Review from The Black Planet

February 9, 2018
From: The Black Planet
Published: February 6, 2018
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Coming from Kyiv and active since 2007, Vin de Mia Trix started their career with a crushing and extremely dark funeral doom musical approach. Now, after a four-year hiatus since their previous full-length, the band came up with their newest work “Palimpsests”, and they sure live up to this name! A Palimpsest is a manuscript page (made of parchment) from which the text has been removed, so that the page can be used for another document. For this reason, a palimpsest is regarded as a mysterious object that can have more than just one story, more than just one secret. This is what happens with the sonority and narrative of this record. As the band expresses, “Palimpsests is an album about archetypes, the stories and characters that exist deep inside our collective subconsciousness… these stories are told to this day, and here we retell them once again, adding to the eternal cycle”.

Don’t be fooled by the humble amount of tracks in this album (only four), because… each one of them is around 20 minutes long (the longest, “Noe” lasts for 29 minutes and 44 seconds)! This opus is a complete journey, so close your eyes, turn off the lights and make yourself comfortable for this long experience.

This record is introduced with atmospheric sound effects that will give you the feeling that you’re actually diving into a “cosmic form of subconsciousness”. The kind of sound that echoes in our heads when we close our eyes in order to meditate. This relaxing moment continues as we become aware of the presence of soft guitar chords. Suddenly, as if there was an explosion of light in your mind, the drum kicks in and the music builds up.

The sonority of this work is not about dirges and eulogies anymore: it is triumphant. This feeling is particularly reinforced by the vocals and organ arrangements in “Pharmakos”: a complete track with fantastic arrangements, an amazingly flexible vocal performance and omnipresent massive oldschool doom riffs. On the other hand, “Fuimus” with its psychedelic rock and drone innuendos adds a jam feeling to this opus. To finish this odyssey, “Noe” has the effect of a cool down and is the perfect triumphant epitaph to this album. This is the voice that will wake us from this hypnotic state.

“Palimpsest” is a darkly refreshing work that blends together a mash of numberless genres: from the band’s usual funeral doom, to some post-black riffs, psychedelic rock, drone and even blues. This metamorphose is amazing and brings us a highly diversified musical texture in the shape of a super eclectic doom metal album.

Rating: 8/10
Reviewed by: Carolina Ventura


Review from Dutch Metal Maniac

January 24, 2018
From: Dutch Metal Maniac
Published: January 18, 2018 

Vocalist Andrew, guitarist Serge (who also takes care of samples), bassist/vocalist/guitarist/pianist Alex and drummer Igor, together they are Vin De Mia Trix. Hailing from Ukraine, Vin De Mia Trix plays a mix of different doom metal styles, but they aren't afraid to cross boundaries with some other subgenres. Since their forming in 2007, they released an EP (El sueño de la razón produce monstruos, 2009), a demo (Promo, 2012),...

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Review from Aristocrazia Webzine

August 1, 2017
From: Aristocraiza Webzine
Published: July 31, 2017

È la terza volta che incontriamo i Vin De Mia Trix, in passato Dope Fiend scrisse rispettivamente dell'ep "El Sueno De La Razon Produce Monstruos" (2010) e del debutto su lunga distanza "Once Hidden From Sight" (2013). Adesso tocca al sottoscritto confrontarsi con il loro secondo lavoro, "Palimpsests", rilasciato in collaborazione dall'etichetta canadese Hypnotic Dirge Records e dalla statunitense Cimmerian Shade Recordings.

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Review from Infernal Masquerade

July 27, 2017
From: Infernal Masquerade Webzine
Published: July 26, 2017

Unleashing one of the most monumental Funeral/Epic Doom Metal releases of the last few years, today we have Ukraine’s Vin de Mia Trix and the double LP “Palimpsests”. Featuring over 90 minutes of highly melancholic music, this release is a fourth part aural exploration that traverses through many different styles and influences. Highly recommended for fans of bands ranging from Skepticism, My Dying Bride, to the likes...

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Review from Wings of Death

July 27, 2017
From: Wings of Death
Published: July 22, 2017

Ok, ik weet inmiddels wel uit ervaring dat wanneer ik vier titels zie, dat niet automatisch hoeft te betekenen dat ik een EP voorgeschoteld krijg. Zeker in de doomende of postrock/metal-genres zijn lange tracks geen uitzondering. Maar Vin De Mia Trix uit Oekraïne maakt het wel heel bont: hun tweede album Palimpsests is een dubbelalbum geworden met een totale speelduur van bijna 98 minuten!

Dat de voorgeschotelde muziek doom metal betref...

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Review from Muzmapa

July 27, 2017
From: Muzmapa
Published: July 19, 2017

Квартет Vin de Mia Trix выпустил свой второй альбом Palimpsests почти два месяца назад, но едва ли отечественная музжурналистика обратила на этот факт внимание. Дело даже не в том, что очередное высказывание Вани Дорна или новый клип группы «Грибы» априори...

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Review from Lords of Metal

July 27, 2017
From: Lords of Metal
Published: July 1, 2017

*Dutch version available here

What the fuck is this? A double CD clocking in at 97 minutes spread over four songs. If that won’t turn into a long ride I am not sure what will. Well that long ride seemed a lot shorter. The 97 minutes are over before you notice it. Vin De Mia Trix possesses the art of keeping longs songs interesting. The band operates in the realm of melodic death doom metal. Musically they remind me quite a bit of Offici...

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Review from IYE Zine

July 10, 2017
From: IYE Zine
Published: July 9, 2017 

Una buona annata, il 2017, per le sonorità doom e funeral doom!

Dopo l’opera molto valida dei Funeralium e quella eccellente dei Fuoco Fatuo, senza dimenticare altre belle cose (Facade, Mourning Dawn, etc), arriva del tutto inatteso il secondo full dei Vin de Mia Trix, quartetto ucraino attivo dal 2009, autore di una buona prima prova nel 2013 per Solitude Productions; ora la band realmente esplode con un enorme opus doppio, di soli quattro...

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Review from Metal Wani

July 8, 2017
From: Metal Wani
Published: July 6, 2017

Ukranian Death/Doom metal band Vin De Mia Trix returns with their sophomore album ‘Palimpsests’ which is a huge improvement from their debut effort. This album is a long one at almost 100 minutes but it is a grand intricate concept album of 4 tracks each around the 20 minute mark of great soundscapes and lethargic Death/Doom with an atmospheric emphasis. Check this one out but make sure you have enough time to listen to whole thing.


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Review from Gorger's Metal Reviews

June 20, 2017
From: Gorger's Metal Reviews
Published: June 20, 2017

Vin de Mia Trix from Kyiv in Ukraine play progressive funeral doom, offering one of the year's longest albums.
Palimpsests* is a concept based on multicultural commonalities; Stories, legends and tales, as well as shared customs and practices that appear to be similar despite various beliefs or geographical, cultural, and ethnic differences. A duration of about 1 hour and 38 minutes makes Palimpsests just short of 100 minutes.
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 Released: May 31, 2017
500 Copies (250 through HDR)
Genre:: Progressive Funeral Doom

Co-release with Cimmerian Shade Recordings