Immensity is an atmospheric doom/death, with Progressive influences, metal band from Athens, Greece, which was formed in 2009. They released their first demo called ‘The Lonely Aquarelle‘ in 2012, and this year they present themselves with a full-length album called ‘The Isolation Splendour‘ (Hypnotic Dirge Records/Solitude Productions).
The founder of the band is Andreas Kelekis (guitars, synth). In 2010, Leonidas Hatzimihalis (ex Fatal Morgana, Equal Vector, Agnosia) became the voice and the developer of the lyrical themes of the band. Gradually, other members joined the band. In 2011, Yiannis Filippaios (Drums, ex- Decemberance, Daylight Misery, Ritual Of The Black Sun), Giorgos Kritharis (Bass, ex- Fortress Under Siege), and Christos Markopoulos (Guitars, ex- Apomihanis Theos) joined Immensity. The latest member appearing in their first album was Nora Koutsouri (Keyboards, Synth), but she recently, as well as Giorgos Kritharis, had to ‘abandon the ship’, due to professional obligations.
According to the band, they have been influenced by various doom/death metal bands, such as Daylight Dies, My Dying Bride, Anathema, Swallow The Sun, Opeth, Katatonia, Primordial, Dead Can Dance among others. Listening to the two tracks that have been released as a pre-hearing of the album only solidifies the previous statement. The first track, ‘Irradiance‘, and the second one, ‘The Sullen‘, which now has a lyric video, reveal an existential concept, a classic theme for the genre.
Immensity seem to establish this kind of doom/death metal in the Greek metal scene, from a quality point of view. The pre-released tracks from their new work give us a taste of a classic slow, atmospheric, funeral doom metal, with a lot of progressive accents. So far, listening to these two tracks won’t get you anything innovative for this genre, but that is not necessarily a negative feature. In anticipation of their new album, I am hoping for the best from Immensity.