famous as well as undiscovered young bands of the gothic / dark independent /
industrial scene of Ukraine, Russia & Belarus. Next year the bands from Poland
and Germany are expected as well.
Ukraine: || |
Vnyz (Kiev, gothic industrial)
Viy (Kiev, dark rock / folk)
Olya & Monster (Odessa, side-project of band FLEUR, dark electronics)
Holodne Sonze (SolarIce) (Ternopil, gothic rock / love metal)
Heaven (Odessa, gothic synth)
Inferno (Kiev, gothic metal)
Gray/Scale (Odessa, dark electro / ebm / industrial)
Ginger Snaps (Odessa, ebm / industrial)
(Kiev, gothic rock / dark wave)
Strigoii (Kiev, dark rock / cold wave,
with participants from Druga Rika / Molotov 20 / Skryabin)
Malitska (Kiev, opera sympho gothic metal in style of NIGHTWISH)
(Minsk, Belarus, experimental dark-wave/industrial)
(Minsk, Belarus, cyber gothic electro)
Le Reine Margot (Minsk, Blearus,
gothic rock / dark wave)
Show (Moscow, Russia, cyber/fetish gothic)|
Komu VnyZ (Kiev, Ukraine)
first and the most famous Ukrainian gothic band founded in 1988. Komu Vnyz is
considered the single band on the territory of Ukraine and Eastern Europe that
plays extraordinary authentic blend of gothic and industrial combined with the
lyrics of the ancient Ukrainian legends. For the last ten years Komu Vnyz have
released two albums, have been recognized as the cult Ukrainian band and got the
status of the Fathers of the Ukrainian Gothic. At the moment their new album "IDEM"
is being awaited to be released on "Chorna Pravda Records" (Ukrainian Gothic Portal).
In the middle of the 90's Komu Vnyz shared the stage with the well - known formation
Laibach. In 2000, Komu Vnyz headlined at the first Ukrainian gothic festival "Dity
Nochi" ("Children of the Night "). In 2001, their successful performance at the
Polish festival Castle Party attracted attention not only of the audience but
also of the famous artists of the world gothic scene - Das Ich and Garden of Delight.
In 2002 the band played on the biggest European gothic festival Wave Gotik Treffen.
A great number of the fans from the various European countries joined them in
singing in Ukrainian. Today Komu Vnyz is well known not only in Ukraine but abroad
as well. Their leader, Andrij Sereda, possesses an amazing voice, characterized
by the critics as "unique" and "the best voice of Ukraine". All in all, the band
may be considered as founders of the absolutely new musical style in Ukraine:
the Ukrainian Gothic. Last year the musicians were invited to perform at Wave
Gotik Treffen once again. Their show gathered more than 1500 people and impressed
the journalists and organizers of the festival well enough so the video recording
of the show was included into the promotional DVD "Wave-Gotik-Treffen -2004".
Along with the world famous bands (Das Ich, Camouflage, Laibach, Diary Of Dreams,
Clan Of Xymox), Komu Vnyz has become one of those 14 bands (selected from the
total of 160 formations) which are believed to be the most interesting and the
most outstanding representatives of the international gothic scene. The DVD, numbered
to 50 000 copies, is on sale in all the countries of Europe. At the moment Komu
Vnyz is translating their lyrics into English in order to re-release their albums
in Europe. The band is also preparing to present their new album in Ukraine.
Associated with: Laibach, Rammstein, In Extremo, Megaherz,
The official site:www.komuvnyz.gothic.com.ua
MP3 Samples: "Кленовий
Вогонь" (Maple Fire) "Нава"
Irgendwie, Irgendwann (in German & English)"
Holodne Sontse (SolarIce) (Ternopol, Ukraine)
in the end of the 90's SolarIce have recently appeared on the Ukrainian scene
but have already managed to become the stars. A good blend of gothic rock and
love metal fascinates many music lovers and their songs easily become Radio and
TV hits. In 2004 SolarIce became the first gothic band that won the second place
at the mainstream festival "Perlyny Sezonu". Not long ago the band released their
debut album "Promeni Sliz" in Ukraine. After that SolarIce have got many invitations,
played many concerts in the countries of CIS and Eastern Europe. SolarIce appeared
at the gothic festival Gothland (Moscow, Russia), gothic festival Dark Way (Minsk,
Belorus), performed in Kiev, Lviv and Odessa. On the 30th of July the band represented
Ukraine at the biggest Eastern European gothic festival Castle Party. In May SolarIce
won the remix contest for the Austrian band L'ame Immortelle. Their remix was
included into the L'ame Immortelle single and released on BMG all over the Europe.
Thomas Rainer (leader of L'ame Immortelle) and the press characterize SolarIce
as "the Ukrainian band that can make any song reborn as a driving Gothic Rock
track". That helps them to secure for themselves a status of the leading Gothic
Rock band in Ukraine. At the moment SolarIce are busy with the production of the
European version of their album.
Style: gothic rock / love
Associated with: The 69 eyes, HIM, The Cult, Type o Negative, The Sister
of Mercy, Entwine
The Official Site: http://gothic.com.ua/hs
MP3 Samples: "Gloomy
(SolarIce remix of L'ame Immortelle)"
project by Alexander Grechannik based in Odessa. The musical critics characterize
the style of Gray/Scale as dark electro/goth synth (male voice). The first achievement
of the band was their victory in the remix contest for "Wreath of Barbs" by Wumpscut.
Later Gray/Scale released remix for the song "Revivor" by the well - known band
Funker Vogt that included it into their maxi. Currently Gray/Scale are working
on the new album titled "Frozen to Core". The CD will be released soon in Ukraine
and almost at the same time in Europe. The music of the band combines elements
of industrial, goth synth and avantgarde electronics together with extraordinary
futuristic and romantic lyrics. In 2004 Gray/Scale successfully performed at the
festival Wave Gotik Treffen in Germany. In may 2005 the band performed for the
first time at the Polish festival Dark East that took place in Warsaw.
dark electro / ebm / synth pop
Associated with: Depeche Mode, De/vision, Apoptygma
Berzerk, Assemblage 23
The Official Site: www.grayscale.gothic.com.ua
MP3 Samples: "One
of the million" "Believe"
my world (Agonized by Love remix)"
Heaven (Odessa, Ukraine)
Ukrainian synth goth / cold wave project Dust Heaven was started in 2001 by the
musicians of the band Gray/Scale who also invited Olga Pulatova of Fleur as a
vocalist. From the very beginning Dust Heaven attracted attention of the audience
with the blend of gothic - electronic made up by Alexander Grechannik and unique
angelic voice of Olga Pulatova. The musical style of the band is characterized
by the Ukrainian and the German press as synth goth combined with cold wave (the
closest analogues are L'ame Immortelle, La Floa Maldita, Kirlian Camera). Today
the band has a new vocalist - Anastasia. The discography of Dust Heaven is not
that much impressive but the musicians have a lot of material in store. In 2003
they recorded a promo single "Nevidimki" that got a lot of positive reactions
of the Ukrainian and European musical critics. At the moment Dust Heaven are working
on the new single called "Silent River" as well as on the new songs for the coming
album (including two versions of the songs - in Ukrainian and in English). More
than once their songs were broadcasted by the Ukrainian radio stations. Their
first concert took place in the end of 2003 at the Moscow mini gothic festival.
Dust Heaven shared the stage with the famous Austrian dark - electro project L'ame
Immortelle. In March 2004 the band performed at the gothic party in Odessa, in
April they played in Kiev, in May Dust Heaven performed at Wave Gotik Treffen
in Germany. May 2005 saw them also playing at the Polish festival Dark East in
Warsaw. Their performance evoked incredible reaction among the visitors.
Associated with: L'ame Immortelle, La Floa Maldita, Kirlian Camera,
Black Heaven, Tatu
The Official Site: www.dustheaven.gothic.com.ua
река" (A Silent River) "Невидимки
[see her in motion mix]" "Прозрачный
человек" (A Transparent Man)
from the 80's the band has played a unique blend of dark rock and post punk with
folk elements and atmosphere of the Ukrainian devilry. Their debut album titled
"Viy" was released on the Polish label Koka. "Viy" is considered the best work
of Dmitry Dobrivechor and Co. The album presents a couple of the outstanding dark
gothic hits: "The Eyes of the Witch", "Flight of a Kite" and "Mist". After release
of the album Viy went down in history of the Ukrainian music as the first band
that played pagan gothic, or, at least, the closest project to the style. Their
lyrics take a listener to the world of the Slavonic Paganism, mysticism and music
that stands on the crossroads of folk and string gothic rock with alternative
elements. It was those elements that changed the style of the band in the 90's.
Their music started to come closer to folk rock or alternative. But recently Viy
released the new album called "Хата скраю села" ("A peasant house on the edge
of the village"). The CD showed the band coming back to its roots. The concerts
of Viy are always something special due to the authentic atmosphere.
dark rock / folk rock
Associated with: Swans, In My Rosary, van Langen
Official Site: http://viyfrom.kiev.ua
MP3 Samples: "Хата скраю
села" (A peasant house on the edge of the village) "Політ
корчака" (Flight of a Kite) "Туман"
вiдьми" (The Eyes of the Witch)
the last ten years of its existence Inferno have changed their musical style several
times: trash - metal, melodic death/black-metal with female vocal and gothic -
metal. In 1996 at the rock festival "Power Perfect" the band won the Prize of
the Audience. A week before they recorded the demo called "Agnus Dei" and later
shot the video for the title song. The video entered the top - ten of the Nartional
charts "Territory A" and kept there for 111 days. By the beginning of 2003 the
band has played more than 100 concerts, released four Maxi CDs and two full-length
albums. Information on Inferno was included into the section "Legends" of the
Encyclopedia of the Ukrainian Rock. Last year Inferno celebrated its tenth anniversary.
Today Gothic Metal has the greater influence upon the music, image and general
outlook of the musicians of Inferno.
Style: gothic metal
Associated with: Lacuna Coil, Guano Apes, Xandria, Nightwish, Paradise Lost,
EverEve, Theatre of Tragedy
The Official Site: http://inferno.com.ua
MP3 Samples: "Дыхание"
Ginger Snaps (Odessa, Ukraine)
in Odessa this high - tech project was recognized by the Ukrainian Gothic Portal
as "sensation of the Ukrainian gothic scene 2005". Proving the image of the active
band, Ginger Snaps gain more popularity very fast. The musical style combines
EBM / Industrial, harsh guitar riffs a la Rammstein and dark electro beats. The
image of the band represents aesthetics of Cyber Gothic. In 2005 the band released
its first two tracks - "Digital slave" and "Hunting 4" - which became the biggest
hits of the Ukrainian dance floors at the Gothic parties organized by the Ukrainian
Gothic Portal. At the same time there was released the industrial cover version
for the song "A Shadow of Love" by SolarIce. Ginger Snaps may be considered a
one - man project. From the very beginning Roman Mitos has been the mastermind
and the single member of the band. He writes all the lyrics and music. At the
moment Ginger Snaps is working on the debut album that is planned to be released
in Spring 2005.
Style: ebm / industrial rock / cyber metal
Associated with: Razed in black, Oomph!, Terminal Choice, Red Cell, Treibhaus
MP3 Samples: "DiGiTal
4 (child mix)"
Slide Show (Moscow, Russia)
to the perfect blend of harsh electro (EBM/ Gothic Electro) and industrial guitars
the Moscow band Slide Show is a welcome guest at many gothic parties held in Moscow
and St. Petersburg. The outstanding features of the band are the strong voice
of their female vocalist and the lyrics. One of the most important reasons of
the popularity of Slide Show is the expressive image of the musicians that represents
some interesting mixture of Cyber Gothic, graceful fetish and dark erotic. In
the beginning of 2003 the band recorded the first demo and later - the album.
Since 2004 Slide Show have been collaborated with the project known as Dark Moscow:
the band took part in the concert "The Nightmare before Christmas", appeared at
the festivals "Dark Moscow-I: From Live to Cyber" and "Dark Moscow-II: Спокуса".
Last year the Ukrainian Gothic Portal organized their first concert in Kiev.
cyber / fetish gothic
Associated with: London After Midnight, Snake River
Conspiracy, Rammstein, Terminal Choice, Kidny Thieves
The Official Site: http://www.slide-show.ru
MP3 Samples: "Lagy"
"То, что ты сделал"
(Things you have done) "Не
отпускай" (Don't let it go)
scandalously known Belarusan project Dromos has received many contradictory responses
because of the extreme performances. Though being started in 2000 as a studio
project Dromos has played more than twenty club and festival shows by the present
moment. The basic concept of their music is depressive post - apocalyptic atmosphere
and unlimited range of variations - from Dark Wave/ Ambient to Industrial/ Noise.
The discography of the band counts two full - length albums "Sacrifice to Abyss"
and "Voices", released on their own label Somord Prods. The conception of their
creations is an effort of understanding and retransmission of the esoteric and
mythological property through the prism of the modern post - industrial culture.
DJ Shamanka, one of the Dromos members, is a curator of the Somord Prods label
and a founder of the Belarusan alternative festival Dark Way. She has also appeared
as a DJ at the various club parties and festivals taken part in Minsk.
ritual industrial / dark ambient / experimental
Associated with: Jack or Jive,
Umbra Generis Sui, Northaunt, In Slaughter Natives, Raison d'Etre, This Mortal
The Official Site: http://www.somord.org
MP3 Samples: "Access
Olya & Monster (Odessa, Ukraine)
New project started by Olga Pulatova, a vocalist of the famous band Fleur. In
some way this project is reincarnation of the band Aeroplan. Olga will present
her new, yet unreleased songs at the festival Children of the Night .
Associated with: Tricky, Tori Amos, Milu, Sara Noxx, Dust
MP3 Samples: yet unavailable but you can listen to the songs of her
acoustic project FLEUR:
клоун" (Sad Clown) "Синие
тени" (Blue Shadows)
For the time of its existence the band Necropolis has been a good rival for the
famous Fathers of the Ukrainian gothic - Komu Vnyz. The musicians that came from
the Town of the Dead started to play gothic rock/ post punk in the beginning of
the 90's together with Foma of Mandry. That time they were known in Ukraine as
"The Day that Dies Early". The band performed a lot in Ukraine and Russia (in
particular in Tver and Saratov at "Indjushata"). But in 1994 "The Day that Dies
Early" split up and gave birth to two bands - Necropolis and Mandry. Being attracted
by the dark aesthetics (the musicians of Necropolis used to listen to Bauhaus,
Swans and Dead Can Dance) the band belonged to the first wave of the admirers
of this music and life style unvalued by the society in Ukraine. In 1996 the band
released the debut album "My Three Lives" that presented the listeners with the
unique blend of the Ukrainian gothic rock and dark electro. That time Necropolis
was the first Ukrainian band that sang songs in the English language but unfortunately
this fact didn't work for their popularity. In 2003 one song by Necropolis was
included into the compilation "Ukrainian Gothic Vol. 1". In 2004 their first break
- through into Europe finally occurred thanks to the Ukrainian Gothic Portal:
this time their song "Challenger" together with the tracks by Gray/ Scale was
put on the CD titled "Dark East". Released by Big Blue/ SPV Poland that compilation
represented the best gothic bands from Eastern Europe. At the moment after a long
break of almost ten years the band is working on their second full - length album...
Style: gothic rock / dark wave.
Associated with: Swans,
Bauhaus, Joy Devision, Mogwai
MP3 Sapmles: "Ukrainian
Strigoii (Kiev, Ukraine)
Strigoii - is a young but very promising band of the Ukrainian gothic and independent
scene. The music of the band represents a successful mix of the dark melancholic
electro with harsh rock guitars and somehow reminds the critics of a well-known
act Garbage. The founders of Strigoii are Hanna "Strigoii" Belina, Alexander Baranovsky
(of the band Друга Ріка/ Another River) and Sergij (of Another River as well as
of Skrjabin and Molotov 20). Hanna writes the lyrics and the music, Alexander
and Sergij also write the music and create arrangements of the songs. In April
2005 the band conducted their first rehearsal. In July 2005 Strigoii became a
laureate of the famous Ukrainian music and art festival "Perlyny Sezonu" ("Pearls
of the Season"). In the beginning of August in the studio "Pteroduction" the musicians
together with Oleg Yashnik recorded their first track "Невтрачена надія" ("Unlost
Hope"). Recently the Ukrainian Gothic Portal has received their three - tracks
demo copy. Strigoii have been also collaborating with the gothic-rock band Solarice
and recorded a song called "Calling". At the moment Strigoii are working on their
first studio album.
Style: dark rock / cold wave.
with: Garbage, Julia Lord.
Oksana Malitska possesses a strong opera vocal. Being
combined with gothic metal her songs were at once destined to be compared with
the famous Nightwish and Within Temptation though her voice is much stronger and
richer than of the vocalists of the above mentioned bands. Another distinguishing
feature is that she sings in Ukrainian. At the festival "Children of the Night:
Chorna Rada 2" Oksana Malitska will present her songs to the audience for the
Style: gothic sympho metal.
with: Nightwish, Within Temptation, Epica, Moonlight
Wombat is one of the new Ukrainian bands that play music
with some gothic elements and balance on the edge of the gothic scene and mainstream.
A blend of electro and gothic-rock riffs together with strong and calm vocal of
Vadim Goncharov became a characteristic feature of the band as soon as they recorded
their first demo copies in 2003. Wombat played at many local festivals, namely
"Chervona Ruta" and "Maidan". Being supported by the radio FDR as well as by gothic.com.ua
the band appeared at the Polish festival organized on the occasion of integration
of Poland into EU. Recently Wombat have released their first studio album "Вісім
годин на добу" ("Eight Hours a Day").
Style: dark rock
Associated with: Behind the scenes, Кукриниксы
MP3 Samples: "Я
Prophetic Dream (Minks, Belarus)
The project was started in 1998 by the musician known as Waat "Prophet" Voltriim
who used to play dark-ambient / darkwave and by the moment has recorded five demo
albums, many singles and promotional samples. Last time the project has been playing
many concerts in the cities of Belarus. The music of Prophetic Dream has been
enough modernized. Now the listeners can find the elements of gothic-electro,
future-pop, industrial, darkwave and cyber-metal. Since January the project has
been in the studio "Ashes Records" working on their debut full-length album. The
release is planned for the autumn of 2005.
Associated with: Ewigheim, Terminal Choice, The Fair Sex
La Reine Margot (Minks,
The project La Reine Margot was started on the basis of the band known as Intervention.
Founded by Fransua Conde in 2002, La Reine Margot play a blend of gothic rock
and dark wave. In winter 2004 having become interested in the European gothic
and industrial music, Frank decided to start recording the debut album of La Reine
Margot. In spring that year he proposed collaboration to Alexander Adamovich who
was specializing in programming. Their work had lasted for four months before
the recording of the first version of the album titled "A&A" was completed. In
the end of summer of 2004 Frank restarted his work on the CD but that time together
with Dmitro Abdiev who was the author of the tracks in the style of dark electro.
DJ Commando Labella called their demo album "the best recording of the Belorus
band in 2004". After a bunch of the concerts at various rock festivals La Reine
Margot presented the album "A&A" at the gothic party "Twilight Realm" that took
place in Minsk (club "Step") on the 17th of March 2005. Their song "Inertia" was
broadcasted in the programme of Vlad Buben "Lost World" on the radio "Minsk".
May 2005 saw the band playing at the gothic party "Dark Way" and shooting their
first video. At the moment Frank together with Alexander Adamovich is recording
his next album "Opera" that is being done in the style, christened by him as dark
electro-rock. Having never betrayed his creative credo he continues to create
the music - the gothic songs of La Reine Margo.
rock / dark wave
Associated with: Віктор Цой (Kino), Corpus Dilecti, Children
On Stun, Funhause, classic UK gothic rock
MP3 Samples: "Хрустальная",
ночных берегов", "Реинкарнация"
The Shadow of the Sun (Kiev, Ukraine)
Founded in 1999 this Ukrainian gothic folk metal band is well - known among the
connoisseurs of the Ukrainian music. The concept of the band lies in harmonious
combination of images of the past with the present, in reflection of the inner
controversy of someone's soul, someone's feelings and emotions wrapped by the
mysterious surrounding world where life is different and weird... In summer 2001
The Shadow of the Sun recorded a cult gothic song "Christening of Vovkulak" that
later was included into their debut album "Sanctity of Faith" released in 2002.
Though it was a strictly limited edition, it was enough that the whole country
got to know about the band. In February 2004 The Shadow of the Sun got a lot of
positive reports after their concert at PK "KPI" on St. Valentine Day and in August
that year they became an owner of Grand Prix at the festival "Podyh - 2004", that
gave the band much more chances to become known. Their next album titled "Over
the Wild Field" (2005) includes such songs as "Plowed Lands" and "Steppe is Burning"
which have the features typical for the Ukrainian gothic. The generally recognized
song "A Cossack's Grave" is not an exclusion. The track is also notable for its
authentic Ukrainian elements. As to the idea of their coming album "Beyond the
Edge", it reflects a lyrical hero being constantly searching for himself while
staying in the world of hopelessness and disappointment. Soon the album, that
has been just mixed, will be available for the wide audience of the admirers of
gothic in Ukraine.
Style: gothic folk metal / folk rock
Associated with: In Extremo, Komu Vnyz
The Official Site: sun-shadow.info
MP3 Samples: yet not available
Orchestra (Kiev, Ukraine)
The band appeared on the local and the bigger scenes in 2001. The audience at
their first concerts wasn't supposed to know what the "gothic" meant - people
experienced it and felt it while the band was playing on stage. Along with the
rhythms of the true driving rock their performances were accompanied by psychedelic
and gothic motifs. Dark stage and spontaneous flashes of light went together with
the movements of the band's members dressed in the black shapeless garments and
wearing the white masks. Someone was crying, someone screaming, someone was feeling
happiness while breaking his body and mind away from the planet Earth. But there
were also some people who couldn't get the idea of it - their reaction for the
word combination Yanka Kozyr's Orchestra was definitely negative, their responses
included comments such as "negative energy", "devilism", "this music is not for
us". And the truth is - Yanka Kozyr's Orchestra represents the children of the
night who are trying to reach for the sun. The musicians themselves describe their
style in an ironic way: "A joyful theatrical art-gothic-folk-classic-rock show".
The band sings in Ukrainian, German and English. For the time of its existence
Yanka Kozyr's Orchestra has become a winner in the category "Rock Music" of the
famous Ukrainian festival "Pearls of the Season 2001" (Perlyny Sezonu); headlined
on the last day of the festival of the advanced Ukrainian youth music "M-Mission-2002"
(in Kiev); appeared at the Polish art Festival taking place annually in May in
Lublin (2003); headlined at the international gala concert held on the occasion
of integration of Poland into European Union (Kenshen, Poland, 2004); became a
winner of Grand Prix at the Ukrainian rock festival "Taras Bulba" (Dubno, 2004);
a winner of the Ukrainian festival "Great Rock n' Roll Fight" (Kiev, 2004); appeared
at a great number of various festivals: The Power of Ukraine - 2005, Sheshori
- 2005, Taras Bulba - 2005, Volodymir - 2005. The band has also been invited to
play at the festivals in Poland, Belarus and Italy.
rock / gothic / opera / punk / folk
Associated with: Rocky Horror Show, Pink
The Official Site: oyak.domivka.net
MP3 Samples: "Політ
"Пекельний шлях", "Вовчиця