You shouldn’t judge a book (or an album) by its cover – but if you choose to do just that, in this case, you will know just what to expect; something pretty..
The self titled album, is the second full length release from the four-piece Show Me A Dinosaur from St. Petersburg, Russia. The beautiful pastel colored painting on the cover is done by Andrey Gorshkov, father of guitarist Pavel Gorshkov, and in addition to just being a eye catching beautiful piece of art, it fits the music perfectly.
To be honest, I had never heard of this band before the unusual cover art caught my attention, when I was looking through my Facebook news feed one day. Among all the black and grey videolinks – this one stood out. So, whats hiding behind all those pretty flowers?
The band consist of the, before mentioned, guitarist Pavel Gorshkov, vocalist/guitarist Artem Selyugin, the drummer Aleksandr Vershinin and Anton Gataullin on bass. Anton is also a member of TRNA, which Show Me A Dinosaur has just finished a short European tour together with.
The album kicks off with a scream. The opening track “Rakev” barely gives a hint of what’s to come; Artem Selyugin screams from the top of his lungs, as the blasting drums and thriving guitars picks up – in an absolute post black frenzy.
The second track,”Vjuga”, introduces the listener to the rest of the album. A much more complex, atmospheric and melodic experience, than you might have expected after hearing the first song. “Ochag” picks up from there; being the first of two beautiful slow paced instrumentals. The instrumentals acts as perfect interludes, and doesn’t interrupt the story of the album, rather than binding it nicely together; emphasizing the diversity, in which the band excels.
Despite the strong ambient atmosphere throughout the 41 minutes playtime, these guys will kick you in the teeth numerous times, and it never gets boring with the constant change of intensity and pace.
“Wojna” is the powerful closing track, and if you haven’t been won over by then, you propably won’t, because this is not for everybody. Trust me. Every trve kvlt’ivist in town will let you know that this has NOTHING to do with black metal. On the other hand, fans of post blackened shoegaze like Deafheaven and Ghost Bath will be in for quite a treat.
If you’re among the last mentioned group of fans, then make sure to pick up this masterpiece on their Bandcamp, where tapes, cd’s and a “pay what you want” download are available.
…and if you don’t like it – I’ll just keep them to myself.
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