Review from Concrete Web

December 22, 2016
From: Concrete Web
Published: December 21, 2016

On March 21st 2016, a partnership of Hypnotic Dirge Records and BadMoodMan Music (a side-label of Solitude Productions) resulted in the release of two albums: Cold Redrafted by Negative Voice (the review was published on July 4th 2016 – for the review, just enter the band’s name in the ‘search’-tab) and Immensity’s debut The Isolation Splendour. Both releases are somewhat comparable in approach, so pay attention!

Immensity were formed in 2009 in the city of Athens by Andreas Kelekis, and in mean time he got joined by former and current (permanent and session) members of e.g. Daylight Misery, While Heaven Wept and Fortress Under Siege, amongst others. There was a demo recording in Spring 2012, lovely called The Lonely Aquarelle (both tracks have been remastered for this album specifically), and now, as mentioned before, the band did record their first studio full length album, called The Isolation Splendour, which has a total running time of about sixty-seven minutes.

The lengthy tracks stand for quite traditional Doom-Death, including about all elements that characterise the international scene. The base of the songs is built around highly melodious guitar parts, including the typifying twin melodies, and a very heavy, prominently present rhythm section, with pounding bass lines and crafted drum-work. This totally lacks of any form of reinvention, but I’d rather label it as some tribute to the timelessness of this specific scene. Also the atmospheric keyboards, especially on the background yet of non-underestimate importance, and the acoustic and semi-acoustic passages strengthen the pay-honour-to-the-scene attitude. On top of it, the grunts are like they use to be: very deep and growling. Here too these grunts interfere with clean vocals and some spoken words. The universal timelessness, by the way, gets defined as well by the fine equilibrium in between old styled basic structures (cf. the melodies and rhythms) and a progressive twist that inject this material more than once. With progression I am not, I repeat: not, talking about some Prog-Metal approach, but rather the modernistic elements that sort of colour this pale material.

The Isolation Splendour has become quite an emotional, even melancho-dramatic and semi-gothic album with a specific theatrical and cinematic spine. You feel the despair, the grief, the sadness and pain defined by the seven compositions that make this album. That’s cool, for the heaviness of the main part (when referring to the instrumentation and grunts especially) and that deep-thought atmospheric splendour are performed within a well-balanced result. All this gets pronounced even sharper by the production. And that might be my main concern (though I need to admit that this isn’t but my personal opinion): the sound quality is too goody-goody, too well-polished. I would have experienced a rougher sound, little more brutal and dirty – not primitively grim and noisy, just somewhat less clean / clinical.

The elder songs, the ones written a couple of years ago, are heavier and less complex, while the newer ones come with a sophisticated craftsmanship that surmounts superficiality and that avoid any lack of inspiration. Therefor I think, but here too I am but giving my own impression, that this album is the best out of the two releases done in that higher-mentioned partnership (cf. both labels involved – see first paragraph). This stuff is recommended if you can appreciate stuff à la October Tide, Daylight Dies, Insomnium, Novembers Doom, Katatonia, In Mourning, Pantheist and the likes.

Rating: 75/100
Reviewed by: Ivan Tibos

Review from Metal Temple

December 20, 2016
From: Metal Temple
Published: December 19, 2016

After the demo "The Lonely Aquarelle", IMMENSITY releases thru BadMoodMan Music and Hypnotic Dirge Records their debut full-length album entitled "The Isolation Splendour" combining growl and clean vocals. The band was founded in the beginning  of 2009 by Andrew Kelekis (Guitars), the other members are Leonidas Hatzimihalis who did a great job in "Aspectations" (EQUAL VECTOR),  Chris Markopoulos (Guitars), George Kritharis (Bass), Yia...

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Review from Aristocrazia Webzine

December 20, 2016
From: Aristocrazia Webzine
Published: December 12, 2016

Il panorama doom-death metal melodico è di anno in anno più affollato, diviene quindi sempre più difficile cogliere impreparati gli abituali fruitori o sorprenderli. In alcune circostanze anzi è capitato purtroppo di deluderli, a causa di un appiattimento della proposta anche a opera di artisti che sinora avevano svolto il mestiere più che bene, ad esempio gli svedesi When Nothing Remains.

Dopo aver pubblicato nel 2012 il ...

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Review from Extreme Metal Voyager

September 18, 2016
From: Extreme Metal Voyager
Published: September 15, 2016

 It’s good to age. If the angst-ridden, stubborn teenager in me were to review an album like this, originality would be a decisive factor. Obvious musical influences would be a negative thing in my narrow-minded evaluation. The word “copy-cat” would be used once or twice as well, further strengthening my resolve on the “fact”. Ageing gives way to perspective, originality isn’t an aspect nor an argument in the dig...

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Review from Necromance Webzine

July 29, 2016
From: Necromance Webzine
Published: July 28, 2016

Buen material de Atmosférico Death/Doom Metal que encierra este primer lanzamiento completo de los helenos IMMENSITY, llegándonos de la mano del sello canadiense Hypnotic Dirge Records (SUBTERRANEAN DISPOSITION, WOMB, FUNERAL IN HEAVEN…).

Este sexteto ateniense creado en 2009, nos muestra en 5 extensas canciones, su progresión desde que editasen su primera referencia, “The Lonely Aquarelle” en 2012 que contenía dos temas y ...

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Review from Metallifer Blog

July 11, 2016
From: Metallifer Blog
Published: July 8, 2016

Immensity est un groupe grec originaire d’Athènes qui évolue dans un registre de atmospheric doom / death metal. Le groupe a été fondé en 2009 par le guitariste Andreas Kelekis. A partir de 2010 le chanteur Leonidas Hatzimihalis commence à s’occuper des chansons et surtout du concept derrière les textes. Le groupe s’affine ensuite en 2011 avec l’entrée du batteur Yiannis Fillipaios, du bassiste Giorge Kritharis et du gui...

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Review from Last Day Leaf

June 18, 2016
From: Last Day Leaf 
Published: June 7, 2016

Immensity is an atmospheric doom/death, with Progressive influences, metal band from Athens, Greece, which was formed in 2009. They released their first demo called ‘The Lonely Aquarelle‘ in 2012, and this year they present themselves with a full-length album called ‘The Isolation Splendour‘ (Hypnotic Dirge Records/Solitude Productions).

The founder of the band is Andreas Kelekis (guitars, synth). In 2010, Leonidas Hatzimihalis (e...

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Review from Crossfire Metal

June 18, 2016
From: Crossfire Metal
Published: June 7, 2016

Atmosphärischer Todesdoom soll das sein, womit die Band aus Athen ihre Fans beliefert. Nun ja, der Deathanteil beschränkt sich hier auf die tiefen Growls, denn sonst musiziert man softer und sehr melodisch. Auf cleane Vocals wird häufig gewechselt, die ebenfalls nicht zu kantig oder zu laut gebracht werden, sondern sich harmonisch in die Songs einfügen. Zusammen können sie Stimmungen zum Abheben erschaffen, für die in erster Linie...

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Review from Metal Invader

June 18, 2016
From: Metal Invader
Published: June 7, 2016

Ντεμπούτο για τους Αθηναίους Immensity με τίτλο »The Isolation Splendour» , τέσσερα χρόνια μετά το “The Lonely Aquarelle” demo τους και σχεδόν 7 από τη δημιουργία της μπάντας. Από τα πρώτα λεπτά ο δίσκος σε βάζει σε ένα θλιμμένο mood, σε μια υγρή ομιχλώδη ατμόσφαιρα. Θλίψη...

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Review from Bravewords

June 18, 2016
From: Bravewords Reviews
Published: May 28, 2016

Some majestic doom on display here from Greek crew Immensity, who impress with the delivery and confidence displayed on this, their debut. The band lay down death/doom with a power and punch often only seen in bands like Paradise Lost back in their early coming-of-age heyday, when every song was an event, every chord change important; the sounds also bring to mind My Dying Bride in a big way, which is always a good thing. Immensity m...

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 Released: March 21, 2016
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Genre: Atmospheric Death-Doom Metal