Totenmesse were formed in 2016, and recorded their first release, Demo 2017, a year later. Their name means meaning “requiem” or “mass of the dead” in German. No strangers to extreme metal, the band honed their craft in previous groups such as Odraza, MasseMord, Deception and Hell United. The intention of their debut album, To, is to explore death in relation to both fantasy and socio-political topics lyrically. In addition to the seven new band tracks they also cover King Crimson’s ‘20th Century Schizoid Man’.
The tracks featured on To are ‘Pusty Dzwon’, ‘Istne Gówno Dusza Cuchnie’, ‘Zamarzło’, ‘20th Century Schizoid Man’, ‘Kaiser Tot’, ‘Luna’, ‘Cienie Wzbijane Palcami’ and ‘To’ itself.
Totenmesse feature Stawrogin on vocals, guitarists Rzulty and Void, Bartollo on bass and drummer Priest. To was recorded at Roslyn Studio. Mixes and mastering was undertaken by Haldor Grunberg of Satanic Audio (Behemoth, Thaw, Sunnata), with a front cover and layout designed by Sars (Furia, Wędrowcy~Tułacze~Zbiegi).
You can listen to the track ‘Istne Gówno Dusza Cuchnie’ by Totenmesse right here at Ramzine.