By Dr. Abner Mality

The infinite reaches of the cosmic void have inspired a lot of music through the ages, from primitive chants to classical symphonies, from electronic soundscapes to ambient drone. Metal is not excluded from this universal inspiration. With “Impakt”, we have a band trying to tap into endless celestial wandering using heavy metal as a base.

When done correctly, cosmic metal can be some of the most thought-provoking out there. I think of BLUT AUS NORD’s exceptional “Memoria Vetusta” masterwork or the more death metal oriented output of MITHRAS and VEKTOR. COSMIC BURIAL is basically a one-man band, with the one man being V.V., and they try to come up with a spacy instrumental kind of black metal meant for star gazers and void wanderers. Alas, while it hits the right notes occasionally, it winds up being a very repetitive and monotonous work more likely to inspire yawns than a sense of wonder.

We have four VERY long instrumentals here. I don’t know how many times I have to say it, length does not necessarily equal epic. Every one of these tunes could have been pared down to a more effective length. Instead, each one locks into a groove and repeats it endlessly, a pattern no better seen than first cut “EO40”, which starts with a long stretch of icy sounding synth before going into a melodic black metal riff that just gets hammered into the ground. I liked this for a while, but eventually my eyes started to glaze over. With the next three tracks, you just stop, rinse, repeat and achieve much the same effect. If I had to pick a favorite, I’d say “VK184” is the least annoying but it’s 20 minutes plus!

COSMIC BURIAL just does not achieve the effect it was looking for, although it is a noble try. Not enough variation, not enough real majesty. This is nowhere near essential.