Kawir – Exilasmos LP


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Since 1993 KAWIR have been one of the unsung pillars of the classic Greek black metal sound. While the names Rotting Christ Varathron and Necromantia are incredibly important to that style’s foundation it was KAWIR who kept the faith during the ’90s and into the new millennium. In 1994 the then-young band released two pivotal 7s Eumenides and a split with Japan’s Sigh – on the pivotal Cacophonous Records no less – and then followed those up in 1996 with the To Cavirs MLP which is the first truly pagan-oriented record to hail from the Greek black metal scene. With that mini-album KAWIR set about on a Hellenistic crusade to celebrate their native gods and mythology in their lyrics and sartorial presentation. From the late ’90s onward the band continued to remain prolific perpetually committed to fine-tuning their idiosyncratic craft culminating in underground classics Arai (2005) and Ophiolatreia (2008). Although 2012’s ??????? featured a cross-continental lineup the album further solidified KAWIR’s status as unique icons in the black metal underground. Then just last year IRON BONEHEAD released the massively acclaimed Father Sun Mother Moon which saw KAWIR return to an all-Greek lineup and recast their classic sound in a whole new light and now they continue that forward momentum with the fiery Exilasmos. If the 64-minute Father Sun Mother Moon was the sound of KAWIR indulging their most epic expanses – always with power and poignancy it must be said – then the 42-minute Exilasmos is its punchier and more restless counterpart. Across its six characteristically cascading tracks KAWIR take a decidedly darker and more aggressive turn racing into the fray in a manner most mid ’90s (or To Cavirs as it were) but never losing the inherently heroic aspect so crucial – and so engaging after all these years – to their Hellenic sound. Supplementing that dark heroism is the addition of a fulltime keyboardist in Aristomache who lends mystical light and shade to the band’s surge ‘n’ swell. Further coloring the windswept wildness of Exilasmos are an endless supply of dramatic solos from guitarists Melanaegis and founder Therthonax. But as ever with KAWIR the sonic portrait they paint is imbued with a deep lyricism hailing the Greek pantheon. In the case of Exilasmos the record is conceptually about the tragic dynasties of the house of Lavdakides (Oedipus Tyrannus) and the house of Atreus. Both dynasties nearly exterminated themselves and all these violent and inhuman acts brought forth the wrath of Zeus and the curses were consequently laid upon the whole bloodline. Exilasmos in Ancient Hellenic Language means calming down the gods’ wrath so it perfectly describes the tragic events featured in the namesake album.

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Weight 1.7 lbs
Dimensions 13 × 13 × 0.6 in