Chthonica

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"Chthonica" – review by Rhonda Readence

Gardarika is a metal band out of Moscow, Russia boasting Alex Izgarny on vocals, Ivan Aleshin on guitar, Serge Kuryavin on bass, Nikita Anulov on drums, and special guest guitarist Eugene Orlov. Chthonica is their 8-song album full of ear-bleeding metal, grinding chords and hard-hitting rhythms. Elements of heavy metal combine with progressive rock to give metal-heads of the world something to consider and legions of fans will delight in this dark offering.

"Hive Mind" kicks hard from the opening notes to the closing ones. Izgarny's vocals are strong and this piece contains elements of classic heavy metal in the vein of Iron Maiden. Instrumentally, it is evident from the start that this band is tight, most particularly the blazing guitar solo. The title track, "Chthonika," is energetic and more along the lines of progressive metal. There is some excellent vocal harmonizing within this piece, and the vocals overall are extremely strong. Izgarny hits some truly fantastic notes. This is an amazing piece with killer instrumentation and an exceptional sound.

"The Night and Unbending Intent" takes a slower approach and the melodic guitar work is haunting. There is a darker essence to this piece that is made even more so by the eerie lyrics and the slower, deeper delivery. Make no mistake - this track hits hard too, but it is good to know that Gardarika has the capacity to slow it down a notch and play more melodic metal. There are many variations within this piece and they do a great job making the transitions seamless and graceful. "Nevertheless" is a more dramatic and theatrical offering, rife with distinct vocals and precise musicianship. As in all the songs on the album, the guitar work is simply phenomenal, as is the rhythm section. This is one of the tightest bands in the music world today.

Chthonika continues its journey with "They Live," which opens with a slick bass line and strong percussion work. The vocals in this piece are quite diverse, showcasing the talent of Izgarny as he traverses various ranges and deliveries. "Sleepwish" is perhaps the most lyrically sound piece on the album as well as one of the most instrumentally intricate and will likely become a fan favorite. "Of Pigs and Men" is what we've come to know and love about Gardarika; heavy-hitting music with diverse musicianship and solid vocals. This piece does a wonderful job of traversing tempos and rhythms and these artists do it perfectly, with what seems like little to no effort. The talent within this band is stellar.

The album closes with "My Veiled Kingdom," which has a fast tempo and highlights Izgarny's ability to sing not only in key but with a fast delivery. All of the songs on Chthonika are intricate, well-composed and well-written. They are likewise performed with unbridled skill from each of the artists who make up this powerhouse of screaming guitar licks and hard-hitting vocals. The percussion work and bass lines are consistently performed with perfection and the sound quality is fantastic as well. Gardarika has a winner with Chthonika and this album is a must-have for serious lovers of progressive metal.

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released October 28, 2012

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Track Name: Hive Mind
Oh, what a sudden miraculous escape
Right from Mouth of Madness
Directly from the brink
We are saved

You have to cast away
Your personality
Which enslaves
And you will be saved

No more fear, and no more liability
The Hive knows everything
The Hive will never die
Unlike you

But the Hive can share
The immortality
With a few
(Maybe you?)

Just work with precision
Don't make your own decisions
And you will be free,
Ah, how comfortable, isn't it?

Here comes the new reality
The triumph of hive mind
Escape from the individuality
New possession of mankind

There is no longer the strong and the weak
Just society
That lives in harmony
With itself

The drones and the queen bee.
Crown the hierarchy
Hoarding wealth

And you just do your bit
Be in line with your breed
You will get what you need
And don't get it into your head

Here comes the new reality
The triumph of hive mind
Escape from the individuality
New possession of mankind

You're no longer a single worm
All together we're the swarm

Don't rebel now, just accept
The ancient wisdom of insects.

Here comes the new reality
The triumph of hive mind
Escape from the individuality
New possession of mankind

Witness of the new reality
Exile in this throng
It's so rotten, so pathetic to
Live in hope that I am wrong
Track Name: Chthonica
We grew up full of boldness
Unaware of our own ignorance
We kept in mind our goal
To live for something more

But how were we to know
That we are betrayed by our lords
The ancient gods of chaos
Persuaded them to sell us

The lords are dull and greedy
The gods are sly and perfidious
And they deserve each other
Sharing the feast of suffering

Their toadies keep inspiring
The shameful tale disarming
We are the chosen ones
Let's turn our blood to dung

It's honorable they say
This fate is best for mortals
Prepare to give yourself
To make the ground more fertile

Chthonica...
Chthonica...

Enchained and sentenced
I'm lying defenseless
And gazing at the uncaring sky
How proud should we be
If our destiny is
Eternal self-sacrifice

The sky plays dead
The stone turns red
The ground will bring our daily bread

Alliance with the ether
Was gainless and dissolved
The depths became our patron
In trade for blood and souls

So then began the new age
Of fear and outrage
The self-sustaining system
Perverted pride of victims

The deity of soil
As ugly as amazing
Is growing from below
The hecatomb is rising

Chthonica...
Chthonica...

Enchained and sentenced
I'm lying defenseless
And gazing at the uncaring sky
How proud should we be
If our destiny is
Eternal self-sacrifice

The sky plays dead
The stone turns red
The ground will bring our daily bread

We grew up full of boldness
Unaware of our own ignorance
We kept in mind our goal
To live for something more

But how were we to know
That we are betrayed by our lords
The ancient gods of chaos
Persuaded them to enslave us

Enchained and sentenced
I'm lying defenseless
And gazing at the uncaring sky
No grumble, no hope
No way to elope
And throughout is the eternal chthonica
Track Name: The Night and Unbending Intent
Sunset's burning down
Cold streets are deserted
Tardy passersby are
Hurrying to their quarters

Only a little matchboy standing tired against the wall
He didn't sell anything
He has nothing to bring home tonight

On this Christmas Eve
Outer world is frozen
Consciousness just fades
Mind becomes so drowsy

Suddenly he sees a lady's face in this reverie
Oh, it seems so unreal
Can you hear, she's appealing
To you

So listen to the whisper of Queen of the Night
Her celebration's started and you are invited so

She is calling
She is calling
The moment is right, take your fate in your hand -
You need just the night and unbending intent.

Let's make the fireworks
Of the wood and sulphur
Sequence of flashbacks
Time when you didn't suffer

Feel the warmth again, the serenity of a child
Spread your wings and aspire
You are free while the match
Is on fire

Strike another match
Catch the new dream vision
Feel the freedom's touch
And then make a decision

Do you really want to return inhospitable home
To your hated stepparents
You're a sponger apparent
For them

So listen to the whisper of Queen of the Night
Her Majesty Requests, don't be impolite - listen

She’s calling
She’s calling
The moment is right, take your fate in your hand -
You need just the night and unbending intent.

Decide now!
What you're searching for in this place?
Everyone you loved and knew now’s gone yeah

Decide now!
Your attempts are weak and senseless
Oh, who cares if your work left undone yeah

Decide now!
Lonely bird rush to the ether

Night can not go on forever ah
Night can not go on forever ah

Have no fear!
You have nothing more to lose there
But your way becomes increasingly narrow

Shed no tears
It's always a little sad to leave your
home, even if this place is vale of sorrow

Don't worry
It can heal thy pain and fever but

Night can not go on forever ah
Night can not go on forever ah

Beware, I can no more guard you
Now freezing is getting harder
Just a step towards me and I'll take you away
Track Name: Nevertheless
Endless rails
Empty space
The train is hurtling through the night and I'm alone in empty coach
Light spots run away, then new ones approach from the dark
From the dark
So it was

I was heading to the strange city of the midnight sun
Can I leave my inner hell, or it is just aimless run?

But for now just the road exists
Plains that covered with mist
And the rattle of tireless wheels
And no more me

Heil the nordic city
I'm right here in front of you
The old emperor Peter
Accept my challenge, assuage my throe

But these bold words left untold
And the city was so cold
And beyond expression beautiful
But there is no place for the exile

Roaming in the maze of
Narrow streets and well courtyards
I was waiting for a sign
How to calm my weary heart

But the world around was quiet
And my cry left unrequited
All the things were passing me by
Who can ever hear the silent cry?

Afternoon I saw my death
Arrogant and confident
Strolling leisurely in the crowd on the far side of the street
Crimson patterns in my eyes
And the chill from the other side went down the spine

At the sunset I went down
Almost ready to give up
But salvation came from an orchestra which was playing in the park
Half-forgotten retro tune
Caught me with the lulling croon
And it blew my soul beyond the horizon

Still alive
In the deep of night I find myself still alive
I don't know why
Is this a second chance of just unkind jibe?

An opportunity
To fix everything that someone granted to me
Could it be?
Or just wanton prolongation of the agony?

Though my soul was torn apart
And my ego's skin is sloughed
I left there a piece of heart
But it does not matter now

For now just the road exists
Uncertain future in the mist
And the wrath of hunted beast
But not pain

Wonders that I have to see
'til I meet my destiny
No more me but nevertheless
Here I am
Track Name: They Live
Not a single voice
Only croaking of hired toadies
So you have no choice
Just to listen to endless eulogies

"You should be grateful" they say
"For our charity,
We we've brought you these happy days
Of prosperity,
And if you know any disgruntled
Just say the names,
The ungrateful will be punished!"

Do you feel this weight?
Jeer is bending you to the ground
And implicit hate is
Gnawing you and all around.

"We can't breathe!
Don't bring it to grief!"

Can you hear the insulated cries of desperation
In the rare times of calm?

"We can't breathe!
Don't bring it to grief"

Do you share this cruel irresistible temptation?
What about to crash it all!

Do you smell the blood?
Do you smell the blood yeah
Of your brothers who died in ignorance of what goes on
Now they bleed

The unnameable gods,
The unnameable gods yeah
Hold your mind captive in the weakening drowse
For their needs

If you're sick and tired of this somnolence
Will you find a comfort in violence
And bitter revenge?

Cast away their sops, break out form the stall,
Form the battle line, time to crash them all
A perfect exchange

Have you ever thought,
Have you ever thought yeah
Can the creatures like that ones exist on the earth
But they live

If they feel a threat,
If they feel a threat yeah
They will promise anything you want to pay off
Don't believe.

See the palace of the black sorcerers
Guarded by the legions of murderers
They're eager to fight

Brothers, are you willing to pit your skill
'gainst the impudents, who were coached to kill
The unholy might

Sudden impact when
We almost won
This is not blood,
Just splashes of the Sun

Victory was near
But we met a defeat
We held out against the power and cruelty
Not against the guile

They will make you suffer
But they still need you
As a vampire needs a victim's blood for his life
They won't let you die

So go back again to your prison cell
Hide into the sleep from the morbid spell
Until the next time.
Track Name: Sleepwish
There's no reason to remain here
There is nothing left to wonder
But the cage has only one exit
To the sweet home six feet under

If there's no more world outside and
Your perception is deceiving
The only way to spend your time is
Ah! Immersion in a dreaming

And when we fall asleep
Our personal demons leave us for a while
There's no more narrow cage
There's no more impotent rage
And we can afford a luxury of ingenuous smile

Is your remembrance real
Or it's just a slice of dream?
Wild riding through the plains
Within a frenzied stream
But since your cage is locked
You can not run away
So never awaken!

When you wake up dull your senses
Your life belongs to someone else
Who plays with you like with a puppet
And your role is less than nothing

Hide away your tears and anguish
Hide away your righteous anger
Pray that nobody gets to know
You still can represent a danger

So guess what's wrong with you
How did you trap yourself?
Did you agree to live
Inside this silent hell
But since your cage is locked
You can not run away
So never awaken!

And when we fall asleep
Our personal demons leave us for a while
There's no more narrow cage
There's no more impotent rage
And we can afford a luxury of ingenuous smile

Is your remembrance real
Or it's just a slice of dream?
Wild riding through the plains
Within a frenzied stream
This sleep will waste your life
Must be another way
Oh, so can you wake up?

Now crush the hated doors
If you are still untamed
Do take the life that's yours
And live it 'till the end
And even if you fail
It would be worthy try
So wake up for the last time.
Track Name: Of Pigs and Men
I am collecting a strange puzzle of vision
Fragments of facts, scraps of insights
I am afraid to put the final pieces
The figure obtained is destroying my mind

I am amazed by what I am able to see
Astonishment turns to disgust then to horror
The shelter of innocence no longer exists
I am not sure whether we'll see tomorrow

They say we are rabid
Сan’t be tolerated but
No, we did not start this war
No justice, no law
No, we can't bear anymore

Nothing remains obscured and unexplained
Our role is clear I can not deny it
Everything that happens fits into the simple scheme
We're just the livestock devoured alive

Puzzle is collected, I have read your message
You think we are your prey, why should we agree?
Now I discerned you, I have no more questions
The inhuman creatures consumed with greed

Hey, nameless swineherd who helps us to gain weight
Leave your sugary tales, now it's sour
Instead of pork you will taste our hate
Beware, the sweet piglets grew up to wild boars

Yes, we didn't start it
But we can stop it
What a surprise, we are not your pets
The era of vain expectations is over
Now we will rise, our lives will be our only bet

Don't you think it's a great imposture
Shall we trust our self-styled masters?
Swineherds's faces turn to snouts
Real pigs they are, you know it
Lie is broken, masks are torn off
That's all of pigs and men
Track Name: My Veiled Kingdom
The wounds are bleeding and in need of treatment
And we need a respite now
Damn it!... We've lost this battle but not the war
We are not broken yet
Meanwhile I'm going into my veiled kingdom
The boundary between the worlds
Where the wind is summoning flocks of my ships of hate

The roar of the surf below the cliffs will heal my soul
And the echoes from the distant stars will answer to my call
I'm not alone

For now I need to stop and breathe this otherworldly air
The last delight for the one who was buried in the mute despair
And the strength will return
And my life will go on
And my soul will be reborn

One day we will restore our Earth empire
So let it rise like phoenix
This is the only goal of our existence
The passion, the desire
But now I'm going into my veiled kingdom
The boundary between the worlds
Where the wind's raising burning banners over my ships of fire

Three abysses meet here
The sea, the time and the endless sky
Their voices sound within me
and they hear the words of mine
I'm not alone

For now I need to stop and breathe this otherworldly air
The last delight for the one who was buried in the mute despair
And the strength will return
And my life will go on
And my soul will be reborn