The Wild Hunt proudly announces two releases by the highly epic and totally massive Ukrainian atmospheric black metal act Colotyphus. Together with the band, we release two of their epitomes of atmospheric black metal, namely “My Nostalgia” and “Spiritual Nostalgia”. We had a chat with the main man and vocalist Monolith about Colotyphus and Ukraine.
Colotyphus plays atmospheric black metal and hails from Rivne, Ukraine. The main man behind the band is Gennady Kovrizhnykh (Monolith). The war Russia started in 2014 triggered the start of Colotyphus and in 2015, Colotyphus released their first epic “Forgotten in the Past”. In 2016, the band was completed with a bass player and a keyboard player. Then the recording of of the first full-length album called “Spiritual Journey of The Forlorn Soul” was started. A large number of concerts were played in Ukraine, and from 2018 to 2021, in parallel with gigs, the second album “My Nostalgia” was written.
In 2021, Colotyphus played at a very cool festival called Taras Bulba, the name is taken from the person Taras Bulba who is considered the quintessence of the Ukrainian spirit and strength. This concert was recorded and is now being released as “Spiritual Nostalgia”, since songs from the two previous albums were played and “Spiritual Nostalgia” concludes the trilogy about the journey of an unknown traveler, who is also depicted on the covers of previous albums.
After the release of “My Nostalgia”, the writing of an album with a darker direction, concerning the theme of the war, but also concerning the accident at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. Then on February 24th 2022, my life and the life of every Ukrainian changed radically, with the second invasion of Ukraine. However, Colotyphus never stopped – in March 2022, about 2 weeks after the restart of the war, we gathered in our studio. To the sounds of air alarms and nearby detonations of cruise missiles, we recorded the drums for the forthcoming full-length album. Currently, in the breaks between electricity black outs, we are finishing work on a new full-length album. Title is not decided yet, but working name is “Hatred Throughout The Ages”. Regarding the music, I can say only one thing: previously, the message was more spiritual, abstract and metaphysical like about the interaction between man and nature, vices of humanity etc. Now the message is more than real – and every Ukrainian will understand the message by reading ‘between the lines’ so to say.
The main thing is the thought, the idea, and it is something that cannot be stopped! Glory to Ukraine!
My Nostalgia & Spiritual Nostalgia releases
My Nostalgia will be released in two limited vinyl versions, for the first time ever:
- black vinyl
- blue-clear cloud vinyl
These are not far away and should be available before winter is over…
Spiritual Nostalgia is now being offered as digipack CD and the vinyl version(s) should be available quarter two 2023. More details regarding vinyl release to be shared closer to release.
We now announce an upcoming release on the The Wild Hunt label by the amazing Ukrainian depressive black metal act Ezkaton. We are releasing it digitally and as digipack in February and we are now taking preorders. The vinyl version comes later this year due to queues at pressing plants. If you want to sign up for a copy of the vinyl, make sure to sign up for our newsletter below, or you can get in contact and we’ll hold a copy for you.
We had a chat with Roman, who is the songwriter and main person behind Ezkaton to talk about the band and the new album, “To Those Who Fell”…
Ezkaton is a depressive atmospheric black metal act hailing from Ukraine. Not to be confused with suicidal black, because my music is not about pitying yourself, but about compassion to the closest ones and for remembering those who are no longer with us. The project was born in western Ukraine in 2018, to create something personal, after writing the “My Nostalgia” album with Colotyphus.
It’s hard for me to describe the music with words, its idea and meaning. This must be listened to, because it’s like explaining a joke – if you have to explain it, it’s a bad joke. As for me – at the time of this interview I am 26 years old. The first recordings began in 2015 in the death metal project Rise of The Cadaver. I’m an observer of other people’s faith and I draw conclusions from that. I’m living with people, who basically live in hell, and I can’t help them. In fact, this is how the project was born, in which I describe my own experiences and emotions. This is Ezkaton.
It sounds like your lyrics are based on real events? Anything you would like to dive deeper into, regarding the topics/subjects?
Yes, some events are real, some only as a result of my imagination about the future of humanity, if humanity continues to follow this path. The main pillar of my music is the death of my brother in 2015 in the war with Russia. This event greatly affected me and my family. Also, this war took away many acquaintances and friends, not only from me, but also from thousands of other people. War is scary, especially if it is meaningless and serves only the interests of politicians. Also part of the lyrics about my personal experiences and emotions, which are difficult to explain to the listener, but everyone will be able to interpret them in their own way.
Thank you Roman, we are very happy to work with you and to help spreading your great music and your very personal message…
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