Progressive symphonic doom duo James Scott and Katrin Brunier of Cyclocosmia are a synesthetic fusion of metal genres, contrasting vocals and masterful composition. Taking influence from Opeth, Ishan, Devin Townsend, Gojira, Draconian and Aryeon.
Cyclocosmia was founded in 2011 by British music producer James Scott, and the project’s first full length album, Deadwood, was released in 2016. Vocalist Katrin Brunier joined the project permanently in August 2017. Their next studio album, The Snake and the Spider, is due for release late Autumn 2018.
Cyclocosmia’s music brings progressive elements to crushing, melancholy symphonic doom metal, with unconventional structures, wide dynamics and experimental ideas married to raw emotional power.
James and Katrin also run Black Cat Studios, music and art production studio, Midlands, United Kingdom.
Of the Wand & the Moon are one of the big guns of contemporary neofolk. Arriving a generation after founders like Death in June, Sol Invictus, and Current 93, Of the Wand & the Moon have breathed new life into this beautiful and perennially misunderstood genre. OTWATM’s 2011 The Lone Descent LP is widely regarded as a neofolk masterpiece.Of The Wand & The Moon is the creative live and recorded music works of Danish musician Kim Larsen (not to be confused with the Danish folk singer by the same name) and various guest contributors. After irreconcilable differences with his previous musical project, Saturnus, Larsen began writing music of a different vein, similar in style to his neofolk influences but very different than the doom metal he had previously created.
Characterized by folk songs with themes ranging from expressions of love, loss, joy and ancestral Germanic paganism, Of the Wand & the Moon is best described as experimental, dark ambient neofolk. When their debut album “Nighttime Nightrhymes” came out in 1999 it marked a new entry for Denmark in a new wave of Germanic post-industrial folk projects, alongside contemporaries such as Forseti and Sonne Hagal.
REVIEWS AND PRESS FOR “IMMURED”
“Cyclocosmia bends metal to its whim, intertwining all forms of heavy music to create an EP that mixes melody and brutality to weave an emotional story that will leave fans of extreme music breathless.”
“Monstrous, well produced and not a duff track in sight” –
“A great sounding symphonic and progressive mixture of doom and death metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band.” –
“Expect a blend between Draconian, Ayreon, Dream Theatre and more modern metal acts … I would certainly recommend adding it to your collection of unique and stubborn metal releases.” –
Merchants of Air
“Beautifully crafted … full of talent and inspiration”-
Metal Brothers (in Spanish)
Pagan Hel Reviews
“If you are up to something that is really out of the proverbial metal box, then this EP is for you. And you are in for a treat.”
Rock Music Raider
“If their previous full-length release had shown the enormous potential of this project, then this EP confirms it”
MetalEyes (in Italian)
“Beautiful … a record that combines doom-metal dynamics with ghostly vocals that strongly fit the theme, and sounds quite unlike anything else.”
Where Worlds Collide
“A must-hear … dark, emotional and thought-provoking”
Dark Art Conspiracy
“Two great artists, a thrilling ride between genders, a multimedia performance that would be the envy of many communications professionals”
Metallized (in Italian)
“Cyclocosmia have delivered the best 17 minutes of music I’ve heard so far this year … everything reeks of professionalism, passion and talent”
REVIEWS AND PRESS FOR “DEADWOOD”
“Music that is blessed with both brain and beauty.” – Powerplay Magazine
“A high class delight of an album … one of the top releases of 2016” – Black Phoenix Rising
“A near perfect album … a tsunami of epicness” – Ravenheart Music
“The songs are excellent and the whole album has some remarkable surprises in store” – Vixens webzine
“I’d urge anyone interested in something female fronted that doesn’t sound like say Nightwish and their ilk to give this a try.” – Grande Rock
“A great debut … Lorena’s voice is angelic” – The Pit of the Damned (in Italian)
“The cream of the crop … beautiful yet mournful” – Dead Rhetoric
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From the 12th June 2017, Cyclocosmia released a free covers EP, Adorned with the Circle. Featuring guest vocalists and musicians from all over the world and cover versions of songs by Slayer, Korn, Radiohead, Dire Straits and Chase & Status, Adorned with the Circle was be released one track at a time on Youtube, and is available for immediate free download for our newsletter subscribers.
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Immured is Cyclocosmia’s second original release and was released in January 2017 as a digital-only EP. It features vocals (both clean and growled) from New Zealand/Greek vocalist Aliki Katriou, and follows the demise of one such priestess, from her sadness, her rage at the prosecutor, her descent into insanity and her vows for supernatural revenge. Musically, Immured builds on the progressive elements present in Deadwood, with a 17-minute single-track structure in four movements, utilising unusual scales and time signatures, whilst keeping to Cyclocosmia’s core sound of lush symphonics, crushing metal power and an atmosphere of melancholy and darkness.
Immured is also available on iTunes, Amazon and other digital download and streaming sites.
The band’s 2016 debut album, Deadwood covers themes of mental illness, decay and loss of control. The “Deadwood” in the title represents those parts of ourselves that no longer belong to us, that no longer work as they should, which can slowly poison and cripple the mind if not cut out. The majority of the album’s songs explore people in conflict with their own minds, be it through depression (“Faceless”), guilt (“Season of Regret”), schizophrenia (“Shackled”) or dementia (“Wither”).
Physical CDs of Deadwood are only available from our Bandcamp page. The album is also available digitally on iTunes, Amazon and other digital download and streaming sites.