Review/Show Me A Dinosaur/Self-titled

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.

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“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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Batushka/Cancel/Russia

Apparently Batushka have been receiving threats, relating to the Russian leg of the current European tour.

Orthodox extremists have been making threats to cause trouble if the band goes forth, and perform as planned.

Here is the official statement, posted on Facebook by Witching Hour Productions and Batushka, regarding the Moscow shows:

“Dear Friends & supporters in Russia, It is with sincere regret that we would like to inform you that we have to cancel both our shows in Moscow. We had all the approvals and “green light” from the Russian Police, immigration control and responsible officials. Unfortunately we received threats from extremists affiliated with the Russian Orthodox Church stating that they will beat up and even kill people attending to both shows. Since it’s beyond our control and we are not able to assure that the concerts will be 100% safe for both the audience and us we are forced to cancel both of them immediately. Hope you understand. We would like to thank our Russian promoter for his tremendous work & support he gave us. Once again, we truly apologize and hope that some day we will be able to perform on Russian soil. Stay safe! – БАТЮШКА”

While Islamic extremists, and their insane acts, are making headlines across the world – this incident politely reminds us, that idiots comes in all sizes, colours and with every religious view possible.

From the beginning men used God to justify the unjustifiable.

Salman Rushdie – The Satanic Verses

Fight the unjustifiable, fight every  religious coward that defends his actions in the name of any god..

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