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Psilocybe Larvae - The Labyrinth Of Penumbra

8.2 | 31 votes |
Release date: 5 November 2012
Style: Death doom metal


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01. Soul Trekking
02. Haunting
03. Shining Shambhala
04. Trial By Fire
05. Into The Labyrinth
06. Contemplation
07. Fortress Of Time
08. River Of Remembrance
09. No Escape

Dmitry "Chaos" Orekhov - keyboards
Vitaly Belobritsky - guitar, vocals
Andrey "Luke" Lukashov - guitar
Ilya Piyaev - drums
Alex Legotin - bass

Additional info
Recorded and mixed by Yuri Smirnov and Andrey Chernyshov at Studio Kontakt during 2010-2011.
Mastered by Mats Lindsfors at Cutting Room.
Produced by Psilocybe Larvae and Yury Smirnov.
Cover artwork by A-Ra Design.
Leaflet design by W.Smerdulak.
Band photo by Max Malevich.

"No Escape" (composed in 1996) is dedicated to Oleg "Kesha" Peshkichev (1972-2009).

Staff review by
These days it sometimes seems that composition-wise the death metal scene has become pretty black and white. That is, you either have a band that sticks to the most generic formula of cookie-cutter death metal imaginable, a la a recycled version of Cannibal Corpse, or you have a band that goes for something blatantly left field to make a more original, creative impact, and rarely is a balance between these two separate camps to be found. One such band that have really made a great effort at the experimental structure are Russia's Psilocybe Larvae, who, as their name suggests, manage to craft with their unique brand of death metal a truly interesting result that "takes you places," to say the least, and their latest offering, 2012's Labyrinth Of Penumbra, is an excellent contribution to their aggressive, yet strangely psychedelic, sound.

published 30.12.2012 | Comments (25)

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Ag Fox
Whoever invented the term "Dark Metal" must be some sort of marketing genius, because whenever this genre categorisation gets brought up, I get drawn to it like a moth to a flame no matter how many times I end up feeling let down. Psilocybe Larvae is also a self-proclaimed dark metal act, but I am already familiar with the band's previous effort and had a better idea of what to expect, which is a progressive form of melodic death metal.

published 04.01.2013 | Comments (6)

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08.04.2013 - 00:59
Rating: 9
Arcesse Eum
It's dark, eerie, psychedelic, and at times epic without being too melodramatic; if I had to give it some point of reference, i'd say it sounds to me like a three-way combination between Green Carnation's "Light of Day, Day of Darkness", Mudvayne's "L.D. 50", and Edge of Sanity's "Crimson II"
As above, so below.
08.05.2013 - 16:44
Rating: 9
Metal Addict
Psilocybe Larvae is one of the few bands that make me proud of Russian metal scene. I wasn't disappointed after listening to this album too. It's not a huge leap but rather a steady step in the direction already taken with Non-Existence.
"And we are not who we think we are
We are who we're afraid to be"
- Lux Occulta "The Opening of Eleventh Sephirah"
09.09.2015 - 23:47
Rating: 8
"Honey tea, psilocybe larvae, honey moon, silver spoon, psilocybe tea."

Well, this doesn't sound like Wildhoney but it doesn't matter. Great album, and one of the few bands I actually got interested in solely due to their moniker.
13.03.2016 - 19:43
Rating: 9
High Fist Prog
Seems like they're working on some new stuff.

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