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Hinayana – Death of the Cosmic

Hinayana – Death of the Cosmic

Hinayana - Death of the Cosmic

  • Rating: 8/10
  • Release Date: 28 August, 2020
  • Label: Napalm Records
  • Musicians:
    Casey Hurd – vocals / guitar Erik Shtaygrud – guitar Daniel Vieira – drums Michael Anstice - keyboard Matt Bius – bass
  • Favorite songs:
    Death of the Cosmic, Cold Conception
  • For Fans of:
    Katatonia, Paradise Lost, Insomnium

Melody, Death and Doom make strange bed fellows, but the combination works, as Texan unit Hinayana prove with their new five track EP “Death of the Cosmic”.

The title track soon demonstrates this, with alternating mellow and heavy sections. For a song with such a dark title, it has a comfortable and hypnotic rhythm.

The next song ‘Cold Conception’ features the late Nature Ganganbaigal of Mongolian folk metal band Tengger Cavalry. Nature died in June 2019 and the cause of death has not been revealed. His band were based in New York and his roles were guitar, throat singing and morin khuur. It is the latter instrument that he played on this Hinayana track. A morin khuur is a two-stringed fiddle adorned with horse’s heads, which has figured prominently in Mongolia’s nomad culture. Vocalist / guitarist Casey Hurd said that it created some of the most sorrowful and bittersweet moments the band has ever produced. The track also features a great solo from guitarist Erik Shtaygrud.

Hinayana – Cold Conception ft. Nature Gaganbaigal (click here if the video does not play)

A short mellow instrumental track ‘Yet Here I Wait Forever’ comes next, before it is business as usual with ‘In Sacred Delusion’ featuring Toni Toivonen from Finnish band Hanging Garden on guest vocals. There is a nice little atmospheric breakdown part way through, and the song maintains a steady but slower pace than the earlier tracks.

Last, but not least, is ‘Pitch Black Noise’. It starts soft with guitar and bass, then kicks in with a pounding riff. A good solid number to round off the EP


Photo Credit: Jackie Schutza

So, there you have it, an enjoyable 23 ½ minutes of death, doom, and melody. The EP is available to buy on bandcamp for $4.99, as well as their previous releases “Order Divine” from 2018 and “Endless (Demo)” from 2014

Track List:

  1. Death of the Cosmic
  2. Cold Conception (feat. Nature Ganganbaigal)
  3. Yet Here I Wait Forever
  4. In Sacred Delusion (feat. Toni Toivonen)
  5. Pitch Black Noise

About the Author


I’m Bob, I hail from Robin Hood country (Nottinghamshire) in the UK. Rock and Metal music has played a big part in my life for many years. From playing guitar in local bands, to attending dozens of Festivals and countless concerts. I have been taking photos at gigs (whenever possible) for a number of years now, and as the camera gear has got better so have the photos. I continue to seek out new Bands and tend to prefer the more technical and heavy stuff these days. I live with my wife Sarah, who fortunately likes the heavy bands as well, and our cats who have to listen to it, whether they like it or not. Apart from gigs and photography (not just concerts) I also enjoy hill walking, films and discovering new beers (and drinking them).

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