From Chicago, atmospheric dark metal ensemble, VARAHA have finally released their mesmerizing debut album “A Passage for Lost Years” via Prosthetic Records. VARAHA’s music is a cinematic journey that defies genre limitations, and immerses us in its evocative, dynamic, and melancholic moods
"As glittery and triumphant as it is heavy, taking the listener on a journey that spans from a slow, marching intro to soaring, progressive doom leads." -KERRANG!
“On their debut album, A Passage for Lost Years, Chicago’s Varaha really emphasizes the beautiful part, at times drifting into shoegaze territory or pastoral progressive rock — even the four orchestral interludes prove compelling, rather than throwaway interstitial material. There’s so much to digest that A Passage for Lost Years rewards repeat listening in a way streaming-era records rarely do.” -CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND
“For those immersed in the world of A Passage For Lost Years, you’ll undoubtedly be overcome by the prowess and talent of both the core band, and their insightful use of orchestral to heighten their vision. A record of real beauty, VARAHA understands the use of dynamics to creating impactful moments in the full body of everything you have to offer, and be just as affecting in the lingering notes.” -DISTORTED SOUND MAGAZINE
“This hour-long behemoth of atmospherics reaches sky-high and digs deep toward the planet’s core, laced with the lushly pained vocals of frontman Fabio Brienza, and consummates indeed Varaha’s position as writers of heavy and dark music, not just creators of it.” -INVISIBLE ORANGES
“the band’s music is both utterly spellbinding and heart-breaking in equal measure, melding gothic gloom and weighty Doom with an unexpectedly raw and vulnerable edge” -NO CLEAN SINGING
“This is an album to wander in” -ANGRY METAL GUY
“It should be noted that while genres are helpful to describe sounds, they should not be utilized as boundaries and Varaha is a shining example of this.” -GHOST CULT MAGAZINE
"As you absorb and digest this compelling release, you’ll simply crave it more and more." -WONDERBOX METAL
The 9 Tracks within "A Passage for Lost Years" include 4 Orchestral Overtures composed and conducted by Varaha guitarist & singer Fabio Brienza, and recorded by Nick Broste (Mono, Wilco) - featuring guest performances by Nicholas Dellacroce (Bongripper), Bruce Lamont (Yakuza, Brain Tentacles), Nora Barton (Mucca Pazza, Mono), Kristina Lee & members of The Oak Park & River Forest Symphony Orchestra. Additional recordings were captured by Mike Lust (Russian Circles, Urge Overkill), including a special guest performance by Chuck Bontrager (Concertmaster for the Chicago production of "Hamilton: an American Musical"). The artwork for the album cover was designed by legendary artist Travis Smith.