Immensity was formed in the beginning of 2009 in Athens Greece by Andreas Kelekis (Guitars/Synth). In Fall 2010 Leonidas Hatzimihalis (ex Fatal Morgana, Equal Vector, Agnosia etc.) took over the vocal duties. In the meantime new material was written. In the beginning of 2011 Drummer Yiannis Filippaios (Decemberance, Daylight Misery, ex- Ritual of the Black sun) became the next official member. Bass player Giorgos Kritharis (also in Fortress Under Siege) and guitarist Christos Markopoulos came in together with Maria Zvyagina keyboards (ex Wine from Tears ) to complete the picture.
Musically influences are literally drawn from everywhere, but following its own path and frame of mind, whether it’s metal or beyond terms the main goal is to evolve, maintain “immense” but also emotional and innovative as possible. The band recorded a 2 song Promotional demo, produced by Kimon Zeliotis and Immensity.
“The lonely Aquarelle” was finally released in spring 2012 and received excellent feedback throughout the metal media (including zines, sites and blogs), but the peak was to claim the title as #1 new band in “Clandestine cut of the year 2012 “ in Demo category by the known “Metal Storm” Webzine.
Around 2013 and after the overall success and well received demo “The Lonely Aquarelle” Maria Zvyagina left the band due to personal and musical differences. After a period of seeking for her replacement, Chryssa Kourenta was found and a period of isolation and new songwriting had begun. In the Autumn of 2013 Immensity appeared for the very first time live in Athens after accepting an invitation from local band Daylight misery (where drummer Yiannis Filippaios also contributes) and British Doom act Pantheist in addition of introducing new material, but at the same time preparing the recordings for the band’s debut album which took place in a period between late 2013 and reaching completion in the beginning of Summer 2014.
Once again produced by Kimon Zeliotis and Immensity. The main plan was to release 5 brand new songs along with the two tracks from “The Lonely Aquarelle” re-mixed and re-mastered. The official title of the album is “The Isolation Splendour” inspired from the band’s “Splendid Isolation” during the period of recordings. “The Isolation Splendour” consists of 7 songs (including the 2012 demo “The lonely aquarelle” remixed & remastered)
New member on keyboards is Nora Koutsouri who entered in the beginning of 2015 after Chrisa Kourenta leaving the band in late 2014 due to professional duties, and Nikolas Loukopoulos (session) on bass filling the gap for George Kritharis who is temporarily away.
In October 2015, after a lengthy and careful search, Immensity signed a deal with Hypnotic Dirge Records (Canada) and Solitude Productions (Russia) to co-release their debut album "The Isolation Splendour" around the world, with each label working in tandem to extend the album's reach as far as possible. "The Isolation Splendour" will be released in Early 2016.
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"Wrapped in a clear production that lets the whole array of instruments find their voice, it should only take the multipart lamentation of opening track 'Heartfelt Like Dying' to realize how well this has been put together, in all senses. The rest of the album largely lives up to that, cascading through its different emotions with a majestic, triumphant ease that, above all, makes listening to 'The Isolation Splendour' a surprisingly uplifting experience."
"Immensity are no new name to us at Metal Storm, as their demo previously won our Clandestine Cut Of The Year in the 2012 MSA. Channeling some of their prior ideas into a full length debut, the band is now back with The Isolation Splendour, a more focused, refined slab of death doom, with a pleasantly relaxing atmosphere oozing of gothic influence. The riffs plod along at a moderate pace that always seems to be building towards some type of climax by weaving their way around the vocals, playing off of them in a very complementary sort of relationship. As one might assume, things feel a bit heavier and harder-hitting when the growls dominate, and the beautiful clean vocals are left to rear up when things become softer and more melodic, as on "Heartfelt Like Dying."
I highly recommend this album to people who are fans of Pantheist, Insomnium, Be'lakor, Fen, and To/Die/For at any level. Immensity will have something for you to on “The Isolation Splendour” that you will likely cherish and preserve. Just don’t expect any fast-paced, high octane metal from this album because it is slow but still very dense and heavy. Immensity is just another fabulous band that I’ve listened to come out of Greece. And there’s a lot more where that came from!
IMMENSITY - THE SULLEN
[OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO]
FILMED BY: ERIK LABOSSIERE / WIKKED TWIST FILMS