So, there I was, standing at the snow laden peak of a mountain. The wind is blowing through my hair
while my armor and various pelts keep me warm. With my hand on the hilt of my sword, I stare into the
far distance as I wait for the rolling tidal wave of rock moving across the earth to destroy everything in
sight and leave the remains to float through the cold darkness of space. It is then that I realize the music
I am hearing is not the soundtrack to the impending destruction, it is the new album, Cosmic Warfare,
from the Canadian epic metal band, Atavistia, and I have been daydreaming at work again.
If my Creative Writing 101 piece above is not enough to get you to listen to this album, let me tell you
more about it. Cosmic Warfare is an epic album. I don’t just mean epic like huge or amazing, which it is. I
mean epic like epic poetry of heroic legends. You know, Beowulf, Gilgamesh, etc. Atavistia tell a story on
this album. It’s a bleak look into the eventual destruction of our planet and facing the horror and beauty
of the end.
Cosmic Warfare has everything you would want from an album like this. Melodic guitar playing, fast-
paced drumming, searing vocals followed by the grandiose clean vocals, and all of the symphonic and
choral backing you could ever want. Atavistia takes you on an…here it comes again…EPIC journey.
Cosmic Warfare feels like a story not just because they album has a particular theme but because it
moves like a story. Each song can be listened to individually without any problem, but I think there is a
particular experience you get from listening beginning to end.
Atavistia scratch a very particular itch, and if you needed more bands like Wintersun and Dimmu Borgir
in your life, Cosmic Warfare is the album for you. This album dropped April 21’st and can be purchased here.
Overall Score: 9.5/10
Review by: Dan Perretta