Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
The band was created by A. and K. in year 2008. They both had worked in some musical projects before.
The debut demo (You, Whose Name Dies On Quivering Lips) was finished very soon and then was released by Mexican label Self-Mutilation Services. It was positively received by listeners and we decided to continue our work. The first full-length was titled "To the non-existing shades...” It sounded rough, but there were many interesting songs and it was very bright work in early Epitimia years.
The second full-length (Four Truths of The Noble Ones) was released in 2010 in Russia on CD and in Germany on vinyl. It was recorded with a new member – M. on drums and violin. With her great help we recorded our third work that is going to appear at Hypnotic Dirge Records in the middle of this summer.
With the every new album we try to make a step forward in developing our music, its sound and conception. And the main conception in our music is to tell about inner experiences of abstract lyrical hero.
How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music?
We try not to use any clichés to describe what we do and sometimes we simply can’t. It’s all because we don’t think about it when we are working at the new song. The only thing we want is to get a good and original result. We think that audience must determine our style.
We like different kinds of music and I think there are many bands that had influence on us. I don’t think we can distinguish the bands which had the biggest effect.
Why should a metalhead buy your demos/albums?
I don’t think you must pay attention to our music only if you are a metalhead. Our music is dedicated to all the people who like original sound and interesting conception. Also, we like quotations from classical music, so if you are careful listener you may find some of the quotations.
What have you released so far and how were your releases received by the public/media?
We have released two full-length albums "To The Non-existing Shades...” and "Four Truths of The Noble Ones”. Also we have released two split albums: 5-way split "Five Roads to Eternity” (with Fluctus, Nirmal Hriday, Circle of Ghosts and Man O'Moon faces)and split with Russian band Gmork titled "Solar Wind / Four Seasons". Also we have re-released our debut demo in Russia.
We mostly get positive reviews from web-zines and metal magazines (We got 4 stars from 5 in Four Truths of The Noble Ones’s review in one of the largest metal ‘zines in Russia – Dark City). But also we get some negative words about vocals and sound quality. Some people didn’t like changes in our sound after our first work, but I think any band always gets some negative views when its style changes.
Do you play live as well? How`s your live activity so far?
Epitimia have never played live so far.
What sould labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?
We try to deal with labels that are open to the new interesting tunes. When the mind is open to the new the music tells all itself.
What plans do you have for the near future as a band?
As I said earlier our third album is appearing this summer at Hypnotic Dirge Productions. Also we are working on the 4th full-length album. We have already made music for over than 15 songs, so in the near future we are finishing the recordings. I hope that we will record all vocals this summer and some additional instruments. After that we will be in search for the cover designer and releasing label.
Also we have decided to develop Epitimia into a concert band, so we are going to look for the musicians soon.
Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?
You can buy our works at the main pages of releasing labels - Firstborn Chaos Productions (Russia), Rigorism Productions (Russia), NitroAtmosfericum records (Russia), Grailight Productions (Russia), Runenstein records (Germany), Occult Devotion Records (Germany), Self-Mutilation services (Mexico). Also some our works are available at the Hypnotic Dirge Records distro.
To listen to our music you can on Epitimia’s myspace page (www.myspace.com/epitimia), some songs from upcoming album are fully available at Hypnotic Dirge Records website (http://www.hypnoticdirgerecords.com/epitimia-main.php).