IC3PEAK is a Russian electronic music duo formed in 2013. The duo consists of Anastasia Kreslina and Nikolay Kostilev. Their music is characterized by political overtones and in particular criticism of the Russian government. Their radical views and lyrics have led to the censorship of their music in 2019, and their exposure in mainstream media has led to tumultuous support across the West and in Russia.
From the very beginning of the project, the hallmarks of IC3PEAK’s work have been a mixture of musical genres, a simultaneous emphasis on sound and visuals, and lyrics that dealt with taboo topics such as death. Both artists characterize the early period of their work as “audiovisual terrorism”. in 2014 they released the EP Substances, their first project. The entire EP was written in English. Anastasia and Nikolai created the visuals themselves. Shortly after their debut they released a music video for the song “Ether”, which was IC3PEAK’s first music video.