Evoking Winds - Silent Down (Remastered) - Reviewed By Metal Digest ! Check it out here at this link: https://metal-digest.com/2021/11/13/evoking-winds-silent-dawn/
Originating in Belarus, but now spread throughout the world, Evoking Winds mixes dark Eastern European tales with fantasy and folklore. Their songs feature traditional blast beats, ghoulish vocals and are drenched in bleak unearthly tones. Songs lilt and sway and are coupled with sauntering countermelodies, as all are engulfed in blackened sheets of foreboding. This may describe much of Black Metal, of which Evoking Winds is clearly a devotee. All the Black and Atmospheric Metal pieces are neatly placed, and a few personal flourishes are presented, but it doesn’t quite stand apart…at least not to their potential, in my opinion. On the other end, the opener “Silent Dawn Pt 1,” a wonderous poetic excursion, is exceptional. “Silent Dawn Pt 2,” with its brief Medieval slants and delicious basslines, is mesmerizing. And a personal favorite, “Echoes” features an all too brief use of pristine clean vocals. They really should expound on this. Overall, ‘Silent Dawn’ is good, but not great. Some definite standout moments and worthy of at least a couple of spins. When you find your favorites, revisit and enjoy them as I have. Since the band’s members are scattered about, I am curious what their respective locations and perspectives would bring to the mix. Perhaps we’ll find out soon. - Metal Digest
Rerelease Date: Sep 14, 2021
FFO: Moonsorrow, Finntroll, Eldamar, Elderwind
Bio: Atmospheric metal meets folklore fantasy in music by Evoking Winds. It’s a mixture of stormy blast beats with an epic ambiance and a healthy dose of Eastern Europe’s dark tales.
The band was originally founded by Artyom Prishchepov together with Ivan Sereda in Belarus in 2008 as the way close friends created music together. They composed music for years just for fun and inspiration, and the band has eventually grown over a decade: adding Yaroslav Korotkin on vocals and bass, Sergey Shulzhenko (keys and orchestration), Dmitry Sarychau on guitars, and Alexander Cherepanov doing vocals. Today the musicians live around the world: Belarus, USA, China, Russia - and collaborate online. Recently they decided to re-mix and issue all of their music digitally available for everyone for free, featuring James Knoerl on drums and programming. Starting with the very first works they walk the journey again opening new chapters together. This sense of friendship is something everyone really started to value during pandemics and isolation.
Press release: Back to our folklore roots, the album tells the dark and authentic tales we listened to as kids here in Eastern Europe. Its culture code reflects the way nature behaves here, where the land is covered with endless swamps and pre-historic woods. The lyrics (available at the Bandcamp along with free lossless downloads) are grounded by the philosophy of nature, life, and death, and leaning towards the atmospheric black metal sound comparing to the band's debut album.
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