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Heavenscape — Some Sort of Mental Disorder
(Addicted Label BNiL 768, 2020, DL)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2022-03-24

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Heavenscape, from St. Petersburg, Russia is another new band to me. Consisting of Egor Tryapitsyn (guitars, lyrics, and  vocals), Polina Shmurygina (bass), and Dmitry Fytov (drums), this trio creates and performs an interesting meld of sludge, punk metal, and melodic metal prog, the way this kind of music should be performed. All of the rough edges so prominent in this genre are smoothed. It is akin to your child playing outside and getting covered in filth. You bring them inside, wipe their face, and reveal the beauty under the dirt. I was surprised, to say the least, when I heard Some Sort of Mental Disorder for the first time. The guitar riffs are nearly melodic, the guttural vocals are not shouted and easily tolerated — even augmenting and enhancing the music at times, there are moments of crystal clear vocals, and the most surprising moment is the closing track “Deconstructing the State,” featuring Ekaterina Yantser. This track is a mixture of neo-classical piano, drums, and metal guitar that is totally out of character with the rest  of the album. This album is chock full of surprises. The seven and a half minute “DragonFLY” is a gothic metal song with a steady beat that made me think of Bauhaus’ “Bela Lugosi’s Dead.” “Lovesick” featuring anytown is an eerily beautiful, yet horrific song duet with exquisite female vocals juxtaposed with monstrous metal vocals. Sludge metal music as it should be. Highly recommended.

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