Somn [from Somnus – god of sleep] is a post-black metal band from Saint-Petersburg, Russia.
In 2017, guitarist Oleg Salnikov and drummer Timur Yusupov (TRNA) started conceptualising and writing what they thought would be the follow-up to Austen’s “Eschatological Delight”. They had received praise from Elusive Sound and were ready to ditch the bedroom recordings, step things up and unleash all their potential.
In late 2017, the Austen duo started working with PWYLL bassist and audio engineer Mikhail Kurochkin (Show Me A Dinosaur, TRNA, Blankenberge) and six months later their raw tracks had caught the ear of guitarist Artem Selyugin (Show Me A Dinosaur) who because of sharing the same rehearsal space, all of a sudden found himself jamming and collaborating with the trio.
At the beginning of August 2018, the tracks were fully formed. The band decided to record a raw live session which they sent to Elusive Sound. The session was an awe-inspiring and thrilling sonic assault that left everyone immediately hooked. It was time to think of a band name and record an album. The band adopted the name Somn based on the album’s concept, inspired by how we transport into our dreams what we experience when we are awake and how we set free in a realm where all is possible our traumas, deepest fears, premonitions, fury and thoughts of vengeance.
Recorded mixed and mastered by Mikhail Kurochkin over a period of three weeks, The All-devouring is a pulverising album, revealing an incredibly physical, dynamic and brutal sounding band, meshing venomous and relentless intensity with monster hooks and haunting melodies.
The All-devouring will be released by Elusive Sound digitally and on vinyl in 2019.
Somn is a rising force within the post metal genre’s confined boundaries and a fresh, invigorating group featuring members of such imposing, heavy acts as Show Me A Dinosaur and TRNA. The album’s opening piece suggests that The All-devouring is going to be an intensely dark and startling record, and undoubtedly one of the year’s first underground highlights. The almost eleven-minute long, Sightless, is a magnificent exhibition of inspiration, instrumental muscle and overall passionate delivery, and despite its mass and extent, it doesn’t feel prolonged.
The All-Devouring possesses some of the most exciting elements of the genre all in one place. Somn bring the frenetic, unrelenting drumming of Bosse-De-Nage, the epic atmosphere of So Hideous, and the still vicious black metal snarls of MØL with a level of consistency that makes this tight, 38 minute album utter post-black perfection. It’s a precision balance of cathartic post-rock guitar melodies with fierce black metal tremolos and contemptuous howls. And once more, those drums… I am in awe of this performance. It is positively pummeling. With tracks like the appropriately stormlike “Tempest” I don’t know whether to throw out my arms in victory or set my body ablaze. One of the finest albums I’ve heard in the genre…
This Russian band’s music is dark and intense, blending blackgaze and post-metal into a very satisfying post-blackened beast of expressive shading and emotive delivery. The songs are atmospheric and well-written, providing sprawling tracks of engaging subtle melody and rhythmic blackness. Moments of lighter post-rock introspection and delicacy are given room to flourish here and there before the inevitable intensity of the main blackened core of the band starts up once more.
Who are we really that we are capable of such horrifying acts in our dreams; That our mind can be both so twisted or so grandiose and wonderful in its liberated creation?
Somn’s pressbook is still in the works.