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Lost In Kiev - Motions (2013) - Review

Band: Lost In Kiev
Album title: Motions
Release date: 25 March 2013
Label: Moodisorder Records/Dunk!Records

Tracklisting:
01. >
02. A Mere Shift Of Origin
03. I'm Stuck
04. Hope, Fights & Disillusions
05. They're Coming
06. Under Close Surveillance
07. The Day I Ruined My Life

Paris based band Lost In Kiev shyly labeled themselves as a post-rock/post-hardcore band, but believe me that this is just a distraction as this five-piece act surprises with one of the best musical journeys released lately. Motions is their debut album and shows one hell of artistical potential. The band is able to create really amazing, almost hypnotic atmospheres, that will give the listener an unforgetable hallucinating experience. Album consists of six dramatic tracks and an intro named ">",... this time this should be really called an Intro (with a big I) as it opens the album so perfectly and instantly takes you into the world of sound that only waits to be discovered.

Each song has its own pathos, but connected together work out like one single track. Cinematic song structures, with lots of ambiance, almost epic soundscapes are far away from traditional post-rock, not to mention post-hardcore. The band enriches their sound with some shoegaze elements, post-metal, atmospheric rock, ambient, alternative rock and post-hardcore, everything blended so well together that you will hardly take a breath. You won't find usual way of singing here, but mostly spoken male and female vocals that gives kind of soundtrackish effect and a very intimate feel. From great melodic chapters the band so smoothly kicks off with heavy compositions, sometimes so slow paced that is on the edge of doom metal, just listen to the pounding drums and amazing ambiances, acoustic guitars that pour into distorted melodies in epic "Hope, Fights & Disillusions" or in "They're Coming". There are lots of gloomy keyboards in the background that make this album very dark, probably darker and more melancholic than most of recent gothic releases. "Under Close Surveillance" is the only track that seems at the first glance somehow out of pace, it dams the flow, but later it grew on me and its alternative, I can even say playful, yet heavy composition is deliberately put on this place before the last masterpiece "The Day I Ruined My Life", which starts with melancholic piano touches and speech that works out like kind of confession. Later in this track the band offers also some harsher vocal approach and creates so dense ambiance with almost symphonic background that you'll not forget so easily. Epic in every way, but yet with a lot of experimentations and I think that it's useless to say how greatly each instrument is played, just listen to the bass lines in "A Mere Shift Of Origin", guitar job all over, not to mention drums and everything else, how bravely the band adds several uncommon insertions and samples in their sound to complete their profane musical picture. I was blown away by the fact how instruments, sounds, vocals replenish each other and never leaves anything to be coincidental.

Motions is a must for all those who are patient enough and like to be taken away with the atmospheric soundscapes onto outworldy journey. It's a very dynamic record that should appeal to a large base of fans of different genres. It's kind a futuristic and gloomy artwork doesn't say a lot, but it does their very original bands name. Album was initially released as a self-release in August 2012, but this year got its physical edition on CD through Moodisorder Records and vinyl edition via Dunk!Records. Extraordinary!

Review written by: T.V.
Rating: 9/10

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Band: Balfor
Album title: Black Serpent Rising
Release date: 15 January 2017
Label: Drakkar Productions

Balfor is an Ukrainian band from Kiev which features current and ex members of bands such as Khors, Raventale and Hate Forest. We are dealing here with a successful band, with only strong albums and some EP's so far, but this one is without any doubt one of their best. The new album is very heavy and atmospheric, with rich layers of symphonic gloomy synths, plenty of blast beats, a lot of mesmerizing and quite technical guitar leads and to top of everything they also use a nice amount of captivating melodic structures. The vocal style is mostly reminiscent to some symphonic black metal bands, here and there are as well some necessary clean vocals inserted, but also some more brutal death metal styled ones. Congrats to all members and their impressive work. Undoubtedly an epic black/death metal band that is enshrined with praise! Hail Thyself!

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