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Tovarish is a Soviet black/doom metal band from Rhode Island. Drawing on inspiration from Khanate, Sunn O))), Celtic Frost, Nortt, and Xasthur, their music is full of tense buildups, pounding bass and political samples that give way to doomed guitar wails, droning keys and excruciating vocals.

The most common question asked of the band is "Is it normal to want to kill myself after listening to you?" And the answer is simply "Yes." There is no hope. There is no salvation. There is only Tovarish.

"Huis-clos dont les parois se resserrent encore et encore, Red Hearts In A Dead World a tout du submersible en perdition, la claustrophobie à son paroxysme; et plutôt que de laisser transparaitre la moindre faiblesse, il a sa façon bien à lui, d'une austérité pour le moins terrifiante, d'accepter son funeste sort." - Slow End

"Apocalyptic soundscapes that are at times just plain creepy as they are heavy. Tovarish does not create music for the masses." - Winter Torment Zine

"Tovarish' music is no fun whatsoever, this is the soundtrack of the apocalypse." - Pest Webzine

"Red Hearts In A Dead World is a sonically challenging morass that will neatly divide opinion between those who can’t even begin to fathom the purpose of such white-hot noise experimentation, and those who embrace the adventurous journey Tovarish have embarked upon – extreme music necessarily garnering extreme opinions." - Sonic Abuse

"Hauntingly scary. It's dark and deconstructed in such a way that no song feels formulaic but nothing seems totally improv." - Dead Formats

"Prepare to be utterly frightened […] this album is going to send chills down spines everywhere." - American Aftermath