History (last update: August 11 2011)
MOURNFUL GUST was formed in Krivoy Rog city in Ukraine in autumn 1999. The band was organized by Alexander Glavniy (composer, bandleader guitarist, ex –musician of black metal band Vae Solis), Vjacheslav Kapusta (drums) and rhythm guitarist Evgeny Vecher (both musicians previously played in doom / death metal band Temple Of Oblivion).
The original concept of the band lies in symphonic gothic doom / death metal played with classic for this genre instruments combined with instruments not from metal music - violin, flute and female vocals.
Original line-up of Mournful Gust (end of 1999 - beginning of 2000 years) included:
Denis Ostrovsky – vocal
Oksana Krivenko - vocal
Alexander Glavniy – guitar (ex–Vae Solis)
Evgeny Vecher – guitar (ex –Temple Of Oblivion)
Andrey Komisarenko - bass
Artem Lygun – keyboards (ex - Necropolis)
Andrey Chistoserdov - violin
Alexander Ulanov – flute (ex–Temple Of Oblivion)
Vjacheslav Kapusta – drums (ex –Temple Of Oblivion)
Line-up changes took place already during the preparation for recording of their debut album: bassist Andrey Komisarenko left the band and was replaced by Eugene Kozlovsky (previously participated in the Folio Verso). Later another singer, Vladislav Shahin, from Vae Solis, was invited to perform “clean” vocal parties. The emergence of Vlad afterwards led to withdrawal of Denis Ostrovsky before the recording. And also during the recording another female singer, Anna Dobrydneva, joined the band.
The debut album «She's My Grief» was recorded in 2000 and published in the same year on local label Metal Force Records on cassettes. A one year later the album was released again by Belarusian label Music Violence Productions.
After the release, and before the band started to give concerts - Oksana Krivenko, Artem Lygun, Andrey Chistoserdov and Alexander Ulanov left the band. In support of the album Mournful Gust held performances in Ukraine and Belarus. At this point, the line-up was as follows:
Vladislav Shahin – vocals, lyrics (ex –Vae Solis)
Anna Dobrydneva - vocal
Alexander Glavniy - guitar
Evgeny Vecher - guitar
Evgeny Kozlovsky - bass
Vitaly Verko - keyboards
Vjacheslav Kapusta – drums
In the end of 2001 the bandleader Alexander Glavniy announced his resignation and activity of Mournful Gust was suspended. Unable to find a suitable substitute for Alexander, in 2002, the group ceased to exist.
In 2004, Russian label Metal Agen Records offered the band to rerelease the album «She's My Grief» on CD, the band signed a record label contract and resumed activities with the following line-up:
Vladislav Shahin - vocals
Evgeny Vecher - guitar
Rojas Gaman – guitar (ex–Crystal Tears)
SahO Malevaniy – bass (ex–Requiem, ex–Waiting Death)
Stanislav Mischenko – keyboards (ex–Requiem)
Vjacheslav Kapusta – drums
Restructured band began to rehearse and to give concerts. A couple of years were spent on creation of new material and in 2008 Russian label BadMoodMan Music (a division of Solitude Productions) published the second CD called "The Frankness Eve". Flutist August Devego and the former member Alexander Glavniy as a sound engineer contributed to the album.
On this album the band added elements of European folk music and progressive metal. Still, gothic doom / death metal remained the principal basis.
In support of the album the band gave shows in Ukraine and Russia.
In the end of the year the band released a video for one of the songs from the new album.
The same year bass player SahO left the band and was replaced by the former bassist Evgeny Kozlovsky.
In early 2009, the situation changed dramatically. Five members of the band left Mournful Gust at once, leaving vocalist Vladislav Shahin alone. Bassist SahO Malevaniy immediately joined him and together, during the spring and summer of 2009, they recruited new members - drummer Nikolay Kostetsky was the first one. After that the band took new guitarists - Vasily Morozov and Evgeny Rusetsky. A bit later, Inna Esina on flute entered the band. In late autumn 2009 keyboardist Stanislav Mischenko returned, after an 8-month hiatus. With seven Mournful Gust resumed rehearsals, concert performances and composing of new material following the traditions of their previous albums.
In summer of 2010 came reissue debut album "She's My Grief" on BadMoodMan Music. The publication included remastered version of the album, and previously unrealized demos and cover versions performed by Mournful Gust. The release included video for the track "With Every Suffering" from the second album. This 2CD collection is dedicated to the 10th anniversary of Mournful Gust and devoted admirers of the band. Full name of the reissue is "She's My Grief ... Decade".
In autumn of 2010 keyboardist Stanislav Mischenko left Mournful Gust and now participates only in concert performances of the band.
Since the beginning of 2011 Mournful Gust proceeded to create their third album...
Vladislav Shahin - vocals, songwriter (ex-Vae Solis, a guest vocalist on the album Temple Of Oblivion «Under The Crystal Mask», 1998 (sang in one song), also sang in the funeral doom / death band Autumnia (lyricist and vocal parties on all three albums project), recorded in sessions with Tessaract (album "On The Edge" in 2005, never released in the light), Silent Void) (2000)
SahO Malevanij - bass guitar (previously played in the now defunct group Requiem and Waiting Death) (2006-2008) (2009)
Nikolay Kostetsky - drums (formerly played with Teneta, 4 Hobbata, Requiem, Velosiped, Necropolis, Pulse, as well as in the orchestra of the circus “Voyage” (Germany). Along with Mournful Gust played in the municipal orchestra of Krivoy Rog) (2009)
Vasily Morozov - guitar (also plays in Marula) (2009)
Evgeny Rusetsky - guitar (2009)
Inna Esina – flute (played in the municipal orchestra of Krivoy Rog) (2009)
Stanislav Mischenko - keyboards (ex-Requiem, musician of Tragic Design project) (2006-2009) (2009 -2010)
Alexander Glavniy - guitar (currently the bandleader of Autumnia) (1999-2001)
Evgeny Vecher - guitar (1999-2009)
Evgeny Kozlovsky - bass (1999-2002) (2008-2009)
Rojas Gaman - guitar (now in Surricata's Dream, Tragic Design, songwriter for ... Of Celestial) (2005-2009)
Vjacheslav Kapusta - drums (1999-2009)
Anna Dobrydneva (after Mournful Gust played keyboards in alternative bands Stan and Karna. Currently, the vocalist of the famous Ukrainian pop-project Para Normalnyh) (2000-2001)
Denis Ostrovsky - vocals (1999-2000)
Oksana Krivenko - vocals (1999-2000)
Andrey Komisarenko - bass (1999-1999)
Artem Lygun - keyboards (1999-2000)
Andrew Chistoserdov - violin (currently playing in the string quartet Art Classic, Prjamoy Efir, Kolo Diy) (1999-2000)
Vitaly Verko - keyboards (2000-2001) (RIP1983-2011, tragically died in the accident)
Alexander Ulanov - flute (1999-2000)
August Devego - flute (session musician on the album in 2008, also participated in recording of the album ... Of Celestial)
2000 - She’s My Grief (MC, Metal Force Records)
2001 - She's My Grief (MC, Music Violence Productions)
2005 - She’s My Grief (CD, Metal Agen Records)
2008 - The Frankness Eve (CD, BadMoodMan Music)
2010 - She’s My Grief ...Decade (re-issue) (2CD, BadMoodMan Music)
2013 – For All The Sins (CD, BadMoodMan Music)
2014 – If We Were Alive (live) (CD-digipack, Endless Winter)
2014 – Let The Music Cry (single) (digital, BadMoodMan Music)
2015 – Sleeping With My Name (single) (CD-digipack, Temptation Of Resonance Records)
2008 With Every Suffering (from “The Frankness Eve” album, by Vadim Bakumenko and Alexey Kondratenko)
2013 Sleeping With My Name (from “For All The Sins” album, by Born Vision Studio)
Official site: http://www.mournfulgust.com
Russian Wikipedia: http://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mournful_gust
Russian Fan page: http://vkontakte.ru/mournfulgustband
Metal Archives: http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Mournful_Gust/13740
P.o. box 3747, Krivoy Rog 50074, Ukraine
Vlad Shahin speaks from beyond of the Mournful Gust´s Frankness...
The First Spring Without You...
...the experience of playing music in local acts of sympho black metal unit Vae Solis and destroyed doom / death metal group Temple Of Oblivion was preceded all of it... these groups paved the way for autumn of 1999 when in the Ukrainian city of Krivoy Rog groaning heart of Mournful Gust was arisen...
Path Of My Tears...
... by the end of 1999 the complement from doom metal hearts was framed for you to hear the first gravestone with inscription "She´s My Grief". Mournful Gust has brought into this world music with such name and after half a year we entered the studio for the first time to keep eternity...
Once We Were Happy...
...the first album was published by Ukrainian label Metal Force Records on MC in the end of 2000.
"She´s My Grief" includes 7 pieces of categorical doom/death metal melancholy with reflection of growl and clean vocals, variety of the maiden singing and gothic sediment of flute and viol...
Sweet Embrace Of Scarlet Twilight...
...dividing eternity and death metal melancholy concert complement of seven persons appeared before public a little less than a year before leaving Mournful Gust by one of the founders. Time stopped and it began searching of new ways for group. Wanderings in darkness during three years...
I Saw Her Sad Eyes...
...then in the end of 2001 Mournful Gust disappeared in despair and hopelessness. We lost ourselves down to 2004. In those days we´ve decided again to return under these heavens in absolutely updated line-up and we caught the contract with Russian major Metal Agen Records / SOYUZ...
As A Wingless Bird...
...the debut album "She´s My Grief" was published on CD in August of 2005... the edition has design differences from MC-version five years´ prescription: 12-page booklet, slip pack and the atmosphere of the beginning of 2000...
...And We Shall Die Together...
...and under a cover of hope we continued the way to frankness: it was generated the new concert complement and regular rehearsals for creation of new songs and active concert activity was renewed...
A Pain To Remember...
...our heart beats again and we burn down again inside of this earth... since 2006 we composed new songs for the album under the working name "The Frankness Eve" continuing and developing the integrity of the first album...
It´s Our Own Tragedy...
...all same heavy, melancholy, all the same charm of death metal in a gothic frame... we left the maiden singing and viol but kept a crying flute in a combination with acoustic guitars... more space for keyboards and clean voice singing, more space for tragic metal, euro folk motives and sad music...
To Your Deceits... Again...
...in August of 2006 it was written down four-track demo for all interested world with some positions from preparing album and in autumn of the same year our chapel stepped on stage again, appeared before you in a new complement, in a new appearance but in the same image as earlier...
From Illusions And Jealousy...
...the most part of 2006 was devoted to record of our second long play and to parallel searching of the publisher of our new work and our new frankness... for you. Our appearance on a stage allowed us to feel our common breath inside...
The Cold Solitude...
With Every Suffering...
...in second half of 2006 the grief dispelled on this world the eight songs with common name "The Frankness Eve". We approach those people who wait for us and we feel this support... life is so changeable, so temporary, so vulnerable...
Honey For My Wounds...
...after so long searching of publisher Mournful Gust concluded the deal with Russian label BadMoodMan Music/Solitude Productions and in April of 2008 the second CD had appeared... and now we´re here again... with you... in these sufferings... it was done... the album is supported by 24 page booklet and pit art technology in completion with an ingenious design idea of our designer...
Recover Me In Sores...
...time is not eternal... You has spent it for reading our history... and if it so we continue to create for you... and once we´ll appear in your country, in your city to wrap up you with our music, to divide with you our eternity, in Grief and Frankness...
Yours Vlad Shahin & Mournful Gust, Ukraine, 2008...