Epitimia was founded in January 2008 by A. and K. The first their song was created as an experiment with acoustic guitar. It was called “The moment of the final spring”. After that came the decision to develop that depressive metal-like sound.
"Epitimia (from Greek ἐπιτιμία - penance) is to be understood as an interdiction which, according to Church canons, the priest as a spiritual physician may apply in certain cases in order to treat the moral diseases of his spiritual children". But for the members of the band it has a little different meaning. Epitimia – is an individualistic way to control the human spirit through self-improvement and self-contemplation.
The recording of the first demo “You, Whose Name Dies On Quivering Lips” took about two weeks. The name of this work is borrowed from the poem of Russian poet Lev Mei. The music on this demo combines the elements of atmospheric and depressive black metal with melancholic lyrics. Soon this demo was released by Mexican label “Self-Mutilation Services” in a limited edition of 150 tapes. It was re-released on CD-R on Russian label “Rigorism Production”.
The first full-length titled "To the non-existing shades..." saved the mood similar to the demo. The sound was pretty rough, but there were many successful songs, that were re-recorded and appeared on next works of Epitimia. The release appeared on Russian label “Firstborn Chaos Production”.
In the 2009 Epitimia invited a new member - Maria at first as vocalist (on the five-way split with Circle of Ghosts, Man o'Moon faces, Fluctus and Nirmal Hriday), and then as a drummer. With her great help a good work with russian black metal band Gmork was done. The split "Solar wind/Four seasons" appeared in May 2010.
In early 2012, Epitimia signed with their current label Hypnotic Dirge Records for the release of their third album "Faces of Insanity" that summer. The sound became more eclectic with the influences of post-rock music. "The new album is strongly conceptual. The main idea is to tell the story of an individual suffering from a mental disease." says Epitimia
“With the every new album we try to improve the sound quality, to add new fresh tunes to our music, to improvise with the atmosphere. In our music we do like quotation from classical masterpieces, so if you are careful listener, you will find many interesting bright moments in our works”.
After releasing Faces of Insanity, and throughout late 2012 and 2013, Epitimia went to work on an expansive and ambitious double CD project entitled "(Un)reality." The new album includes lots of new innovations and interesting ideas by this eclectic post-rock, atmospheric black metal band. Tortured black metal screams alongside a progressive and experimental cacophony of sounds, even including guest saxaphone across the album from D'arcy Molan. (guest sax player of Subterranean Disposition as well) Epitimia continues to grow and mature throughout the years, (Un)reality is definitely a plateau for them so far and their most accomplished effort yet!
The recording is nearly completed now and is scheduled for a release in January 2014 in double-CD digipack through Hypnotic Dirge Records.
A. and K.'s side project, Depicting Abysm.
"Silentium!" is a three-way split alongside Windbruch, and Gmork and was released by Hypnotic Dirge as a free download!
The debut Depicting Abysm album "Immersion" will be released by Naturmacht Productions on December 6, 2013
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