wholly different riffs. The riffs here aren’t cold, or even warm for that matter; all they are is spot on, powerful, striking… I could go on forever (no I couldn’t, I’m already at the edge of my vocabulary). This is perhaps the best place to begin digging into this band, with its great songs and short length. The EP does feel longer than it is, but even so it never feels jarring or overstaying its welcome.


 

Black Metal Track of Whatever Time-frame I Feel Like Writing These

Since Stanley’s excellent 18 Days of MGLA feature overlooked their very first release, let us bask in its awe now.

With these, I offer you my most heart-felt contrafibulations and say, toodle-oo.

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  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    Cosmic Church ain’t bad. Checked them out a few months ago.

  • ┼yree

    Ah, I knew it was you Bear. Really enjoyed the new one a lot.

  • ┼yree
    • KJM, Shake Zula

      Awww

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      Awwwwwww.

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      Where’s the part where he gets mauled to CUNTING death?!?!?

      • ┼yree

        I’m sure that part is in the dark void of the internet some where.

    • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

      I like how you can see his dangling balls.

  • ┼yree

    Hey Bear, what is the status on Beherit? Are they still a band? I’ve heard rumors of a new album in 2016.

    • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

      I’ve heard the rumbling of rumours. But as far as the band itself goes, silence. And so far there has been great reluctance to perform again as Beherit, I believe.

      I’d like the rumours to be true, but I wouldn’t bet on it.

      • ┼yree

        Figured.

  • BEARD-SPLITTER

    Werent Tyree and I just talking about Cosmic Church the other day?

    • ┼yree

      Probably.

      • Boss the “Inspectah” Ross

        Yes.

  • CyberneticOrganism

    Going to check these out. Nice writeup, bear.

  • Waynecro

    Some of these songs are pretty killer. Thanks!

  • Lacertilian

    Enjoying “Mysteeriverhoon kietoutunut” (yes, I copy/pasta’d that) the most so far.
    Cheers!

  • Boss the “Inspectah” Ross

    This is blacker.
    https://youtu.be/uWnPDY_rTuw
    Wu-Wednesday.

    • KJM, Shake Zula
      • Boss the “Inspectah” Ross

        What a coincidence, I just listened to that album, it’s probably my favorite Wu-Solo effort

        • KJM, Shake Zula

          Easily the best of the spinoffs.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            My favorite is most certainly Liquid Swords followed by Tical.

          • Boss the “Inspectah” Ross

            Tical is phenomenal, i think my second favorite might have to be Return to the 36 chambers: Dirty Version though.

  • Óðinn

    Ylistys was one of the best albums released in 2013.

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    Fuck Vice with a giant cactus. This article is an affront to God.

    http://noisey.vice.com/blog/kanye-west-my-beautiful-dark-twisted-fantasy-good-music-prog-rock

  • KJM, Shake Zula
    • BEARD-SPLITTER

      Words to live by

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        Indeed.

        • Janitor Jim Duggan

          I’ve heard rumors that Goldberg is signing with TNA and there’s a giant countdown clock on their site now. Is this actually going to happen? Hopefully they can get a TV deal as well as I’ve heard they’ve been in talks with WGN.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            They’re lucky if they can afford Gillberg, never mind Goldberg.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Goldberg said he got a call from them and he neither confirmed nor denied going there. He might actually because he’s in a movie with a wrestler from TNA. I’d actually watch if he showed up. I must admit they’ve improved a bit.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Goldberg will wrestle for TNA on the same day that jellyfish learn to whistle(i.e. never). The only reason TNA even still exists is because Dixie’s parents don’t want her anywhere near the family business. It’s a shiny toy for her to play with.

          • BEARD-SPLITTER

            KJM has never heard of the fabled Whistling Witch Mountain Cult Jellyfish

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            No sir, I have not.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            The countdown ends at 11 am. I’ll see if I’m right when it ends.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            It’s a new TV deal that will end as soon as they don’t get the requisite ratings. TNA has a history of disappointing with these big “announcements”.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            POP TV? Bahahahahahahaha!!

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I’ve never even heard of that channel. It is on Fios though.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            TNA is nowhere near what they were between 2005-09. The moment Bischoff showed up on screen, I stopped watching because I knew that company was done. It’s just a matter of time.

          • Óðinn
          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Not a fan. Among other things, his carelessness caused Bret Hart to retire early due to injury.

  • KJM, Shake Zula
  • KJM, Shake Zula

    Here’s an instructional video. Hope it helps.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2p6TNytFsNY

  • A Chili Dog In Each Nostril

    In other news, and this is something that brings me deep shame…………… I actually like the new Deafheaven. Took me a few listens, but loving it. *putting myself in the shame box*

    http://i.imgur.com/jSGA3.gif

    • KJM, Shake Zula

      I’ll say this. It’s better than their previous one, but I still don’t care for them.

      • A Chili Dog In Each Nostril

        Thankfully they’ve become an actual black metal band more than another cheap My Bloody Valentine clone with black metal vocals.

        • KJM, Shake Zula

          I have no real ear for Black Metal so I can’t make that judgment.

  • Dagon

    I never listened to Cosmic Church. This is my cue to do so.

    Thanks, Bear.

  • KJM, Shake Zula

    BREAKING GNUS: So, I guess I’m gonna take up jewel thievery to raise money for this, probably means the new album is coming soon too.