Review from Global Domination Webzine

March 25, 2014
From: Global Domination Webzine
Published: March 23, 2014

It’s difficult to be creative when black metal is the court where you play and many have failed in their attempting to achieve any kind of relevance. However, when listening to the early tracks in “(Un)reality”, I totally reckoned Epitimia’s fourth album was somewhat special.

It’s true that a double album of ambient black metal seems little fun on paper, but calling “(Un)reality” just that hardly makes justice to what these Russians have launched here. In fact, there’s evidence of jazz, opera, trip-hop, electro and so called post-rock here, let alone ambient music and black metal. Besides, this is hardly a double feature of the same music going to the infinite for about two hours. In fact, I’d rather say the second disc is fairly different from the first one, as though the whole mood of the opus changed.

With that regard, I think “Delusion”—that’s how the first disc should be titled—is the more black-oriented one. Not only is the music here closer to the unholiest subgenre in metal, but it also delivers some really clear and melodic tremolo riffs and melodies recreating that cold atmosphere black metal is all about. Some of them even resemble some medieval stuff, but happily we’re not facing any cheesy folky release here, it’s all about the scales and imprinting such vibe rather than giving it away. With songs averaging 6-7 minutes, these guys allowed themselves to incorporate some interesting jazzy passages and operatic singing to their songwriting; such traits definitely add for the ambient effect. Me, I had a lot of fun discovering all the details in the songs and rewinding to the momentums for better understanding. Also, I particularly enjoyed the saxophone solo in “Contemplation”.

On the other hand, the second disc wasn’t that appealing to me. While I do have some favorite albums in the category of electro-driven black metal, I normally prefer my ambient dark, rather than the shiny futuristic approach that “Illusion” has. Besides, I’m not a big fan of the whole post-whatever wave, if you know what I mean. The songs, however, are just as well written as those in the first disc, they’re a bit too… Cheerful. “Far away” is probably the one that I enjoyed the most for its combination of female vocals and heavy riffs and—guess—a few sax notes here and there, altogether delivering a most ethereal atmosphere. Am I getting some Qntal vibe here? At times this reminded me of latest Alcest or so. I mean, there IS an audience for this stuff.

All in all, I regard “(Un)reality” a worthy album that probably could use some trimming, you see. Maybe, just maybe, not all songs here were indispensable. One thing is sure: these people have quite a few aces up their sleeves, and I’m definitely checking out their early works one of these days.

Rating: 7.5/10
Reviewed by: Cobal

Review from Alternativ Musik Webzine

March 19, 2014
From: Alternativ Musik Webzine
Published: March 18, 2014
*Google translation of German review

Surprising is to hear from Epitimia. For since the Russians about two years ago with Faces of Insanity published an album that although courage proved to experiment by post-rock, folk metal and depressive black metal at each other, let the but in the end in itself did not seem conclusive, one makes at (un) reality everything right now. All the more surprising, because you get here directly ...

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Review from Ave Noctum Webzine

March 10, 2014
From: Ave Noctum Webzine
Published: March 10, 2014

Where to start with this one? Well after the first somewhat baffling play it was a case of looking up more information on the band and I noted that this lot from St Petersburg in Russia contained both members of Depicting Abysm in their trio of players. Yes this was the band whose latest album ‘Immersion’ very recently got a complete and utter drubbing on this site, one that having heard once and just about made to the end of I...

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Review from Dead Rhetoric

March 10, 2014
From: Dead Rhetoric
Published: March 9, 2014

The joys of the Internet age have done many things, for better or worse.  Put one in the win category though for simple distribution access for smaller bands through sites like Bandcamp.  While foraging through the massive amounts of material there, occasionally you can find a real diamond in the rough.  Epitimia is the latest diamond discovered by this writer, a Russian black metal band that explores post-rock, ambient, electronics, and...

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Review from Black Phoenix Rising Forums

March 10, 2014
From: Black Phoenix Rising Forums
Published: March 9, 2014

In all honesty, I became hugely interested in Epitimia just from hearing the few taster tracks from this album on Hypnotic Dirge's Bandcamp page a few months back. With just those few tracks, and from the description of what was promised from this extremely ambitious double album, I knew something special was on its way here. I wasn't disappointed either, what we have here is something both special and unique, something whi...

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Review from geldofpunk -

February 28, 2014
From: geldofpunk -
Published: February 26, 2014

Coming to this, my first thought is its oppressive length. Two discs and about two hours. Of course, being me, I feel better about listening to an album in one sitting, rather than splitting it up. So, I found 2 free hours in which to sit and listen to this beast all at once. Let me just say, I am very impressed with this record. There are 18 tracks here and not a single ounce of filler. Everything has meaning, every...

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Review from The 10th Doctor of Prog / Metal Music Archives

February 13, 2014
From: The 10th Doctor of Prog/Metal Music Archives
Published: February 12, 2014

(Un)reality is a new double album from Russian black metal band Epitimia, their fourth full-length, although they have also released several splits and EPs with bands such as Gmork and Circle of Ghosts. This is the first I have heard of Epitimia, sent to me by Hypnotic Dirge Records after I wrote a glowing review of their previous release, No Stars, On...

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 Released: February 15, 2014
500 Copies
Genre: Experimental Black Metal, Post-Metal