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Press-release for CD "The Frankness Eve" /2008/
Materia liberada para publicacao de CD "The Frankness Eve" /2008/
 
     
     
    
Reviews
     
     
 

"If We Were Alive" album reviews
Rockhard.gr / 2014
     
 

"For All The Sins" album reviews
Pitchline-Zine.com / 2014
Forgotten Path’Magazine / 2014
Convivial Hermit’Magazine #7 / 2014
Metalizer’Magazine #24 / 2014
Hardsounds.it / 2014
Aristocrazia / 2014
Spirit of Metal / 2014
Hammerworld / 2014
Pest Webzine / 2014
Chronicles of Chaos / 2014
Scream Magazine / 2014
Pure Nothing Woship / 2014
Pro-Rock #109 / 2014
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R.U.M. Zine / 2013
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Iye Zine / 2013
Namenlos / 2013


"Sleeping With My Name" single reviews
Destructive Music / 2012
Funeral Wedding / 2012


"She's My Grief...Decade" album reviews
Pitchline-Zine.com / 2012
Maelstrom 'Zine issue No 71/ 2011
Doom Metal Front / 2011
Forgotten Path' Magazine #3 / 2011
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Inwё[B]zine / 2010
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The Pit Of The Damned / 2010
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The Streets Webzine / 2010
Abyss ‘Zine / 2010
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Pest Webzine / 2010
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Minacious Webzine / 2010
ANTICHRIST magazine #10 / 2010

"The Frankness Eve" album reviews
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"She´s My Grief" album reviews
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Archaic Magazine / 2007
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Interview for R.U.M.'zine / 2013 (english)
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Інтэрв'ю з Уладам Шахіным, вакалістам Mournful Gust для беларускага музычнага партала BelMetal.org
L'interview pour Pavillon 666 Webzine (en Français)
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Новы альбом Mournful Gust: «For All The Sins» — менавіта так будзе называцца дыск, зь якім ты правядзеш не адзін свой ​​самотны вечар». Solitude prods. / BadMoodMan Music прадстаўляюць: Выканаўца: Mournful Gust CD «For All The Sins» Дата рэлізу: 23 верасьня 2013 года Доўгачаканы трэці альбом, мабыць, самага вядомага ўкраінскага doom death metal гурта Mournful Gust. Нягледзячы на тое, што з моманту папярэдняга альбома склад неаднаразова і кардынальна мяняўся, у музычным плане «For All The Sins» стаў лагічным працягам папярэдніка «The Frankness Eve». Па-ранейшаму галоўным упрыгожваньнем гурта зьяўляецца харызматычны вакал Уладзіслава Шахіна, меладычныя партыі сола-гітар і маналітная рытм-секцыя. Усеагульную атмасферу фірмовага doom death metal ад Mournful Gust ўпрыгожваюць жаночы вакал LerO з Xes Dreams, скрыпічныя партыі Пятра Воранава з Otto Dix і захапляльныя сінтэзатарныя аранжыроўкі, што дадаюць вытанчанасьць у эпічныя кампазіцыі, адзначаныя выдатным густам музыкаў, якія стварылі пачуцьцёвую, меладычную музыку, напоўненую меланхоліяй і душэўнымі перажываньнямі. Цудоўным дадаткам да альбома стала завяршальная яго кавер-версія з рэпертуару гурта Rainbow. І, вядома ж, як і заўсёды, захапляльнае афармленьне 16-старонкавага буклета ад Nurgeslag — парадуе вочы прыхільнікаў гурта. Гукавае прадзюсаваньне — Tony Alien. Сяргей Цярэньцьеў (Solitude Productions). «Характарызуючы ўсю працу ў цэлым — магу адзначыць, што гэта катэгарычна цэласная пліта, вытрыманая ў адпаведнай для Mournful Gust атмасферы, але кардынальна адрознае ад усяго таго, што мы рабілі раней. Тут няма фатальных эксперыментаў, але многія з Вас будуць зьдзіўлены мадэльлю новага бачаньня таго, што прынята зваць doom/death metal. «For All The Sins» — менавіта так будзе называцца дыск, зь якім ты правядзеш не адзін свой ​​самотны вечар». Улад Шахін (Mournful Gust)
Трэкліст альбома:
01. Sleeping With My Name
02. Keep Me Safe From The Emptiness
03. Falling In Hope
04. Until I'm Bright 05. Let The Music Cry
06. This Drama Will Be The Last
07. Your White Dress
08. Words Of Farewell
09. Let The Music Cry (Silver Strings version)
10. Rainbow Eyes (...in loving memory of Dio)

 
     
     
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A unique doom/death band which draws on influences from both progressive metal in the Dream Theatre vein and hints of folk metal in the Priomordial vein. Other lines can be drawn to Novembers Doom, Dis Pater, Blind Guardian's acoustic ballads, the medieval folkish doom of Chalice and russian viking metallers No Mans Land. The band frequently uses piano and flute in their search of a joyful village dance of doom, however contradictory that sounds.

 
     
     
Press-release for CD "The Frankness Eve" /2008/    
 


Mournful Gust - a well known Ukrainian group come back with a new album after an eight-year break! The debut album was issued in 2000 on MC and has been rereleased on CD in 2005 by Soyuz/Metal Agen. Today the group comes back with the new material, combining such styles as: gothic metal, death/doom and elements of the European folk-music. The sated melodies are filled with parts of live flute. The voice of the vocalist (known from his work with Autumnia) transfers a rich palette of feelings and experiences, which have been put in pawn in the English-speaking lyrics, passing from clear singing, to growl. The addition of a 24 page booklet makes this disk a unique eye catcher with pit art.

 
     
     
Materia liberada para publicacao
de CD "The Frankness Eve" /2008/
   
 


Mournful Gust - um conhecido grupo ucraniano está de volta com um novo álbum após oito meses parados! O álbum debut foi lançado no ano 2000 e foi relançado em CD em 2005 pela Soyuz/Metal Agen. Atualmente o grupo voltou com novo material, combinando gêneros como gothic metal, death/doom e elementos da música folclórica européia. As melodias são preenchidas com gravações de flautas. A voz da vocalista (conhecida pelo seu trabalho no Autumnia) transmite uma rica variedade de sentimentos e experiências que foram registradas em letras em inglês, passando dos vocais limpos até os guturais.

 
     
     
"If We Were Alive" album reviews
     
    
  Rockhard.gr / 2014    
 


To doom/death είναι είδος που μας έχει παρουσιάσει πάμπολλα άλμπουμ «διαμάντια», με τη συντριπτική πλειοψηφία αυτών, να προέρχεται από μπάντες της Σκανδιναβίας. Όμως δεν υπάρχουν μόνο εκεί αξιόλογα συγκροτήματα του είδους. Υπάρχουν και σε άλλες «παγωμένες» χώρες, όπως καλή ώρα στην Ουκρανία, από όπου έρχονται οι MOURNFUL GUST.

Έχοντας ως έτος ίδρυσης το 1999 και κάνοντας το χλιαρό ντεμπούτο τους το 2000, με το “She’s my grief”, διαλύθηκαν 2 χρόνια μετά, για να επανενωθούν το 2004 και να ηχογραφήσουν το κατά πάρα πολύ ανώτερο “The frankness eve”. Το τρίτο τους άλμπουμ και καλύτερο μέχρι σήμερα, “For all the sins”, κυκλοφόρησε πέρυσι. Έτσι, φέτος, και με την ευκαιρία των 15 χρόνων από την ίδρυσή τους, οι Ουκρανοί κυκλοφορούν μία best-of στην ουσία συλλογή, αλλά λίγο διαφορετική.

Αντί απλά να μαζέψουν τα 11 κομμάτια από τους 3 δίσκους τους και να τα βάλουν σε ένα άλμπουμ, αποφάσισαν και μπήκαν στο στούντιο, έπαιξαν ζωντανά, one take (όπως λέει το δελτίο τύπου τουλάχιστον) και χωρίς edits, overdubs, εφέ, επιπλέον ηχογραφήσεις και το αποτέλεσμα είναι το “If we were alive”.

Η αναλογία κομματιών/άλμπουμ δεν είναι και η καλύτερη δυνατή, αλλά σύμφωνα με τη δυναμική και την ποιότητα του κάθε δίσκου, είναι δικαιολογημένη. Έτσι εδώ, έχουμε 1 μόλις κομμάτι από το ντεμπούτο τους, 2 από το δεύτερο άλμπουμ και τα υπόλοιπα 7 είναι από το τελευταίο. Μέσα σε αυτά είναι και η πολύ ιδιαίτερη διασκευή που είχαν κάνει στο “Rainbow eyes” του μεγαλύτερου τραγουδιστή που πέρασε ποτέ από το χώρο του «σκληρού ήχου», του μεγάλου κοντού, του Ronnie James Dio.

Η απόδοση της μπάντας είναι πάρα πολύ καλή, ο ήχος επίσης και το όλο εγχείρημα κρίνεται απολύτως πετυχημένο και ιδανική ευκαιρία για όποιον αρέσκεται στο μελωδικό doom/death, να γνωρίσει μία μπάντα που ίσως αγνοούσε, αλλά αξίζει της προσοχής του. Τα φωνητικά του Vladislav Sahin κλέβουν την παράσταση, τόσο στις brutal, όσο και στις καθαρές στιγμές, οι οποίες παρότι περίεργες και οριακά σωστές τονικά πολλές φορές, είναι τόσο ταιριαστές στη μουσική και το ύφος των τραγουδιών που δε σε ενοχλεί καθόλου. Μαζί με τα φωνητικά, το φυσικά βιολί, φλάουτο και πιάνο, απλά προσθέτουν στην ατμόσφαιρα του αποτελέσματος.

Μία απλή ακρόαση του υπέροχου “let the music cry”, ή των “Until I’m bright” και “Words of farewell” θα σας πείσει. Αν οι SATURNUS και OFFICIUM TRISTE σας «χτυπάνε καμπανάκι» και θέλετε να βρείτε ακόμα μία μπάντα στο χώρο, αλλά και με προσωπικότητα, τσεκάρετε το “If we were alive”.


Φραγκίσκος Σαμοΐλης

8\10

 
     
     
"For All The Sins" album reviews
     
    
  Pitchline-Zine.com / 2014    
 



Desde las agitadas tierras Ucranianas nos llega la melancólica música de estos Mournful Gust. Surgidos de la unión de Temble of Oblivion y Vae Solis, el grupo está influenciado por los extremos más góticos y melancólicos del glorioso triunvirato británico, unido a una pizca del Death melódico de bandas como Insomnium. En este 3r álbum llamado ‘For all the sins’, editado por el sello ruso BadMoodMan Music donde también militan los patrios Halevorn, la banda nos trae 8 temas, dos bonus track, una versión de un tema del CD en formato orquestal y una versión de los Rainbow del legendario Dio, “Rainbow Eyes”. En cuanto a lo musical encontramos una música muy densa a la vez que limpia, donde cada uno de los miembros de la banda cumple muy correctamente con su cometido, dando una imagen muy bien cimentada, teniendo un buen juego de voces limpias y guturales, riffs bien construidos, buenos pasajes de teclado y unas líneas de bajo bastante elaboradas. El problema viene en la composición, encontrándonos temas muy largos con pocos momentos llamativos, abusando de ser una sucesión de acordes lentos, con una batería sin garra y teniendo pocos momentos realmente memorables o destacables. Falta también en muchas ocasiones la sensación de decadencia que uno esperaría de una banda de Doom, llegando en ocasiones a ser hasta “pasteloso”, sobre todo en algunas partes de voz limpia y en especial el último tema, “Words of Farewell”, exageradamente empalagoso. Y los bonus track no mejoran nada, la versión en orquestra de cuerda del quinto tema, “Let the music cry”, es directamente prescindible y la versión de Rainbow abusa de violines y demás instrumentos de la familia de cuerda cruzada, siendo incapaz de transmitir una milésima parte de lo que transmite la original. A pesar de eso podemos encontrar pasajes llenos de un sentimiento bastante autentico, como en la versión original de “Let the music cry” donde la voz limpia gana gran protagonismo, en el buen sentido, y buenos punteos dobles, que hacen aumentar el interés por el plástico, que va de menos a más conforme va avanzando el disco dejando un buen sabor de boca a pesar de los peros que podamos encontrar por el camino. Como curiosidad me he encontrado muchas imágenes cristianas no solo en las fotos de la banda de dentro del libreto sino también en las letras. Nos encontramos, en definitiva, ante un plástico de buena calidad pero excesivamente plano, haciendo que la banda muy difícilmente llegue a destacar por encima de todo el resto de propuestas que hay en este género.

Redactor ... Grindmadness .
Fecha de publicación ... 24-11-2014

 
    
  Forgotten Path’Magazine / 2014    
 


8.5/10

Restless doommongers “Solitude Productions” have caressed our P.O.Box with the promo CD of Ukrainian Death/Doom Metal band Mournful Gust. And I’m glad they did, because I have never heard the name and their latest output “For all the Sins” seems to be rather impressive.
Death/Doom Metal of Mournful Gust lies on the romantic side (as opposed to the more brutal bands as Hooded Menace, Winter or Acid Witch) and the music is filled with mesmerizing passages of clean guitars, various synthesizer effects and melodic dual-guitar work. I usually dislike over-used synthesizers in Doom Metal (there is one step from effective atmosphere to cheesiness), but here the impact of keyboards is positive. Vocal parts of Vladislav are also elaborate and the man makes use of a wide range of styles. He can go from Candlemass/Bathory type of clean vocals to oppressive growls in seconds. For example, a ballad-like song “Let the Music Cry” is an instant hit solely due to the memorable vocal work. Another good example could be a cover of the “Rainbow Eyes” by Dio - the vocalist pulls off the notes with ease.
What is most important, everything is done with good taste and sense of the structure of the song. The tracks exhibit some kind of “completeness” and the tiny bits-and-pieces are composed in a way that they assist each other. Dynamics is another key aspect of the album - the music is always changing and evolving. The compositions are mainly linear, but they always let you gather something new, something that you didn’t spot previously. Hence, the album stays fresh for quite a long time.

Author: Dainius

 
    
  Convivial Hermit’Magazine #7 / 2014    
 


Discovering this album had much the effect of a youth therapy, or at least that’s how I envision a youth therapy to feel like. My positive and even «affectionate» reaction to the third album by Ukraine’s Mournful Gust was rather unexpected given a very stubborn prejudice against bands like Draconian or Swallow the Sun, in a word upholders of so-called gothic (doom) metal who usually plaster several layers of pathos-laden keyboards and an unnecessary amount of interlaced guitars to cover up poor songwriting skills. Mournful Gust are advertised in a breath with these «high-profile» acts, they share the same bills, and I was afraid there was going to be some tedious fishing for mitigating points in order to sprinkle at least some sugar on a bitter toast. Against all odds though, For all the Sins, while not escaping a few irritating snags (or «gothic» clichés if you will), is essentially a pretty damn good album that throws me back at least 15 years, when the genre was all new and exciting, and still more or less the preserve of creative guitarists. We’re talking of the scene that bloomed in the wake of Anathema’s and Tiamat’s mid-90′s albums, and produced some remarkable semi-gems like Tristania’s first two albums or Lacrimas Profundere’s Memorandum, before Napalm Records proceeded to cash in and started a dreadful line of ever-duller female-fronted bands that knocked all the originality out of that scene’s sails. What «seduces» me about For all the Sins is that, like with the afore-mentioned bands, musicianship only, and especially guitar musicianship, takes center stage. The songs are varied enough and follow carefully constructed sequences of musical and vocal phrases, none of them outstaying their welcome, which is really the big bonus point: progression within a song is a key attribute and obviously a conscious goal of these guys, and they make it work! In no small part thanks to an excellent male vocalist, whose clean accentuations sometimes remind me of the great Dax Riggs (Acid Bath) in a more «70′s heavy metal» way. The female vocals, also of quality, are interestingly scarce, and the equally scarce use of orchestral instruments, like a violin and a flute, efficiently enriches the band’s palette whenever a little more «magic» is called for. The overall mood also reminds me in places of Planeshift, the debut album by Rakoth from Russia (the first album ever released on Code666 Records, back in… ages), so maybe there is something conspicuously «Slavonic» at work in the music, but maybe it’s just me… I also truly enjoy how Mournful Gust don’t hesitate to let themselves go on occasions, like on the ending of «Words of Farewell», which totally bursts the frame for a minute with high-pitched vocals and a solo/keyboard part smearing rainbow cream all over the place. Unexpected but well-made and quite epic. Anything left to bemoan? Not really, just maybe next time consider not printing the song titles and lyrics. A slice of mystery can be a huge asset, sometimes…

Author: BG

 
    
  Metalizer’Magazine #24 / 2014    
 


"For All The Sins" вынашивался долгое время и в результате можно наблюдать смену состава и небольшой уклон от традиционного doom/death в сторону gothic doom metal. Многие критики это отмечают в первую очередь, чем, как правило, разочаровываются. Сам Владислав Шахин (вокал), который, надо добавить, остался единственным членом коллектива от первоначального состава отметил, что новая работа по характеру представляет собой целостную плиту, выдержанную в привычной для группы атмосфере, но, несмотря на этот факт, диск кардинально отличается от всего того, что было сделано раньше. Как бы там ни было, музыканты обошлись без фатальных экспериментов, но всё-таки пообещали, что слушатели будут удивлены моделью нового видения Mournful Gust. И в чём-то оказались правы. Обычно "новая кровь" придаёт свежести и энтузиазма для команды, конечно не всегда, но в данном случае альбом вышел и мы можем его не только лицезреть, но и проанализировать.
Говоря о составе, нельзя пройти мимо приглашённых кузнецов сего творения. Здесь также на славу потрудились Валерия Финикопуло из Xes Dreams (женский вокал, клавиши и оркестровки), Пётр Воронов из Otto Dix (скрипка), Иван Селезнёв (дополнительные гитарные соло), Инна Есина (флейта).
По большому счёту "For All The Sins" получился скорее статичным, чем динамичным. Динамика нужна хотя бы для того, чтобы не уснуть на середине альбома, во что меня постоянно втягивал Морфей, медленно позёвывая, мне приходилось непрерывно бороться с этим чувством. Для готического обрамления динамика может и не нужна, но здесь, я думаю, она бы не помешала. Релиз испещрён замедленными темпами, плавно и не спеша плывя среди облаков, без устали ныряя то вверх, то вниз. Да, этот диск подойдёт для погружения в собственные сны и мечтания, а иногда и в воспоминания, как положительного, так и негативного содержания, сменяя декорации от серых до чёрно-белых тонов, цветных тут не найти, к сожалению. С точки зрения написания композиций сделано действительно всё хорошо. Сильные сюжетные линии с различными инструментами, которые выстраданы в каждой ноте, прекрасно интегрированы в миксе, в техническом плане это выполнено на высоте. Гитарные соло, классические элементы, жгучая симфония, монолитные рифы разбивают снова и снова своими эмоциональными выпадами, но это склеено слишком аккуратно, слишком фигурно, здесь не хватает страсти, непредсказуемости и убеждения. Ударные и бас обеспечивают необходимую для всего этого основу, что в итоге не звучит инновационно, но хорошо работает для пространства других инструментов.
Завершают пластинку два бонуса: "Let The Music Cry" в симфонической обработке и кавер-версия на песню "Rainbow Eyes", как дань уважения великому Ронни Джеймсу Дио. Наравне с этими треками также особо запомнились "This Drama Will Be The Last", "Words Of Farewell" и "Your White Dress". Релиз предоставлен BadMoodMan Music.


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Атмосфера – 4/5
Техника – 4/5
Материал – 3/5
Реализация – 3/5


Оценка – 3,5/5

Автор: Валентина Pantera Катышева

 
    
  Hardsounds.it / 2014    
 


A cura di Igor Fanelli
data
19/05/2014


Genere: Progressive Doom Death
Etichetta: BadMoodMan Music
Anno: 2013


Le informazioni fornite dalla Solitude Prod (della quale la BadMoodMan Music è una sussidiaria) relativamente all'uscita di "For All The Sins" citano i Mornful Gust come la più famosa band Ucraina di doom/death metal. La band esiste da 15 anni (confesso di non averne mai sentito parlare), e attraverso molteplici cambi di formazione (drammatica la situazione del 2009, dove ben 5 membri lasciarono contemporaneamente e vi rimase solo il singer Vladislav Shahin che riuscì - col contributo del bassista Saho Maljovaniy - a ricostituire il combo che ha prodotto il lavoro in questione dotato di molteplici variazioni sul tema principale (death/doom). La band ha nelle proprie corde la capacità di passare dai ritmi rallentati e sepolcrali del funeral doom ("Keep Me Safe from the Emptiness"), a ballad delicatissime ("Rainbow Eyes" cover dei Rainbow stessi), mantenendo come minimo comune denominatore le brumose e decadenti atmosfere dei Paradise Lost ("This Drama Will Be the Last" e "Your White Dress"), in una sorta di concept album di ben undici tracce per oltre 70 minuti di durata. Una fiaba dai momenti dolci e delicati alternati ad incubi con tanto di orchi (growling) e vocals pulite, riff malinconici ed epici, passaggi ariosi a base di flauto, violino e tastiere; nei vari momenti (anche la psichedelia floydiana fa la sua parte in "Words of Farewell"), risulta carismatica la voce del singer capace di modularsi attraverso tutti i range di cui la sua ugola è dotata anche se in alcune parti pulite non riesce a raggiungere i picchi che necessiterebbe. Una bella sfida per chi deve recensire questo lavoro in quanto al primo ascolto ogni cosa sembra fuori posto, strumenti che non si combinano tra loro, mixati a differenti volumi, progressive e funeral doom che cercano una via di coesistenza (generi distanti anni luce tra loro, in quanto il funeral è molto ripetitivo, mentre il progressive tende a mutare continuamente), fortunatamente ascolti successivi rivelano che la prima impressione stavolta è sbagliata; l'opera è paragonabile ad una pietanza cotta a fuoco lento, a lungo andare fa venir fuori i sapori che le spezie utilizzate gli sanno donare. Artwork di pregevole fattura e molto curato (antichizzato nel layout), con tanto di booklet e liriche annesse.

 
    
  Aristocrazia / 2014    
 

I Mournful Gust sono giunti alla pubblicazione del terzo album, solitamente uscita spartiacque destinata a far intravedere le reali potenziali di una band, quindi la domanda da porsi è se gli ucraini siano riusciti o meno a entrare a far parte del giro che conta. Fortunatamente ce l'hanno fatta. La compagine guidata dal cantante Vladislav Shahin, unico membro originale rimasto in formazione, pur non facendo trapelare particolari novità né alternative a quanto esposto in questi ultimi anni dal panorama Doom-Death melodico, è sicuramente fra le migliori interpreti di un genere che vede gli Swallow Of The Sun e gli ingiustamente mai troppo osannati Saturnus come leader, i Tristania una promessa non mantenuta nel tempo, e che si nutre da sempre dell'onnipresente influenza britannica dei My Dying Bride quale fonte d'ispirazione.Questo nuovo parto contenente oltre settanta minuti di musica ci permette di constatare un ulteriore progresso fatto dal sestesso, già presentatovi su Aristocrazia nel 2010 con la ristampa celebrativa del debutto "She's My Grief", originariamente rilasciato nel 2000. Si ha infatti la percezione di avere a che fare con un gruppo ancor più capace di far convivere all'interno dei brani l'animo cupo e decadente con quello che emette a profusione onde malinconiche dalla considerevole fruibilità. Gran parte del merito della riuscita di ciò va dato ai due chitarristi (Vasiliy Morozov e Evgeniy Rusetskiy) e al tastierista Stanislav Mischenko, abili nel creare tappeti melodici e adornare le canzoni in maniera tale da ricreare scenari affascinanti, quanto al bassista Saho Maljovanij e al batterista Nikolay Kostetskiy, capaci d'infondere dinamismo a profusione anche nei frangenti in cui la necessità primaria è supportare l'impianto atmosferico. La ciliegina sulla torta viene posta dalla stupenda prestazione dietro al microfono di Vadislav: la sua prova è a dir poco splendida per la maniera in cui si diletta nell'alternare growl e voce pulita, contrassegnando ogni comparsa della sua ugola con un aumento dell'espressività o dell'evocatività presenti internamente alla traccia, riuscendo quasi a far venire i brividi nella versione ancestrale spogliata delle sonorità metal di "Let The Music Music Cry", che già nell'originale non era di certo brutta. Come dono conclusivo il lavoro ci regala l'apprezzabile cover dei Rainbow di "Rainbow Eyes", omaggiando così sia la stupenda band di Ritchie Blackmore che l'immensa figura di Ronnie James Dio. Non starò qui a dilungarmi ulteriormente elencandovi i pregi di un episodio o dell'altro, posso assicurarvi però che "For All The Sins" è il classico disco del quale un appassionato del genere s'innamorerà con estrema semplicità, un ascolto il cui unico difetto riscontrato dal sottoscritto è la durata probabilmente troppo estesa, ma che comunque non lo danneggia. I Mournful Gust vedono schiudersi le porte che conducono a una notorietà estera con questo album ed era ora che accadesse. Alle volte il duro lavoro paga e con i giusti dividendi.

 
     
    
  Spirit of Metal / 2014    
 

Un peu moins de 15 ans après sa formation, le groupe ukrainien Mournful Gust nous propose avec son troisième album plus d'une heure dix d'un Doom Death moderne et assez accessible, mais qui ressort de la masse de groupes similaires de part son inventivité et sa fraîcheur. En effet si dans ce registre les groupes signés par le label russe Solitude Productions ont tendance à souffrir d'un certain manque de personnalité et d'originalité, bien qu'étant généralement suffisamment bons pour contenter l'amateur du genre, Mournful Gust nous montre que forte de son expérience la formation slave est capable de faire preuve d'assez d'audace pour attirer l'attention sur elle. Car si sur le fond les passages purement Doom que nous offre ce For All the Sins sont assez classiques (et d'ailleurs plutôt réussis), ils bénéficient fortement de leur métissage avec des parties plus légères et moins noires. Un bon exemple en serait le contraste entre des titres comme "Keep Me Safe From The Emptiness" et "Let the Music Cry", le premier, lent et léthargique, étant clairement la chanson la plus sombre de l'album tandis que le second explore des territoires bien moins suffocants (qui risquent soit dit en passant de ne pas convenir aux puristes), les deux morceaux étant néanmoins réunis par une identité commune, permettant à l'album d'être à la fois varié et cohérent. Un des points les plus intéressants de l'album est clairement le soin accordé aux arrangements, ceux-ci étant en effet intelligemment utilisés et très variés. Les orchestrations sont en effet tout à tour assez grandiloquentes ("This Drama Will be the Last"), sombres et mystérieuses ( les notes de piano sur "Keep Me Safe From The Emptiness"), ou au contraire plus douces et romantiques (l'introduction de "Until I'm Bright"). En outre, on retrouve régulièrement au sein de l'album quelques bruitages plus modernes et industriels, bien que ceux-ci soient peu mis en avant, ainsi que de la flûte sur le titre ouvrant l'album et sur l'assez réussie reprise de "Rainbow Eyes" de Rainbow qui le termine (ce qui n'est pas surprenant, cet instrument étant après tout déjà présent dans le morceau original). Mais le morceau où s'expriment le mieux les arrangements est clairement "Let The Music Cry (Silver Strings Version)", version alternative d'un autre morceau présent dans l'album et qui abandonne les guitares au profit d'une plus grande place accordée aux orchestrations. Le résultat est vraiment très réussi, le groupe parvenant à alterner les émotions inspirées et à créer une belle montée en intensité (on notera tout particulièrement l'utilisation du violon), bien qu'on franchisse ici ce que certains risquent de considérer comme la limite du supportable en terme de niaiserie. Le travail au poste de vocaliste de Vladislav Chaxin est également fortement appréciable. Celui-ci maîtrise aussi bien growl que chant clair, et nous offre une prestation de qualité dans ces deux registres, le second étant cela dit le plus mémorable. En effet si les parties growlées sont très efficaces et remplissent amplement leur fonction, c'est comme assez souvent le chant clair qui s'avère être doté du plus de personnalité, et ce tant de part le timbre du chanteur ukrainien que du fait de ses intonations très théâtrale, dans une veine plus romantico-sensuelle légèrement mélancolique qu'épique ou véritablement dépressive. Notons aussi que la claviériste Valeria Finikopulo intervient également à intervalle régulier au sein de l'album, mais que ses parties chantées ne sont pas mises en avant et sont de fait généralement cantonnées aux chœurs, dans un style assez moderne qui correspond très bien à celui pratiqué par son collègue masculin. Pour conclure, ce For All the Sins est un album inspiré et inventif, doté de nombreuses bonnes idées. Si sa personnalité risque de faire fuir certains, elle est en revanche parfaitement adaptée aux amateurs de Doom "grand public", à qui cet album est fortement conseillé.
Peacewalker

 
     
    
  Hammerworld / 2014    
 

A Mournful Gust Ukrajnában, Krivoj Rogban működik 1999 óta, s a For All Her Sins a harmadik album – egyéb kiadványok mellett. A zenekar gothic/doom metalt játszik, melyben a death metal elemei is felbukkannak – a hörgés és egyes riffek révén –, s nyilván mestereik közé sorolják a My Dying Bride-ot, a Theatre Of Tragedyt, de a dramatikum a Cradle Of Filth-et is eszembe juttatta. Persze itt nincsenek gyors és blackes témák. Az igen hosszú lemeznek sokszor nem sikerül elkerülnie a túlzott teatralitást, s ez nagyban vonatkoztatható Vladislav Shahin énekesre, nem ritkán igencsak modoros előadásmódjára. Ez a zene nyilván az érzelmek húrjait szándékozik pengetni, azonban a giccsesség határait nem kellene feszegetni – lásd lemezborító. Aki kedveli ezt a fajta zenét, szépen átszőve billentyűsökkel, dallamos és hörgős énekkel egyaránt, mélabús doom témákkal, az meghallgathatja az ukránok munkáját. A 7-esben a jóindulat is benne van. M.P. 7/10

 
     
    
  Pest Webzine / 2014    
 

The long awaited third album from Mournful Gust was finally released through BadMoodMan with a best off... compilation in 2010 and a single in 2012 preceeding it. The new album is made of 10 long tracks totaling more than 70 minutes of music, so probably M.G.'s fans will get what they have expected for so long. The music on this new disc could be labelled as Doom Death Metal, traditional and UK-fashioned, but with less exciting elements that I would have expected; there are some parts where I found myself being bored and even if I know there's a very thin line between depressive, melancholic or meditative state of mind and boredom during a Doom Death audition, I'd say Mournful Gust should have released a better album. For example there are some very tasty guitar leads and melodic ('90's like Hard Rock) guitar solos and keyboard passages here and there, passages that could have been better developed. The clean vocals are also top-notch but somehow the guy is overusing them. Don't get me wrong, this is a hard worked release, professional and quite emotional, but I'd expect a bit more from a 15 years old band, that's it. Try it yourselves. Adrian 7/10

 
     
    
  Chronicles of Chaos / 2014    
 

If anyone would be at all interested in my stance on this album, please go read my review of Wine From Tears' _Glad to Be Dead', and just switch band origins from Russia to Ukraine. Other than that, this line of inconsequential, dual vocal, melodic, romantic, jolly and sweetly unbearable albums seems to be mass-produced in the same factory, on the very same production line, one after the other ad nauseam, otherwise I can't figure out why they all sound the exact same -- and not in a good way, either. Again, the same bubble gum tunes of false melancholy and forced heaviness that sounds goofy at best, struggling to float upon the surface of its own mediocre inoffensiveness, with some misplaced electronic gadgets and endlessly boring powerless riffs that drag from now to eternity, the listener is left unscathed, if not totally untouched by these slow-to-mid tempo guitar masturbations that produce no climax in their lack of direction and clarity. _For All the Sins_ is one of those conformist, 'safe-zone' albums you just swallow in one gulp, leaving no mark and having no added value whatsoever, not to mention anything like a challenging listening experience or a sense of mystery, god forbid. Not a single box on the roadmap to failure was left unchecked with the writing and recording of _For All the Sins_: uninspired melodies, check; lack of power and dynamics, check; weak song writing capabilities, check; lack of originality, double check; and so on and so forth.As harshly critical as this review may be, I do see a definite potential in there and I genuinely wish Mournful Gust the best of luck with their future efforts, however this album is one I won't be returning to -- ever again. Chaim Drishner 1/10

 
     
    
  Scream Magazine / 2014    
 

I floraen av nye skiver fra Solitude og BadMoodMan denne måneden har vi nå kommet frem til doom/death metal-bandet Mournful Gust. Bandet fra Ukraina har brukt god til på dette albumet, det er fem år siden sist, men «For All The Sins» har blitt en veldig behagelig lytteropplevelse. Bandet er ikke blant de helt tristeste og seige, men varier med forskjellige vokalformer og rytmer. Det er ikke noe nytt i det de driver med, men fans av den mer gotiske doomen vil finne mye fint her. En tilbakelent og flott utgave av «Rainbow Eyes» er heller ikke å forakte, med strykere og det hele. Vel bekomme. Bjørn Nørsterud 4/5

 
     
    
  Pure Nothing Worship / 2014    
 

Mournful Gust are an atmospheric death/doom metal band from Ukraine. I remember the long past year 2000 when I stumbled on their debut. I must admit I was not amazed but the name remained in my memory. Eight years later they published their second album named “The Frankness Eve”. It was a really interesting album with a stupid cover art. And before us is the third album named “For All The Sins” and it offers 9 compositions and one cover song. It is “Catch The Rainbow” from the legendary group Rainbow and is dedicated to Dio who passed away. “For All the Sins” will in 71 minutes lead us through melancholic passages of dreams, rain, hope, love and sorrow… The production is lead to perfection as is the vocal and instrumental mastery of these Ukrainians. A great dose of progression fits greatly into the whole story. I was not a fan of anything progressive but these guys did it fantastically. The clean vocal entwined with depressive growls is something truly special. The sad atmosphere running through the album will throw you in tears or deep thinking. The beautiful artwork perfectly paints the emotion of this somber and dreamy album. Mournful Gust finally recorded a great album. A honest recommendation for fans of melodic and atmospheric doom.

 
     
    
  Pro-Rock #109 / 2014    
 

Интересно ми бе да чуя за какво иде реч в но-вия албум на една от най-известните укра-ински дуум/дет метъл групи, с оглед на сме-ните в състава, които имаха от последния си запис насам. Като цяло не мога да кажа, че те са се отразили кой знае колко много на музиката на групата, понеже главната фигура Владислав Шахин все още държи кормилото. Може би една от промените, които се забелязват, е Валерия Финикопуло, която е взела участие както със спорадични вокали, така и в аранжиментите на песните, кийбордните партии и оркестрациите. Вокалите на Влад Шахин, както чисти (към тях може да имате забележки), така и дрезгави, отново придават допълнителна емоционалност на музиката на Mournful Gust. Като цяло отново добър албум на тази украинска група. За фенове на Wine From Tears, Tears Of Mankind, Abstract Spirit. Svarog 7.5/10

 
     
    
  Femforgacs / 2014    
 

Egy biztos: nem kapkodja el a lemezkiadásokat az egyik legismertebb ukrán doom/death horda, a Mournful Gust. Ugyanis 1999-es alakulásuk óta 3 nagylemezre tellett tőlük. Legutóbbi művük tavaly ősszel jelent meg For All the Sins címmel. Természetesen a Solitude égisze alá tartozó BadMoodMan Music gondozásában. Az impozáns, vaskos booklettel ellátott kiadvány hamisítatlan könnyfakasztó muzsikát rejt. Ami vitathatatlanul minőségi, viszont nem sok egyediséget mutat. Anno a Let the Music Cry hallatán vállaltam el az album kritizálását. Nagyon megfogott ez a szép, tiszta, melankolikus, végig dallamos éneket felvonultató szerzemény. Nem lehet véletlen, hogy bónuszként fölrakták a korongra a dal vonósokra áthangszerelt verzióját. Persze nem voltam annyira naiv, hogy azt higgyem a komplett lemezen a tiszta ének fog dominálni. Igazam is lett. Bizony-bizony a rendkívül karizmatikus Vladislav Shahin mély hörgése viszi a prímet. Igaz ő is az a kategória, mint Akerfeldt, akinek nem csak a dallamos énekét, de a hörgését is szépnek tartom. Persze jobban favorizálom azokat a részeket, amikben "rendesen” énekel Vlad barátunk, mert nagyon tetszik a hangszíne és a kínkeserves, de egyben fogós dallamai. Megnyugtatásképpen elárulom, hogy az összes számban megvillantja "szebbik énjét” is! Az érdekes, szuggesztív klippel megtámogatott nyitó nóta is kiválóan példázza az énekes kvalitását. Meg azt, hogy a zenészek sem nyeretlen amatőrök. Külön öröm számomra, hogy a basszusgitár hangja jól kivehető, nincs a gitárok mögé keverve, ezáltal hallhatatlanságra kárhoztatva. Mivel doom/death a játék neve, így evidens, hogy a lassú, cammogó tempó a mérvadó. Néha kicsit begyorsulnak, de max. közepes sebességre. Pozitívum továbbá a vendégként feltüntetett, de a zenekari fotókon mégis szereplő Valeria Finikopulo billentyűjátéka és éneke, melyek legalább annyira figyelemre méltók, mint telt ajkai. A szintetizátorral olyan rejtett finomságokat, furcsa effekteket állít elő, amik diszkréten megbújnak a háttérben, és miattuk érdemes fejhallgatóval tesztelni a CD-t. Rövidnek egyáltalán nem nevezhető a For All the Sins, hiszen 71 perces. Viszont az utolsó két tétel bónusznak is tekinthető. A Let the Music Cry vonós verziójáról már tettem említést, igazság szerint semmivel sem jobb az eredeti változattól, sőt. A Rainbow feldolgozás meg méltó tisztelgés Dio emléke előtt, de sok vizet az sem zavar. Ellenben az első 8 dallal, amik tulajdonképpen a For All the Sins lemezt jelentik. Azok ugyanis nagyon jók! A zsenialitáshoz érzésem szerint már csak a markáns, egyéni íz, hangzásvilág hiányzik. oldboy 8.5/10

 
     
    
  The Pit of the Damned / 2014    
 

A distanza di tre anni (ma allora si trattava di una compilation), ritroviamo sulle nostre pagine il granitico impasto sonoro degli ucraini Mournful Gust, band dedita ad un death doom stillato di venature gotiche. Come da copione per il roster BadMoonMan Music e Solitude Productions, è d'obbligo trovarsi fra le mani un esempio di musica che faccia di riff pesanti e growling da orco, il suo verbo. I Mournful Gust provano a togliersi di dosso questa insulsa e grigiastra patina di grigio e ci offrono un qualcosa che prova a prendere le distanze da quanto descritto sopra. Diciamo che alcuni degli elementi appena citati, ancora permangono nel sound evoluto di 'For All the Sins': "Sleeping With My Name" è la lunga opening track in cui ritroviamo il growling cattivo, qualche bel riffone pesante, ma anche splendide ariose aperture melodiche che scongiurano la possibilità di stroncare immediatamente il disco causa carenza di idee. Il ruolo fondamentale, per evitare questo spiacevole epilogo, è svolto dalle tastiere di Stanislav Mischenko e dal flauto di Inna Esina, che ci consentono di godere di suoni più raffinati e meno scontati. Certo che se poi vi faccessi ascoltare "Keep Me Safe From The Emptiness", senza dirvi di quale band si tratti, vi sfido, offrendovi 50 possibilità per indovinare quale band stiamo ascoltando. Eccolo forte quel senso frustrante di già sentito e risentito, prima che una serie di effettistica cibernetica e una voce pulita, mostrino una via d'uscita ai nostri che si stavano cacciando nell'ennesimo vicolo cieco. Ecco diciamo pure che 'For All the Sins" soffre di questa grave mancanza; mi spiego meglio. I suoi lunghi brani (meglio se la prossima volta stringiamo un po' i tempi) soffrono di palesi limiti di voler o dover stare all'interno di un tracciato sonoro dettato dal genere. Questo mi sfianca e innervosisce facendomi talvolta annoiare. Fortunatamente in soccorso dei nostri arrivano delle intuizioni che rendono molto più gradevole, addirittura entusiasmante il suo ascolto. Un break di basso (ascoltare "Falling in Hope" per capire meglio), l'utilizzo quasi pop rock delle sensuali vocals pulite, delle eteree voci femminili ("Until I'm Bright" o "Your White Dress"), un magistrale assolo o un break di violino, partecipano in coro alla buona riuscita di un lavoro che per un attimo ho temuto di dover stroncare ingiustamente. Buon come back discografico, anche se dopo cinque anni era forse lecito aspettarsi qualcosina in più. Francesco Scarci 70/100

 
     
    
  Zware Metalen.com / 2014    
 

De Russische groothandelaar in kwalitatief hoogstaande doom brengt een nieuw album uit van Mournful Gust. Mournful Gust gooide na zijn sterke album The Frankness Eve nog maar eens het roer om en gooide daarbij eveneens de helft van de band overboord. Het resultaat is duidelijk. Qua nummers schrijven zit het alleszins nog altijd heel goed. Sterke verhaallijnen met verschillende instrumenten die een eigen leven lijden en toch perfect in de mix geïntegreerd staan. Technisch is het bijzonder goed gedaan. De solo's, de klassieke elementen, de symfonische klanken, het droeve en melancholische element, dik in orde. Het gaat jammer genoeg mis bij de uitvoering, bij de overtuigingskracht. Het is allemaal te netjes, te uitgekiend en uitgedokterd, het mist passie en emotie. Dat is behoorlijk dodelijk wanneer je doommetal speelt, muziek speelt in het algemeen eigenlijk. Daarbij staat de theatrale cleane zang (soms zelfs vals slomo powermetal-gekweel) mij totaal niet aan, ook al wordt dat gecompenseerd door een sterke grunt, ook hier weer net iets te gecontroleerd echter. Die heavy cleane zang heeft een vrij grote invloed op dit album, niet in het minst in de wél overtuigende Rainbow-cover Rainbow Eyes. Een soort van eigenaardig heavy doommetalalbum eigenlijk, als je het zo kunt benoemen. Het vraagt veel van de luisteraar, maar ik kan me best wel inbeelden dat hier grote fans voor te vinden zijn. Bart Alfvoet 69/100

 
     
    
  bachmusic-ua.blogspot.com / 2013    
 

Не хотів поспішати з передчасними висновками, тому переслухав новий альбом Mournful Gust кілька разів та почекав певний час для переосмислення. Відразу скажу, що підходив до ознайомлення з цим релізом без особливих завищених очікувань, тому, сподіваюся, що моя рецензія буде об'єктивною. Скажу відразу прамо - новий доробок не перевершив The Frankness Eve п'ятирічної давності. Ні, ну, звичайно є хороші речі й на For all the Sins, наприклад, синглова відкривачка Sleeping with my name або драконіаноподібна Until I'm bright, але загалом ця робота, на мою думку, слабша. За п'ять років можна було й кращий матеріал накопити. Так, наприклад, Keep me safe from the emptiness взагалі якось випадає із загальної музичної канви, таке враження, що цей нуднуватий фюнералоподібний трек взятий із нєізданного матеріалу проекту Autumnia. Непогані есперименти з жіночим бек-вокалом вдалися в композиціях This Drama will be the last та Your white dress, але знову ж таки, в емоційно-мелодичному плані ці треки програють альбому 2008 року. Кульмінацією платівки є Let the music cry, на якій Влад показує різномаїття відтінків свого чистоголосого потенціалу. Фінальним треком є кавер на Rainbow eyes славетного R.J. Dio (доволі вдала спроба), очевидно, Шахін так проникся талантом цього дядька, що створив Words of farewell (найексперементальніший трек у контексті стандартної творчості Mournful Gust) у подібному ключі. Отже, якщо це і був натяк на "модель нового відінєя того, що прінято називать doom/death metal", яка із прес-релізних слів самого Шахіна мала би нас удівіть, то цього не сталося. Mournful Gust видав доволі цілісний професіональний реліз у своїх кращих традиціях, з дещицею новизни але без кардинальних новаторських експериментів. Ну,й на тому дяка їм. Anatolii

 
     
    
  R.U.M. Zine / 2013    
 

Poslední dobou má štěstí na kvalitní počiny z východu a rovněž opus „For All The Sins“ od ukrajinských MOURNFUL GUST není v tomto ohledu žádnou výjimkou. Kapela co do činnosti funguje už od roku 2000, ovšem po realizaci CD „The Frankness Eve“ (2008) došlo k odlivu většiny členů, a tak úplné začátky souboru pamatuje dnes už jen vokalista Vladislav Shahin. Všichni ostatní se přidávali v průběhu času, přičemž nejpodstatnější doplnění přišlo přesně v roce 2009, kdy se MOURNFUL GUST odhodlali k příchodu číslo dva! V podstatě se dá tedy říci, že „For All The Sins“ je pro kapelu opětovným debutem, a kdyby si snad sestava dala úplně nový název, opravdu by tomu tak bylo, ovšem s ohledem na zvolenou hudební látku by bylo vcelku nevýhodné k tomuto kroku přistupovat. Už po poslechu úvodní skladby „Sleeping With My Name“ je totiž zřejmé, že Ukrajinští hoši a jedna slečna nespálili mosty raného doom metalu a řádně se opřeli alespoň do zdánlivě vyznívající modernizace. Ta spočívá především v namakaném zvuku, jenž automaticky odděluje MOURNFUL GUST od staré školy zkázonosného žánru. Velmi vkusně a zároveň aktuálně vypadá cílený „cross“ mezi klasický funeral doom a písničkově laděný gothic metal, nemající až tolik prostoru, nicméně je dosti podstatnou součástí celku. Osobně bych si tvorbu kapely dokázal představit bez ženského vyvýšeného sopránu, ale protože těchto náznaků je na desce méně, není takový problém tento prvek překousnout, byť je na sto honů znát, že je pro kapelu důležitá i textová složka, které je nutno „jíti na ruku“. Z toho důvodu je i Vladislavův growling dostatečně frázovitý a při některých jeho sloganech doslova běhá mráz po zádech! Při všech těchto přednostech pak už nezbývá nic jiného než pochválit MOURNFUL GUST za soubor členitých skladeb, které se rozhodně neslévají v jednu, ale naopak se snaží posluchače probudit spoustou nápadů či rozličných nálad. Mezi skvostné kompozice bych si proto dovolil vybrat hned několik skladeb, přičemž přímo zmíním pouze dvě, a to proto, že s ohledem na žánr představují hotový nadstandart toho, co v dnešní době můžeme v doom metalu slyšet. „Keep Me Safe from the Emptiness“ je jedenáctiminutová hrbolatě zbarvená balada, vrcholící ve šťavnatých refrénech a na mě osobně působí jako takový příjemný odlitek z tvorby NOVEMBERS DOOM. Ale tohle je pouze jedná tvář tvorby Ukrajinců. Ta další číhá kupříkladu ve skladbě „Let The Music Cry“, kdy se MOURNFUL GUST dostávají hodně blízko ke klasické „gothic“ písničce. Možná, že kdyby podle podobného klíče byly postaveny všechny songy, nebyl by hudební až tak hluboký a vlastně by z něho byla odkrojena potřebná temnota, bez které by tohle všechno nemohlo dýchat. V rámci žánru tedy znovu dosti kvalitní počin. Jasná cesta, zřetelný cíl, žádná nuda, plno romantiky i temnoty. Tak tak… ALL

 
     
    
  Metal.de / 2013    
 

Mit "For All The Sins" veröffentlichen MOURNFUL GUST bereits ihr drittes Album. Dabei haben die Musiker wenig an ihrem bisherigen Stil geändert und bieten nach wie vor eine melancholische Mixtur aus Gothic und Doom Death Metal. Das dabei natürlich eine gewisse Epik und Dramatik nicht fehlen darf, versteht sich von selbst. Und eben diese findet bereits mit dem Opener "Sleeping With My Name" Einzug, in welchem die Band ihre gesamte Kraft bündelt und den geneigten Hörer mit hinab in die melancholische Dunkelheit zieht. Besonders Sänger Vladislav Shakhin vermag es, sowohl mit seinen fiesen Growls, als auch mit seinem angenehm warmen Clean-Gesang zu fesseln. Aber auch musikalisch ist alles weit ab von Durchschnitt und Mittelmaß. Die Gitarren walzen sich einerseits mit monolithischen Riffs vorwärts, brechen dies aber immer wieder mit emotionalen Leads auf und sorgen so für genügend Abwechslung, während Schlagzeug und Bass für das nötige Fundament sorgen. Klar - das klingt nicht sonderlich innovativ, aber es funktioniert bestens und schafft damit Raum für zwei ganz besondere Gastbeiträge in Form von Violine und Flöte. Und gerade diese beiden Instrumente verleihen MOURNFUL GUST dann doch wieder eine gewisse eigenständige Note. Ein besonderes Schmankerl gibt es dazu noch in Form eines Covers zu DIOs "Rainbow Eyes", welches zwar nur bedingt an das Original erinnert, aber sicher eine mehr als nur nette Geste darstellt. MOURNFUL GUST bieten auf "For All The Sins" definitiv nichts übermäßig Neues, allerdings ist das auch gar nicht nötig. Die Ukrainer verstehen bestens, wie eine Mischung aus Doom und Gothic Metal funktionieren muss und erschaffen damit wunderbar träumerische und emotionale Songs. Fans von SWALLOW THE SUN & Co sollten dieser Formation ruhig mal ein Ohr leihen. Florian Hefft 7/10

 
     
    
  Ave Noctum / 2013    
 

I was initially attracted to Mournful Gust for the most childish of reasons in that they had a name that made me giggle, much like my fascination with Greek death metallers Ancient Balls. Being a fan of the Eastern European doom scene however, I was seriously hoping that there was more to the Gust than a series of cheap fart gags. When the opportunity arose to review their 10th anniversary reissue of their debut album ‘She’s My Grief’, I seized the chance, but was left disappointed and deflated by its shambolic nature. A combination of uninspiring songwriting and abysmal musicianship left the sulphurous stench of an ill wind; but all was not lost. A quick cursory listen to their follow up ‘The Frankness Eve’ showed the band in far better musical form, the 8 years between recordings clearly having been put to good use honing (or perhaps I should say acquiring) their skills. So it was with renewed hope in their abilities that I approached their 3rd full length album ‘For All The Sins’ and was at the very least hoping that the album didn’t blow. Even though their previous album was a huge improvement over the shoddy debut, it seems that there were still refinements to be made as both guitarists and the drummer were replaced shortly after the release of ‘The Frankness Eve’. The difference is noticeable too, especially in the drumming, for although Vjacheslav Kapusta improved hugely between the first and second albums, new drummer Nikolay Kostetskiy is a class above, and the whole sound of the band now feels that bit tighter and more polished. The opening track ‘Sleeping With My Name’ shows the level of their ambition now, with the song moving through several different acts and incorporating a number of different styles it sounds very impressive, especially with the sparing use of a string section. Singer Vladislav Shahin has truly grown as a vocalist over the past 15 years or so, with his impressive guttural death growl now complemented by a strong and melodic clean style that reminds me a lot of Killing Miranda’s Richard Pyne, in particular on the traditionally gothic styled ‘Let the Music Cry’. The guitar work is much improved also, with the pairing of Vasiliy Morozov and Evgeniy Rusetskiy displaying a measured and patient style, with some nice, if not technically outstanding solo work. Tracks such as ‘This Drama Will Be The Last’ and ‘Until I’m Bright’ clearly show the vision of the first album as there are moments and passages that echo their early work, yet now with improved musicianship and over a decade of experience you can genuinely appreciate the fruits of their collective labours. This version of the album contained 2 bonus tracks, the first of which is a stripped back version of ‘Let The Music Cry’ with a string accompaniment. As with Paradise Lost when they tried a similar experiment with the Lost in Prague Orchestra mixes, it never quite lives up to the expectation and lacks the impact it deserves. The other bonus track is a cover of ‘Rainbow Eyes’ as a tribute to Ronnie James Dio. When I saw this on the label I thought that this would almost certainly be a case of ambition outweighing talent, but I have to admit that they have carried it off very well. Shahin is clearly well outside of his comfort zone although his style is so far removed from Dio’s as to prevent any direct comparison. It is a welcome addition to the album and an interesting interpretation of a genuine classic. There can be no doubt whatsoever that Mournful Gust have taken the criticism of the past on board and have addressed many of their previous problems, whilst acknowledging their musical limitations and largely staying within the lines. ‘For All The Sins’ is their best work to date in my opinion, although it is only marginally better than ‘The Frankness Eve’. Whilst they are improving musically and growing in confidence as songwriters they still lack the ability to really draw in the listener. There are very few hooks and melodies that remain with you afterwards, even after multiple listens, and in a genre so rich with talent they still lack that last something that will turn them into contenders. That being said, this is still well worth checking out. It may not have been the mighty wind I was hoping for, but there is still a fresh breeze about it. Lee Kimber 7/10

 
     
    
  metalitalia.com / 2013    
 

I Mournful Gust sono una di quelle band che si affermano sul lungo periodo. Anche se non si può dire che con questo disco salveranno il mondo, visto che continuiamo ad avere a che fare con una proposta oggettivamente derivativa, questa volta riescono a centrare il bersaglio. La miscela di gothic e doom metal che caratterizza il gruppo ucraino assume infatti toni più intimi e coinvolgenti in questo terzo full-length, allontanandosi in parte dalle pesantissime influenze My Dying Bride che avevano segnato gli esordi per abbracciare uno spettro sonoro maggiormente variegato. La novità principale di questa mini-svolta è rappresentata dal cantante Vladislav Shahin, che oggi modula molto di più la propria voce, riuscendo a caratterizzare meglio ogni brano e ad evitare certe impostazioni forzatamente melodrammatiche che in passato avevano appesantito e reso un po’ goffi certi episodi. Altra caratteristica tipica dei “nuovi” Mournful Gust è l’importanza della sezione ritmica, che si destreggia con notevole dinamismo anche nei brani più d’atmosfera, mentre gli altri strumenti, tastiere in primis, non prevaricano mai e creano soprattutto sfondi sonori al servizio della voce. Nel disco si alternano momenti di ispirazione tipicamente gothic-doom, con pezzi più influenzati dai classici gruppi inglesi degli anni Novanta, e altri più ritmati e “orecchiabili”, dove però fortunatamente non si può indicare un gruppo preciso piuttosto che un altro come termine di paragone. Vengono alla mente i Tristania di una volta, gli ormai immancabili Swallow The Sun, ma anche una realtà più di nicchia come i Saturnus. Quel che è certo è che i grandi amanti di queste sonorità non fuggiranno davanti alle note di “For All The Sins”: una durata minore complessiva avrebbe probabilmente giovato, ma gli ucraini hanno indubbiamente compiuto vari passi in avanti dall’ultima fatica in studio, sia in termini di fluidità del songwriting che di ispirazione. Detto infine di una resa sonora più che buona, non possiamo far altro che consigliare l’ascolto a tutte le anime gotiche rintanate in casa in queste buie e fredde serate invernali. Luca Pessina 7/10

 
     
    
  Lords of Metal / 2013    
 

The strongly by Anathema, My Dyng Bride and Officium Triste inspired compilation Shes My GriefDecade from the year 2009 did not enlighten the dark flame inside of me to dive into this bands history and discography. Five years after this compilation and their last full length album, these gents produce a new album called All Of The Sins which surprises me by the effort in changing their blue print of songs. It is still the case that this All Of the Sins does not cloak the heritage or influence the songs are built on, yet some of the new tracks like Keep Me Safe From The Emptiness and Falling In Hope try to evolve into a own style and suit. There is still loads of room for female vocals, classical arrangements and violins and keyboards and the works. The new approach is more direct, less complex and more effective. Its a long listen, this seventy-two minute long album, and if you can cope with those clean vocals, you are in for a treat! Erik 74/100

 
     
    
  Lords of Metal / 2013    
 

Het sterk door Anathema, My Dying Bride en Officium Triste beinvloede karakter van het uit 2009 stammende compilatie CDtje Shes My GriefDecade wakkerde bij niet het heilige vuur aan om me nog langer te verdiepen in deze band. Wel is het meer dan vijf jaar geleden dat er weer eens een volledig album van deze heren verschijnt. Men verhult nog steeds niet waar men voor dit All Of The Sins hun mosterd vandaag haalt, maar het ademt in elk geval in nummers als Keep Me Safe From The Emptiness en Falling In Hope het nastreven van een eigen geluid, met veel ruimte voor klassieke elementen als vrouwenzang, violen en pianostukken en af en toe een kleine verrassing in arrangementen, die dit maal vele malen eenvoudiger van aard zijn maar des te treffender zijn! Een lange zit, dit All For The Sins, welgeteld tweenzeventig minuten, maar voor fans van eerder genoemde bands n voor mensen die met de tenenkrommende cleane zang om kunnen gaan. een aanrader. Erik 74/100

 
     
    
  Namenlos / 2013    
 

Sin duda el Doom Metal con tintes Death (sobre todo las voces) es un genero riquísimo en matices cuando se sabe explotar a la perfección, este es el caso de este disco y este grupo en particular, simplemente magnifico disco el de esta banda ucraniana, de principio a fin una gran obra musical, tintes depresivos, momentos de agresividad death metal, atmósferas llenas de melancolía y una gran voz la de Vladislav, los solos de guitarra son buenísimos, de gran calidad y en general todas las lineas instrumentales son magnificas, partes de voz limpia, partes de voz gutural e incluso voces femeninas, la ultima canción es un gran homenaje al gran Dio, en fin es un disco de escucha obligada..........................recomendadisimo..............

 
     
    
  Iye Zine / 2013    
 

Gli ucraini Mournful Gust hanno alle spalle una storia piuttosto lunga ma For All The Sins è solo il loro terzo full-length, questa volta pubblicato dalla Solitude Productions, vera e propria “casa madre” di tutto il doom metal dell’est europeo (e non solo). L’ascolto di un lavoro di questo genere, come sempre, rischia di dividere il pubblico in quanto racchiude pregi e difetti di gran parte delle uscite in ambito gothic death-doom degli ultimi anni. A fronte di un’originalità per lo più latitante troviamo infatti una serie di brani dotati di grande fascino ed eseguiti in maniera ottimale; la domanda che sorge spontanea è questa: se consentiamo ai maestri (in qualsiasi ambito stilistico) di citare all’infinito se stessi, perché non possiamo fare altrettanto con chi ne segue le orme, magari risultando persino superiori per intensità e convinzione? In effetti i Mournful Gust, con questo loro ultimo disco, si liberano parzialmente dell’ingombrante presenza dei My Dying Bride, che aleggiava in “The Frankness Eve”, spostando le coordinate verso un gothic doom più fruibile e dagli accenti meno cupi, finendo però ugualmente per approdare su terreni comunque già ampiamente battuti. Un destino, questo (del resto stiamo parlando di doom ….), al quale nessuna band moderna può pensare seriamente di sfuggire ma, se i risultati sono quelli di For All The Sins, mi sento di poter chiudere questa fin troppo lunga parentesi con un bel “chissenefrega” …. Tanto per tranquillizzare i detrattori chiarisco subito che in ogni fase del disco i Mournful Gust ricordano puntualmente band diverse e di differente estrazione consentendo nel contempo ai nostri di sfuggire ai rischi di una proposta monolitica. L’opener Sleeping With My Name, abbinata ad un curatissimo video, mostra senza indugi le doti della band ucraina capace di tessere trame malinconiche e raffinate, mentre nelle successive Keep Me Safe From The Emptiness e Falling In Hope il suono si avvicina a quello della band guida del death doom melodico dell’ultimo decennio, ovvero i magnifici Swallow The Sun, e lo stesso avviene anche nella splendida Your White Dress. Un altro tratto comune con i maestri finnici è la presenza di un cantante in grado di mostrare un growl espressivo e profondo alternandolo a clean vocals assolutamente adeguate; addirittura mi spingo a dire che Vlad Shahin, nel genere specifico, è in assoluto il miglior singer in un ipotetica classifica combinata tra i vari registri vocali. Esemplicative al riguardo le prestazioni in brani come Let The Music Cry e This Drama Will Be The Last nei quali l’enfasi vocale del lungoncrinito cantante fornisce il classico valore aggiunto a un tappeto melodico di sicuro impatto emotivo. Proprio la voce di Vlad conduce la band a lambire territori vicini agli Evergrey più evocativi, basti sentire la sentita versione acustica di Let The Music Cry per riportare alla memoria le sensazioni di un brano come “Different Worlds”, oppure si spinge ad acuti di stampo “gillaniano” all’interno dell’avvolgente atmosfera sinfonica che contraddistingue Words Of Farewell. Spunto quest’ultimo che non dovrebbe essere del tutto casuale alla luce della chiusura dell’album affidata alla cover di uno dei brani simbolo dell'hard rock settantiano come Rainbow Eyes . Il primo ascolto di For All The Sins potrebbe lasciare perplessi, proprio perché il sound pare spingere talvolta in maniera eccessiva su un più fruibile versante gotico, va detto però che la perseveranza nell’approfondirne i contenuti alla lunga viene premiata, grazie a una serie di brani di indubbio valore e capaci di restare ben impressi nella memoria. I Mournful Gust hanno composto il disco che potrebbe consentire loro di varcare i confini dell’ex- Unione Sovietica a livello di notorietà; del resto è giusto che la band ucraina possa finalmente cogliere i frutti di un lungo lavoro che li ha portati a un livello assolutamente adeguato agli standard delle band più note del settore. Stefano Cavanna 7.8/10

 
     
     
     
Sleeping With My Name" single reviews
     
    
  Funeral Wedding / 2012    
 

Há tempos sem lançar algum material com inéditas, eis que esses ucranianos aportam com um single de 4 músicas, sendo uma inédita, uma versão para Rainbow Eyes do Rainbow, e 2 versões remix da faixa inédita. Sleeping with my Name podemos considerar como um próximo passo a ser seguido por esses músicos. Ainda encontramos muito do que ele já fizeram anteriormente, intacto, mas algumas passagens nos trazem uma modernidade em sua música. Agora resta-nos esperar pelo o que virá em seu próximo full-lenght. Rainbow Eyes serve de homenagem para o saudoso baixinho do heavy metal, onde nessa versão (dessa bela canção diga-se de passagem) ganhou um approach mais “dark” com um feeling goth/doom para ela. Se aquela balada servia para confortar um coração partido, essa versão serve como inspiração para fazer coisas piores consigo mesmo. Sleeping with my Name (Xes Dreams Remix) tem uma sonoridade um pouco minimalista, para não dizer introspectiva. Mesmo com uma nuance electro, ela não perdeu o feeling dark dela e renderá até uma certa diversão. Sleeping with my Name (Bejalane & G_m Remix) já tem uma pegada mais voltada para essas baladas electro/goth, o que resulta você estando numa balada e acaba passando batido por essa faixa sem se importar. Agora você em casa e ouví-la, acaba se tornando um pouco maçante, a não ser que esteja ocupado demais lavando a louça para desligar o player na hora em que ela começa a tocar.

 
     
    
  Destructive Music / 2012    
 

Released through Solitude Productions, Ukrainian death/doom metal seven piece (Yes, seven!) are looking to the future and for a brief glimpse into that future here is their new single release entitled “Sleeping With My Name”. Now this single release is padded out with two remix’s of the title song as a lot of single releases are but I’m skipping over them as I have a deep seated dislike of remix’s. “Sleeping With My Name” though is a mournful little number, slow, emotional and tugging at ones heart strings right from the off by using a flute to wander through the harsher guitar tones, adding an air of sorrow and betrayal into the mix. Growled vocals come into play that accentuate the music well but the real beauty of this sound is the depth of melodies contained within, and the cleaner vocals that permeate the release too giving it a haunting quality. Incessantly dark, bleak, humble and melancholy, this is a well made look into what is to come from Mournful Gust!
7/10 – LUKE HAYHURST

 
     
     
     
"She´s My Grief… Decade" album reviews
     
    
  Pitchline-Zine.com / 2012    
 


He de reconocer que no soy muy dado a escuchar recopilatorios de ningún grupo. Generalmente prefiero escuchar el material de las bandas directamente de sus LP's y EP's que de una selección de sus “mejores” temas, y más cuando te encuentras ante un recopilatorio como el de esta banda.

Mournful Gust se forma en el año 1999 en Ucrania a partir de miembros de las bandas Temple Of Oblivion y Vae Solis, del que actualmente sólo queda como miembro original el vocalista Vladislav Shahin. Tras dos discos de estudio, lanzan en 2010 She's My Grief... Decade bajo el sello BadMoodMan Music por el cual sacaron también su último trabajo anterior a éste.

She's My Grief... Decade, más que un recopilatorio, se podría decir que es una edición especial de su primera obra She's My Grief lanzada en 2000, pues incluye 2 discos en los cuales el primero trae todos los temas de su primer disco al completo y un segundo disco de extra que incluye temas en versión demo de su segundo disco The Frankness Eve, además de alguna versión inédita de algunos de sus temas y un videoclip de With Every Suffering.

Comenzando por su primer disco que encierra todo el She's My Grief en su interior, nos encontramos ante una banda que ejecuta un Doom/Death con claras reminiscencias góticas a través de violines, flautas y voces femeninas que colaboraron en su día en este disco, y claras influencias de bandas que van desde Paradise Lost a los primeros Moonspell (como se puede apreciar en algunas ocasiones en I Saw Her Sad Eyes), e incluso alguna similitud con Draconian.

Mournful Gust procura ante todo reforzar la influencia del Metal gótico en su música a través de los elementos escogidos, siendo la presencia de dichos toques muy palpables, ya bien sea mediante los cánticos femeninos fusionados con otros masculinos limpios (como en Once We Were Happy), si bien la base se sustenta en el Doom/Death, y no faltarán los guturales y las voces rasgadas con riffs pesados.

Centrándonos en su segundo CD, nos encontraremos con un disco que encierra todos los temas de la versión demo de The Frankness Eve, en donde quizás se note una mayor influencia del Doom/Death frente a los elementos góticos, de los cuales sólo queda la flauta y las voces limpias, además de una mayor presencia de los teclados para obtener dicha atmósfera (como se aprecia en The Cold Solitude).

Entre las versiones inéditas se encuentra una de The First Spring Without You mucho más extendida que la original y que no da esa sensación de intro que daba al principio, además de presentarse con un toque mucho más Doom/Death de lo usual en la banda. Seguida de ésta nos encontramos con dos nuevas versiones de I Saw Her Sad Eyes y The Cold Solitude, la primera con una base electrónica que desde luego uno se esperaba, al igual que la segunda que además añade unos ritmos tradicionales bailables (?). No sólo eso, sino que aparte de ello The Cold Solitude tiene una segunda versión más (Alexander Naydenov version) puramente acústica.

Como decía al principio, She's My Grief... Decade es más una edición especial por los 10º aniversario de su primer disco She's My Grief, y evaluándolo como tal disco, aunque no es que tampoco resulte una aberración de la naturaleza, está lejos de alcanzar el aprobado debido a que no trae nada nuevo y no tiene nada que llame la atención lo suficiente como para querer volver a escucharlo, añadiendo además la duración que presenta (casi 2 horas entre los dos discos), aparte de que personalmente considero que éste es un estilo que puede llegar a resultar bastante plano si no consigues conectar con el público. Nada nuevo bajo el sol.

VALORACIÓN 4.0
. Redactor ... Soulkiller .

 
     
    
  Maelstrom 'Zine / issue No 71/ 2011    
 


The first CD of this two-disc edition is a remastered version of Mournful Gust's 2000 debut. Ten years later, it's still an honest, romantic, elaborated, almost majestic piece of music. It's the kind of music you listen to on lonely winter evenings, soak it in, follow the details and get carried away. Basically, nothing changed since we first reviewed it , except the sound. However, the re-mastering wasn't all that necessary, and not necessarily good. As opposed to slightly lo-fi but charming "old" sound, the "new" sound is more compressed and with more midrange, making it perhaps more modern, but slightly colder. Still, it probably depends on the equipment you are using and if you have a really old "trusty" stereo somewhere, and don't have She's My Grief, you should have it.

The second CD is just as interesting: You get demo versions of three songs from The Frankness Eve, which, from the first note, show that Mournful Gust are not another doom band inspired by My Dying Bride or Tristania, but an entity with personality and, at times, amazing ideas. Basically, these demo versions are better than many well produced similar bands these days. Then, two new versions of She's My Grief songs and, in the end, three versions of the best track off The Frankness Eve, "The Cold Solitude" -- one is an experimental, dancey variant and you probably won't like it. The next one is a somber acoustic version, and finally a demo version that will probably make you want to hear the whole album, as it's still one of the best songs ever. To further convince you, Mournful Gust have added the video for "With Every Suffering," which makes the second disc just as good as the first one.

So, if you already have both Mournful Gust albums, maybe you don't need She's My Grief... Decade unless you are really curious (although chances are you might be). But if you only have one of them, you do. (7.5/10)

review by: Mladen Škot

 
     
    
  Doom Metal Front / 2011    
 


Die 1999 aus zwei Vorgangerbands fusionierten und zweifelsohne zu den dienstaltesten ukrainischen Death Doom Kapellen zahlenden MOURNFUL GUST, haben es trotz ihres mittlerweile uber zehnjahrigen Bestehens erst auf zwei Alben und ein Demo zwischen jenen geschafft. Ihr 2000er Tape-Debut "She?s My Grief" wurde bereits 2005 Re-released und nun vom russischen BadManMusic Label, inklusive einer Bonus-CD mit dem Titel "...Decade" erneut wiederveroffentlicht. Uber Sinn oder Unsinn einer solchen, zwar remastered-en, aber denoch nach heutigen Klangstandarts eher mittelma?ig produzierten Neuauflage, lasst sich sicher streiten. Auf jeden Fall wird auf diesem Wege das Material langst vergangener Zeiten fur die nachste Generation von Genreanhangern konserviert und leichter zuganglich gemacht. Stilistisch orientiert sich die aktuell aus sechs Mitgliedern bestehende Band primar an musikalischen Vorbildern, wie My Dying Bride oder Paradise Lost und fugt den bewehrten englischen Trademarks, typisch osteuropaische Melankolie und mittelalterliche bzw. barocke Elemente hinzu. So werden in den sieben Stucken von "She?s My Grief", fanfaren-, cembalo-, orgelartige Keyboardsounds mit Flote und Violine, sowie weiblicher Normal- bis Soprangesang, als auch mannliche Death- und Clean Vocals zusammengefuhrt. Retrospektiv betrachtet bleibt fur mich von dieser CD das an Nummer funf positionierte, mit spukig klingenden Keys, einem klasse hintergrundig treibenden Riff und einer schonen Klavierlinie versehene, sowie ohne female Vocals auskommende, "I Saw Her Sad Eyes" hangen.

Weitaus mehr Eindruck hinterlasst meiner Meinung nach allerdings der zweite Silberling, der nicht nur ein viel satteres Gesamtklangbild aufweist, sondern zudem um einiges abwechslungsreicher gestaltet ist. Die einleitenden drei Stucke auf "...Decade" sind die Demo Versionen der ursprunglich auf dem 2008er MOURNFUL GUST Longplayer "The Frankness Eve" auffindbaren Songs "A Pain To Remember", "It's Our Own Tragedy" und "To Your Deceits... Again". Erstgenannter ist ein klassischer, zwischen Verzweiflung und Wut pendelnder Death Doom Knaller mit traumhaft leierndem Gitarreriff, dezenten Floten- und Klavierklangen, sowie einem feinen Vocal-Effekt am Ende. Dieser ist definitiv der beste Titel dieses Doppelalbums. Die beiden nachfolgenden sind eher im Folk-/Pagan Metal oder Mittelalter Rock anzusiedeln und erinnern von der Instrumentalisierung her vereinzelt gar an Blind Guardian. Langsam, schwer und funeralistisch kommt dann "The First Spring Without You" daher. Jener dient auf "She?s My Grief" als Intro und wird jetzt von den ebenfalls aus der Ukraine stammenden Somnolent au?erst gelungen neu interpretiert. Anschlie?end taucht ex-MOURNFUL GUST Tastenmann Stanislav Mischenko das schon erwahnte "I Saw Her Sad Eyes" in ein komplett anderes, mit den elektronischen Soundtufteleien Samaels vergleichbares, Gewand. Beschwingt geht es danach mit einer von gleich drei! Versionen, des im Original wieder auf "The Frankness Eve" vorhandenen Titels, "The Cold Solitude" weiter. Zuerst lassen die Musiker der beiden Electro/Fusion/Ambient Projekte "Soundform&Practical Senses" ihrer Experimentierfreude, unter Einbezug von Jazz, Polka und Electronica freien Lauf. Dann verwandelt der Kunstler Alexander Naydenov den Song in ein eingangiges Akustikgitarren Instrumental, welches in mir Erinnerungen an viele fantastische Melodic Death Metal Zwischenspiele a la In Flames aus den 90gern weckt. Schlie?lich packt man auch hier noch die Demovariante oben drauf. In jener stellt Ausnahmesanger Vladislav Shahin sein Stimmspektrum von Clean Vocals, die durchaus auch einer Power Metal Combo gut zu Gesicht stehen wurde, bis hin zu kernigen Growls, noch einmal unter Beweis. Gleiches gilt fur den zusatzlich enthaltenen und professionell in Szene gesetzten Video-Clip zu "With Every Suffering", bei dem die Symbiose dieser beiden Gesangsgegensatze nahezu perfekt funktioniert.

Fazit: Ob dieses Quasi-Best-Of nach zwei Alben wirklich notwendig ist sei dahingestellt. Interessant ist der auf "...Decade" gebotene Stilmix aber alle mal!

Author: Slowmas
7/10

 
     
    
  Forgotten Path' Magazine / 2011    
 


This is quite a strange compilation album from the Ukrainian band Mournful Gust. Strange, but attractive and nice to listen to. On the other hand, everything is quite clear - "BadMoonMan Music" presents the best tracks created during Mournful Gust's existence. Sure, I understand why the material from the first album "She's My Grief" is here. I also think that it is useful to add tracks from demo "The Frankness Eve" here (they later were also released on the second studio album of the same name). But what do those mixes and different versions of some songs do here? I have no clue, though must admit that even in those weird versions I was able to find something interesting. More than 100 minutes of melancholic Death/Doom is enough to announce my judgment on the band. I would name Mournful Gust as one of the most attractive Ukrainian bands of this style. They share good and strong vocals, nice guitar riffs and beautiful compositions. What I don't like are most of the key parts and the funny electro sounds. As I haven't heard any of Mournful Gust's previous releases, I'm not sure if such parts were made just for this compilation or if this was normal for them. However, there are plenty of things that make me be happy about the album. The mood of this Death/Doom is traditional in sound. Although the sound is not very clean that does not matter at all. Just if quality is important for you, have that fact in mind. If you care just for the music - be prepared for solid, pretty melodic and strong Doom. I believe you will also hear the influence of Slavic culture. In general, the album consists of mature tracks, which would not make any shame for any band. Though some of the songs lack variety, this does not make it weaker, and those strange variations and mixes make the album more interesting. Of course, for others this might be pretty annoying so be prepared for good Death/Doom with some experimental touches.

Author: Odium
7,5 / 10

 
     
    
  Metal Italia / 2010    
 


Tempo di ristampa per gli ucraini Mournful Gust, formazione dedita ad un doom metal che ricorda da vicino l'ondata inglese della fine degli anni ottanta: "She is My Grief... Decade" altro non è che il primo parto della formazione con l'aggiunta di un bonus disc contenente materiale demo di alcuni brani finiti successivamente sul secondo album della formazione "The Frankness Eve". Lo spettro di formazioni come i primi Anathema e My Dying Bride appare piuttosto evidente nel lotto di composizioni di "She is My Grief": nei cinquanta e passa minuti di durata del lavoro si rimane saldamente ancorati ai ritmi lenti e trascinati dell'opener "Path Of My Tears", brano ben strutturato che alterna atmosfere tristi a frequenti incursioni di flauto e vocalizzi femminili che aiutano a rendere più variegata e meno stantia la proposta. E' nei brani più lunghi ed articolati come "Embrace The Scarlet Twilight" che la band dimostra tutto il suo valore coniugando in maniera convincente atmosfera e personalità: purtroppo in più di un'occasione "She is My Grief" mette in evidenza tutti i limiti e le imperfezioni di un debut album, come la presenza di qualche passaggio non propriamente fluido o qualche assolo eccessivamente gratuito e che spezza eccessivamente l'atmosfera delle composizioni. Pur senza grossi picchi qualitativi, l'ascolto di "She is My Grief" prosegue in maniera abbastanza fluida seppur con qualche riserva sulla ripetitività di certe soluzioni e la scarsa cura riposta in fase di registrazione dell'opera: anche se soggetto ad una fase di rimasterizzazione, l'album risulta ancora largamente insufficiente dal punto di vista della produzione, con un suono deficitario in potenza e definizione che lo fa somigliare più ad un demo che ad un rilascio ufficiale. Decisamente interessante il secondo CD, pregno di contenuti variegati che sicuramente costituiranno un buon incentivo all'acquisto per i fan della band: i brani inclusi si dividono in maniera equa tra alcune versioni alternative di brani del debut e versioni demo dei brani del secondogenito "The Frankness Eve", oltre al videoclip di "With Every Suffering". "She is My Grief... Decade" rappresenta un'uscita tutt'altro che necessaria per gli amanti delle sonorità doom/gothic, e probabilmente verrà apprezzato solo dai fan più accaniti della formazione: i nuovi contenuti del secondo disco purtroppo non riescono a bilanciare la qualità di un lavoro eccessivamente dozzinale e lontano dalla qualità dei capisaldi del genere.

Voto: 6.0
Recensione di Fabio Galli

 
     
    
  metal-daze.com / 2010    
 


Ucranianos de origen y gente del Doom/Gothic Metal de profesión, los MOURNGUL GUST nos presentan (en atractiva presentación) la edición de su primer álbum (“She´s My Grief del 2000) y como bonus “Decade” (Demo de la banda).
Personalmente me siento atraído por el Doom, mas aun por bandas como My Dying Bride o el viejo Paradise Lost, o luminarias como Novembers Doom o Mourning Beloveth), pero lo gótico no se apega a mis inclinaciones musicales.
Esta banda arranca en el Doom de My Dying Bride pero coexistiendo con el mencionado sub-genero, el cual pareciera frenar (si imagináramos una carrera) el andar de la banda.
Mucha melancolía y solemnidad, voces guturales, instrumentos de viento, voz femenina alternando, violines, flautas, guitarras acústicas…demasiado para mi. En el tercer tema, “Where Once We Were Happy”, sí hicieron mella en mí, gracias a unos riffs oscuros, a medio tiempo (y mas lentos también), una voz que mete miedo y buenos cortes (el violín de fondo conteniendo la respiración casi) y acertados ritmos de batería acompañando.
El sonido no es excelso, ni por asomo (no es una regrabación de esos discos sino solamente reedición del material original) y ello también hace que el efecto sucumba ante la falta de “explosión” que sufren las composiciones.
La primera parte (CD 1) se encarga de mostrar a una banda con ideas poco claras (por esa exagerada variedad de la que hablaba) pero con algunas interesantes “puntadas” que el grupo va dejando en algunos tracks.
“Sweet Embrace Of Scarlet Twilight” es otro de los temas destacados en esa primera parte, por su malicia y su apacible y grisácea ambigüedad. El segundo CD (“Decade”) difieren en sonido (es ciertamente mejor) aunque musicalmente mantiene el hilo conductor que la banda ucraniana manifiesta en todo el material.
“Again” y el video de la canción “With Every Suffering” son lo mas destacado, aunque claro, estas ediciones simplemente aparecen para conocer lo añejo de la banda, transportarnos por un momento y atesorarlo como si fuera una de las joyas mas preciadas. Lamentablemente para mi es un disco más que salió en este desparejo 2010 en cuanto a ediciones destacadas…

Moderador: Gustavo
Puntuación 3

 
     
    
  Inwё[B]zine / 2010    
 


Style : Doom/Death

CD1 : She’s my Grief…

Liste des morceaux :

01. The First Spring Without You
02. Path of my Tears
03. Once we Were Happy
04. Sweet Embrace of Scarlet Twilight
05. I Saw Her Sad Eyes
06. As a Wingless Bird
07. ...And we Shall Die Together

Chronique :

MOURNFUL GUST refait parler de lui, avec la sortie de ce double album, mêlant des titres remasterisés de leur premier album ainsi que des versions inédites de morceaux présents sur She’s my Grief et The Frankness Eve. Comme toute compilation, est-ce que ce double album possède un réel intérêt ? Ou est-ce juste un coup de pub du groupe pour refaire parler de lui ?

Je n’ai pas écouté la version originale de She’s my Grief, je ne peux pas donc dire si la remasterisation est vraiment importante et si elle apporte quelque chose à la musique de MOURNFUL GUST. Ce que je peux déjà dire, dès la première écoute, est qu’on est très loin de l’esprit du Doom/Death annoncé. Ce n’est pas parce leurs morceaux font plus de huit minutes que l’on peut utiliser le terme de Doom métal pour qualifier leur musique. Je dirais qu’on est plutôt proche d’un métal symphonique avec des influences très diverses. Car s’il y a bien un terme qui convient à cet album, c’est diversité.

Bien que nous soyons loin des émotions du Doom/Death, MOURNFUL GUST nous offre un métal symphonique de grande qualité. Je retrouve les mêmes sentiments que lors de l’écoute de Enter de WITHIN TEMPTATION, même si She’s my Grief est plus rapide rythmiquement.

L’entrée en matière est très mystérieuse et sombre, typique du Doom, mais plutôt Funeral. Dès Path of my Tears, on voit où le groupe veut nous emmener. La surprise ne vient pas de ce morceau bien que l’intrusion d’une flûte traversière soit toujours un moment féerique. La structure de leur musique est assez basique : voix claires et gutturales, masculines comme féminines ; guitares rythmique et mélodique, un clavier pour le décor et une batterie pour tenir la route. Oui, rien de très surprenant si ce n’est la présence d’une flûte, mais le groupe maîtrise parfaitement son sujet et va nous surprendre d’une autre manière.

En effet, si l’ensemble de l’album peut être qualifié de symphonique, la musique de MOURNFUL GUST ne peut se cantonner à un seul style. Des intrusions d’ambiances plus Doom dans Sweet Embrace of Scarlet Twilight avec des parties plus pesantes, ou encore un décor magnifique, tinté de Folk dans As a Wingless Bird nous fait dire que le groupe possède de nombreuses influences. Alors bien sûr, on pourrait se dire que le groupe se cherche ou que l’on se perd au milieu de styles si divers. Eh bien non, une totale maîtrise de chaque style, de chaque morceau fait de cet album un véritable voyage dans des contrées très variées.

Une dernière chose surprenante dans cet album est le travail sur les conclusions. Chaque morceau se ponctue par une pause, très travaillée et différente du morceau qui la précède. C’est déstabilisant et, en même temps, particulièrement original et agréable ; comme un instant rempli de finesse, court et intense.

Un album donc très réfléchi, bien amené, bien maîtrisé et dont chaque morceau est une véritable découverte.

CD2 : …Decade

Liste des morceaux

01. A Pain to Remember (version démo)
02. It’s our Own Tragedy (version démo)
03. To Your Deceits… Again (version démo)
04. The First Spring Without You (somnolent version)
05. I Saw Her Sad Eyes (version Stas Mischenko)
06. The Cold Solitude (version Soundform & Pratical Senses)
07. The Cold Solitude (version Alexander Naydenov)
08. The Cold Solitude (version demo)
09. With Every Suffering (Clip video)

Chronique :

…Decade apporte lui aussi son lot de surprises et n’est pas seulement un cd bonus qui accompagne bêtement She’s my Grief.

Dès le premier accord, je retrouve de suite les sensations du Doom/Death. Une musique plus pesante, plus lente et plus massive, bien que l’on ressente toujours une grosse influence gothique.

Les trois premiers morceaux sont issus de la démo et album The Frankness Eve. On reste sur le même schéma, avec des morceaux très mélodiques, mais plus teintés de Doom métal. La maîtrise est toujours présente, chaque accord, chaque note est parfaitement amenée et ne laisse pas place à l’improvisation. Les mélodies sont magnifiques quelque soit l’instrument choisi, la guitare, le clavier ou encore la flûte sublime l’album. La voix claire se fait plus présente et instaure une grande profondeur.

The First Spring Without You en version lente est un véritable morceau de Doom/Death. Le morceau gagne en profondeur et cela n’est pas pour me déplaire.

Mais la véritable surprise provient des morceaux dont les versions ont été revisitées. I Saw Her Sad Eyes et The Cold Solitude sont revus en version électro voire à consonances manouches pour le deuxième et c’est réellement surprenant. Le style électro est complètement inconnu pour moi, donc je ne saurais dire si les morceaux sont bons ou non. Ce que je sais, c’est que cela m’a réellement interpellé. Encore une facette du groupe que je ne connaissais pas et que je prends plaisir à découvrir.

J’ai un gros coup de cœur pour The Cold Solitude (version Alexander Naydenov) interprétée par deux guitares sèches. C’est envoûtant, les mélodies sont enivrantes, on perd vite pied et cette sensation est extraordinaire. La version originale du morceau est déjà un monument pour moi, cette version est son apogée.

Un petit mot sut le clip vidéo qui est de bonne qualité, peut-être un peu kitsch avec des images de sépultures, mais cela colle plutôt bien avec l’image du groupe. Un petit bonus, que les fans connaissent déjà puisque la vidéo n’a pas attendu la sortie de l’album pour être diffusée.

Pour terminer, je dirais que MOURNFUL GUST nous offre là un excellent double album, rempli de surprises et de morceaux revisités avec goût. Pour les personnes qui ne connaissaient pas MOURNFUL GUST, c’est une compilation à avoir absolument. Pour les autres, les nouvelles versions sont réellement intéressantes. Le groupe n’a pas cherché à faire un best-of, mais bien un véritable travail sur leurs anciens morceaux. C’est réellement appréciable et très agréable à écouter.

Auteur :
dark.pimousse

 
     
    
  Shapeless ' Zine / 2010    
 


Non è la prima volta che Shapeless Zine ha a che fare con i Mournful Gust. Due anni fa, infatti, la nostra webzine ha recensito il loro secondo full-length in assoluto, pubblicato per la Bad Mood Man Records: "The Frankness Eve" (la lettura di tale recensione è vivamente consigliata a tutti coloro che volessero conoscere lo sviluppo artistico di questa valida band).

"She's My Grief... Decade", pubblicato sempre dalla sottoetichetta della Solitude, è una ristampa che celebra i dieci anni passati dalla pubblicazione del loro disco d'esordio, "She's My Grief". Considerato il fatto che la prima stampa di questo album è stata realizzata solo in formato musicassetta dalla Metal Force, il gruppo ha deciso di riproporre questa loro creazione in una veste completamente rinnovata, remissata e finalmente su formato CD. E, per rendere interessante questa ristampa anche ai pochi in possesso della prima edizione di "She's My Grief", i Mournful Gust hanno realizzato un secondo CD, contenente delle tracce tratte dal demo di "The Frankness Eve" (2006), più qualche cover di loro canzoni suonate da gruppi amici.

La copertina di "She's My Grief... Decade" rappresenta una bella donna con le braccia incrociate sul petto, ed una rosa morente in primo piano. All'altezza della rosa (e del petto della ragazza) la copertina è vivacizzata da un'alone rossastro. Il resto della copertina è grigio. Il libretto, di sedici facciate, contiene tutti i testi, varie foto dei musicisti, le descrizioni delle tracce del secondo CD, i ringraziamenti e varie informazioni relative alla natura di questa pubblicazione. I due CD sono intitolati "She's My Grief" (ovvero la ristampa propriamente detta) e "Decade" (il CD bonus celebrativo).

Originariamente, il disco è stato inciso al Jazz Club Studio di Krivoy Rog, sotto la supervisione di Vitaly Seroshtan nell'ottobre del 2000. La formazione che ha inciso il CD consisteva in Vladislav Shahin (voce), Alexander Glavnty (chitarra solista), Evgeny Vecher (seconda chitarra), Evgeny Kozlovskiy (basso), Artem Lygun (tastiera) e Vjacheslav Kapusta (batteria). Inoltre, hanno partecipato gli ospiti Oksama Krivenko (soprano), Anna Dobrydneva (voce femminile), Andrey Chistoserdov (violino) e Alexander Ulanov (flauto). Molti di questi musicisti, ovviamente, non fanno più parte della band, che nel corso degli anni ha subito diversi avvicendamenti in formazione.

Considerato che si tratta di una ristampa, non ritengo sia necessario sezionare le varie tracce con una perizia chirurgica. In fondo, i Mournful Gust sono cambiati nel corso degli anni, sono maturati. E' ovvio che sia così. Però "She's My Grief" si difende bene. Certo, la qualità di registrazione è quella che è, nonostante i salti mortali fatti in sede di remissaggio. In effetti, la batteria si sente un po' troppo sullo sfondo, ed i suoni non sono mai così perfetti in quanto a volumi. Però le canzoni sono buone, lo stile vario ed interessante, ed i musicisti sono decisamente professionali. La tecnica è sicura: si ascolti ad esempio il lavoro della batteria, molto creativo ed interessante. Questo fa sì che ogni tanto, nei brani, affiorino delle leggere velleità prog. Così com'è evidente l'interesse del gruppo per le melodie barocche o, per così dire, medievali. Ed ecco quindi che strumenti quali il flauto e il violino svolgono un ruolo molto suggestivo negli arrangiamenti ambiziosi ed a volte eccessivi.

Stilisticamente, i Mournful Gust del 2000 erano molto legati al doom/death inglese degli anni '90, con un occhio di riguardo per i My Dying Bride. Ci sono però anche molti richiami ad altre realtà internazionali minori, però autrici in quegli anni di ottime pubblicazioni (ad esempio, i polacchi Cemetery Of Scream). Canzoni come "Path Of My Tears" (la più complessa), "I Saw Her Sad Eyes" e "Sweet Embrace Of Scarlet Twilight" sono belle e coinvolgenti ancora oggi, ed evidenziano l'eclettismo dei nostri, capaci anche di accelerazioni piuttosto cattive e violente per il genere.

"She's My Grief" è qualitativamente un gradino sotto al suo successore "The Frankness Eve", disco che ha messo in luce un ottimo miglioramento nello stile, e soprattutto nella personalità (i richiami a certi gruppi famosi sono meno evidenti).

Per quanto riguarda il CD "Decade", contiene le versioni demo delle canzoni "A Pain To Remember", "It's Our Own Tragedy", "To Your Deceit... Again" e "The Cold Solitude". Queste tracce erano state incise in occasione del già citato demo di "The Frankness Eve", che ha preceduto di due anni la pubblicazione dell'album omonimo (2008). Inoltre sono presenti le seguenti cover: "The First Spring Without You", che in "She's My Grief" è un'intro ed è qui trasformata in una canzone a tutti gli effetti, ad opera di Somnolent; "I Saw Her Sad Eyes", brano elettronica a firma di Stas Mischenko; "The Cold Solitude", altra traccia curiosa ad opera di Somnolent e Practical Sense"; e "The Cold Solitude" realizzata con una sola chitarra acustica da Alexander Naydenov. In più, è presente il video di "With Every Suffering".

"She's My Grief... Decade" è un ottimo modo per conoscere le origini dei Mournful Grief, con in più un piacevole bonus. La qualità grafica è elevata, e la Bad Mood Man/Solitude non tradisce il suo grandioso standard. Non si tratta di un'uscita irrinunciabile, ma gli amanti del genere, o i fan dell'etichetta, non potranno che apprezzare questo "She's My Grief... Decade".

Genere: doom death metal
(EGr - Ottobre 2010)
Voto: 7

 
     
    
  The Pit Of The Damned / 2010    
 


Non allarmatevi ragazzi perché questo non è il nuovo lavoro degli ucraini Mournful Gust, bensì la loro etichetta ha pensato bene di raccogliere in 2 cd, il disco d'esordio dei nostri, completamente rimasterizzato, più versioni demo, alternative di alcune altre songs del combo est europeo. Il risultato? Beh, come potete ben immaginare da un cultore del genere come il sottoscritto, non potete che attendervi buone parole. Si sente subito che non si tratta di pezzi proprio attualissimi, visto che il cd risale al 2000, e dove forti sono le influenze dei gruppi storici della scena dell'epoca, con i Tristania e i primi Within Temptation come influenza basilare per l'alternanza di growling maschile e angeliche e soavi voci femminili. Devo aggiungere che il sestetto di Krivoy Rog (città ben più famosa per detenere il record di città più lunga al mondo) affonda le radici del proprio sound anche nelle produzioni "Pentecost III" e "The Silent Enigma" degli Anathema, quando ancora il growling prima di Darren White, poi di Vincent Cavanagh, si inseriva in un contesto altamente malinconico/deprimente. E cosi le songs di "She's My Grief", accompagnate da struggenti violini e inquieti flauti, permeati da una intrinseca inquietudine di fondo dettata dai suoni irrequieti delle chitarre, mettono in mostra le indubbie qualità compositive dell'act della ex repubblica sovietica. Difficile scegliere una song che possa svettare sulle altre in quanto la qualità della proposta è comunque medio alta. Forse la cosa che faccio più fatica a digerire ora come ora, è la presenza del soprano Oksana Krivenko, ma basta farci un attimo l'orecchio per poter godere appieno delle lunghe songs offerte. Il cd "Decade", come dicevo, è una sorta di regalo per i fan più accaniti, con demo version del secondo lavoro della band, "The Frankness Eve" (incluso anche il video clip di "With Every Suffering") e altre songs completamente rivisitate in più modi (è il caso di "The Cold Solitude"). Che altro aggiungere, se non che, se siete fan del genere death doom, non potete far mancare questo cd nella vostra collezione, in attesa che un nuovo lavoro sia rilasciato dai Mournful Gust.

Francesco Scarci
voto: 70

 
     
    
  doom-metal.com / 2010    
 


Mournful Gust is some case in the Russian Doom scene. First, because it is almost the first band of its kind to emerge on the Doom scene in 1999. Secondly, because their music is very special. Mournful Gust never hid the pleasure they get in mixing very diverse genres, and this reissue of their debut album (released on cassette in 2001) demonstrates that.

The first CD is the album 'She's My Grief’. What is on: sophisticated Gothic/Doom with alternating male/female voice, flute and keyboards, melodic solos overflowing on a Doom/Death rythmic - sometimes bringing to mind to the early efforts of Dream Theater - while not hesitating at times to navigate into purely Folk/Viking Metal but without ever sounding like a late night of the german Oktoberfest. More like a country fest under the Tsars.

Feelings are perfectly rendered; that typical melancholy that I tend to associate with the Slavic soul is fully present and shows up in the various songs without never sounding clichй while avoiding the trap of repetition. When you see the conditions under which the album was originally recorded, and with the limited equipment available to the band, you are amazed by the fact that a simple sound lifting is enough to challenge the modern releases. Another positive surprise: the singer speaks with a really good english accent; many Russian bands scarcely master that somewhat exotic language.

The second CD is made of unreleased tracks, under the appellation '... Decade'. There are four demo versions of tracks that have been released on the second 2005 album, 'The Frankness Eve': A bit more sophisticated than what can be found on 'She's My Grief’ ", the music is still pure Gothic/Doom: note, however, the appearance of excellent clear male vocal lines. It is thus relatively calm, yet sad. You also find the clip of 'With Every Suffering', the full-set with all genre’s clichйs (marble statue, young girl in white silk, lake, derelict castle, all filmed in black and white)…

And finally, the remixes. These are very good, even if they may hurt the sensitivity of pure Metal fans. 'The First Dream Without You' is reworked in a Dream/House version; 'I Saw Her Sad Eyes' is pure Slavic folk music when 'The Cold Solitude' gets a ‘Goa’ treatment at first, then an acoustic version. This will require some open mind to get into this part of the disc but, as unusal as these exercises are, the remixes are all successful and interesting.

This new edition allows you to rediscover a great band that unfortunately went somewhat unnoticed in our countries. What is amazing when you see the western approval rating of Autumnia, the other band of Mournful Gust’s singer and guitarist. Anyway, if you are looking for an album that is both quiet and melancholic, get this 'She's My Grief ... Decade': in the genre, it is a little gem that deserves your interest.

Reviewed on 10-09-2010 by Laurent Lignon

 
     
    
  Metal Revolution Webzine / 2010    
 


Russian-based label Bad Moon Man has decided to re-release She’s My Grief, a legendary album by Ukranian Gothic/doom/Death/prog Metal band Mourful Gust.

The album material has been fully remastered and the production is simply amazing and a true pleasure for ears. Furthermore; it has been supplemented with a bonus CD containing their 2006 demo The Frankness Eve, cover versions of MR-songs by some invited musicians. Also interesting video for the track “With Every Suffering” is to be found here.

I esp. enjoyed the appalling and dreadful operatic female voices of Anna Dobrydneva, but also the overall structures are pleasant. I like the general mournful, melancholic and emotional side the band presents here; while the irritating flute parts (performed by Alexander Ulanov) and keyboards (Artem Lygun) are something that is annoying and repetitive.

On the more positive note I would point to the guitars; being razor sharp, heavy and dominating the overall sound picture.

However; is that with this new-found and enforced power She’s My Grief proves to be still state-of-the-art piece of music coming from Eastern Europe. Esp. recommended for the fans of Paradise Lost, Anathema, My Dying Bide, Saurnus and such.

By Bato, 70/100

 
     
    
  Kaosguards / 2010    
 


A la toute fin des années 90, le groupe ukrainien Mournful Gust se formait et s’avérait d’entrée de jeu prolifique avec son premier album “She’s My Grief”.

A la toute fin des années 90, le groupe ukrainien Mournful Gust se formait et s’avérait d’entrée de jeu prolifique avec son premier album “She’s My Grief”. Sorti initialement en 2000 sur bande, l’album avait été une première fois réédité en CD. Aujourd’hui, le label russe BadMoodMan ressort l’objet dans une version remasterisée, avec un nouvel artwork (très gothique dans les thématiques mais très professionnel) et surtout un second CD comportant huit titres bonus ainsi qu’une vidéo.

Fortement influencé par le Doom Death torturé, à consonnances gothiques, de My Dying Bride ou d’Anathema première période, Mournful Gust avait d’emblée choisi d’accentuer les apports extérieurs à l’univers du Metal : chants féminins en contraste avec un chant rauque Death ou pleuré typiquement gothique, claviers sinistres presque planants (« The First Spring Without You »), violon (« Path Of My Tears », « Once We Were Happy »), flûte.

La bonne volonté du guitariste et compositeur Alexander Glavniy ainsi que celle de ses comparses interprètes conférait à cet album un cachet underground encourageant, sans pour autant gommer le trop grand classicisme des plans Metal utilisés et une production étriquée qui rognait les ambitions réelles du groupe.

Cette réédition de « She’s My Grief » peut toutefois intéresser les fans de Doom Death peu connu. Les huit titres figurant sur le second CD sont pour l’essentiel des démos enregistrées en 2009 et qui dévoilent un groupe toujours très classique dans son approche mais beaucoup plus affuté. Le chant de Vlad Shahin a notamment gagné en assurance et en efficacité. Qui plus est, le son de ces démos de 2009 s’avère de meilleure qualité que celui de « She’s My Grief », ce qui ne gâte rien. Figurent également trois versions du morceau « The Cold Solitude » : une instrumentale folklorique et technoïde à la fois, une instrumentale et acoustique, la dernière avec Mournful Gust au complet (la meilleure).

Style : Doom Death gothique
Alain Lavanne

 
     
    
  Heavy Impact Webzine / 2010    
 


Iniziatori, o comunque tra le prime bands, ad impostare in territorio sovietico una uscita da confini del Doom Metal classico, gli ucraini Mournful Gust tornano sul mercato con questa riedizione del proprio primo studio album intitolato “She's My Grief... Decade”. Il lavoro comprende due cd, il primo di questi è come già detto l’album del 2000 “She’s My Grief”, il secondo è invece un bouns platter contenente versioni demo ed alternative di brani del secondo album “The Frankness Eve” (2008) con l’aggiunta di una traccia video.

Prescindendo dai meriti della band e dalle composizioni, che lasciano trasparire un sostrato compositivo ancora acerbo, la pecca fondamentale di questo album (almeno per ciò che concerne il primo cd) è la produzione indissolubilmente legata al lontano anno 2000. Detto questo bisogna però affermare che il Death/Doom Metal della band risulta ancora oggi ben congeniato e profondamente elegante, grazie soprattutto all’uso di strumenti classici (flauti e violini) e alle massicce vocal da soprano di Oksana Krivenko. Tale comparto di natura classica, bene si adagia sulle strutture delle sette tracce malinconiche che la band mette in campo e crea delle atmosfere particolarissime ed emozionanti, come accade per “...And We Shall Die Together” o per “I Saw Her Sad Eyes”, pezzi che nonostante il corso degli anni, sono ancora capaci di reggere il confronto con le più moderne produzioni del genere in esame.

Per ciò che invece concerne il secondo cd che compone questa riedizione, beh questo è da prendere come un piccolo regalo che la band fa ai propri fans, anche perché il materiale in esso contenuto è già edito, anche se in forma diversa e non aggiunge nulla al corso musicale degli ucraini.

In conclusione, se avete apprezzato l’ottimo “The Frankness Eve” e volete scoprire le origini della band, questa è una opportunità più che buona, per far vostro anche un cd di materiale bonus, se invece non possedete nulla dei Mournful Gust, il mio consiglio è di andare a scoprirli proprio con il lavoro del 2008.

Valutazione: 6.5/10
Scritto da Andrea Angelino

 
     
    
  The Streets Webzine / 2010    
 


Da skal vi tilbake til den ukrainske septetten som leverte et meget bra album for et par år siden. Det er intet nytt material som møter oss på denne utgivelsen, da det er en dobbel-cd som tar for seg debutalbumet deres og en oppsamling av demolåter og tolkninger som andre band gjør av deres låter. Jeg aner ingenting om hvilke midler og ressurser som har vært tilgjengelig for bandet rundt 2000, så «She's my Grief» blir bedømt utfra dagens standarder. Det som møter deg på albumet er et særdeles uferdig band som definitivt har stå-på-vilje og en vital forståelse av den romantiske delen av Death/Doom-genren, men de faller fullstendig igjennom på den lydmessige biten og til tider på det arrangementmessige. Ikke i den forstand at lyden er elendig, men de mangler en sammenheng mellom alle instrumentene. Man kommer aldri forbi musikerne som står i studio og strever så mye med å spille inn sin del at de helt glemmer å ta hensyn til hva de andre gjør. Trommene funker for eksempel ikke i det hele tatt sammen med gitarriffene. Og den malplasserte tverrfløyta som dukker opp i tide og utide!? Det den presenterer i seg selv er fint nok, men igjen; hører den i det hele tatt på hva som skjer ellers i låta? Det hadde vært mer interessant med en re-innspilling av alt materialet, for det er et potensial her, men det er vanskelig å bedømme uten illusjonen om at man hører på musikk. Kompilasjonscd-en inneholder fire demolåter som ble å finne på «The Frankness Eve» og allerede her er det en markant økning i kvalitet på alle områder fra debuten. Det er forøvrig disse fire låtene som finnes på 2006-demoen deres. Deretter følger det fire tolkninger av låtmaterialet deres gjort av andre artister. To av låtene kommer fra den grusomme debuten, mens «The Cold Solitude» fra andrealbumet blir gjort i to ulike versjoner. Graden av gjennomførthet er høyst variabel, for å si det mildt... Den tekniske og designmessige biten rundt utgivelsen er av høy klasse (som alltid fra denne russiske labelen), men det er ikke til å komme bort fra at innholdet kun er for hyperblodfans og bandet selv. Den «høye» karakteren (bonuspoeng for demolåtene og den akustiske coveren) til tross; resten av verden kunne fint vært spart for denne utgivelsen.

3/10

 
     
    
  Abyss ‘Zine / 2010    
 


Pokud se stejně jako já setkáváte s MOURNFUL GUST poprvé, vězte, že se jedná o uskupení z ukrajinského města Krivoy Rog a deska "She's My Grief" je jejich prvotinou z roku 2000. Kotouč, který se mi dostal do rukou, však není deset let starým záznamem, nýbrž jeho reedicí obohacenou o bonusový disk s mnoha dalšími skladbami, dokumentujícími dosavadní existenci kapely. Ukrajinská hudební scéna je pro mě velkou neznámou, ale pokud bych měl soudit podle této nahrávky, dají se v jejím vývoji najít styčné body s několika tuzemskými spolky.

Třeba s počátky šumperských DYING PASSION, kteří ve své tehdejší tvorbě stejně jako MORUNFUL GUST využívali flétnu. Právě tento nástroj je na albu tím, co ho nejvíce oživuje a zároveň vytrhuje z místy hodně nepřehledného spletence kytarových melodií a riffů. Další tuzemská kapela, která mi vyvstala na mysli, byli FORGOTTEN SILENCE a i v tomto případě to byly jejich počátky, konkrétně prvotina "The Last Remembrance…". Na této desce dodnes obdivuji její progresivitu, vychytané klávesové postupy a rafinované melodie. Ukrajinci sice nedisponují takovým hudebním potenciálem a už vůbec nejsou tolik progresivní, ale minimálně se o to snaží. Bohužel mi však přijde, že jejich snaha o progresivitu začíná i končí u využití široké škály nástrojů. Výsledkem je pouze mnohokráte ohraná melodická směsice deathu, gotiky a doomu. Tento dojem pak jenom utvrzuje uchopení mužského i ženského hlasu, mnohokráte směřujícímu k modelu "kráska versus zvíře".

"She's My Grief" je určitě velmi kvalitním debutem, který by si i v dnešní době zasloužil mezi konzervativci velkou pozornost. Její velkou devízou je upřímnost, se kterou MOURNFUL GUST celý materiál předkládají. Dále je to snaha o vykročení ze zažitých postupů, což se i v několika případech podařilo. Co však celkově materiál sráží k zemi, je přes dlouhou stopáž jednotlivých skladeb jejich slabá kompozice.

MOURNFUL GUST mají v dnešní době vydánu již druhou řadovku s názvem "Frankness Eve" a její vznik částečně dokumentuje druhý bonusový disk. Podle obsažených demonahrávek lze soudit, že Ukrajinci pokračují ve stopách své prvotiny a pokoušejí se i dále rozvíjet. Podle těchto dvou disků si myslím, že MOURNFUL GUST by nyní, po deseti letech existence, mohli patřit k tomu lepšímu, co na této scéně můžeme najít. I "She's My Grief" patří s ohledem na dobu svého vzniku mezi lehký nadprůměr.

 
     
    
  Lords Of Metal E’Zine / 2010    
 


The Russian label Bad Moon Man brings us the re-release of the ‘She’s My Grief’ CD that originally was released some ten years ago by Metal Agen Records. The cluttered and shallow produced Paradise Lost and My Dying Bride inspired doom metal however is hardly worth this re-release. The structures are disheveled and the female vocals are simply appalling and dreadful. The guitars on ‘Sweet Embrace Of Scarlet Twilight’ and ‘Once We Were Happy’ are like the arrangements: irritating flute and keyboards that interrupt with the flow of the song and are hesitant to mean something or do some emotional damage. Still I like the male vocals and naturally there are great parts on the mainly seriously mediocre album. As an extra we get some demo recordings of some songs of the much better second ‘The Frankness Eve’ CD. Also we get a video clip from that time (we speak of 2008). Even these demo recordings are better than the whole of the ‘She’s My Grief’ misfit, of which I truly think that the aspirations were too high for a beginning band.

Erik

 
     
    
  The Metal Crypt / 2010    
 


Not a new album, this is instead a rerelease of Mournful Gust's little-heard debut She's My Grief, along with an extra disc of demos and alternate versions. I actually liked their last album quite well, and so I was keen to hear this, but I shouldn't have gotten my hopes up. The production is the first problem here, as it is thin and hollow-sounding, with an uneven mix that renders it hard to listen to. The vocals are an awful sotto-voice croaking mixed in with poor growling, the female vocals providing only a little relief. This is of interest only to diehard fans of this band, as it is not really bad, but not good either, mostly just coming across as disjointed and amateurish.

Rating: 2.5/5
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible

 
     
    
  Metallized / 2010    
 


Continua la rovinosa caduta in picchiata da parte della Solitude Prod. L’etichetta russa, dopo essersi distinta per delle interessanti produzioni nei primi anni di lavoro, ultimamente sta dando alle stampe una moltitudine di uscite discografiche dal valore decisamente discutibile. La politica di produrre solamente bands provenienti dall'area dell'Europa dell'est e dell' ex blocco Sovietico non si è rivelata vincente, essendo queste delle zone notoriamente distanti da certe sonorità e che solamente negli ultimi anni si sono avvicinate alla scena doom, risultando in ritardo di qualche decennio, con una conseguente ingenuità di suoni ed idee facilmente percepibile da chiunque segua la scena da più di un lustro.

Oggi ci giunge tra le mani il doppio degli ucraini Mournful Gust, prodotto che altro non è se non la riedizione di vecchi lavori della band; difatti il primo CD racchiude il debutto intitolato She's My Grief, edito dalla Metal Force Records nel 2000 e ristampato nel 2005 dalla Soyuz/Metalagen con una cover differente. Il secondo CD racchiude invece il demo The Frankness Eve del 2006 - successivamente integrato per intero nell'omonimo album del 2008 – oltre ad una manciata di covers ed un video.
Per chi non li conoscesse, i Mournful Gust sono un collettivo di 7 musicisti formatosi nel 1999, alle prese con un gothic/doom non certamente brillante ed innovativo e che cavalca le tendenze mainstream tipiche dei gruppi gothic: ad esempio il dualismo tra male & female vocals, oppure l'uso del flauto che, ad onor del vero, è l'unico elemento distintivo nella musica di questi ucraini.

Lo stile delle vocals di Vladislav richiama alla mente una gran varietà di singer ben noti, saccheggiandone ora uno ed ora un altro senza aggiungere nulla di personale a quanto già proposto da altri in tempi ben più floridi. Le female vocals sono ad opera di due guest singers - una delle quali addirittura soprano - semplicemente imbarazzanti nella loro inutilità e freddezza. Le chitarre del duo Vasiliy/Evgeny si rendono protagoniste di altrettante razzie, special modo ai danni di bands come My Dying Bride e Mournful Congregation, ma senza raggiungerne i medesimi standard qualitativo/tecnico/atmosferici. In mezzo alla numerosa refurtiva accumulata dal duo, possiamo anche notare qualche pezzo di valore - sfortunatamente non supportato da una registrazione adeguata - in special modo nelle parti acustiche, le quali si riescono ad apprezzare nonostante la povertà del suono.
Per quanto riguarda basso e batteria, mi limiterò a dire che svolgono supinamente il loro ruolo senza strafare; mentre per quanto riguarda i synth, è bene aprire un capitolo a parte. Certamente Stanislav, già alle tastiere con i Requiem, è colui che riesce ad apportare un contributo personale all'interno delle composizioni della band, nonostante non sia certo un virtuoso dello strumento. I synth non ricoprono un ruolo di rilievo nell'economia dei brani dei Mournful Gust, tuttavia lo stile compositivo di Stanislav apporta delle soluzioni nuove - sicuramente provenienti dalla tradizione popolare del loro paese d'origine - che forse inizialmente possono stridere con le tipiche atmosfere doom, ma non appena metabolizzate, si riescono anche ad apprezzare.

Dulcis in fundo vorrei parlare dell'aspetto lirico/attitudinale. Sono certo che se la band fosse Italiana adorerebbero la Pausini e tutta quella sfilza di cantanti che delle pene d'amore ne hanno fatto una ragione di vita. Le donne ucraine sono famose in tutto il mondo per la loro bellezza che - a quanto pare - ha causato non poche pene d'amore ai nostri cari musicisti, spingendoli a dedicare il titolo di questo lavoro proprio ad un amore sofferto. Non so ben dire se preferisco dei riferimenti a funerali o sofferenze varie, ma titoli come The First Springs Without You, mi riportano in mente tormentoni del calibro di L'estate Sta Finendo dei Righeira. Sul secondo CD è apprezzabile una maggiore vena creativa rispetto alle produzioni più recenti, sicuramente complice una più spiccata propensione per sonorità più grevi e pesanti. Nonostante ciò non mancano le influenze gotiche, come ad esempio l’uso del flauto che dona un valore aggiunto al sound, mentre anche la produzione risulta più piena e compatta rispetto al nuovo lavoro. Un aspetto che invece rimane invariato è l'uso delle vocals, impersonali e troppo derivate anche su questo secondo disco.
Passando al discorso cover, interessante risulta quella dei Somnolent, molto dura e pesante e - a mio parere - anche migliore dell'originale. Non si può dire lo stesso della cover di I Saw Her Sad Eyes per mano di Stas Mischenko, impegnato in un remix elettronico pseudo danzabile che di certo non ha incontrato i miei gusti.

Molto più interessante invece la cover di The Cold Solitude, per la quale si sono adoperati gli sconosciuti Soundform e Practical Senses in un remix che definire alcolico è davvero dir poco. Per concludere il video di With Every Suffering, abbastanza professionale per una band emergente come questa, non si fa certo apprezzare per le innovazioni apportate, ricalcando i classici clichés del genere - ovviamente con una protagonista femminile - tra cimiteri, statue, luoghi malinconici e flashback.

Le conclusioni si traggono da sole: finchè questi Mournful Gust non troveranno qualcosa da dire, forse è meglio che non dicano niente...

Gabriele Fagnani
Voto Recensore 50

 
     
    
  Fémforgács / 2010    
 


"S bús lelkem az árnyékból, mely padlómon szétfolyva jár,
Nem szabadul - Soha már!"
/Edgar Allan Poe - A holló/

Van, aki eddig is ismerte, s van aki a kritika után se fog emlékezni az ukrán Mournful Gust formációra. A csapat 1999-ben alakult és már 2000-ben kijöttek a She's My Grief című debütjükkel, amit nagy csend után egy demó 2006-ban, majd két évvel rá a második nagylemez folytatott. A frontember (Vladislav Shahin) egyik projektjéhez már volt szerencséje általam a nagyérdeműnek megismerkedni Autumnia néven. A mostani kiadványuk egy dupla korongos best of – válogatás – gyűjtemény, vagy nevezzük bárminek is a dolgot. Természetesen a koncepció alapját az képezte, hogy az eddig ki nem adott demó, vagy kimaradt dalok vagy ismert nótáik más verziói, átiratai végre elérhetőek legyenek, de mindez felveti annak kérdését, hogy szükség volt-e ennyire magasan és igényesen közreadott archiválásra.

A válasz természetesen az, hogy korántsem, de a BadMoodMan Music és társaik mindig a maguk utjait járják, így tehát nem fogom a dolgot túl hosszúra nyújtani. Az ukrán Mournful Gust világát leginkább a korai Theatre of Tragedy-éhez tudnám hasonlítani, tipikus középtempós zakatolás, mély hörgés kíséretében, csilingelő női orgánummal, suttogással és szép szólókkal, no meg klasszikus zenei hangszereltséggel. Igazából az tudja majd ezt az egészet valósan is értékelni, aki eddig is ismerte a bandát, így a ki nem adott nóták és alternatív megoldások szelei kellemes pillanatokat fog majd szerezni annak a minimális rétegnek. A hangzás nem egységes, ahogy a dalok se, ám ettől függetlenül szép munkát végeztek a stúdióban és a külsőségek is igazán jól sikerültek, avagy éteri gothic… Ja, és akinek nem derült volna ki eddig, ukrán barátaink doom-deathben utaznak némi gothic hátszéllel megtámogatva. Míg az első lemez ragaszkodik a múlthoz, addig a második korong sokkal intenzívebben kísérletező, így tehát található rajt minimál jazz-techno elektró (kissé C=64 vagy Amigás filinggel) ilyen a The Cold Solitude (Soundform & Practical Senses version) vagy az I Saw Her Sad Eyes (Stas Mischenko version). Érdekes az összkép, egy picit kronologikus, egy csipetnyit felesleges, no de a műfaj szerelmesei ettől még mély szívdobogás közepette átadhatják magukat a ragacsos elmúlásnak…

…főleg, ha egyszer már a TOT elkurvult, a korai szintjét nem üti meg, kellemes alternatíva főleg a szláv és balkánon keresztül nézve a dolgot. A második korong, pedig tartalmaz bonusz gyanánt még egy klipet is, melyet itt is csekkolhattok.

Pont: 8.6 / 10
Külalak: Gyönyörű
Hangzás: Jó

 
     
    
  Mroczna Strefa / 2010    
 


Jak niewiele nam wiadomo o scenie metalowej w Rosji i krajach ościennych, które w przejściowym czasie określano jako Wspólnotę Niepodległych Państw (w skrócie WNP) świadczy choćby fakt, że jako fani metalu przeoczyliśmy na przykład ukraiński MOURNFUL GUST. Zespół może nie nadzwyczaj oryginalny, bowiem poruszający się w estetyce szeroko pojętego gothic/doom/death metalu, ale na pewno poszukujący właściwych sobie środków, by oddać mroczny klimat wsparty wyrazistą melodyką, ambitnymi rozwiązaniami czy bogactwem pomysłów oraz zaprawiony odpowiednią dawką mroku i melancholii. Mam świadomość, że takich kapel było kilkanaście lat temu na pęczki, wiele z nich sczezło i nie pozostawiło nic ciekawego po sobie, jednakże już sam fakt, że w roku 2000 młody ukraiński zespół nagrał płytę, która dobrze brzmi, przynosi sporo ciekawych rozwiązań i całkiem niezłe wykonanie wskazuje, że mimo wszystko warto było wznowić tę pozycję i paru odbiorców się na pewno znajdzie. Oprócz typowo rockowo-metalowego składu MOURNFUL GUST zaprosiło do wykonania wielu fragmentów flecistę, skrzypka oraz dwie wokalistki. W ten sposób muzyka jest wzbogacona o inne brzmienia niż jedynie powielane schematy w rodzaju: tu damy pograć gitarze akustycznej, tu damy jakieś gitarowe solo, a tu niech się "produkuje" klawisz. Ale jak wiadomo, przy budowaniu długich, ośmio-, dziewięcio- czy dziesięciominutowych utworów (a tylko takie występują na "She's My Grief") nie sposób popaść w pewne zbędne dłużyzny, drobne błędy czy przerost formy nad treścią, jednak pamiętajmy, że to taka estetyka i poza drobiazgami wszystko tu sztymuje i jak najbardziej odpowiada normom atmosferycznego metalu. Tym bardziej, że ukraińscy muzycy nie ograniczają się do kreowania powolnych, a przez to łatwiejszych do zagrania i nagrania rzeczy, lecz czasem potrafią też ciutkę podkręcić tempo. Przede wszystkim jednak urozmaicają utwory wieloma pomysłami (o czym już wspomniałem), przeróżnymi wokalizami i młodzieńczą świeżością. Powyższe słowa mogą tyczyć się nie tylko zawartości pierwszego dysku, czyli zremasterowanej wersji debiutanckiego albumu "She's My Grief", lecz także czterech kawałków z powstałego 6 lat później demo "The Frankness Eve", a to już część bonusowego dysku pt. "Decade", na którym oprócz tego można usłyszeć nagrane przez innych muzyków wersje różnych kompozycji MOURNFUL GUST. Tu ciekawostką są choćby mocno elektroniczna wersja "I Saw Her Sad Eyes" z debiutu zespołu w wykonaniu Stasa Misczenki, jazzowo-folkowo-taneczne wykonanie "The Cold Solitude" z drugiego krążka Ukraińców (wersja demo MOURNFUL GUST znajduje się na tym samym dysku) autorstwa SOUNDFORM & PRACTICAL SENSES i jeszcze jedno, całkowicie akustyczne i instrumentalne wykonanie tego samego kawałka, za które jest odpowiedzialny Alexander Najdenow. A na deser można zobaczyć całkiem poprawny video clip "With Every Suffering" do numeru z CD "The Frankness Eve". Cóż tu więcej dodać? Jeśli mienicie się fanami stareńkiego grania spod znaku klimatycznego metalu mocno zakorzenionego w latach 90-ych i jeszcze Was nie przekonano, że liczą się tylko w tej stylistyce stanowczo zbyt mocno reklamowane NIGHTWISH i WITHIN TEMPTATION, to warto dać niewielką kasiorę za posiadanie tych dwóch dysków w swojej kolekcji.

ocena: 7/10
autor: Diovis

 
     
    
  Aristocrazia Webzine / 2010    
 


La scuola Doom est europea è in continuo fermento, le produzioni escono una dietro l'altra senza sosta e mantenendo quasi sempre una qualità più che dignitosa. E' il turno dei Mournful Gust stavolta, la formazione ucraina non si presenta a noi con nuovo materiale, la label BadMoodMan ha infatti deciso di dare l'opportunità a chi non avesse avuto ancora occasione di conoscerli di accaparrarsi il debutto "She's My Grief" in versione rimasterizzata e dato lo scoccare del decennio dalla sua prima uscita arricchirlo con un secondo cd contenente la demo version di "Frankness Eve" risalente al 2006, versioni alternative di un paio di brani e il video di "With Every Suffering", pezzo appartenente proprio all'ultimo lavoro citato del 2008.
Fortemente influenzati dai My Dying Bride e dai Tristania, quando nel 2000 rilasciarono quest'album ci si trovò fra le mani un disco che per quanto inficiato da una produzione sin troppo amatoriale, più adatta a un demo che a un disco vero e proprio, metteva in evidenza le qualità di una band che aveva ben chiare le idee su cui costruire il proprio cammino, cosa che concretizzarono appieno con il successore. Il merito di questo andava a composizioni chitarristiche virtuose ed espressive, all'uso delle voci femminili e del baritonale pulito, così come del growling.
Il genere proposto mantiene viva la chiave melodico/romantica per tutto il percorso che le tracce verranno a segnare, stavolta però il sound più limpido permette un ascolto più approfondito e di conseguenza anche più gustoso da assimilare con i vari passaggi che si succederanno nello stereo, sfiorando dei veri apici di godimento con brani quali "Once We Were Happy", "I Saw Her Sad Eyes", e "...And We Shall Die".
Nello scorrere le canzoni verremo a contatto con inserti di violino, flauto e tastiere, strumento immancabile nello stile, che supporteranno l'umore sconsolato e malinconico che fornisce impronta a "She's My Grief". Il secondo cd offerto come dono per l'anniversario in corso vi da l'occasione per venire a contatto con il loro secondo lavoro "Frankness Eve", come capita di frequente in questi casi vengono inserite più versioni di un brano, la scelta è ricaduta su "The Cold Solitude" proposta per tre volte con arrangiamenti e impostazioni lievemente difformi fra le quali spicca la "soundform & practical senses version" in quanto più ricca, diversificata e inaspettata rispetto alle altre due, da citare anche l'alternativa, intrigante e quasi del tutto strumentale rivisitazione di "I Saw Her Sad Eyes" di Stas Mischenko.
Chiude il lotto bonus il video di "With Every Suffering" a completare un quadro che oltre alla versione musicale da la possibilità anche di vedere la band in azione.
"She's My Grief... Decade" è un album diretto a chi non ha ancora incrociato i Mournful Gust, trovandosi ora a disposizione in un solo formato un'ampia visuale sul lavoro svolto dalla band sino a questo momento, al tempo stesso però può attirare l'interesse anche di chi possedendo la prima versione del platter ne vorrebbe godere appieno in questa nuova veste più curata. Qualunque sia il vento che vi conduca in direzione di questi ucraini l'acquisto per chi segue il genere è vivamente consigliato.

Autore: Mourning

 
     
    
  MTUK Metal ' Zine / 2010    
 


It’s quite difficult to understand the reverence that Mournful Gust are held in quite frankly. They are certainly not the most prolific of artists with only two full length releases in the last ten years, and yet here we are with a 2 disc ‘Best Of’ compilation package which just reeks of shameless cash in. What we have here is yet another re-release of 2000’s ‘She’s My Grief’, and ‘…Decade’ which is a collection of demos and remixes of some of those songs and songs that comprised the 2008 follow up ‘The Frankness Eve’. My question is why? There are bands out there with much more material at their disposal who do not feel the need to do this, so what is there in this package that Mournful Gust’s fans will not already have?

So, what is so special about ‘She’s My Grief’ that warrants it being released twice in 10 years? Well, I’m really not sure having given it several listens. Firstly, for an allegedly remastered recording, the production quality is terrible, sounding almost as if it’s been transferred directly from a tape recording. The intro track ‘The First Spring Without You’, is little more than a mess with no atmosphere at all, but that’s a common occurrence. First actual song ‘Path Of My Tears’ is standard gothic doom, the kind of thing that My Dying Bride knocks out in their lunch break. The individual elements are all perfectly reasonable, with Vladislav Shahin providing a very strong vocal, reminiscent of Draconian’s Anders Jacobsson, and the guitar is suitably mournful and brooding if slightly scrappy, but the presence of the flute adds nothing to the ensemble. The drum sound sticks out like a sore thumb with its light, tinny and occasionally haphazard delivery. The thing with doom metal and its inherent low bpm rate is that it’s very easy to tell when a drummer is out of time, and Vjacheslav Kapusta generally is. The same can be said for Alexander Glavniy’s lead guitar, as he unleashes one of the worst solos I’ve ever heard on ‘Sweet Embrace Of Scarlet Twilight’. To call it disappointing would be a chronic understatement, because underneath it all there is some very good songs on ‘She’s My Grief’, they are just invariably shoddily performed.

Slipping ‘…Decade’ into the player and going straight into ‘A Pain To Remember (Demo)’, the difference is astounding. Considering that this is a demo, the quality is 3 to 4 times better than anything on the allegedly remastered main album and considerably better in musical quality too. This is far more mature, considered and mournful doom. The guitars are immeasurably more competent in the hands of Evgeny Vecher and the result is more coherent and aurally pleasing. Thankfully Mr Kapusta must have taken the lengthy time between the first two albums to invest in drum lessons, as his performance here is greatly improved, especially on ‘It’s Our Own Tragedy’, unfortunately the singer adopts a clean vocal here which comes across much like Primordial’s A.A. Nemtheanga, which whilst perfectly competent, detracts from the music and lessens the impact. Despite the early promise of ‘…Decade’, things take a big nosedive towards the end with three separate versions of ‘The Cold Solitude’, one of which is an instrumental and is seemingly remixed by what I can only assume is the Ukraine’s most influential Latino band. It’s a complete waste of time and only true Mournful Gust fanboys will find any worth in it. The final version on here is the original demo, and it is a very good song, clearly one of the redeeming features on here.

So once again, I ask, just what is the relevance in this release? A re-release of the first album, (and as I understand it, this is the second time they have done this in ten years), and a few demos and remixes. I heard ‘The Frankness Eve’ before listening to this, and was really impressed and I’d urge any of you to seek it out, but with this, I really wouldn’t bother. ‘She’s My Grief’ is vastly overrated, and to release it in that state originally, never mind the fact that it’s supposed to be a remastering…I’ve really heard far better efforts from bands who have recorded demos in their bedrooms and garages. ‘…Decade’ is worth a listen, but you’d really just be far better off with ‘The Frankness Eve’. Mournful Gust would be far better off spending their time and effort on new material rather than wasting theirs and everyone else’s time on what is a rather pointless release here. With all their effort behind an album of new songs, I’m sure that Mournful Gust will blow a mighty wind with their next release, rather than the sad fart that this turned out to be.

Lee Kimber

 
     
    
  Metal.de / 2010    
 


Bei dieser Truppe handelt es sich um ein hierzulande wohl mehrheitlich unbekanntes Sextett aus der Ukraine, das seinen bereits zehnten Band-Geburtstag begeht und sich als Geschenk dafür ein Scheiblettchen eintüten hat lassen. Genauer gesagt ist es eine Doppel-CD geworden, auf der das bisherige Schaffen von MOURNFUL GUST retrospektiv verewigt wurde und einen wirklich guten Überblick über das Werk der Truppe schafft.

"She’s My Grief" nannte sich das Debütalbum im Jahr 2000 und dieses ist auf vorliegendem Doppeldecker auf CD 1 in soundtechnisch überarbeiteter Form verewigt worden. Als Nachtisch serviert man uns auf dem zweiten Silberling "Decade" eine amtliche Kollektion an Demo-Versionen weiterer Tracks, die in Summe allesamt zu schade gewesen wären, hätte man diese in der Schublade gelassen.

Betrachtet man vorliegendes Werk eingehend, lässt sich feststellen, dass die Ukrainer im Laufe der Jahre eine Stilwandlung durchwandert haben. So klingt "She’s My Grief" - das im Original aus dem Jahr 2000 stammt - deutlich experimentierfreudiger und auch vielschichtiger. Neben zwar reichlich vorhandenen harten Riffs beinhaltete die Musik von MOURNFUL GUST damals jede Menge an Anleihen aus dem Gothic-Bereich, ebenso griff man gerne auf Violinen und Flöten zurück. Weiters wäre auch noch eine Damenstimme zu nennen, die einen nicht unerheblichen Beitrag zum Gelingen des Debüts geleistet hat. Vor allem in den elegisch angelegten Momenten lässt sich aber dennoch deutlich erkennen, dass hier Metaller loslegen, denn die Basis war schon in den Anfangstagen der dem Death Metal zugewandte Gothic Doom Metal.

Und exakt dorthin führt den Zuhörer die Reise auf der Demo-Compilation "Decade", auf der weniger ausprobiert wird, als vielmehr ordentlich zur Sache gegangen wird. Ausdrucksstarke Gesänge in untersten Stimmlagenbereich sind hier genauso wichtig für die Gesamterscheinung, wie herrlich wohlige Moll-Klangkaskaden. Im Klangbild wirkt das zwar ein wenig reduziert, auf der anderen Seite jedoch intensiver als zu Debüt-Zeiten und vor allem "jahreszeitgemäßer", denn genau damit lassen uns die Ukrainer endgültig den Sommer vergessen.

Ein vollständiges Eintauchen in den Kosmos von MOURNFUL GUST ist jedoch absolut empfehlenswert, denn mitunter läuft man durchaus Gefahr versteckte Details regelrecht zu überhören und den Vortrag als langweilig abzutun. Doch dem ist definitiv nicht so und man täte der Truppe unrecht, schließlich verstehen es MOURNFUL GUST wirklich gut mit ihrer Mixtur, die irgendwo in der Grauzone zwischen Death / Doom / Gothic Metal anzusiedeln ist, für Atmosphäre zu sorgen und diese mit jeder Menge an Emotionen und Esprit darzubieten.

Zwar weiß ich nicht, ob sich die Band in jüngster Zeit noch weiter verändert hat, da ich ihr aktuelles Werk "The Frankness Eve" nicht in vollem Umfang kenne, sondern bloß einige Tracks davon, die als Demo-Versionen auf "Decade" zu vernehmen sind, dennoch möchte ich Genreliebhabern diese Band ans dunkle Herzchen gelegt wissen.

Punkte: 6/10
Walter Scheurer

 
     
    
  imperiumi.net / 2010    
 


Ukrainalainen Mournful Gust, joka jakaa jäseniä mm. Autumnian kanssa, on julkaissut kymmenvuotisen taipaleensa kunniaksi kaksi levyä käsittävän kokoelman, joka koostuu She’s My Grief -debyytin uusintajulkaisusta, sekä levystä, joka sisältää demoja ja vaihtoehtoisia versioita yhtyeen muusta tuotannosta.

Mennään ensin kuitenkin She’s My Grief -debyyttiin. Pikaisesti kuunneltuna levy antaa vaikutelman ammattitaitoisesta, mutta valitettavasti myös varsin geneerisestä goottidoom-partiosta. Lisäkuuntelujen myötä kuitenkin yhtyeen maailma avautuu huomattavasti paremmin, ja se alkaa jopa vaikuttaa hieman tavanomaista goottidoom-ryhmää kiinnostavammalta tapaukselta. Vielä lisää kuunneltuna alkuperäiset tuntemukset valitettavasti palautuvat: ei tätä suoranaisesti voi tekniseltä kannalta katsoen haukkua, jos ei suuresti ylistääkään. Suurin koko genreä vaivaava ongelma on tietysti se, että bändeillä on taipumus kopioida soundia melko suoraviivaisesti genren isommilta nimiltä. Lisäksi murinalaulut ovat monesti sen verran kökösti toteutettuja isompiin nimiin verrattuna, että ne monesti aiheuttavat lähinnä vaivaantuneita tunteita: suuria ja synkkiä tunteita yritetään ilmaista, mutta lopputuloksena on pohjimmiltaan pelkkää teennäisen hempeää läpsyttelyä. She’s My Grief jää tämän genren levynä jotenkin kummallisesti välimuodoksi, joka ei ole niin paljoa omaperäistä jos ei täydellisen epäomaperäistäkään ja epäinspiroitunutta. Kuten jo tuli sanottua, yleisesti ottaen teknisesti bändin ulosannissa ei ole paljoa moitittavaa.

Sitten kakkoslevyyn, eli …Decade -kokoelmalevyyn. Pikaisesti kuunneltuna jälleen levyn demot ja erilaiset versiot yhtyeen muusta tuotannosta eivät tunnu suuresti poikkeavan tämän kaltaisen musiikin massasta. Myöskään toisintoina niillä ei ole mielestäni edes kovin paljoa kuriositeettiarvoa, jotta niistä jaksaisi innostua enempää kuin muustakaan yhtyeen tuotannosta.

Kokonaisuutena julkaisua voi toki suositella tämän genren suurimmille faneille, mutta muille tästä tuplasta ei varmasti ole kovin paljoa iloa.

Heikki Puuperä 6,5 / 10

 
     
    
  hardsounds.it / 2010    
 


Cult band in patria(Ucraina) e nel resto dei paesi ex-sovietici i Mournful Gust danno alla stampe la versione remastered del loro primo album. Col l'aggiunta di un bonus cd di versioni demo di brani tratti dal precedente disco e dall'attuale, la prima cosa che salta all'orecchio sono i suoni: se questa и una versione "ripulita" del lavoro, figuriamoci come suonava l'originale. Quindi, suoni soltanto accettabili. La seconda, invece, и la derivativitа. Niente di originale, My Dying Bride a manetta, ma almeno con un minimo di personalitа. Allora via con brani lunghi e sofferti, decadenti, romantici, che si consolidano nella durata con innesti di violini, flauto, tastiera ed in alcuni casi di voce femminile e soprano. La sensazione finale и che le potenzialitа ci sono, ma queste vengono sfruttate poco a causa dei continui rimandi, e dalla troppa generositа, chiamiamola cosм, impiegata nel creare l'universo di dolore che nasce dalla mancanza d'amore, dall'assenza dell'amata, dalla morte della compagna. Motivo per cui a volte risulta anche un pт stucchevole, nonchи iettatorio - basta dare uno sguardo ai titoli dei brani. Il secondo cd non aggiunge nulla se non qualche versione dei brani remixed, oppure lettaralmente storpiato in quelli che sono a tutti gli effetti semplici esercizi di stile. La novitа essenziale и che ora il disco и reperibile grazie al lodevole lavoro della Solitude Prod. Mentre nella sostanza 'She's My Grief...Decade' resta un buon album che gode anche di un certo fascino, ma ascoltato due volte, tre volte, affiora il desiderio di rimettere nel lettore i padri del genere, quella Sposa Morente che, proabilmente, non ha ancora trovato un degno erede. Valido reissue e poco altro.

VOTO 72 ( 71-75 interessante) / 100
RECENSORE Andrea Punzo

 
     
    
  pavillon666.fr / 2010    
 


Décidément, le label Solitude Productions ne chôme pas en ce moment et nous propose des tas de groupes de doom/death, symbole même de la tristesse et de la lourdeur, du déchirement et de la désolation. Après Ophis ou même The Sullen Route, voici le tour d’un groupe Ukrainien nommé Mournful Gust, qui nous sort ici un double album, une compilation, regroupant la réédition de leur tout premier album « She’s My Grief », ainsi que des remix ou des démos versions de leur second album « The Frankness Eve » afin de fêter leur dix ans de formation (d’où le mot « decade »). Moyen efficace de se faire connaître qui plus est et de faire découvrir une musique aux relents folk malgré l’agressivité du death et la lenteur du doom. J’ai bien dit folk en effet car on retrouve par moment des chants féminins et des instruments traditionnels tels que flutes et violons, ainsi que les chœurs qui vont avec. Ce sous genre apporte d’ailleurs pas mal de couleurs et de joie à une musique pour le moins mélancolique.

She’s My Grief….

Premier CD de l’album et plus de cinquante minutes de diversité. Car en effet, on peut dire que ce terme est le maître mot de l’album. Le doom, le death, le folk, et même l’ambiant se côtoient si on en croit le premier titre, « The First Spring Without You ». Lent et terrible, avec ce clavier en arrière plan, et cette voix lamentée aux premières loges, comme un murmure dans les ténèbres. Malgré ce côté simpliste, ce morceau se veut vraiment magnifique même avec l’absence des guitares. Le clavier fait tout, la voix aussi, juste ces deux éléments et nous voilà plongés dans un abîme de désespoir.

Les autres titres sont très longs et extrêmement bien exploités puisqu’ils ne se ressemblent pas. Guitares lamentées, instruments traditionnels divers, voix tantôt claire, tantôt rocailleuse mais surtout décharnée, rythme lent et pesant, claviers…tous ces éléments contribuent à la diversité de l’album, d’autant plus que les mélodies sont bien recherchées et originales. « Path of My Tears » est sans doute la chanson la plus folk, « Where Once We Were Happy » possède des solos super émouvants et lamentés, les chœurs en arrière plan, mystérieux, apportant plus de profondeur au titre, « Sweet Embrace of Scarlet Twilight » est le titre le plus agressif où le death est bien mis en avant, les riffs, les jeux de batterie et j’en passe…
Une bonne réédition du premier album en somme où l’impossibilité de s’ennuyer prédomine. Un très bon point pour ma part qu’il me faut souligner.

….Decade

Deuxième CD de l’album, voici donc quelques titres du second album de Mournful Gust en plus de nouvelles versions. Ici, même principe, si ce n’est que le tout se veut plus recherché pour ma part. « A Pain To Remember » regroupe tous les styles que j’ai pu énoncer plus tôt, et possède donc un côté progressif qu’il est impossible de louper. Que de mélanges de styles, d’autant plus qu’on peut notamment retrouver un côté dark mais aussi gothique dans les ambiances. Eh bah me direz-vous, que de diversité en somme. Eh bien oui, beaucoup de diversité et d’émotions au sein même de ce seul titre long de plus de neuf minutes. Le chant est parfait, l’instrumentation aussi, la mélodie super prenante, les solos magiques…un vrai régal.

Les autres titres sont moins longs mais tout aussi intéressants d’autant plus que le chant est de plus en plus alterné. Les harmonies sont toujours aussi belles, mélanges subtiles de contrastes entre joie/tristesse, lumière/ténèbres, etc. Le piano met en relief ces contrastes tout en jouant des mélodies qui ne nous étonnent pas. Les ambiances ukrainiennes, presque slaves, sont bien audibles comme sur « To Your Deceits…Again ».

On retrouvera la reprise de « The First Spring Without You », présente sur le premier CD de l’album mais en mode ambiant. Ici, c’est plus dans une veine doom/death, mais elle est beaucoup moins intéressante. Plus linéaire et plus longue, je n’ai pas retrouvé la force et la magnificence de la toute première version, dommage. Mais je n’ai pas dit que c’était pas bien pour autant.
La version presque électro de « I Saw Her Sad Eyes » est aussi décevante car on retrouve cette lenteur accablante car vide de sens, et cette apparition de beat électro par moment et de bruits électro. Le piano est le seul vrai fil conducteur et la voix est totalement étouffée. On croirait entendre de l’indus. Pas que je n’aime pas ça mais ça colle simplement pas avec l’identité du groupe et surtout le reste de l’album.
Enfin on retrouve trois versions de « The Cold Solitude ». La première est assez jazzy avec des instruments typiques et un rythme typique. Une basse prédominante et des trompettes. Un petit peu d’électro par moment surtout au milieu, c’es étonnant. La deuxième version est plus lente et plus fidèle au groupe mais pas aussi transcendante. Juste une guitare acoustique en tête et c’est tout. On se serait attendu à mieux. La troisième et dernière version et la version démo, donc la vrai version si je puis dire, et la mieux par ailleurs. Très fidèle au groupe pour le coup, le chant est un peu faiblard, mais les mélodies précédemment retrouvées sont là, les instruments divers aussi ainsi que les solos lamentés. Un bon titre en somme, concluant comme il faut l’album.

Une très bonne compilation pour un groupe en devenir. Mournful Gust tient le pari et nous propose vraiment quelque chose d’intéressant et varié, qui nous tient en haleine jusqu'au bout. Seules les nouvelles versions et remixes sont à rejeter mais heureusement qu’il y en a peu. Si vous voulez passer un bon moment plein de sensations et d’émotions, je ne peux que vous conseiller cet album ci, où les genres se mélangent avec précision.

Originalite : 4/6
Technigue : 5/6
Production : 4/6
Emotion : 5/6
8,5 / 10
Matai

 
     
    
  Brutalism.com / Doommantia.com / 2010    
 


The press release sheet for this 2CD set reads re-issue of the legendary album of Ukranian Gothic doom death metal band! It also boasts that this is "state-of-the-art" music. Big claims for a band who myself up to recently and everybody else i have spoken to has never heard the band. Of course labels want to move merchandise and i have no problem with the art of selling product but legendary? One look at the album artwork and you know what to expect from this Ukranian band, its Gothic Doom/Death Metal. As the press release info states, its a re-released of a album recorded in the year 2000. On the second disc called "Decade", you get basically a best of demo recordings from the band. One thing which i find a little strange about the re-issuing, re-mastering of the "She's My Grief" album is the band have only recorded 2 real albums is 11 years as this third release from Mournful Gust being a re-issue of the first album recorded in 2000. This made me think this album must be something really special so i was a little disappointed to find its really no different from the endless quagmire of Goth-Doom outfits from that part of world. Is it bad?, not at all but its just so predictable in its concepts and musical delivery that i would have thought a brand new album would have been a more creative thing to do.

One element to the sound of Mournful Gust's sound that is the vocals of Vladislav Shahin who also performs in Autumnia. The exceptional vocal delivery stands out as a feature on the recording but everything else is just well - ordinary. The songs on "She's My Grief" were written by former guitarist Alexander Glavniy who is a accomplished musician as is all the musicians involved in Mournful Gust. I will never have a bad word to say about their musical ability, its finely tuned, classy playing throughout but the songs just don't shine in anyway. Its for the most part, experimental and complex with the added addition of female vocals (it is Gothic Doom after-all), violins and flutes also make a appearance. There is a total of some 6 musicians in the band with 4 more adding various elements to the pieces. While heavy riffs do feature from time to time, most of the songs are based around delicate, elegant melody's and the usual melancholic Goth trademarks. The songs do evoke some kind of atmosphere but most of it sounds tired, recycled heavily from 90's Goth bands and lacks any real catchiness. When it does work, its pretty powerful stuff however. "Path Of My Tears" is a good track that never gets dull over the course of 8 minutes and "I Saw Her Sad Eyes" at least gets me intrigued and slightly mesmerized. The rest is pretty forgettable, standard Gothic, Death, Doom material that just bores me these days.

The second disc "Decade" is a real pain to listen to because you get three different versions of "The Cold Solitude" from the "Frankness Eve" album which is much much better than She's My Grief" in my opinion. Even though "The Cold Solitude" is a great track, sitting through three different versions of it is just too much for me to handle and i subjected myself to this form of torture at least 6 times before starting this review. Elsewhere you get other tracks from that album including "A Pain to Remember" and "It's Our Own Tragedy". While these are demo versions of these pieces, they do sound good but still nothing compared to the versions on "The Frankness Eve" album released in 2008. The Decade disc is purely a "for fans only" disc and me being basically tired of the whole Goth-Doom scene anyway left me bored to tears especially towards the end of the CD. If you are a fan of the Euro-Doom scene especially the Gothic genre, you will find something to like about this though. While i have basically torn this album apart with petty judgments on Gothic Doom and the Mournful Gust's predictability factor, the musical skills are without question, top notch. I just find the whole European fixation of Goth-Doom to be very one dimensional and very tedious these days and She's My Grief...Decade is one of the worst examples of it. Ok start typing hate-mail now, my ranting and raving review is over.

2/5 Ed

 
     
    
  wahsong.com / 2010    
 


Mournful Gust-founded in 1999, Ukrainian Gothic, doom death metal band. 2000, to tape in the form of their debut album She's My Grief, after a series of events until the 2005 CD version to be published. Very good use of flute band, this beautiful instrument like the Wizard gently sway as abnormal graceful melody, as if cast in the moonlight through the leaves gaps, as if moonlight slowly flowing streams, gentle but stunning , full of distorted guitars in the grainy mountains and rolling hillsides has never lost touch people's power. While they and traditional doom metal, many differences, some folk feel brighter. In short, this album is full audibility!

 
     
    
  Pest Webzine / 2010    
 


Mournful Gust seems to be a strong player in the Ukrainian Gothic Doom Death Metal scene, I'm ashamed of never hearing anything about them until I got this pack from Solitude Prod. They started back in 1999 and the material I'm reviewing here is some sort of a anniversary release celebrating 10 years of existence. We have here a Double CD, the first CD being their debut album, "She's My Grief" remastered, and the second one a collection of Demo tracks plus some very interesting and successful covers of their tracks made by other musicians of whom again I've never heard of. Well, I guess that's the bad thing about having such an overpopulated metal scene nowadays, you can only discover a good band by luck or if you follow zines :). The underground is so crowded that rarely a band gets the recognition they deserve. Solitude is one of the most respected Doom labels out there so I'm sure Mournful Gust will get a good exposure.

I've listened first to the second CD, the compilation of Demo songs and covers and I have discovered a honest Doom Death band, sorrowful, powerful, emotional and expressive, one of those bands that get you thinking of lost loved ones... The addition of those covers brings more fresh touches and makes the CD even more attractive. The next CD is actually their debut album from 2000 remastered, and as a difference from their demos here we make contact with violins, flutes and female vocals, a more Gothic influenced music, a tough decision for the band as now it gives impression of some sort of lack of cohesion. From time to time the whole sounds a bit too chaotic even if the band's ideas are great; taken one by one each instrument does its job perfectly adding more and more grief and nostalgy to Mournful Gust's music, but it fails to keep my attention for the whole duration of this CD (56 minutes). This will make their fans happy, but I wouldn't recommend it to profane persons as I am.

To sum it up Mournful Gust is indeed a strong band with interesting, fresh ideas, but still keeping the "old-school" Gothic Doom Death Metal path. I should get their latest album, "The Frankness Eve" from 2008, for a coherent opinion on their actual music.

Reviewed by Adrian

 
     
    
  kronosmortus.hu / 2010    
 


Az 1999-ben Krivoj Rogban (Ukrajna) alakult csapat gyűjteményes, best of lemezét takarja ez a dupla kiadvány. Ha elárulom, hogy a lemezhez köze van a Solitude Productionsnek is, akkor a csapat által képviselt zenei világot nagyon könnyű belőni.

Igen, igen, doom metal, de nem funeral, hanem gótikus, bánatos death/doom. Az első disc a 2000-ben megjelent debütáló anyagot, a She’s My Griefet rejti. Kétségtelen, hogy a csapatra a Gothic/Shades Of God korszakos Paradise Lost illetve a The Angel And The Dark River környéki My Dying Bride fejtette ki a legnagyobb hatást, ennek megfelelően Vladislav Shahin énekes hangja, előadása nagyon hasonlít a fiatal Nick Holmesra illetve Aaron Stainthorpe-ra. A műfaj minden jellemzője felvonul a dalokban, a gitáron, a basszuson és a dobon kívül zongora, fuvola, hegedű, sőt, ha jól hallottam az As A Wingless Bird-ben még csembaló színesíti a dalokat, megfejelve az előírt, kötelezőnek számító szomorú hangulattal. Értelemszerűen női énekeket is hallunk a hörgést és a dallamos éneket kiegészítendő, azok Anna Dobrydneva és Oksana Krivenko (szoprán) tolmácsolásában csendülnek fel. A második korongon a 2008-as The Frankness Eve album illetve a She’s My Grief dalainak demóváltozatait hallhatjuk, megtoldva a With Every Suffering videoklipjével.

Semmi újat sem tesz hozzá az ukrán zenekar a műfajhoz, minden, ami a lemezen hallható, hallottuk már ’92-ben is. Nothing special, ahogy mondja a művelt francia.

Pontszám
6

 
     
    
  Minacious Webzine / 2010    
 


This is actually a re-issue of Mournful Gust’s first album (2000), which is accompanied by a bonus CD containing their 2006 demo “The Frankness Eve” and more special material. Mournful Gust is a Ukrainian Death/Doom band that started in 1999, their second album was released a couple of years ago. The music is slow and heavy Death/Doom Metal, with some gothic influences. Quite a bit of heavy riffing, and an abundance of melodic moments, skilfully woven into the dark and heavy Death/Doom Metal. If you like My Dying Bride and Tristania you will most likely enjoy Mournful Gust.

Author: Mordant

 
     
    
  ANTICHRIST magazine #10 / 2010    
 


Huh, what a surprise! Ukrainian cult doom metal band’s old stuff re-issue on great double CD release! I still have somewhere in my collection their Tapes which were released about 10 years ago, and now I have this stuff on CD format… that’s great thing, as their music is pretty awesome and worth for attention of fans who still looking for something made in pure way, without modern shit… As a whole here are two CDs with 16 songs, which will sink you deep into depression and dark melancholy and which you’ll listen again and again depending on mood… Low tuned death metal guitars with massive drumming and various threshods, good vocals, growls and female ones (from time to time). Variable guitars crossing with drumming and deep keyboards, filled with total depression and despair… Guitar solos… excellent! Deep and vortex, with great feelings and memorable, freezing performance… Shit, this is nostalgia for 10 years ago in my life. Also great thing is folkish melodies here, made by both guitars and keys, and sounds excellent! Thus there is awesome doom/death/folk metal, made with great passion and true attitude, beautiful, full of feelings and memorable… I do not afraid the word – masterpiece when it comes to early records of MOURNFUL GUST, because if there in ex-USSR area was huge metal scene evolution those years, then MOURNFUL GUST could be signed on some major doom metal label those days, but time and country’ politics make the deal and band got its deserved status just now… Anyway, if you like doom metal then you should find this re-issued double CD without any delays, find it and enjoy… Ukrainian’s doom metal pride is ready to be on your shelf!

95% from 100%

 
     
     
Reviews on album "The Frankness Eve"
     
    
  Metal Doomination / 2010    
 


Je viens de découvrir ce groupe sur Deezer ce matin et il a retenu mon interet et mon écoute! Mournful gust est un groupe de doom-death ukrainien qu'on pourrait aisément assimiler à la multitude de clones du genre et qui finalement pourrait paraitre redondant et ennuyeux. Et bien là, pas vraiment car fait assez rare, ils combinent la lourdeur du death à un certain coté folk et leger! usant de flute, clavier aerien, chant clair et ritournelle celtique! assez déroutant mais assez harmonieux et très mélodique au final! On se surprend à se souvenir des passages folk dans Empyrium ou Estatic fear qui eux combinaient cet élément avec du black mais du death, j'avais jamais encore entendue ça! et vous?

 
     
    
  Doom-Metal.com / 2010    
 


I must admit that I do not understand the semantics behind Mournful Gust's name. How can a gust be mournful? If I were to take a wild guess then I'd say that this refers to an autumnal breeze as perceived by a mourning subject. As an alternative, and, in my opinion, more interesting, interpretation then this could reflect a exhaled breath containing an ever so slight sob. Unfortunately the band isn't all that proficient in English which makes it possible that I am completely wrong. I have similar interpretation problems in regards to the album title, but again I'm willing to make a guess. I suspect that "frankness" is here meant to mean 'honest', but the semantics of the word 'frankness' has a stronger implication of being straightforward than the semantics of 'honest'. Hence the evening - or Eve, if it refers to the girls name - of frankness holds less respect for one's emotions than an evening of honesty; where one could imagine an evening in solitude, where the person in question has to take a stance towards something and has to be honest to himself or herself about what he or she feels about this something. If I am correct about this then the choice of words - despite that the title is ungrammatical (it should have been typed 'The Eve of Frankness') - is perhaps not as improper as one might initially think.

The reason for the focusing on the bandname and the album title is that I suspect they might deter some listeners from giving the music a chance. That would have been a shame because it is obvious to me that the music is highly developed and of equally high quality. To a certain degree it follows a My Dying Bride path, but to an even stronger extent it draws on the medieval folky doom metal of Chalice and the mournful doom/gothic of Dis Pater. In fact Mournful Gust's vocalist Vladislav Shahin sounds almost identical to Andrey Sheglov from Dis Pater. The vocal style demands some patience before they can be properly appreciated. When that is achieved, however, I find that the vocals fit the music perfectly. The music has a tendency to get somewhat playful, but the vocals add the strong touch of melancholy and romantic sorrow that is needed to drag the music down to a more somber level. Before I end my description of the sound I feel I need to state that the band utilizes several additional instruments including flute and piano. Moreover, they use them well.

Mournful Gust has existed since 1999 and even so most of the members have taken part in other bands before that. With 'The Frankness Eve' the band show that they know how to put that experience to good use. Their combination of atmospheric doom/gothic and melodic doom/death might be too melodic for some, but I would still recommend this album to the romantic doomster. One should expect something more original than a Peaceville Three clone, though. To those who already own the album, have you noticed that all the really negative words in the tracklist has been marked with a black spot on the back of the cover? I have no idea as to why...

Reviewed on 22-06-2010 by Arnstein H. Pettersen

 
     
    
  Xtreem Music / 2010    
 


Parece que estos chicos llegan decididos a retomar las riendas. Y más, tras haberse pasado más de 8 años en dique seco. A tal parón, habría que sumarle la reedición de su debut "She´s My Grief" en 2005, así, como las aportaciones de Alexander dentro de las filas de AUTUMNIA. Tras estos insignificantes acontecimientos, "The Frankness Eve" representa su segundo álbum de estudio hasta la fecha.

Si no me falla la memoria, su debut del 2000 (en formato K7) iba en una onda similar a las primeras obras de los polacos DARZAMAT, inicios GALADRIEL, ASHES YOU LEAVE, ambos especializados por aquel entonces, en rebañar sobre unas producciones, cuyos sonidos (aún estando un paso más allá) no cerraban las puertas a los aromas de otros polacos como fueron NEOLITHIC, llegando incluso a jugar con la crudeza rítmica de nuevas hornadas, del palo "Iron", formidable debut de los checos SILENT STREAM OF GODLESS ELEGY.

Centrándonos en "The Frankness Eve", la propuesta de MOURNFUL GUST se nos presenta muchísimo más ordenada en todos los aspectos, especialmente sobre el colchón de apoyo por el que se mueve la banda, cuyo corte romántico va apoderándose de las composiciones. Así, a primeras, podríamos destacar una faceta mucho más limpia, tanto en producción, como en el feeling final que le dan a los nuevos temas. Los 8 cortes andan con un altísimo don de sentimiento, que se ve notablemente reforzado por la papeleta de los teclados, con el extra añadido que supone, el híbrido vocal que va alternándose en más de una ocasión. El primer golpe de efecto nos llega con "The Cold Solitude" abundancia en voces limpias, cuya participación se hace muy notable en esta nueva "etapa", las guturales, obviamente siguen estando presentes, aunque esta vez, destacan por completo tan solo para romper la dinámica más pausada de los temas que así lo requieren. MOURNFUL GUST, consiguen encontrar el equilibrio perfecto en las meticulosas estructuras que por ejemplo nos ofrece la brillante "To Your Deceits Again", un tema muy suyo, que no deja de balancearse entre las facetas más abrumadoras de la banda. Sencillez, buenos riffs melódicos, altas cargas de tristeza, y un sinfín de adjetivos que logran aumentar su tamaño en cada nueva escucha.

De por medio, han sabido enchufarle ciertos toques acústicos, a veces en forma de arpegio, otras colándose entre la desenfrenada espesor de sus instrumentos, creando un efecto optimo al lado de los coros, que aunque no naden en abundancia, tienen su momento predominante, en las partes que así lo requieren.

A pesar de los típicos requisitos que uno podría esperarse en este tipo de propuestas, el resultado global ofrece un álbum muy apto, que bajo mi opinion, en pocos momentos se ve ensombrecido por la monotonía del género. Eso si, las sombras de la época intermedia MY DYING BRIDE, ANATHEMA, siguen estando presentes, a veces filtrándose entre la personalidad de MOURNFUL GUST, otras trasladando el aroma de bandas noveles del palo NOX AUREA, y otras simplemente dejando que la música siga recorriendo el subconsciente del oyente.. Aún así, creo MOURNFUL GUST aprueban con sobrada elegancia..

CALIFICACIÓN: 7.5
AUTOR: Xavier Bergada (05/2010)

 
     
    
  adnoctum.de / 2010    
 


Tristen Doom Metal gibt es bei Mournful Gust zu hören. Der sehr tiefe, krasse Gesang klingt zudem unheimlich melancholisch und verzweifelt, was ganz im Sinne der Band sein sollte. Das musikalische Beiwerk ist recht melodisch gehalten, die Gitarren spielen traurige Leads und selbst das Keyboard kommt hier und da dezent zum Einsatz. Im Schneckentempo werden hier 8 tonnenschwere Doom Stücke vorgetragen, die für Doom Metal Fans auch aufgrund der netten Aufmachung und des guten Sounds, interessant sein dürften. Nicht schlecht!

Chris

 
     
    
  inannanaked.com / 2010    
 


Style: Doom/Death with Some Antique Music Influences and Occasional Heavy Metal Details in the Vocals
Adjectives: Intense, Powerful, Strong, Emotional
Compositions: (Very) Good
Sound: Personal (But With Influences)
Negative: Some Aspects
Grade: 8, 5/10
Selective Filter: Yes, But With Some Objections

 
     
     
Diskunion.Net / 2010    
 


ウクライナのフォーキッシュ/ドラマティック・バトル・メタルの2ndアルバム。デス&ノーマルヴォーカルにトラッド/フォーキッシュ・メロディ に勇壮さとミドル・テンポでドラマティックに盛り上げる泣きのサウンド。ピアノやアコギ、ヴァイオリンやフルートに女性ヴォーカル等が随所で物悲しさもあ る郷愁と叙情性を助長させる。ENSIFERUMをWINDIR寄りにした感じとも言える男泣きヴァイキング/フォーキッシュ・メタル・ファン要チェック の作品。

 
     
     

Metal Shambala / 2010

   
 


Mournful Gust es una banda ukraniana editada por el sello Bad moon man que hace doom death metal con clima opresivo y desgarrador. Lo primero que se me viene a la mente al escucharlos es My Dying Bride o Paradigma aunque tambien me recuerda un poco a Lunatic Invasion.

La banda despliega con gran eficacia una serie de sonidos contundentes con guitarras en baja afinación y voces bien densas y guturales propias de este estilo. Sin dudas se trata de un trabajo impecable en producción y en el toque que la banda da a cada nota de este gran album.

The Frankness Eve es el tercer album de estos ukranianos y vale la pena escucharlos. Aqui les dejo un par de temas para que se vayan dando cuenta de lo que les hablo.

Publicado por Furias

 
     
     

Metal Revolution Webzine / 2010

   
 


If it wasn’t for Russian-based Solitude Productions I wouldn’t know many of the awesome bands coming from world’s biggest country and its surroundings. But, Mournful Gust is not just another band in a line of boring bands. I’ve been entertained a lot while listening to the 8 well-written compositions on these Ukrainians latest offering The Frankness Eve.

This CD has just about everything; from acoustic parts to deep and dark melancholic riffing, from light and mellow flute passages accompanied by symphonic keys, and finally clean, sexy and almost angelic female voice followed by demonic and deep male growls.

However, this album is, speaking in general terms, a melodic one where slow riffs are predominant. There’re even some Folkish melodies throughout the whole record, and when coupled with above mentioned nice female vocals, it sounds just perfect. Even the whole production thing is just done perfectly as all the elements are in place and they can be easily heard.

I never thought that I would find myself enjoying a piece of melancholic doom/melodic death metal with a slightly progressive touch as much as I did with this release by Mournful Gust. This shit is a masterpiece, unless you can’t stand this particular genre. For more info on this extremely well-played record go to www.mournfulgust.com

by bato
87 / 100

 
     
     

Quintessence.sh / 2009

   
 


Mournful Gust is a six headed band hailing from the Ukraine. I heard of the band through the album "She Is My Grief", which was released in 2000. That album showed that they picked up a lot from the British scene, especially My Dying Bride or The Prophecy. "She Is My Grief" also contained some interesting parts, although you had the feeling that you have heard it all before. But that was my only point of criticism. After 8 years they are back with a brand new album called "The Frankness Eve". While listening to the album, I noticed that they kept the sound that they played on their debut, only more in balance and with a small own identity. All songs have a lot of melody, the compositions are very good and there is a lot of sphere on the album. Besides sounds of desperation and tragedy, you also can hear small folk parts. Strong songs on the album are To Your Deceits... Again and With Every Suffering. The variation in the vocals is also a strong point of them by the way. The album sounds better production wise compared to their debut. I only think that the keyboards should be a bit more in the background. Concluding I can only say that its a good doom/death metal album that will please fans from this scene.

Andre Groeneveld 4/6

 
    
  Douban / 2009    
 


Mournful Gust,来自乌克兰!呃~~乌克兰~~看来这个国家除了灰机发动机技术在我伟大党国之上外,玩金属的水平大概也强于在我伟大党国红旗庇护下混迹于各大城市中各大小旮旯的众牛逼金属乐队们。于是乎,鄙人心中瞬间闪过了一丝邪念:看来金属乐水平的高低不是技术问题,不是文化问题,更不是人品问题,莫非是传说中的人种问题乎?否则俺们历史浩瀚的文明古国为何总盛产一些看似牛逼轰轰其实瞎G8搞整的扯淡金属耶?       扯远了,还是来说说Mournful Gust发行于2008年的专辑,这张唱片和那个挂着棺材铺幌子卖玫瑰花的Dark the suns不同(那幌子不是我挂的!!),一开头儿就摆出来相当隆重的架势,沉重缓慢而不失威严,再加上仿佛憋了一个月浓痰的嗓门儿,根正苗红,Doom味儿十足!       当我摆出了Doom的心态准备迎接这张根正苗红的Doom唱片的时候,不料恰巧这时,好东西就像天外飞仙一样飞出来鸟,当“A pain to rememeber”这首开篇曲Doom到2分37秒这个时刻,一丝非常亮丽妖冶的长笛之声缓缓流出,而在此刻其余乐器与人声也开始最缓慢的进行,仿似行将停顿,沉重的节奏配以飘渺于上的笛音,这一切实在是美得令人发指而绝不拖沓。       对!整张唱片最大的亮点就在于长笛的运用,这件优美的乐器就像精灵一样轻轻挥洒出异常曼妙的旋律,就仿佛透过树叶缝隙撒下的月光,就仿佛月夜下缓缓流淌的溪流,轻柔而绝美、在颗粒感十足的失真吉他映衬下又绝不失打动人心的力量。在夜晚听来,它就是告别市井抱别尔虞我诈的一曲挽歌。       其实这张专辑听到后头也会觉得和传统的厄运金属有很多不同之处,尤其是第三首歌“To your deceits again”如果抽离失真吉他和人声,分明就是一曲地道的北欧Folk嘛!还有第5首歌“The cold solitude”,旋律非常凄美,让人感觉非常憋屈,而且还有那么一点点淫邪,给我的感觉就是中世纪月夜下的一精壮肌肉男,勃起甚久,妄图交媾,结果未遂,在女主角的窗户下不停地嚎春,十分凄苦淫荡。       哎,头疼的事又来了,把这张唱片归笼统地类于厄运金属会不会又招来一番耻笑呢?那个啥,单人厄运牛X团Forest of Shadows不是已经被冠以“Post doom metal”如此牛X的幌子了吗,那这个Mournful Gust又要怎么归类呢?Folk gothic death doom metal?罢鸟罢鸟!       总之,这张专辑可听性非常足,各位看官自己去听吧!爱好分类的也自己去分吧!俺睡觉了!顺便说声,驴上有下!

     

It's So Easy / 2009

   
 


It's So Easy / 2009

 
     
     

Metal-Zone.it / 2009

   
 


Scritta da: GIANCA

Recensione:

E' un album molto pieno e possente quello di questa band Ucraina alla seconda esperienza in studio ma con grande personalita e scioltezza nelle composizioni che vedono un death metal molto lento e cadenzato a volte con chiari riferimenti doom e altri generi nel corso di tutto l'album.

Proprio dalla concezione doom i pezzi assumono un lunga durata e atmosfere abbastanza cupe rese anche bene dalla voce violenta di Shahin che dimostra di saper variare di tonalita e stile di cantato in maniera abbastanza netta e imprevedibile.

Forse il lavoro di chitarre non e eccellente e l'intento atmosferico lascia un po a desiderare che si aspettava un aspetto piu rapido e trasgressivo della band che invece rimane ancorata su composizioni abbastanza riflessive e melodiche.

La melodia fa capo a tutto l'album e cosi non potrebbe essere altrimenti e da questo trae molto giovamento la band che altrimenti sembrerebbe qualcosa di gia sentito e risentito come molte band connazionali.

Un buon risultato insomma, specialmente detto da chi non ama questo genere in molte sue manifestazioni, salvo questi caso davvero interessanti.

Voto: 80/100

 
     
     

Metal-Daze.com / 2009

   
 


MOURNFUL GUST es de esas joyitas que aparecen de vez en cuando y cuando menos uno lo espera. Un disco debut en el 2000, un EP y este "The Frankness Eve" lanzado a mediados de 2008, representan la discografia oficial del grupo de origen ucraniano.

Doom Metal con certeros toques de Death Metal es lo que practica el sexteto en la mayor parte del material y con excelentes resultados, pues la manera de desarrollar su estilo gana en solemnidad, en buen gusto y en sobriedad cuando los melodiosos riffs marcan el rumbo a seguir.

NOVEMBERS DOOM viene a mi mente cuando pienso en algun referente (algo inevitable para un redactor de musica), sobre todo por la forma en que MG "potencia" sus canciones gracias a los numerosos recursos que la banda posee para dicha mision.

"A Pain To Remember" y "The Cold Solitude" son dos de las mas dramaticas/bellas canciones que una banda Doom pueda componer, pues parecen extraidas del libro de poemas de un escritor moribundo.

Oscuro, pesado, melodico, contundente�todos adjetivos que le caen como anillo al dedo a estos europeos que bajo el cobijo de uno de los sub generos mas interesantes del Metal han sabido corresponder y de hecho coronar, uno de los mejores discos del under en el pasado 2008.

Gustavo

 
     
     

Quintessence.sh / 2009

   
 


Mournful Gust is a six headed band hailing from the Ukraine. I heard of the band through the album "She Is My Grief", which was released in 2000. That album showed that they picked up a lot from the British scene, especially My Dying Bride or The Prophecy. "She Is My Grief" also contained some interesting parts, although you had the feeling that you have heard it all before. But that was my only point of criticism. After 8 years they are back with a brand new album called "The Frankness Eve". While listening to the album, I noticed that they kept the sound that they played on their debut, only more in balance and with a small own identity. All songs have a lot of melody, the compositions are very good and there is a lot of sphere on the album. Besides sounds of desperation and tragedy, you also can hear small folk parts. Strong songs on the album are To Your Deceits... Again and With Every Suffering. The variation in the vocals is also a strong point of them by the way. The album sounds better production wise compared to their debut. I only think that the keyboards should be a bit more in the background. Concluding I can only say that its a good doom/death metal album that will please fans from this scene.

Andre Groeneveld 4/6

 
     
     

The Executioner Zine / 2009

   
 


Desde la fria y lejana Ukrania vienen estos Mournful Gust para presentarnos "The Frankness Eve" su segundo trabajo completo desde que formaran la banda en el ano 2000. Sinceramente no habia oido hablar de esta gente hasta que me toco resenar este album que diciendo verdad me produjo malas vibraciones a primera vista.

Referente a lo comentado mas arriba reconozco que me puse "a la defensiva" con esta banda antes de escucharlos. Me explico, por la presentacion del disco temi estar ante otros abusones del teclado y la voz femenina en plan opera, algo que aborrezco profundamente. Por suerte resulto ser algo distinto de lo que me imaginaba. Estos tios vienen a hacer una especie de mezcla de Doom altamente melodico con influencias progresivas en ciertos momentos (hay partes en que recuerdan vagamente a los Suecos Opeth, por algunas progresiones y el registro vocal de Vlad que cuando grune se asemeja al del senor Akerfeldt). Pero lejos de practicar un estilo similar al de Opeth estos Ukranianos se adentran mucho mas en la melodia, suenan Romanticos, tristes, clasicos, mas "faciles" de escuchar pues la multitud de arreglos tanto clasicos como de corte mas Folk pueden entrar por los oidos de publico mas "estandar".

Todo este conglomerado melodico va acompanado a lo largo y ancho del disco de un duelo vocal, por una parte tenemos la mas gutural propia del Death Metal y por otro una limpia que sin llegar a ser mala no termina de convencerme, me suena demasiado tipica y no es que el tipo sea Placido Domingo ni mucho menos.

No creo que haya ningun instrumento que destaque por encima de los demas, los riffs de guitarra son tipicos, muy del monton, asi como la bateria simple y lenta aportando intensidad con el doble bombo en las ocasiones que asi lo requieren. Si hay algo que me haya gustado son algunas melodias que sin ser nada innovadoras estan guapas, tanto a cargo de la guitarra en forma de solo como en el teclado o las flautas. Eso si, la produccion correcta y la presentacion muy cuidada con un excelente libreto de papel grueso de calidad en donde veremos todas las letras asi como unas cuantas fotos. Correctos, pero muuuuy tipicos.

5.75/10 :: Luctus

 
     
     

Deaf Sparrow Zine / 2009

   
 


Blame gothic metal bands and Napalm Records but every time I see a hot chick on the cover of a metal record I am almost certain the music within will suck huge and hairy elephant balls. In most of the cases, the beauty up in the cover is to blame for either sucking ass with their Celine Dion-like vocalisms or with their obsession for gothic fromage. Not in the case of Ukraine's miserablists Mournful Gust though, whose sophomore album The Frankess Eve does not feature any gorgerous ladies at the mike. Plus, it doesn't hurt that their puppy dog sadness and pitiful moroseness comes decorated with beautiful yet agonizing guitar melodies, rough and clean (yet surprisingly good) vocal lines, and a choice of garments which I don't support. There is a lot of violin in this record, and yet, I am not bothered. There is even some flute, but believe me, you won't feel like a pufter just by listening to The Frankness Eve. Somehow Mournful Gust's folksy vibes ain't that dividing.

3.5/5

 
     
     

The Streets � Metal Webzine / 2009

   
 


Det har tatt lang tid for denne ukrainske sekstetten a fa ut sitt album nummer to, uten at vi skal ga i dybden pa det her. Det holder a sla fast at det ikke har v?rt forgjeves. De plasserer seg trygt innenfor sjangergrensene til Death/Doom-segmentet med alle de sedvanlige virkemidlene, pluss litt til. Musikalsk sett har de absolutt det lille ekstra som trengs for a heve albumet til de majestetiske hoyder, med et rikt og klangfullt lydbilde. Orkestreringen er storslatt med bruk av piano, strykere og floyter som viktige bidragsytere. Melodiene er henrivende og man lar seg fort lokke med inn i tematikken og tekstene, sjol om engelsken deres ikke er s?rlig stodig. Det kunne med stort hell ha v?rt mer growling enn det er akkurat na, for den rene vokalen blir i overkant dramatisk pa store deler av vers og refreng skiva igjennom. Fordelingen disse to vokalformene imellom har perfekt balanse pa apningslata �A Pain to Remember� og det er da ogsa det desiderte hoyepunkt pa �The Frankness Eve� med sin progressive tiln?rming til riff og latoppbygging. Alt i alt et meget bra album og et must om du er sugen pa tristesse med et annerledes og friskt sound.

Forfatter: Rune

Poeng score: 7 av 10 poeng

 
     
     

Icon Music Mag / 2009

   
 


Om ikke navnet, tracklisten eller coveret avslrte det, s er det her snakk om doom metal. Vre venner i st (BadMoodMan Music/Solitud Production, som er russiske) har massevis av gode og heller ukjente band innen sjangeren, og Mournful Gust er et av dem. Disse er da fra Ukraina.Her fr vi ogs blandet inn smtt symfoniske elementer, og et mer generelt death metal preg. Hele bildet er et av agresjon og melankoli, men ikke riktig s intenst som andre band innen sjangeren.

The Frankess Eve inneholder mange gode lter, og spass mye intern variasjon at du nok ikke vil kjede deg. Det er kanskje en plate som ogs kan appelere til dem som liker doom stilen, men som synes den blir for treig og kjedelig. For den virkelige tunge tregheten man finner i band som My Dying Bride, er ikke fullt s tungt til stede her. Ltene inneholder s mange forskjellige segmenter, og de hopper hit og dit fr du helt rekker f den trykkende flelsen som mange, og meg inkludert, synes doom skal skape. Et treigt og tungt parti blir brtt byttet ut med deathmetal, piano, mer symfoniske elementer, eller kanskje bare en mix av det, fr du rekker bytte underbukser.

2008 releasen til Mournful Gust er ikke ei kjedelig plate, langt i fra, men nr de gikk for en spass variert, agressiv og symfonisk stil, som nok fenger en hel del, tror jeg de mistet litt av det trykket som doom metal skal inneholde for mange. Jeg syntes aldri at det var ei kjip plate, bare tidvis litt vanskelig plassere (nei, ikke som i plassere innen en sjanger, fordi det er fullt mulig hre p musikk uten definere den utifra sjangergrunnlag, bare litt vanskelig vite helt hvor de ville med albumet til en hver tid).

Anmelder: Magnus H. Blystad
Poeng: 6.5/10

 
     
     

Metal Italia / 2009

   
 


Recensione di Luca Filisetti

Non si puo certo dire che i Mournful Gust facciano le cose di fretta: in dieci anni di attivita, infatti, questo "The Frankness Eve" e il loro secondo album, uscito a ben otto anni di distanza dall'esordio. I nostri provengono da una sperduta regione dell'Ucraina centrale, terra di black metaller e, a differenza di molti loro conterranei, propongono un gothic death doom piuttosto manierista e per nulla originale. Negli ultimi tempi il doom proveniente da quelle terre viene declinato solo ed esclusivamente in un'ottica che rimanda ai My Dying Bride, e cosi e anche in questa occasione. Pero quello che e troppo e troppo. Da una band attiva da un decennio ci aspetteremo qualcosa di piu che una semplice scopiazzatura di quanto fatto (meglio ovviamente) da Aaron Stainthorpe e soci una quindicina di anni or sono. Passi per le strutture delle varie tracce, passi per le sonorita cupe e decadenti, ma qui addirittura troviamo voci femminili e violini utilizzati esattamente come i My Dying Bride erano soliti fare. Peccato, forse i nostri pensavano di ottenere con il minimo sforzo il massimo risultato, ma riescono solo a sembrare una pallida copia dei maestri albionici. Come unica, tenue variante, gli ucraini inseriscono l'utilizzo di un flauto che avvicina la loro proposta ad un folk metal abbastanza dozzinale e a volte pacchiano. I ragazzi oltretutto non utilizzano partiture mutuate dalla loro ricca tradizione storica e musicale, ma preferiscono anche in questo caso sfruttare una musicalita tipicamente anglosassone, giocandosi cosi l'unica peculiarita del loro sound. Peccato, in quanto il singer Vladislav Shahin e dotato di un'ugola particolarmente ispirata, soprattutto nell'utilizzo delle clean vocals. e anche Evgeniy Vecher e Rojas Gaman alle chitarre e Stas Mischenko alle tastiere sembrano saperci fare. Se vi piacciono i My Dying Bride potete anche dare un ascolto ai Mournful Gust, probabilmente troverete pane per i vostri denti, ma il saper fare musica a nostro avviso vuol dire ben altro.

Voto: 5.5

 
     
     

AngelofDistress.blogspot.com / 2009

   
 


Para finalizar hoy, el ultimo disco de Mournful Gust... Editado en el 2008 nos presenta otra joyita de estos ucranianos. Para variar mosqueado con lo que leo por algunos sitios, primero tildan a Sentenced o Tiamat de Doom ("Desde Cuando"), dicen que es su primer disco (dos de dos, inventando la critica).

Pero bueno, curiosidades aparte, sigue en la linea del anterior disco. Doom\death con toques goticos, este disco es igual que el anterior, IMPRESIONANTE!!!!!

Publicado por Meggido

 
     
     

Metal-Archives.com / 2009

   
 


Breathtaking! - 100% Written by hailmarduk666 on April 14th, 2009

This band was introduced to me through a friend who shares a love for Eastern European metal, predominantly from Ukraine, and Russia. I was previously familiar with Autumnia, which is another amazing doom/death metal band from Ukraine, and features the same singer, Vladislav.

Once again, I am not disappointed with the release of this band. There is everything here, from acoustics, to deep, melancholy riffs, from symphonic keys, to airy and light flute passages, from clean angelic vocals to demonic growls. The band has outdone itself in this release, with their emotionally charged dirges, and deep feeling they have put into the music of this release. The album on the whole is EXTREMELY melodic. This is not a release like Esoteric, where there are very slow riffs. This is like the Opeth of doom metal, going from one extreme, of crushing behemoths such as the opening track A Pain to Remember, which is similar to Deliverance in brutality, to Honey for My Wounds, alike the beautiful Benighted. There is also a lot of folk-like melodies throughout this album, such as the beginning of Recover Me in Sores, before the doom begins approximately 45 seconds into the track, where there is acoustics and flutes playing beautiful melodies, coupled with clean vocals, and gives an untamed and nature-like feel. Overall, there is nothing lacking in this album at all. A masterpiece. Here is my breakdown for all aspects of the album:

Production: Fantastic. Every aspect of this album is produced perfectly. There is no aspect that is lacking, all elements have their own pedestal and they are all easily heard and distinguished.

Guitar/Bass: Fabulous. This is an excellent showing of what melodic doom/death should sound like. The way the guitarwork is pieced together adds more power and feeling to the concepts discussed in the lyrics. There are excellent solos, and duel guitarwork, and keep everything moving and fresh. Well done here. The bass is difficult to hear mainly due to the tuned down guitars, but is audible during solos, and acoustic portions. The added bass just helps reinforce the melancholy of the overall album in my opinion, so does it's job well.

Vocals: My favorite aspect of this band. Vladislav has a fantastic growl, and an even better clean voice. His clean singing is not like Mikael Akerfeldt, where his voice is light and soft, but more like Rowan London from Virgin Black, very powerful and majestic. He does an excellent job in changing it up, there are no clean/growled singing that is out of place, and everything fits perfectly.

I am just so impressed with this album. I can play it over and over again, on repeat and not get sick of it. There are not many albums that I can do that with, but this is definitely at the forefront of that list.

 
     
     

ChroniclesofChaos.com / 2009

   
 


Ukrainian newcomers Mournful Gust appear to be performing two distinct styles. The first is a classic death/doom, epitomized by "A Pain to Remember" and descended from the Peaceville doom trio of the early Nineties. The second style is more upbeat and mixes in a folk feel, best represented by "To Your Deceits... Again", which strips away all traces of doom. The remaining songs are located on a spectrum between these two styles, and it all feels rather uncomfortable, as if they aren't sure what they wish to pursue. I am left with the feeling that this is a band that can and does want to do something a bit different, both from other bands and within doom, but the vision they have is still clouded in mist and will need to be a lot clearer to be a satisfying listen.

by: Quentin Kalis (4.5 out of 10)

 
     
     

HeathenHarvest.com / 2009

   
 


While many of Solitude Productions' artists are amongst the intermediately good artists in the Russian scene, there are a great many other artists in the country that are absolutely out of this work as far as musicianship is concerned as well as atmosphere. Just to name a few, Autumn Rain Melancholy, Crystal Abyss, Tvangeste (now Canada), Ocean of Sorrow, Forest Stream, and Autumn amongst countless others, but sitting along the side of all these incredible artists is Mournful Gust, a project that, until now, stayed relatively under the radar. The band initially released "She's my Grief" for a debut on Metal Force in 2000, but it went somewhat unnoticed in the Western world, even when Metalagan re-released it in 2005. It took the band 6 years to regain their strength and release a four-track EP in 2006 called "The Frankness Eve". This one obviously turned some heads, especially with Solitude Productions / BadMoodMan Music, whom re-released it in April '08 with 4 other new tracks.

This time it seems the band is making noise, and deservedly so! Mournful Gust is probably the best thing to come out of gothic/melodic/folk-laden doom metal since their counterparts in Autumn hit the scene in 1993. "And we are Falling Leaves..." was an incredible classic, especially for a band that put up the finances to self-release an album of that caliber. Needless to say, even in the absence of members from that project, Mournful Gust has followed suit and has added more folk qualities to the music. Incredibly melodic and harmonious, The Frankness Eve follows a path of timeless tracks. At any given time, you can find yourself between the worlds of Arkona, My Dying Bride, amd even Type O Negative in sparing moments. The vocal performance is amongst the most excellent to be heard in recent memory from doom projects, a surprise as vocalist Vlad Shahin is originally from underground black metal project Vae Solis, though he does have his later experience (2004 - present) in Death Doom project Autumnia with former Mournful Gust member, Alex Glavnly, a band that has already had success via Griffin Music, and now with Solitude Productions. The clean vocals strongly resemble that of the cleaner moments of Seraphim Shock. Very strong, and at times even operatic.

Everything on The Frankness Eve is incredibly tightly put together. The music, though harsh and definitely not for the lighter side of metal fans, even with traditional elements and all, has a folk, nearly fantasy quality that can't be denied. The music that is heard fits easily with the faery-like imagery of the Prikosnovenie label, but is obviously nothing like the music they represent. Altough, the atmosphere the band represents could possibly be compared to that of Daemonia Nymph and even Dark Sanctuary. The sounds aren't alike, but you get the same imagery involved. Tragic, depressive, cold, rainy, the usual scenarios very much apply with Mournful Gust, however the senses are so much more rich with this music. The sound is, as said, timeless, and as such it will infiltrate your mind and tap into those memories. The smell of wet dead leaves on the ground in mid-Autumn, the forest dirt, wind blowing through the trees in summer. There are so many emotions here from so many sections of life that its hardly fathomable to describe. Very few albums are as colorful as The Frankness Eve, ironic in a sense as the actual artwork of the album is fairly monochromatic sticking to gold / tan tones and black.

If there's one album that you buy in the first half of '09 from this genre, this should be it. Old school fans will even draw direct comparisons to the likes of Italy's old timers Crown of Autumn. Classic, mystical, and heartfelt. Excellent.

 
     
     

Atmospheric.pl / 2009

   
 


Solitude Prod. to wspaniala wytwornia dzialajaca w Rosji, ktora specjalizuje sie w wydawaniu doom metalowych klejnotow ze swojego kraju oraz bylych republik radzieckich (i jak sie okazuje, jest to bardzo plodna scena). W jej cieniu funkcjonuje sublabel BadMoodMan Music, w ktorym skupiaja sie grupy pokrewne, ale jednak nieco inne stylistycznie. Niekiedy jednak w praktyce roznice miedzy tymi firmami okazuja sie tkwic tylko w nazwie. No bo druga plyta Ukraincow z MOURNFUL GUST, "The Frankness Eve", ktora jest wypelniona poteznym doom/death metalem, z powodzeniem pasowalaby do katalogu Solitude, a tymczasem jest opieczetowana logiem BadMoodMan Music. Drobne wplywy folkowe obecne w utworze "To Your Deceits... Again" czy "Recover Me In Sores" w melodii i w brzmieniu imitowanego fletu nie jest to przeciez na tyle odrebny i inny element, by mowic w przypadku MOURNFUL GUST o jakis odstepstwach od stylistyki... Bo ogolnie album "The Frankness Eve" jest calkowicie klasyczny (klania sie MY DYING BRIDE, PARADISE LOST, MOURNING BELOVETH). Kompozycje plyna w srednich oraz walcowatych tempach, opieraja sie na przejmujacych melodiach, ich gitarowo-perkusyjne brzmienie jest wspomagane przez subtelnie aktywne w drugim planie instrumenty klawiszowe oraz miejscowo akustyki i solowki. Dopelnieniem calosci jest bardzo dobry growl, ktory wyraza smutek, cierpienie, nostalgie, ewentualnie kobiecy spiew. MOURNFUL GUST potrafi oczarowac swoja muzyka i dotrzec do wnetrza sluchacza. Krazek "The Frankness Eve" ma wiele uniwersalnych pierwiastkow, ktore sa latwe do przyswojenia nie tylko przez gorliwych fanow doom/death. Ps. Wydawnictwo to jest poszerzona (dwa razy dluzsza) kompaktowa wersja kasety o tym samym tytule, ktora ukazala sie w roku 2006. [Kasia]

 
     
     

Maelstrom.nu / 2009

   
 


Ever since we reviewed She's My Grief and interviewed Mournful Gust, the four pre-mixed tracks from The Frankness Eve, downloaded from Mournful Gust's website, didn't leave this writer's computer. They were needed. Lonely nights were better knowing that in those rough, yet special moments of isolation the tracks' company could be relied on. Sad, straightforward and brutally honest, they were always there. Especially "The Cold Solitude," which was learned by heart. And now, the album is finally here.

First impression, the one involving the artwork: beautiful. Forget about symbolic, minimalist, modern imagery, this one is elaborated on all levels, with an obsessive attention paid to every single small detail. Each song has a theme, an enigmatic but real image to look at, and the whole thing has an aged and exquisite appearance. Even the non-metal people I've shown it to were impressed by the booklet, and awed by the Mournful Gust logo circling on the bottom, silver side of the disc. Yes, every possible detail.

The impressions about the music had to wait. The Frankness Eve isn't a CD to be evaluated after one spin. Mournful Gust have spent a considerable time writing it (and recording it from January to September 2007). The ideas were probably clear from the start, but, during the creative process, everything that could have been improved, embellished, or added, was taken into consideration and applied. Most of the time, in this collection of delicate sorrowful waltzes, there's even too much going on. The guitars are seductive, the keyboards solemn, the flute gentle and memorable, and it seems that every drum beat was meticulously calculated. The Frankness Eve needs time to sink in, but it is worth it. And, to make the appreciation learning process easier, its passion commands attention.

The details might be delicate, yes, but we're talking about an Ukrainian band here. Everything is laid plain before you, forceful, and although slow, almost aggressive. Mournful Gust are loud, deliberate and above all, strong. Not strong as in "macho" but, if you really feel something, why wrap it in blankets and try to make it distant? Just say it, like this band does. Strong, as in "strong, direct emotions." And Vlad Shahin's vocals really hammer the point home. His clean vocals could shame any quiet, casual singer, and his roars are massive.

Although trying to play romantic doom metal the old school way (like on their debut) Mournful Gust got so carried away that they have, again, inadvertently made a progressive album. Granted, some transitions and moments are a little rough around the edges, and the lyrics could have been in slightly better English. But for anyone with some feelings left in them there'll always come a time when things go so wrong that Mournful Gust are the only right thing. You just have to hear Shahin growling "I press to heart... I feel nothing" with full passion, and you'll know what those moments are about. Here's to more lonesome nights.

(8.3/10)

Review by: Mladen Skot

 
     
     

RockUnderground-Mag.com / 2009

   
 


O Mournful Gust, e um conhecido grupo ucraniano e esta de volta com um novo album apos oito meses parados! O album debut foi lancado no ano 2000 e foi relancado em CD em 2005 pela Soyuz/Metal Agen. Atualmente o grupo voltou com novo material, combinando generos como Gothic Metal, Death, Doom e elementos da musica Folk europeia. As melodias sao preenchidas com gravacoes de flautas. A voz da vocalista (conhecida pelo seu trabalho no Autumnia) transmite uma rica variedade de sentimentos e experiencias que foram registradas em letras em ingles, passando dos vocais limpos ate os guturais. Isso e o que diz o release do gruo. Os press reelases geralmente sao um tanto, assaz, exagerados, mas desta vez foram certeiros em descrever a banda. A banda nasceu a partir de duas bandas anteriores dos membros, a banda de black metal Vae Solis e a banda de doom death metal Temple Of Oblivion, ate que em 1999 surge a Mournful Gust. Finalmente em 2008 a banda volta com um album completo, com um encarte de 24 paginas. Aqui temos uma banda madura e este grande disco tem destaques em It's Our Own Tragedy, To Your Deceits...Again, From Illusions And Jealousy e Honey For My Wounds. Sombrio, gelido e arrepiante.

RC - 8.0

 
     
     

Castle of Pagan.com / 2009

   
 


 
     
     

Jedbangers.com.ar / 2009

   
 


MOURNFUL GUST es de esas joyitas que aparecen de vez en cuando y cuando menos uno lo espera. Un disco debut en el 2000, un Ep y este "The Frankness Eve" lanzado a mediados de 2008, representan la discografia oficial del grupo de origen ucraniano.

Doom Metal con certeros toques de Death Metal es lo que practica el sexteto en la mayor parte del material y con excelentes resultados, pues la manera de desarrollar su estilo gana en solemnidad, en buen gusto y en sobriedad cuando los melodiosos riffs marcan el rumbo a seguir.

Novembers Doom viene a mi mente cuando pienso en algun referente (algo inevitable para un redactor de musica), sobre todo por la forma en que MG "potencia" sus canciones gracias a los numerosos recursos que la banda posee para dicha mision.

"A Pain To Remember" y "The Cold Solitude" son dos de las mas dramaticas/bellas canciones que una banda Doom pueda componer, pues parecen extraidas del libro de poemas de un escritor moribundo.

Oscuro, pesado, melodico, contundente... todos adjetivos que le caen como anillo al dedo a estos europeos que bajo el cobijo de uno de los sub generos mas interesantes del Metal han sabido corresponder y de hecho coronar, uno de los mejores discos del under en el pasado 2008.

Gustavo Piccini

 
     
     

Metalfan.nl / 2009

   
 


Er zijn van die combinaties waarbij je je op voorhand afvraagt of deze ooit succesvol kunnen zijn. Wat te denken van deze: een band uit Oekraine, al meer dan tien jaar actief, die op een volledig onbekend label pas haar tweede full length sinds 2000 uitbrengt, en nu bovendien weer zonder label zit? Oekraine staat nu niet bepaald bekend als bakermat van de metal - of je moet een liefhebber zijn van vaak politiek dubieuze en meestal matig geproduceerde pagan black metal-bandjes. The Frankness Eve heeft de verwachtingen dan ook niet mee in eerste instantie.

Toch blijkt dit een aangenaam plaatje te zijn. Mournful Gust speelt geen black metal, maar een goed in het gehoor liggende combinatie van doom en death metal, waarbij de naam Novembers Doom meer dan eens door mijn hoofd schiet. Met name de lange, sterk opgebouwde opener A Pain To Remember en het eveneens vrij stevig klinkende With Every Suffering weten indruk te maken met hun prima melodieuze gitaarwerk en de sterke grunts van zanger Vladislav Shahin. De overige nummers weten dat niveau niet helemaal vast te houden (met name To Your Deceits... Again klinkt mij iets te "lieflijk" in de oren voor dit genre), maar desondanks zijn ook dit absoluut bovengemiddelde nummers.

Een ander pluspunt is de productie. Waar veel Oost-Europese bands het niet zo nauw (willen of kunnen) nemen met een krachtige productie, komt Mournful Gust al een aardig eind in de richting. Het geluid is helder en ook de extra instrumenten (fluit en viool) komen goed uit de verf. Desondanks had de productie nog wel wat zwaarder gekund. Daarnaast klinken de cleane zangpartijen (die, naarmate het album vordert, steeds meer toenemen) niet overal even overtuigend. De grunts zijn daarentegen een stuk beter. Ook de gitaristen weten een goede indruk achter te laten met hun melodieuze, soepele gitaarwerk.

Concluderend kunnen we dus stellen dat Mournful Gust met The Frankness Eve eigenlijk een alleraardigst album heeft afgeleverd. Hoewel de muziek misschien voor de meeste doom (en death) metalfans iets te licht overkomt, zit het geheel prima in elkaar. Met een zwaardere productie en wat minder cleane zang zou deze band zich op termijn best wel eens kunnen gaan meten met het uitstekende Novembers Doom.

Score: 73 / 100

Reviewer: Rik

 
     
     

Payo UG Webzine / 2009

   
 


MOURNFUL GUST patri ke stale popularnejsi vlne melodickeho doom/death metalu, kdy se veskrze kazda z onech kapel odvolava na adresu MY DYING BRIDE, WARNING, ANATHEMA ci MOURNING BELOVETH. Ti, jenz doom metal poslouchaji dele, nez jen kratkou chvili, dobre vedi, ze doom je jakysi zapomenuty romanticky styl, ktery neni jen o sklesle atmosfere, podlazenych kytarach, pomalem rifovani, nybrz o hloubce tvurci inspirace, textovych temat a vsemozne spouste dalsich adekvatnich postupu, ktere tak davaji moznost vyniknout doomove melancholicke podstate, se kterou se o slovo hlasi na svem druhem studiovem albu take zkuseni Ukrajinci MOURNFUL GUST, jenz v letosnim roce oslavi sve desate vyroci od vzniku. Kapela sve druhe album nazvala stejne jako predesle EP, ze ktereho si vzala rovnou vsechny ctyri skladby (1-4), a tak si sami kupeckymi pocty spocitate, o kolika novych vecech se tu tedy bude mluvit. Jednoznacnym kladem ve standardni produkci MOURNFUL GUST je hojne vyuziti klavesoveho vrstveni, ktere tak prileva do hrnku s nepropustnou cernou kavou, kterou nepropadne ani lzicka, a bezpochyby take spoluprace s rozlicnymi nastroji - harfa, fletny, lyra, kterych neni ve vysledku vubec malo. Za zminku stoji take zensky zpev - "From Illusions & Jealousy", ktereho je tu jako safranu, avsak o to vice citim jakehosi zadostiucineni vuci tomuto zenskemu elementu, jenz je svym obsahem pouze kapkou v mori. Dokonce v zaverecne skladbe alba "Recover Me In Sores" je hojne vyuzit take zensky sborovy doprovod, z nehoz mam opravdu radost. Avsak co me ani trochu neuspokojuje je snad jen zpev, ktery svym rozsahem spada do jakehosi sedeho prumeru, kdy pres sebe jednotlive polohy prepadaji asi tak jako duchodci ve fronte na duchod. Vladislav svoji hlasovou indispozici, jenz se odrazi predevsim v jeho cistych polohach, casto strida revem - pri kterem prebiha dokonce i mraz po zadech, ktery mu sedi opravdu lepe, ba dokonce i samotne texty s jakousi formou hlubsiho poslani vyznivaji o poznani lepe a adekvatneji. Samotnou tematikou vsak texty nejevi zadnou snahu dostat se pryc z onoho dokola omyvaneho kolobehu drogove zavislosti, smutku, nenaplnene lasky apod. Jak rekl Markus Ulrich (LANFEAR): "Texty jsou velice dulezite, ale je problem, ze je nikdo necte!" O samotnych instrumentalnich elementech, jenz MOURNFUL GUST ve finalni podobe inspiruji, nelze mluvit jako o jednoucelovych, a to predevsim proto, ze kapela cerpa jak z dilny nezamenitelnych MY DYING BRIDE, ale take DRACONIAN, jenz dobre vedi, ze doom metal neni pouze o chladne atmosfere, a prekrasne zpevacce s uhrancivym pohledem a do poloviny rozepnutym korzetem. MOURNFUL GUST si jsou tohoto faktu rovnez vedomi, avsak vyjma nekolika svetlych okamziku, ze kterych na cele care vynika uvodni "A Pain to Rememeber", je tato v poradi druha deska jen jakymsi odrazovym mustkem, ktery se nachazi tak nejak uprostred - ani vysoko, ani nizko. A tak zda-li jste zastanci zlate stredni cesty, bude vam ona deska chutnat se vsim vsudy!

6.5/10

 
     
     

Metal-norge.com / 2009

   
 


Ukrainsk doom er ikke hverdagskost, men under det lugubre navnet Mournful Gust skjuler det seg et band som har noen ars rutine innen sorgmodig standard doom av den britiske standarden. Ikke sa utviklet og bra, men fortsatt er dette akseptabelt nok ma det sies. Bandet ga ut sitt forste album akkurat nar vi gikk inn i et nytt artusen, og det har altsa tatt dem over atte ar a fa ut denne oppfolgeren. Men sann er det iblant, det er nok ikke lett a gjore seg bemerket med denne typen musikk nar man kommer sa langt ost i Europa. Men ja, som album er "The Frankness Eve" helt greit, det er litt vel dramatisk i gata til My Dying Bride imellom, og man horer mange tiln?rminger mot nettopp dem. Men latene holder likevel vann, og der de bruker clean vokalen i mere utstrakt grad sa klarte jeg a venne meg til den og faktisk like den ogsa.

Sa for all del, Mournful Gust var mye bedre enn der forventningene la, da dette selskapet som gir dem ut slipper mye rart om dagen og det er ikke ofte band klarer a overbevise meg om deres eksistens. Sa velbekomme den som vil sjekke dem ut.

5.5/10

 
     
     

MetalCrypt.com / 2009

   
 


Doom/Death has to be done right, otherwise you're just playing Death Metal too slow and it's boring. Mournful Gust have such an overwrought name I was skeptical, but this album is like a lexicon on how to do it right. This Ukrainian band really knows what they are doing, and this is a feast for all fans of the style.

Heavy on the Doom, Mournful Gust are willing to do whatever it takes to depress you: achingly beautiful guitar harmonies, clean vocals, female singing, flutes, pianos or violins - whatever they have to do. That makes this album sound like a mess, but it isn't, it presents a powerful, unified sound. Some of these tunes are long, but all of them are surprisingly complex and even catchy. Every disparate element is where it needs to go to have a salutary effect on the composition, not a deleterious one. Harsh and clean vocals are used to create counterpoint and impact, heaviness is leavened by sharp melodies with each making the other more effective. In places this is surprisingly kickass, with faster riffs and rhythms than us usual for this kind of Doom.

I find this album just keeps getting cooler the more I spin it and the more closely I listen to it. I keep finding more good stuff to savor. The lyrics are a kind of incoherent word salad of mournful phrases, but I have to chalk that up to the language barrier, and that is a minor complaint, negligible really. What we have here is an album that is both sad and uplifting, complex, involving, and even hooky. It sounds at once progressive and in places almost medieval. A great Doom album that pretty much encapsulates what Doom/Death is supposed to be about. Do not miss it.

Rating: 4.75

Review online: January 31, 2009

Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible

 
     
     

Metal-Waves.com / 2009

   
 


J'ai toujours pense que le Metal Ukrainien etait plus ou moins une sorte d'hymne a la spiritualite. En effet, la plupart des groupes provenant d'Ukraine, du moins ceux que je connais, ont tendance a proposer des musiques bien spirituelles avec leurs atmospheres exaltantes et leurs douces melodies, la je pense surtout a des groupes dans le genre de Drudkh ou Nokturnal Mortum... et voila que la decouverte de ce groupe la vient pour confirmer encore plus ce que je pensais...

Les Mournful Gust sont donc six gars Ukrainiens qui sortent leur nouvel album cette annee, 8 ans apres la sortie de leur premier opus. Le groupe nous propose du bon vieux Death/Doom bien melodique, voire parfois carrement progressif, avec toute une panoplie d'emotions plus touchantes les unes que les autres.

Le style de la formation n'est pas sans rappeler celui des grands My Dying Bride, au niveau des Growls profonds et expressifs mais aussi et surtout au niveau du jeu rythmique avec cette alchimie entre lourdeur et dynamisme qui fait que ca conserve toujours un certain aspect tres accrocheur et equilibre.

Mais le groupe fait evoluer sa musique au-dela de ses principales influences en proposant un cote melodique empli d'un souffle folklorique assez medieval qui fait un peu penser a celui d'Estatic Fear et qui apparait a travers un jeu de synthe bien senti, parfois des guitares Folk/acoustiques et meme quelques touches de flute parsemes un peu partout qui donnent un petit cote rafraichissant a la donne. Sans oublier le tres bon chant clair a la Candlemass qui plante un decor de subtilite autour de lui. Le tout est assiste par des Leads diversifies et des Solos bien inspires un peu a la maniere de ceux de Mourning Beloveth.

Des morceaux comme "It's Our Own Tragedy", 'From Illusions And Jealousy" ou bien "With Every Suffering" ou encore "The Cold Solitude" ne risqueront pas de passer inapercus parce qu'ils se revelent etre de veritables explosions d'emotions tout autant diverses que directes avec leurs delicates melodies et leurs ambiances joliment travaillees.

Bref, "The Frankness Eve" est donc incontestablement un excellent album et avec son aspect melodique, entrainant et accessible, il s'avere etre un album ideal pour bien commencer avec le Death/Doom. Il prouve par la meme occasion que Mournful Gust est un groupe qui merite vraiment qu'on s'attarde dessus et surtout qu'on ne risque pas d'etre decus...

18/20

Par Sandman 08/12/08

 
     
     

DoomsterManiac.blogspot.com / 2009

   
 


Second work of this band formed by members from Autumnia. This album is a great work with excellent melodies. The atmosphere is melancholy and sorrow. They use keyboards, flutes and violin. The riffs are melodic with some guitar solos. The vocals are powerful grunts and melancholic clean voice.

Recommended!

 
     
     

MetalRage.com / 2009

   
 


Maybe Mournful Gust has evolved a lot since their previous, debut album in 2000, ´cause otherwise I can´t explain why they're still a fairly unknown band. Their doom has some resemblances with the music of Paradise Lost and My Dying Bride and is certainly recommended to those of you who are into this genre. The Frankness Eve is an easy listening album and also it´s very accessible for those who aren´t that much into the doom genre.

The drums are a bit too much moved to the background, but that´s the only point of criticism in this review. From the talented vocalist Vlad Shahin to the beautiful flute parts of August Devego, everything works out really well on The Frankness Eve. Where most doom acts have a brilliant vocalist when it comes to growls, but on the other hand produces terribly weak clean vocals, Vlad Shahin can do both styles equally great. His performance is definitely the best thing about this record. He, for example, achieves to make the musically less songs very interesting and that´s a great gift.

Mournful Gust has definitely chosen the right path for this itself. Hopefully they won´t wait another eight years to release a next record and hopefully this line up stays more or less the same. When they keep on evolving I predict a bright future for this sextet.

Review by Gilles, 19/11/08

 
     
     

Friedhof-Magazine.com / 2009

   
 


Mournful Gust es una banda de Doom proviniente de Krivoy Rog en Ucrania que practica el Doom de finales de los 90 en la onda de Silentium, Solsticium, Theatre of Tragedy o Tiamat (del principio), Sentenced y Pyogenesis.

"The Frankness Eve" es el primer trabajo de este sexteto, el cual lo forman ocho temas en los cincuenta y pico minutos que dura.

Mournful Gust nos ofrece un Doom lento, con temas largos de muchos cambios. Una musica muy melodica con destellos romanticos y melancolicos, cadencias de guitarras con riffs constantes muy trabajados y muy limpios, solos de guitarra propios del Heavy Metal, baterias lentas, teclados con influencias goticas, pianos, flautas en la onda de los primeros trabajos de Lacrimas de Profundare y cellos. Tambien guitarras acusticas en algunos trozos, voces guturales y cantadas, muy parecida a la voz del cantante de los finlandeses Evereve.

En mi opinion este grupo es un pelin monotono, con falta de fuerza. Este estilo esta un poco pasado de rosca, que si no tiene unas briznas de frescura, no tienen mucho que decir, nisiquiera aunque hubieran salido en el momento en el que el Gothic Doom tuvo su maximo apogeo, es decir, mediados y finales de la decada de los noventa.

Si eres un enamorado de esa epoca y te van los grupos antes citados, no pierdas la oportunidad de escucharles.

Resenado por: Azathoth el 16 / 11 / 2008

6.00 / 10

 
     
    
  Born In Blood forum / 2008    
 


Not bad, pretty good actually. You know what you are going to get of course. Gothic Romantic Death Doom. You could argue how many albums do you need of their style bearing in mind the formula and just how many bands there are out there doing it by the book. But from this album I'd say Mournful Gust were one of the better ones. Ultimately all music of this type can be traced back and has to be compared with My Dying Bride, such is that band's legendary contribution to the gothically romantic doom genre. And Mournful Gust don't fare too badly in comaprison. If they had been the first to do this sort of stuff we'd all be comparing bands with them, but they weren't and a lot of other bands play music like this now. It's well played, full of minor keys and meloncoly keyboards. Viocals are growled and sythesised female voices do the backing vocals all as you'd expect. Formulas and cliché abound, you know exactly what you are going to get and if you like the genre you will love this.

Beerman

 
     
     

ShapelessZine.com / 2008

   
 


I Mournful Gust sono un gruppo ucraino, nato dalle forze convergenti di alcuni membri dei Vae Solis e dei Temple Of Oblivion. Il primo dei due gruppi era dedito al black metal sinfonico, mentre il secondo suonava doom/death metal. L´anno di formazione dei Mournful Gust e il 1999.

"She´s My Grief" e il primo album pubblicato dalla band, uscito nel 2000 sotto l´egida della Metal Force in formato cassetta. Poco tempo dopo, uno dei membri fondatori ha lasciato il gruppo, dando vita ad un´instabilita che portera allo scioglimento nel 2001.

Nel 2004 i Mournful Gust si sono riformati, firmando un contratto con la Metal Agen Records/Soyuz che ha portato alla ristampa su CD di "She´s My Grief" nel 2005. Da quel momento, il gruppo non ha mai cessato di comporre ne di esibirsi sul palco, nonostante i tanti cambiamenti in formazione.

Nel 2006 e stato pubblicato l´EP di quattro tracce "The Frankness Eve", con l´intenzione di introdurre il full-length di prossima uscita.

E il secondo album del gruppo e stato pubblicato nel 2008, con il medesimo titolo dell´EP: "The Frankness Eve". Questa volta l´etichetta e la BadMoodMan Records/Solitude: una garanzia.

Dopo una storia tanto travagliata, i Mournful Gust sono tornati decisi a non ripetere gli errori del passato. E che sia un gruppo deciso e ben munito di idee, lo testimonia l´artwork stesso del CD e del libretto. Credo che sia uno dei piu belli che mi siano capitati fra le mani. La qualita grafica e stupefacente; i colori, il tratto dei disegni, lo stile delle fotografie sono malinconici e impeccabili, davvero spettacolari. Le facciate sono ventiquattro, tutte decorate in uno stile da vecchia fotografia. Ai testi vergati in corsivo si sovrappongono o fanno da sfondo immagini suggestive, piu che altro oggetti da interno, dal gusto retro. Le foto dei musicisti sono realizzate molto bene, e c´e anche una foto d´assieme. Note, ringraziamenti e tutto il resto non mancano. Bellissimo artwork, davvero, completato da una copertina che ci mostra una bella ragazza vestita in nero, con una vecchia casa sullo sfondo. L´artwork e stato realizzato da Vjacheslav Smishko: citare l´artista e d´obbligo.

L´album e stato registrato nello studio Autumnia tra il gennaio ed il dicembre del 2007. La formazione che ha partecipato alle registrazioni consiste in Vladislav Shahin (voce), Eugeny Vecher e Rojas Gaman (chitarre), SahO Maljovanj (basso), Stas Mischenko (tastiere) e Vjacheslav Rapusta (batteria). Come abbiamo visto, i musicisti provengono da Vae Solis e Temple Of Oblivion, ma non solo: si riscontano esperienze con Autumnia, Crystal Tears, Waiting Death e Requiem.

L´ospite August Devego suona il flauto in alcune tracce.

"The Frankness Eve" e un disco multiforme, che richiede parecchi ascolti per essere assimilato a dovere. Una cosa pero e evidente sin dall´inizio: i musicisti sono in possesso di una grande sensibilita, e sono dei maestri nel dar vita a sensazioni di malinconia e di nostalgia. A differenza di altre band accasate presso la Solitude, non ho ravvisato cadute nella disperazione o nella desolazione. Le atmosfere rimangono sospese nella mestizia, in una sensazione di groppo in gola che e difficile scacciare.

La musica e davvero espressiva, e in alcuni momenti tocca vertici di suggestione, dando vita ad atmosfere vagamente sognanti. Pero il lettore non deve dimenticare che ci troviamo di fronte ad un gruppo metal, quindi la potenza c´e, e quando esplode non teme rivali. Lo stile dei Mournful Gust ondeggia tra il doom e il gothic metal, dove il primo e da intendersi nella sua accezione piu ampia, spesso tendente al doom/death. E poi c´e la tecnica, ottima ma asservita alle canzoni e mai esibita. In questo senso, la musica dei Mournful Gust e influenzata dal prog. Anzi, in alcuni frangenti ci troviamo di fronte ad un vero e proprio prog metal rallentato, soprattutto quando Vladislav (o Vlad, com´e chiamato nel libretto) abbandona il growling a favore della voce pulita (cosa che tra l´altro fa di frequente). Le finezze prog si vedono nella ritmica, e nelle piccole/grandi complessita dell´arrangiamento. Nonche nella produzione e nell´esecuzione impeccabili.

C´e poi una componente folk/medivaleggiante, le cui melodie inconfondibili rendono gustose e particolari canzoni quali "To Your Deceits... Again", la lentissima ed evocativa "Honey For My Wounds" e parte di "With Every Suffering".

Il doom/death tradizionale e evidente nell´opener "A Pain To Rememeber", che alla fin fine risulta poco sorprendente. Meglio invece la voce pulita, strappalacrime di "From Illusions And Jealousy" (una delle canzoni piu belle) e "It´s Our Own Tragedy" (buona ma nulla di piu).

A riassumere lo stile dei Mournful Gust ci pensano "The Cold Solitude", bella ed appassionata, con un arrangiamento possente, eccessivo e stratificato, e la conclusiva "Recover Me In Sores", che non spicca rispetto ad altre.

L´alone di decadenza che si respira e dolce ed amaro, e non puo che catturare ed imprigionare gli ascoltatori piu sensibili. E´ anche vero che tanti suoni, tante variazioni, queste durate consistenti ma mai esagerate, possono confondere l´appassionato di questo genere musicale, abbagliandolo con la sua maestosita. E anche un artwork come quello del libretto potrebbe far perdere le coordinate giuste, dato il suo fascino.

I Mournful Gust sono un ottimo gruppo, che ha dato vita ad un album solido. Solido, e basta. A ben guardare, non aggiungono nulla alla scena, anche se lo fanno benissimo. E spesso, certi passaggi sanno di gia sentito, quando altre trovate sono decisamente geniali. Questo fa supporre che il nuovo corso degli ucraini sia solo all´inizio, e che a partire dal prossimo album potremmo trovarci di fronte ad un gruppo di altissimo livello, non solo tecnico e professionale, ma anche artistico. Io ci credo. Speriamo che i Mournful Gust non ci deludano!

(Hellvis - Novembre 2008)

Voto: 7.5

shapelesszine.com

 
     
     

Pavillon666.fr / 2008

   
 


Mournful Gust est un groupe Ukrainien form en 1999 et pratiquant un mlange de plusieurs styles: death, doom, gothique et folk. Bien qu´ayant 9 ans d´existence, le groupe n´a pas une trs grande discographie. Le premier album de celui-ci se nomme "She´s My Grief" et est sorti en 2000. Aprs six ans d´attente, Mournful Gust sort un EP intitul "The Frankness Eve" qui n´est en fait qu´une mise en bouche de leur futur album possdant le mme titre et que voici.

Un mlange de styles aussi opposs tel que le doom et le folk pourraient, s´ils taient mal mlangs, donner une infme bouillie sans queue ni tte. Or ce n´est pas le cas ici. La musique pratique par le groupe est tout fait plaisante l´oreille. Mournful Gust alterne parfaitement les parties death/doom avec quelques passages acoustiques, de la flte et du clavier. Le tout se marie trs bien et donne un ensemble homogne. Si cet album possde effectivement une touche death, force est de constater que celle-ci est extrmement mlodique: les harmonies plusieurs guitares sont lgions. Amateurs de brutalit passez votre chemin car il n´y a pas une once de violence sur "The Frankness Eve", mais plutt une grande souffrance qui, personnellement, ne m´a pas touch. De plus, la musique est majoritairement en mid-tempo ou lente. Point question de blast ici! Les meilleurs chansons de l´album sont pour moi : "A Pain To Remember", "From Illusions To Jealousy" et "The Cold Solitude" car elles refltent merveille la russite du mlange de plusieurs styles censs tre incompatibles les uns avec les autres.

Les musiciens possdent un niveau plutt correct, en particulier les guitaristes tant solistes que rythmiques. Le chanteur alterne voix death et voix claire. La production est assez bonne mme si la basse semble avoir t oublier au mixage. Le tout sonne trs death.

Bon comme vous pouvez vous en douter, cet album n´est pas parfait, loin de l.

Tout d´abord la voix claire: celle-ci n´est pas mauvaise mais elle sonne trop thtrale mon got. Le chanteur en rajoute beaucoup trop. Ensuite, on pourra reprocher l´ensemble de sonner parfois un peu trop mivre. En effet, les mlodies la guitare et la flte sont parfois un peu trop "gnangnan". Enfin on pourra tout de mme noter une certaine redondance au fil de l´album car les compositions possdent toutes leurs lots d´harmonies double ou triple guitares et de passages de flte. De plus le fait que l´album soit toujours en mid-tempo n´arrange pas les choses.

Au final "The Frankness Eve" est un album correct mlangeant avec habilet des styles opposs et proposant une musique rafraichissante et originale mais qui peut parfois sembler assez linaire du fait de la redondance des morceaux et du tempo quasi linaire tout au long de l´album. Mournful Gust sort ici un cd intressant mais qui ne marquera sans doute pas le petit monde du metal et encore moins le vaste univers de la musique.

NOTE GLOBALE 06.5 / 10

Aegis LE : 28 octobre 2008

pavillon666.fr

 
     
     

Live4Metal.com / 2008

   
 


I sympathise with the band name, chaps. Many is the time that my dog has been a bit too eager to chew on his denta-stix (tm), and let rip with a gust that has made me feel extremely mournful. Albeit I think that it is very unlikely that this Ukrainian outfit has named themselves over bouts of unheralded canine flatulence, the clue to the band is in the name C yes, it´s time for more ex-soviet bloc doom/death readers.

Luckily, of course, what seems to fly westwards from the exotic east always seems to be of high quality, and this release is no exception. In keeping with some of their peers, I again have to congratulate them for the quality of their presentation, as the CD and inlay are absolutely exquisite in both material and design. This care for the final product is mercifully also replicated in the music itself. While this may not ever stray too far from the beaten path worn by the likes of classic Anathema, early Paradise Lost and (especially) My Dying Bride, there are enough innovations here to elevate them from the main hum-drum of their rivals. Firstly, there are frequent quiet, almost acoustic passages which serve to provide some much-needed respite from the unbridled melancholy. There are also some passages of almost hysterically overwrought emotional male vocals alongside the usual Darren White-isms on display, but with such carefully structured atmosphere and gravity in the sound, it never seems to stray too much into the realms of comedy. The keyboards are really well done, and there are some sections that tentatively explore some almost folk-like feelings.

If I were to be frank (Castle, rather than Spencer), I would say that this isn´t ever going to set the world aflame with its staggering contribution to musical novelty, but then again being the first to do something isn´t always the goal now, is it? So sure, they retread some of the ground already well worn by their British forebears, but they do it with aplomb. I´ll say it again for you all; I would rather hear something well played and earnest than something contrived and novel. Mournful Gust know what they like, and perhaps more importantly they know what you will like: emotional, depressing doom played with taste and care. Let yourself go: sniff the gust.

Review by Chris Davison

live4metal.com

 
     
     

Zwaremetalen.com / 2008

   
 


Uit de Ukra�ne komt dit zeskoppige gezelschap. De band is geboren in 1999 en heeft sindsdien een fikse lijst aan line-up wisselingen en periodes van stilte gekend. De band heeft echter altijd een mix van gothic en doom metal gemaakt.

Op The Frankness Eve laat de band een behoorlijk progressieve vorm hiervan horen waarbij ook de deathdoom en de folk invloeden niet vergeten mogen worden. Oude Paradise Lost en My Dying Bride en ook wat van de melodielijnen van een oude Haggard hoor ik er in terug. Sterke pion in het geheel is met name zanger Vladislav, deze man heeft naast een prima grunt een erg kenmerkende cleane stem, die erg geschoold klinkt. De beste man schuwt geen moeilijke toonladdertjes of lange uithalen, gelukkig maakt hij er geen overdreven virtuoos zelfgegeil van, maar weet hij met zijn stem een goede sfeer neer te zetten op dit album.

Muzikaal gezien weet de band enerzijds duidelijk een identiteit te kiezen maar anderzijds voor een goede dosis afwisseling te zorgen. De eerder genoemde genres komen en als mengsels van elkaar naar voren maar ook los van elkaar. Dit zorgt voor goede verbanden in en tussen de nummers en doet mij verbazen waarom deze band niet veel groter is, alle ingredinten voor een succesalbum zijn aanwezig. BadMoodMan Music heeft een erg goede zet gedaan met deze groep, hopelijk blijft de line-up nu dermate stabiel dat ze op de koers waar ze nu op zitten doorgaan en dat ze verder en verder buiten de landsgrenzen bekend gaan worden!

Gepost door: Jan Hendriksen

Score: 95/100

zwaremetalen.com

 
     
     

Imperiumi.net / 2008

   
 


Venajalla doom metal on kovassa huudossa, jos on uskominen Solitude Productionsin promosumaan. Valitettavaa kuitenkin se, etta itanaapurissamme ei vuolla kultaa tai keksita pyoraa uudelleen vaan kuljetaan liiankin totuttuja polkuja keskinkertaisuuden maisemissa.

Sielta loytaa itsensa Mournful Gustkin. Yhtye on valinnut tyylikseen goottisavytteisen doom/deathin, josta loytyvat ne tutut pianokuljetukset, huilut, kaksijakoiset laulusuoritukset ja siirapin lailla valuvat kitaraleadit. Myos Candlemassin perintoa viljellaan joissakin kohdin, mutta enemman The Frankness Eve nyyhkii nurkassa kuin julistaa tuhoa ja kuolemaa. Ei tamakaan genre kuitenkaan mitaan silkkaa myrkkya ole, jos asiat on hoidettu tyylitajulla ja tarpeeksi tunneperaisella asenteella, ja tassa Mournful Gust onnistuu tyydyttavasti. Musiikki vyoryy melodisella ja mahtipontisella tavalla, ja tuotannon puolesta loytyy voimaa ja nyansseja. Myos vierailevan artistin August Devegon huiluosuudet tuovat mukaan lampoa ja herkkyytta.

Suurin osa The Frankness Even kappaleista on kuitenkin sita keskitempoista ja helposti unohdettavaa huttua, jonka sinfoniapimputuskuorrutus ei auta yhtaan asiaa - painvastoin levy kuulostaa paikoin liian sokeroidulta ja omassa kultaisessa kurjuudessaan rypevalta. Tilannetta parantaa ainakin jollain tapaa yhtyeen pyrkimys saattaa musiikkinsa progempaan muotoon, mutta turhalta kiertelylta tamakin usein tuntuu.

The Frankness Eve nayttaytyykin loppujen lopuksi aika turhalta tekeleelta. Se on tehty kieltamatta ammattitaidolla ja tunteella, mutta kuulijalle jaa kateen vain epamaarainen motkyla hidastelua, riffikiemurtelua, viiden pennin melodioita ja pintakoreaa tuskistelua. Se ei ole paljoa doom metalissa.

Antti Klemi, 18.09.2008

 
     
     

Femforgacs´magazine / 2008

   
 


A Mournful Gust tortenete kozel 10 evre nyulik vissza, az ukran csapat ket masik romajin alakult nehany tag reinkarnacioja altal. Nem nevezhetoek kimondottan aktivnak, a 99-es bemutatkozo nagylemezuk ota csak egy EP szuletett, mely cimevel, a rajta szereplo dalokkal es kulsosegeinek koncepciojaval is egyezik jelen kritika targyaval, vagyis a The Frankness Eve-vel. Lassuk akkor, mivel tortek meg a 8 eves urt, milyen tortenet adnak elo az oszinteseg ejszakajan...

Mindenfele intro es egyeb sallang nelkul csapnak bele a hurokba a nyito A Pain to Remember cimu notaban. Az elso hangokbol mar tudni lehet, a megtevesztoen gotikus borito bizony csak hamis eloitelet: a zenekar doom/death metalt jatszik, afele My Dying Bride-os vonalon. Hegedu nincs, az enek javareszt horgos, a dalokat a melyre hangolt gitarok viszik. A szintetizator leginkabb az atvezeto reszeknel kerul elo, illetve nehany hattertemaval kellemes progressziv izt ad a zenenek. Az enek angol nyelvu, a halalrol, keserusegrol szolo szovegeket olvasgatva az igenyesen osszehozott, vastag bookletben az emberben bizony felmerul a gondolat, hogy nem a dal szuletesnapjara utal a 2006. junius 28-ai datum az A Pain to Remember szamcim alatt...

A dalszerkesztes is profi, kellokeppen valtozatosak, izgalmasak a szerzemenyek, fogosak a dallamok, konnyen bevesik magukat az ember emlekezetebe. Bar az alap gitartemak vegigkiserik a dalokat, a zene megis megunhatatlanul valtozatos, a visszatero, ismetlodo reszeket megtorik valamilyen uj zenei elemmel. A fentebb emlitett horgos eneken kivul Vladislav Shahin tiszta eneket is hasznal, mely pl. a With Every Suffering dalban epikus kontost is ad. Nehol elokerul egy fuvola, egy szintetizator felvezeto, vagy egy akusztikus resz, mint a The Cold Solitude elejen is, velemenyem szerint a legerosebb szerzemeny a lemezen.

Bar van nehany laposabb resz a bo 50 percben, es ezert nem kapott maximalis pontot, osszessegeben nagyon kellemes meglepetes az ukranok anyaga, batran ajanlom a hangulatos szorongas minden kedvelojenek.

rtkels: Pont: 9 / 10

femforgacs.hu

 
     
     

Metalglory.de / 2008

   
 


1999 formierten sich MOURNFUL GUST aus den berresten diverser Doom Bands aus der Ukraine. Bereits ein Jahr spter nahm man das Debt "She´s my Grief" auf Tape auf, um kurze Zeit spter auseinander zu brechen. 2004 startete man einen Neuanfang in dessen Zuge das Debt auch zu CD Ehren kam. Vier (oder eben acht) Jahre spter steht nun der Nachfolger "The Frankness Eve" in den CD-Regalen. Gut Doom will eben Weile haben...

...Im Falle von MOURNFUL GUST trifft dieser Spruch zu, wie die berhmte Faust aufs Auge. Die Band vereint auf sehr gekonnte Weise Death, Doom und Gothic Metal zu einer uerst gelungenen musikalischen Mischung.

Akzentuiert vorgetragene, intensive Riffs und getragene Keyboardsounds mit Hymnencharakter verschmelzen in den Songs zu einer perfekten Symbiose. MOURNFUL GUST nehemen den Hrer mit auf eine unglaublich intensive Reise voller Melancholie, Tristesse, Bitterkeit und Wut. So pendelt man dann auch stndig zwischen schleppenden Passagen und Death Attacken im schnelleren Tempobereich. Das man auch den Einsatz einer Flte nicht scheut, lsst die Songs nicht berladen wirken sondern sorgt fr zustzliche Abwechslung. Das Resultat sind acht sehr intensive, atmosphrische Doomperlen mit Gnsehautgarantie.

Das absolute Highlight auf "The Frankness Eve" ist aber der Gesang von Vladislav Shahin. Eine derart Emotionale Gesangsleistung habe ich seit Saviour Machine nicht mehr gehrt - Grandios! Da auch die tiefen Growls seiner Kehle entspringen kann man vor seiner Stimmbandleistung, die die eh schon groartige Musik letztlich mit den passenden Vocals veredelt, nur den Hut ziehen.

Anspieltipps:

To Your Deceits... Again, The Cold Solitude

Fazit: Mit "The Frankness Eve" haben die Ukrainer MOURNFUL GUST ein groes Werk geschaffen, das auf ganzer Linie berzeugt. Ein Intensives, Abwechslungsreiches und sehr melodische Doom Erlebnis das einen fesselt und nicht so schnell wieder los lsst. Groartig!

 
     
     

Kronosmortus.hu / 2008

   
 


The homeland of this band with a quite teling name is our neighbour, Ukraine, and the musical path they are walking is not specifically the most fashionable one, not that it´d count that much. Nevertheless, it´s a good thing when a band is not the next one of the newest trend but plays what they´re attracted to by their hearts. In this case, it´s Doom Metal with melancholic overtunes which can be named as Doom/Death due to the appearance of more extreme elements. It´s not the suicidal line (I´m saying this due to the high popularity of Funeral Doom/Black style), but, by and large, the path MY DYING BRIDE also walked with their first 2-3 albums.

The opening "A Pain to Remember" shows quite much resemblance to the Englishmen, both with its title and music. Later on, however, this thing vanishes into thin air to reappear here and there again but not in a significant way. Concerning vocals, they use more clean vocals, they use grunts only here and there where the lyrics/music reqiure that. By the way, they are not beginners, their first album came out in 2000 which I haven´t heard, unfortunately.

Their professionalism is unquestionable, their songs are good, and, what´s also good, the album does not turn into a bore. They always find how to incorporate interesting elements into the, in itself, not that varied style. I guess it´s really good that we can meet quality releases, even in 2008, that sound as if they had been recorded 10 yeras ago (meaning that there´s no "modern" influence here), and stand on their own feet. Guess that we can name this quality.

Pontszm 7.5

kronosmortus.hu

Original version:

Az eleg beszedes nevu zenekar hazaja a szomszedos Ukrajna, az altaluk bejart zenei ut pedig nem kimondottan a mai legdivatosabb, nem mintha ez barmit is szamitana. Annyit mindenesetre igen, hogy dicseretes dolog, ha egy zenekar nem az eppen legmenobb trend ujabb "jeleskedoje", hanem azt jatsszak, amihez a szivuk huzza oket. Jelen esetben ez melankolikus felhangokkal megaldott Doom Metal, amit az extremebb elemek felbukkanasa miatt Doom/Deathkent is aposztrofalhatunk. Nem a szuicid iranyvonalrol van szo (ezt a manapsag nagy nepszerusegnek orvendo Funeral Doom/Black vonal miatt mondom), bar nehol a hangvetel kisse gyaszos (ez pozitivum!), hanem mondjuk nagyjabol a regi (elso ket-harom album) MY DYING BRIDE altal is bejart osvenyrol. A hangulat talan nemileg "konnyedebb", ha nem is vidam.

A nyito "A Pain to Remember" mind cimeben, mind zenei megoldasaiban eroteljes hasonlatossagot mutat az angolok zenejevel, am kesobb a tulzott hasonlosag tovatunik, hogy nehol ismet felbukkanjon, nem tul jelentos mertekben. Vokal tekinteteben a dallamos enek van tulsulyban, itt-ott alkalmaznak csak horgest, ahol a zene/szoveg megkivanja. Nem kezdo zenekarrol van szo egyebkent, elso albumuk meg 2000-ben jott ki, amihez nem volt szerencsem.

Profizmusuk vitathatatlan, jol megirt dalokkal rukkoltak elo, es ami tovabbi pozitivum, nem fullad unalomba a lemez, mindig megtalaljak a modjat, hogy a relative nem tul valtozatos alapstilusba figyelemfelkelto dolgokat csempesszenek. Szerintem kimondottan jo dolog, ha most, 2008-ban is talalkozhatunk olyan minosegi lemezekkel, amik mondjuk olyanok, mintha mondjuk 10 evvel ezelott keszultek volna (ertem ez alatt, hogy semmi "modern", mai behatas nem erte a bandat), megis megalljak a labukat. Azt hiszem, ezt nevezzuk minosegnek.

 
     
     

Sputnikmusic.com / 2008

   
 


My initial thoughts of Mournful Gust´s The Frankness Eve were rather dubious. Naturally, having low expectations coming into the album may have influenced my afterthoughts, but I was duly impressed by what the death/doom band had to offer. Very much abiding by every cliche in the sub-genre´s book, the band still manages to keep a sense of individuality from amongst their peers. Nevertheless, as much as it starts off strongly, the album dips in quality in particular instances, seemingly becoming repetitive towards the second half. This is not so much a result of the band´s songwriting, which is far from bland, rather a slight excess of a good thing; the album drags on longer than it should.

Beginning with "A Pain to Remember", Mournful Gust make no mistakes. One of the better tracks on the album, the song immediately introduces us to vocalist Vladislav Shahin, the star of the show. As the song opens, Shahin lets loose a low growl, which sits very comfortably with the backing melody; an all too common thing on the album, and a significant factor behind its success. Furthermore, unlike other death/doom bands that rely on good gutturals to take our attention off terribly weak singing, Mournful Gust take pride in Shahin´s singing abilities. "It´s Our Own Tragedy", entirely void of growls, shows off Shahin´s grasp over his voice. Deep and sonorous, his voice has a commanding presence, making a fantastic song out of a musically weak track. This interplay between his growls and singing continues throughout the album, and provides for an enticing experience.

Mournful Gust rarely stray from the sound that they establish with "A Pain to Remember". Although becoming somewhat formulaic, the band sticks to it and do the best they can with what they have. In terms of songwriting, the band does not excel as much as one would hope; nevertheless, there is a feeling of authenticity emanating from the sextet. This can be seen through the various melodies that are found on the album; hailing from Ukraine, the band have allowed the influence of their home country´s traditional music to seep into The Frankness Eve. It remains subtle, yet gives the album an edge that makes it all the more appealing.

There is an inherent smoothness about Mournful Gust´s music; the production is lush, and the use of layered synths gives it a very uniform fluidity, only matched by the very best of death/doom. This comes with a downside however, in the fact that although being a consistent album, there were no moments which really sat me on my arse. Moments of brutality on Inborn Suffering´s Wordless Hope, or a desolate melody on Mourning Beloveth´s The Sullen Sulcus gave these albums an exciting touch, and kept me coming back for more. The Frankness Eve is relatively tame in comparison, but still manages to hold its own. For fans of Hanging Garden, Inborn Suffering and DOOM:VS.

 
     
     

metal1.info / 2008

   
 


Rein musikalisch betrachtet ist die Ukraine ein kurioses Land. Im Black Metal Untergrund treiben sich nmlich nicht nur ein Haufen brauner Bldbirnen herum, sondern auch die ein oder andere christliche Band, Holy Blood und Evroklidon lassen gren. Was sich bei den meisten Metal-Bands aus diesen Gefilden sehr deutlich abzeichnet ist aber oft ein Hang zu gro aufgezogenen Folk-Arrangements, mit denen oft alle mglichen und unmglichen Genres angereichert werden. So auch bei unseren heutigen Kandidaten, die sich zu keiner der oben genannten beiden Fraktionen zhlen, sondern ein Genre spielen, das in der Ukraine scheinbar Mangelware ist: Doomdeath. Genau meine Kragenweite. Dachte ich mir auch, als ich zum ersten Mal von MOURNFUL GUST hrte und ein Ohr in die Myspace-Samples riskierte. "Die Scheibe wird gekauft", schoss es mir da direkt durch den Kopf, aber das Schicksal hatte andere Plne und kaum eine Woche spter hatte ich eine promotionelle Version von "The Frankness Eve" auf dem Schreibtisch. Sachen gibt´s.

Egal wie, jetzt ist das Ding jedenfalls im Haus und will einer genaueren Prfung unterzogen werden. Erst mal uerlich. Und da macht die zweite Langrille der 1999 aus den Bands Temple of Oblivion und Vae Solis formierten Kapelle schon eine verdammt gute Figur. Das Coverartwork ziert nmlich ein ziemlich hbsches Frauenzimmer, auch noch schn in Sepia in Szene gesetzt, nicht bel. Das zieht sich auch weiterhin durch das restliche Booklet, hier werden stimmungsvolle, nostalgische Fotografien der Band gezeigt (Frontmann Vlad erinnert mich auf einigen Bilder irgendwie an Aragorn-Darsteller Viggo Mortensen), dazu alle Texte und die einzelnen Titel auch noch auf unterschiedlichste Art und Weise aufgemacht, fein fein. Die grte berraschung erwartete mich aber, als ich die Silberscheibe mal umdrehte und von unten in Augenschein nahm. Die Band (oder Plattenfirma?) hat wahrlich und wahrhaftig den ungenutzten Platz der CD utilisiert und darauf im Kreis mehrfach ihr Logo eingeprgt. Prinzipiell nutzlos, aber eine sehr coole Idee und beweit eindrucksvoll, dass MOURNFUL GUST keine halben Sachen machen.

Diese These lsst sich auch 1:1 auf die Musik des Sechsers aus Kryvyj Rig bertragen, denn der Opener "A Pain to Remember" (der brigens schon zwei Jahre zuvor auf einer EP erschien, die denselben Titel wie die Langrille trgt, da allerdings in einer krzeren, nur knapp viermintigen Fassung... hier bringt der Song es auf stolze 9:19) legt schon gut los. Versierte, stimmungsvolle Gitarrenarbeit, langsames aber akzentuiertes Drumming, Snger Vlad leistet auch groes, sei es sein finsteres Grunzen oder sein theatralischer Klargesang, hier passt alles. Fr Doom geht die Band auch berraschend flink zu Werke, die meisten Songs sind im Midtempo unterwegs, was der Eingngigkeit zugute kommt. Hier ist eher Easy-Listening angesagt, aber das bedeutet im Umkehrschluss nicht gleich, dass die Sache handwerklich eine eher simple Angelegenheit ist, das ist sie nmlich nicht. Wie gesagt, das Riffing ist sehr cool, Drummer Vjacheslav Kapusta hat ein gutes Ohr dafr, wann sein Einsatz gefragt ist und die Arrangements, die Tastendrcker Mischenko auspackt wissen auch zu gefallen.

Wie schon in der Einleitung erwhnt wird Folk hier hin und wieder gro geschrieben und das tut den Kompositionen von MOURNFUL GUST hrbar gut. In den ersten paar Tracks wird in dieser Hinsicht noch etwas auf Sparflamme gekocht, wenn man genau hinhrt kann man es schon erahnen, aber im Groen und Ganzen nehmen sich die Arrangements eigentlich eher wie eine Extraportion Bombast aus. Aber der Anfang von "To Your Deceits... Again" zeigt dann die eigentliche Marschrichtung an. Das Akustikgitarren-Geklimper hat ein bichen was von Dissection-Interludien wie "Into Infinite Obscurity", aber sptestens die einsetzende Flte versprht wahrlich naturmystische Atmosphre. Die steht MOURNFUL GUST brigens exzellent zu Gesicht, prinzipiell kurbeln sie nmlich sehr generischen Doomdeath herunter, teilweise zwar wirklich berauschend leichtfig, aber nichts absolut einzigartiges. Die Flteneinwrfe, die Fiedeln, die volkstmlichen Melodien und all das, die machen die Musik erst so gro.

Und gro, das ist sie wahrhaftig. "The Frankness Eve" ist ein wundervolles Album, dessen Atmosphre irgendwo zwischen lauen Sommernchten und windigen Herbstnachmittagen schwankt und die Theatralik der Kompositionen und die unterschwellige Hoffnung, die bei all den traurigen Melodien der Ukrainer anklingt, macht Lust darauf, selbst mit der Liebsten im Arm hinaus in die Wlder zu gehen und die Schnheit der Natur zu erkunden. Wie geschaffen fr Stunden zu zweit und auch alleine zum Abtauchen und Trumen eine wahnsinnig schne CD.

Bewertung: 9.5/10 Redakteur: Christian Heckmann

 
     
     

hardsounds.it / 2008

   
 


Dall´Ucraina un altro gruppo death/doom melodico e atmosferico sulla falsariga dei primi My Dying Bride. Gi cos potrei concludere la recensione perch avrei essenzialmente detto tutto.

I Mournful Gust arrivano alla seconda prova in studio per la Bad Mood Man (sub etichetta della Solitude Prod.) dopo l´album di debutto del 2006, e sebbene moltissimi problemi sono stati appianati (in primis la performance vocale del singer Vladislav Shahin) quello pi cronico no, cio la mancanza di indipendenza dai modelli a cui il gruppo si ispira.

Artwork e registrazione a dir la verit pi che buoni per un´etichetta ambiziosa ma dalle poche risorse, quello che mi dispiace di pi, il vero nocciolo della questione che "The Frankness Eve" si dimostra ancora troppo attaccato al cordone ombelicale dei primi MDB per poter brillare di luce propria e se in un album di debutto tutto sommato permesso quasi tutto, non lo alla seconda prova.

Mi sembra quindi strano a me per primo trovarmi di fronte ad un prodotto realizzato cos bene esternamente, ma forse un po´ vuoto internamente.

E al giorno d´oggi l´originalit tutto...

Recensore: Gabriele "Anaconda" Frontini

Voto: 69 /100

 
     
     

fobiazine.net / 2008

   
 


Vznik tto kapely se datuje k roku 1999 na Ukrajin, odkud tak vichni lenov pochzej. O rok pozdji vydvaj album "She´s My Grief" , kter je jet na kezatch. V roce 2005 kapela podepisuje smlouvu s Metal Agen Records a znovu vydajv "She´s My Grief", tentokrt ji na CD. Nyn spatilo svto svta album "The Frankness Eve" vychzejc pod hlavikou BadMoodMan Music. Doom metal, jak tahle kapela tvo si velmi pohrv s lidovmi motivy, kterch je na albu vce ne dost.

Prvn "nezovka" zan klasickm "hrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr", kter doprovz kytarov melodie lehce podpoen klvesami. Trochu mi pipomn skladbu My Love od Sins of Thy Beloved, ale ve se zhy mn a opt vechno spad do depresivnho rytmu. Po prvnch minutch jsem si kal, e skladba nem co dl nabdnout, avak m nsledujc minuty vyvedou z omylu a j jsem pjemn poten. Tato pse je pro mne tou nejlep na disku.

V dal stopi se objevuje fltna, kter tvorbu koen skoro ve vech skladbch a zpjemuje poslech a rychle se tak zarv pod ki. Folkov prvky z alba pmo sr, vechno je takov skromn a teskn. Zpvk spe pouv ist vokl, ne chraplk. Nedovedu si pedstavit lbiv folkov melodie s brutlnm chraplkem, kter pedvd v vodn skladb A Pain To Remember. Zde musm vyzvednout perfektn prci bubenka, kter je znt na celm albu. Hudebn je na tom kapela velmi dobe, npadit a podmaniv npady m dostvaj a j se s chut zaposlouchvm do kad skladby. Pravdou vak je to, e mi moc nesed nkdy a pehnan lidov melodie, kter celkem rychle omrz. Skladby A Pain To Remember, From Illusions And Jealousy a posledn Recover Me In Sores, pat k netvrdm a cel album tak zachrauj ped nudou. Kdy si vimneme jejich umstn v playlistu, je ve hned jasn...

Hodnocen autora: 7

Autor: Orbb

 
     
     

VoicesFromTheDarkside.de / 2008

   
 


I know for sure that there is only water between Sweden and Finland but nevertheless it´s un-avoidable to link MOURNFUL GUST musically just right between both countries. The Ukrainian band is playing melodic Doom Metal and this release is like a good bottle of wine, it´s becoming better day by day. If Holy Records would still be an international record company instead of concentrating on their French home country their second release "The Frankness Eve" would for sure be released by them because the band is perfectly fitting into their family. The 8 songs are full of interesting ideas; the music heavily supported by flute and piano and even after listening to the release for several times you can still find additional layers in each song. The singer can also add further emotions by switching between dark shouts and more a clearer voice. This release is reminding me of two great bands from the late 90s; on one hand the great debut of finish Doom kings YEARNING ("With Tragedies Adorned") and on the other hand one of the most underestimated Swedish bands EMBRACED. I know that currently the trend is more or less the ultra Doom direction but melancholy can have so many faces and Funeral Doom is limiting this music to its bare essence. Hope that due to the fact that the album had been released by a smaller Russian label it will get the deserved underground support because musically it´s premium Doom Metal.

Matthias Auch

 
     
     

Metal-District.de / november 2008

   
 


Und noch mehr Doomdeath aus der russischen Talentschmiede Solitude Productions bzw. deren Unterlabel Bad Mood Man Music. MOURNFUL GUST schimpft sich diese ukrainische Band und legt uns gerade nach dem 2000er Debütalbum ihre zweite volle CD vor.

Der Opener ist ein schön schwerfälliger Klopfer mit einigen fantastischen Riffharmonien, grandiosem Gekotze voller Schmerz und ohnmächtiger Wut, der über neun Minuten lang seinen Zauber entfaltet. Keyboards, tonnenschwere Gitarren, alles eben, was des Doomdeathers Herz begehrt. Auch Passagen mit Stakkatogitarren und Keyboards, die man so eher auf einer aktuelleren Progmetalscheibe erwartet hätte. Nicht übel.

Schon "It's our own tragedy" zeigt die Band dann von einer anderen Seite, entpuppt sich als ein Konglomerat aus Doommetal von höchster Emotionalität und altem, sphärischem Gruftrock der getrageneren Art. Der Gesang besitzt eine schon fast ICED EARTH mässige Dramatik. Ich kann auch folkige Anklänge vernehmen, die gerade in den ruhigen Momenten des Stückes gut herausgearbeitet werden. Wohin wollen die Ukrainer hier mit uns?

Folkig und ruhig ist "To your deceits...again" im Anfang, wobei das folkige Melodienelement sich hartnäckig hält. Die nordische Kühle, die hymnischen Leadgitarren, das majestätische Feeling des dahinwogenden Stückes, ich bin geneigt, an die "Tales from the thousand lakes" Gottheit der finnischen Ex Doomdeather AMORPHIS zu denken, die Parallelen sind offensichtlich. Aber MOURNFUL GUST machen ihrerseits eine sehr gute Figur und haben ein schönes Lied geschrieben mit grollendem Deathmetalgekotze und den herrlich gefühlsüberfrachteten melodischen Vocals. Querflötenklänge bereichern das schöne Stück noch weiter. Da 1994 ja bekanntlich lange vorbei ist und AMORPHIS inzwischen eher progressiven bis psychedelischen Hardrock spielen, können sich alte Fans, die noch immer den damaligen Kultscheiben hinterhertrauern, jetzt an diesem Stück laben.

MOURNFUL GUST haben erkannt wo der Hase läuft. Gefühl ist das Stichwort. Diese Musik muss emotional sein, die Melodien müssen groß sein oder es darf sie gar nicht geben. So schwelgen die Ukrainer dann zuweilen in üppigen Harmonien, setzen zwischendurch aber auch auf düster - gruftige Slowdeathmomente, welche die Melodienseligkeit der Band geschickt kontrastieren, damit sich der geneigte Hörer nicht erdrückt, nicht in einem Bottich an Schönklang ersäuft fühlt. Weder diese typischen Keyboardpianoklänge, noch die Synthieteppiche, noch Gothicpomp stören das wundervolle Bild. So schrecklich ich dieses Genre auch allgemein finde, es gibt Ausnahmen von gigantischer Qualität und MOURNFUL GUST sind eine solche.

"From illusions to jealousy" könnte beinahe noch alten Progrock in sich tragen, ist auf jeden Fall wieder eine perfekte Mischung aus Gefühl, Dekadenz, Verspieltheit und Boshaftigkeit. Eingängig bis zum Erbrechen, aber auf gewisse Weise magenfreundlich. Vielleicht bin ich ja auch nur von der Heterosexualität abgekehrt und stehe jetzt auf fluffigen Bombastsound, der sich mit schwerer Süße wie von dunklem Honig auf die Sinne legt. Aber nein. Die meisten schuchteligen Bands dieser Sparte kann und will ich nicht anhören, auf den alten Gothicdeathdoom stand ich schon 1991 und gute Musik ist nun einmal gute Musik, mag mich der COTD steinigen, vierteilen, meine Überreste vergewaltigen und dann an die Schweine und Straßenköter verfüttern. Ich stehe voll zu meiner Meinung über dieses Album.

"The cold solitude" kommt wieder ganz ohne Grunzen aus, dafür ist der melodische Gesang emotional umso exaltierter. Der dahinwogende Doommetal des Songs würde sich beim DOOM SHALL RISE 2009 gut auf der Bühne machen. Insgesamt sollten Frank und seine Kollegen sich überlegen, diese Band hier statt der komischen Dronekapelle zu buchen, auch wenn die ganzen True Doomer erstmal aus der Halle flüchteten. Feines Stück Musik, um nochmal auf den Song zurückzukommen.

Erst wird es in "With every suffering" ganz heavy und düster, dann kommen eingängige Melodien mit etwas rauerer Stimme dargeboten, dann wird es ruhig, besinnlich und leicht folkig, dann kehrt man wieder zum Doomdeath zurück, nachdem man eine etwas treibendere Metalpassage eingeflochten hat. Und weiter wird geschwelgt. Trotz des dämonischen Gewürges vom Shouter ist diese Musik schon fast wie ein Lustwandeln durch einen ebenso farbenfroh blühenden, wie auch schon verfallenen Garten. Dass hier dann noch diese Gothicpopharmonien dazwischenfunken macht den Song nicht schlechter. Das Gesamtbild ist stimmig und reißt unweigerlich mit.

"Honey with my wounds" ist eine kurze Pianoballade mit Bombastoverkill für vier italienische Speedmetalkapellen, aber auch hier bewahrt die Band Anstand und lässt den Song nicht zu sehr ins Kitschige abtreiben. Ich lasse das gute Stück mal so durchgehen, weil gleich danach "Recover me in sores" kommt, melodischer Doomdeathmetal mit eben jenen großartigen, gigantischen Melodien, folkigen Referenzen, überwältigenden Gefühlen und der epischen, machtvollen Ausstrahlung, die eine solche Musik mit sich tragen muß. Ein paar verspieltere Momente deuten wieder gen Prog, was den Fluß des Stückes nicht verlangsamt. Ruhige Parts mit schönem Gitarrenheldensolo sind im Preis inbegriffen. Dekandent, fürwahr. Aber warum soll man sich nicht auch einmal was gönnen? Nur bodenständigen Boogie kann ich nicht jeden Tag ab.

Potzblitz, ist das eine mächtige Scheibe, das ist ein 4 Gänge Essen im 5 Sterne Restaurant, das ist einfach erhaben. Und zugleich steht die Band mit beiden Beinen auf dem Boden, was dem Album eine solide Grundlage schenkt. Wer sich im Bereich bombastischen Doomdeathmetals mit Gothiceinschlag behaupten will, der hat sich an MOURNFUL GUST zu messen. Und nun schweben wir alle gemeinsam ab ins Asenreich, halleluja!

Autor:
SirLordDoom

Bewertung:
8,5 von 10 Punkten

 
     
     

Lordsofmetal.nl / october 2008

   
 


Mournful Gust is a six headed band from the Ukraine. It´s a band which, with the first weeping sounds, is totally My Dying Bride inspired. It´s easy to compare them to the English gods, but with these keyboards and violins it´s just too obvious. Consider it however a well earned compliment, especially since I consider the vocals stronger and less whining as in My Dying Bride.

Mournful Gust delivers their second CD "The Frankness Eve" after more than eight years after the debut was released. The fifty minutes of English doom school is tasty though. The compositions are strong, melodic, varied and the sphere is tragic, desperate, fairy like, knightly and folky. The keyboards are a bit too much in the front pushing the drums too much to the back and that shamefully takes away the bombastic element. Flute player August Devego has to be mentioned for a great contribution to the CD because his tunes lift the CD up. Just listen to "To Your Deceit... Again" where the flute creates a Dark Age sound/feeling. The beautiful model Julia Oskina features on the cover, as she did on the CD re-release of the in 2000 released MC debut "She´s My Grief" in 2005. A mysterious lady to complete the whole package deal of a band to be acquainted to.

Erik stigmatizes this release with: 82/100

lordsofmetal.nl

 
     
     

Metal.de / september 2008

   
 


Wieder mal was Dsteres aus dem Osten, dieses Mal haben wir es mit den 1999 gegrndeten Ukrainern MOURNFUL GUST zu tun. 2000 kam ihr Debtalbum "She´s My Grief" als MC auf den Markt (die CD-Version kam erst 2005), zwei Jahre spter brach die Band auseinander, um 2004 einen Neuanfang zu wagen. Soviel erstmal zu den Eckdaten.

Doch wie klingen denn nun MOURNFUL GUST? Nun, sehr britisch, wrde ich mal sagen. Die Band mischt Death/Doom mit Gothic Metal und bewegt sich hier und da ganz schn in bewhrter MY DYING BRIDE Nhe, wobei auch die alten Werke von PARADISE LOST hrbar ihre Spuren hinterlassen haben. Tja, und wer sich beim Cover nicht an das Debtalbum von BLACK SABBATH erinnert fhlt, ist hier sowieso falsch. Musikalisch haben die Ukrainer aber mit der Wurzel allen bels kaum etwas gemeinsam, abgesehen vielleicht von den zhen, prgnanten Riffs. Hervorragende, tieftraurige, melancholische, sehr intensive Leads und Soli sowie dsteres Riffing dominieren die ausdrucksstarken Hymnen. Das Tempo zeigt sich recht variabel, zwischen schleppend bis hin zu Uptempo pendeln die einzelnen Stcke. Durch die Verwendung folkloristischer Melodien, teilweise vorgetragen von einer Flte, und das akzentuierte Keyboardspiel fhlt man sich manches Mal auch an ltere AMORPHIS erinnert. Der emotionsgeladene Gesang zeigt sich ebenfalls ziemlich variabel, sowohl klar klagend als auch finster growlend berzeugt Vlad Shahin. Die Stcke zeichnen sich durch hohe Spannung, dichte Atmosphre und epische Dramatik aus. Verfeinert werden diese noch durch einige akustische Gitarrenpassagen, treibend sgende Riffs und Pianoklnge.

MOURNFUL GUST bieten auf "The Frankness Eve" sehr abwechslungsreichen, hchst melodischen und auch recht innovativen Doom Metal auf sehr hohem Level. Ein wundervolles, ergreifendes, bitterses Kleinod. Beeindruckend!

Punkte: 8/10

(Endres / 28.09.2008)

metal.de

 
     
     

True Metal / may 2008

   
 


Mournful Gust is a doom metal band, existing since 1999. "The Frankness Eve" is the second album from the band which was released in CD format. The very first record "She´s My Grief" was available only in MC format in 2000. Before that some of the band members were part of the well known russian sympho-black band Vae Solis, but after leaving this project Mournful Gust was born following much more melodic, slower and doom-like metal style. Musicians choise to join doom metal was surely the right decision because it is worth to listen to their creations - this music is beautiful in all means. Perfectly made depressing atmosphere, different kinds of riffs, which are tied together with acustic changes, stressed solos, supplying keyboards - this wonderful composition is what Mournful Gust new album gives. One can find some elements of folk, which makes the whole thing even more unique. I suggest this album to everyone who likes melancholy and endless melodic suites. It is worth to hang on to this atmosphere.

Reviewed by: Kaspars

Mournful Gust ir doom metal grupa, pastaavosa no 1999. gada, "The Frankness Eve" ir otrais grupas albums CD formata, pats pirmais ieraksts "She´s My Grief" tika izdots tikai MC formata 2000. gada. Pirms tam dazi sis grupas dalibnieki piedalijas Krievija labi zinama sympho-black metal grupa Vae Solis, bet pec atdalisanas no si kolektiva, nodibinaja Mournful Gust un pieversas daudz lenakajam, melodiskakajam doom metal stilam. So muziku izvele pievienoties doom metal, klausoties so albumu, noteikti ir bijusi pareiza, jo Mourful Gust raditajas skanas ir verts ieklausities - si muzika ir skaista visas si varda nozimes. Perfekti veidota depresiva noskana, daudveidigu rifu kopums, kas perfekti savits ar melodiskam gitaru pasazam, akustiskam iespelem, akcentetam solopartijam un gan nikni rucosiem, gan melodiski dziedosiem vokaliem, atmosferu paspilgtinosiem tautininstrumentiem - viss sis kompozicionalais brinums ir Mournful Gust jaunais albums. Muzika var just ari folkmuzikas iezimes, kas padara so doom metal meistardarbu vel interesantaku. Iesaku visiem, kam patik melanholija un nebeidzamas melodiskas muzikas svitas. Ir ta verts pakaveties Mournful Gust noskanas.

Kaspars

 
     
     
     
Reviews on album "She´s My Grief"
     
    
  Metal-archives.com / 2010    
 


Not exactly what it says on the box - 65%

With a band name such as Mournful Gust and an album title such as She's My Grief coupled with the genre tag Death/Doom, it's very easy to create an image of what the band sounds like in your mind; something like My Dying Bride or Draconian I'm sure. While there many similarities to the former here, to call this worship in any way would be demeaning. The music is structured around lead melodies and yes, heavy violin work. Despite the gothic imagery this is really quite upbeat and energetic instead of the melodramatic and angsty initial ideas one leaps to.

The band play some of the most melodic and light death/doom I've heard, none of the riffs here are particularly heavy or menacing, even during the slowest and dirtiest moments, the lead guitar is exclusively soaring and majestic. Despite the fairly percussive delivery of the growls, the frequent juxtaposition between harsh and clean vocals neuters any sort of violent imagery. Along with the band's fairly light core the extra use of keys and violins to fill up the sound is bombastic and lively, rather than solemn or mournful. The band simply isn't as sad as it thinks it is, but that's probably a good thing since the few sections soft passages (and the introduction track) are pretty poor. Mostly the band steers clear of any lame melodramatic faggotry and sticks to the lively melodies. Most of the songs have genuine soloing in them which again removes the music from any state of despair and adds a lot of colour, I wouldn't call it virtuosity, but again it brings more attention to the epic side of the band. The whole album is generally pretty pleasant on the ears, but severely lacking in heaviness, emotion and really, substance; this is the melodeath of doom. There are a few moments where quality shines through, such the riff and violin combination a couple of minutes into "As A Wingless Bird", but for the main part this just sort of wanders from nice melody to nice melody, merely being a pleasant background track.

The production is pretty meagre for the main part, clear and roomy, but really devoid of low end. The guitar buzz is largely thin and weak, and the keys are very sharp and thin which makes She's My Grief a fairly neutered release. Nothing sounds obnoxious, but there's not a whole lot of thickness or power to any element of the sound. While the band is obviously not going for a heavy production, everything goes down a little bit too easily with the choice of tones here.

While most of the music is pretty bearable, there are a couple of elements which hold back the whole album; most notably the flute and the female vocals. With the already heavy use of various orchestrations, the flute seems kind of needless, and is the only element of the band which really brings on the emasculating feelings the rest of the sound thankfully avoids. The female vocals are shrill and irritating, and slightly out of key, the best comparison I could give would be the chick from Alas trying to sing the vocals of the woman from Funeral. Luckily they are used pretty sparingly only appearing once or twice per song.

Mournful gust are a decent band, and this is a decent album, sure there's not much in the way of memorable riffs or genuinely haunting music, but it's certainly not a chore to listen to, and it's not as uncomfortable as what the imagery would imply. Fans of melodic, lead driven doom should give this a listen.

Written by lord_ghengis

 
     
     

AngelofDistress.blogspot.com / 2009

   
 


Ayer deje los dos discos de Raventale , banda ucraniana pues mientras leia criticas en la que ponian a Raventale y Drudkh como unicos exponentes conocidos dentro de la escena de Ucrania pero eso igual no es del todo cierto ( quizas lo dicho en las criticas vaya enfocado mas a la escena black que a las otras escenas) porque hay dos bandas a tener en cuenta en la escena Doom\Death como son Autumnia( ya posteados anteriormente) y a los que hoy les toca pasar por el blog, Mournful Gust.

She's My Grief es el disco debut de estos ucranianos , un doom\death con pinceladas goticas, mezclando voces guturales, femeninas y en algunos momentos narrada con la inclusion de violin y la flauta. Recordando en algunos momentos a los antiguos Lacrimas Profundere ( cuando hacian gothic\doom no la mierda patetica que hacen ahora).

Publicado por Meggido

 
     
     

DoomsterManiac.blogspot.com / 2009

   
 


First work of this band. This album is painful and dark, with death growls, male clean vocals and female singings. They play keyboards, flutes and violin, getting create beautiful and mournful melodies.

Recommended!

 
     
     

adilade.com / 2008

   
 


Mournful Gust est un groupe ukrainien officiant dans un style proche de My Dying Bride, avec quelques influences gothic a la Tristania. L´album de 7 titres apporte melancolie et tristesse sur fond de doom agremente de violon et de voix feminine et grave. Sans etre original, "She´s My Grief" tient la route.

 
     
     

Archaic Magazine / 2007

   
 


This album was recorded and released on cassette in 2000, and after a break re-released in 2005 on CD. On this album Mournful Gust brings forth a kind of doom inspired by British acts such as My Dying Bride, yet in a "light" version... Extra accents are put into the music by using instruments such as piano, violin, flute and a classical female voice, but the necessary heaviness is missing on this debut. It is rather "flat" to impress the average doom fan.

The accents give a more frivol approach towards the music; the ideas in itself are not so bad, it is just that is rather light for doom. Furthermore it is clear that the recordings were too soon; the band had been together for too short a time. To put it in the words of one of the song titles: "As A Wingless Bird".

At the moment the band is working on a new album, called "The Frankness Eve". Some fragments of that can already be found at the band's website, and it is clear that they have grown since their debut: the music is heavier, and finally contains some dynamic heaviness: especially "A Pain To Remember" is a good example of that new effort.

Neithan

 
     
     

Maelstrom.nu (web-zine #54) / 2007

   
 


Mournful Gust will disarm any criticism straight away by openly saying that their music is based on My Dying Bride and Tristania. Those Ukrainians. Don´t they know that originality is the art of disguising the sources?

Come to think of it, why not? As opposed to another copycat band reviewed for this issue, as much as Mournful Gust may want to sound like My Dying Bride, they don´t blatantly copy them.

Originally released in 2000, She´s My Grief does sound dated. Probably because of lack of money, the sound is only of a demo quality. But still the overall impression is a charming one, and the experience brings back memories of a childhood spent listening to cassettes of unknown bands. It makes us wonder what Mournful Gust felt like in those days. And yes, it´s just like it should be.

As the title suggests, She´s My Grief is an attempt at classic, romantic doom metal. Though the (fairly literate) lyrics are heavily inspired by My Dying Bride, there´s a certain honesty to them. Let´s put it this way - normally, they would make some sense, but if you´ve ever been struck heavily by hopeless love (why are the promos for this issue so personal, ha? Roberto?) they make perfect sense. And that´s where the rest of the music fits right in. It´s not perfect, it´s not original but it´s here when you need it. Sad, melancholic, but with perfectly timed moments of storming despair (like on "I Saw Her Sad Eyes"), it is a fitting potpourri for the quiet, lonesome nights when you´re sitting in your dark room, wishing you were a child again. A child that doesn´t know what the outside world is like and listens to the music on an old, broken stereo, wondering if it will be like that when he falls in love someday.

Okay, enough talking about love in an underground extreme metal webzine. What deserves to be mentioned are virtuoso guitars and the tasteful use of sopranos and female vocals along with growls and clean baritones. The keyboards, flute and a violin occasionally enter to add some romantic melancholy... oh, here we go again. While we´re at that, did we mention a fantastic moment of resignation in "And We Shall Die Together"? The music is complex enough to provide a number of those moments, and the others, successful or not, don´t ever become tiresome, if you´re in the right mood.

It´s all about the timing. Depending on it, She´s My Grief can either be an average exercise in romantic doom, or a perfect melodic theme for a moment of desperate clarity. A moment you never wished for to happen, but it did.

(7.4/10) review by: Mladen Skot

 
     
     

the-morning-never-came.blogspot.com / 2007

   
 


Un desconocido grupo ucraniano que hace un romantico Doom con pinceladas goticas, junto a la base Doom con voz gutural tenemos voces narradas, voz femenina, muchos teclados y algo de flauta y violin. Con esa descripcion es facil imaginar algo similar a los Lacrimas Profundere antiguos, y no es erroneo precisamente; no tienen el gran nivel de dicho grupo aleman, pero no se quedan atras y pueden sorprender con su proximo disco.

 
     
     

Metalchannel.net / 2007

   
 


Mournful Gust ist eine Black Metal Band, welche mich vor kurzem personlich kontaktierte, damit ich deren Album mal anhore und eventuell ein Review daruber schreibe. Erst dachte ich, es handle sich hier um eine zwielichtige Band die absolut sinnlosen Black Metal produziert. Doch da habe ich weit gefehlt. Mournful Gust produzieren wie es der Bandname schon zum Ausdruck bringt traurig-melancholischen Black Metal. Mournful Gust, die "Traurige Wind Boe". Songs wie "Path of My Tears" oder "First Spring without you" sind enorm ausdrucksstark. Textlich leistet die Band geniale Arbeit, wobei ich auch denke, dass die Lyrik zum Teil auf wahren Begebenheiten basieren. Auch klanglich kann man den Black Metal nicht genau definieren. Der Gitarrist spielt nur einfache hintergrundige Riffs nebst hoch gestimmten tragen Soli. Wusste ich es nicht besser, wurde ich dieser Band eher Doom Metal zuweisen. Das Drumming ist auch sehr langsam. Das Hi-Hat wird zumeist mit der 8-fachen Geschwindigkeit der restlichen Gerate gespielt, und dies in meist sehr speziellen Takten. Auch die Keyboard und Spezialeinlagen geben der Musik weitere Abwechslung. Man hore sich hier zum Beispiel den epischen Mittelteil von "As a Wingless Bird" an. Der Gesang ist meistens sehr leise und krachzend, sodass man meist die Songtexte konsultieren muss um etwas zu verstehen. Das liegt aber nicht am Sanger selbst, sondern eher an der eigentlich doch recht miserablen Qualitat der Aufnahmen. Fur Leute die auf eher tragen und eindrucklichen sowie traurigen Black Metal stehen, ist diese Scheibe echt keine schlechte Wahl. Allerdings gibt es sie nirgends zu kaufen. Dafur wird sie auf der offiziellen Website von Mournful Gust zum Download angeboten.

Michael Sebel

Wertung: 7.5 / 10 Punkten

P.S. Well i know "black metal" is surely not the right word for mournful gust. I didn´t knew the band and so i began to gather information, and i often read, that mournful gust shall be a "Black metal" band. but seriously, for me it´s more doom than black. However, those genres make me crazy one day. i hope it doesn´t bother you, that i call it a black metal band in the review!

Greets, Michael

 
     
     

Vampire-magazine.com / 2007

   
 


This album was recorded and released on cassette in 2000, and after a break re-released in 2005 on CD. On this album Mournful Gust brings forth a kind of doom inspired by British acts such as My Dying Bride, yet in a "light" version... Extra accents are put into the music by using instruments such as piano, violin, flute and a classical female voice, but the necessary heaviness is missing on this debut. It is rather "flat" to impress the average doom fan.

The accents give a more frivol approach towards the music; the ideas in itself are not so bad, it is just that is rather light for doom. Furthermore it is clear that the recordings were too soon; the band had been together for too short a time. To put it in the words of one of the song titles: "As A Wingless Bird".

At the moment the band is working on a new album, called "The Frankness Eve". Some fragments of that can already be found at the band´s website, and it is clear that they have grown since their debut: the music is heavier, and finally contains some dynamic heaviness: especially "A Pain To Remember" is a good example of that new effort.

Written by Neithan

 
     
     

Lamentation 'Fanzine #13

   
 


Lamentation 'Fanzine #13

 
     
     

Encomium´zine Issue #3, December 2001

   
 


MOURNFUL GUST is a new and promising name in the Ukrainian underground scene. It features Vladislav Shahin on vocals (he sings in Black Metal act, VAE SOLIS, as well), Alexander Glavniy on lead guitar, Evgeniy Vecher on rhythm guitar (ex-TEMPLE OF OBLIVION), Evgeniy Kozlovskiy on bass, Artem Lygun on keyboards and Vjacheslav Kapusta on drums (ex-TEMPLE OF OBLIVION). "She´s My Grief" represents 7 brilliant songs of melodic and yet emotional Doom Metal. Sorrowful guitar passages and majestic keyboards tunes filled up with a wide range of vocals that were, by the way, precisely worked out are the so-called trademarks of MOURNFUL GUST. It´s not a typical Doom stuff to be honest, ´cause 4 session musicians helped them out with the enchanting sounds of soprano, violin and flute. I know (on the other side) that these things are indeed the usual and basic elements of nowadays Doom Metal scene. Nevertheless, it is something else I would say superior! The remarkable sound quality speaks for itself and shows a serious musicianship, no doubt! Preferred tracks: "Path Of My Tears" and "As A Wingless Bird".

Cornelius, Encomium´zine Issue #3, December 2001

 
     
     
     
Interviews & articles
     
     

Interview for Robex Lundgren Musik Blogg / 2015

   
 




What’s the name of your band?

Mournful Gust.

What made you call the band ""?

With such a title, it takes just one moment to understand, what kind of music the band plays.

How was the band formed?

In fact, it all started as a project of one of the ex-guitarists.

Can you tell about your band?

If you feel comfortably in your life, you’ll never start listening to our music.

Where are all band members from? /Who does what in the band?

We had lots of people among constant line-up changes. It would be boring to recall where each person came from. Specify names, and I will reply to you.

What were the ambitions of the band when you started?

We wanted to gather stadiums, sell albums with thousands of copies and live a wealthy life from selling our releases…

Could you explain your music to someone that hasn’t heard you?

Hard, slow, sad, growling voice.

Where was your first gig?

In our hometown, at the very end of 2000.

Where was the latest gig?

As well here, in the hometown, several months ago.

Who writes your songs? / Who writes the music who writes lyrics?

As a rule, the music is composed by guitarists. The new album contains a track composed by a bass player, and one more track of mine. Absolutely all lyrics of Mournful Gust are written by me.

Who has the best since of humor in the band?

We are into sense of humour in the everyday life. Our music has no relation to it.

What's good/bad with the band? /What genre do you feel you are?

I go not want to speak neither about good, nor about bad stuff. Do not want to make boast of anything, or complain. Usually, our music is positioned as gothic doom/death metal, but this is only a general cliche without any specifics.

What is performed by Mournful Gust, can be called sorrow metal or modern euro doom.

Why did you pick that particular style? /What are your songs about?

This is something that is deep inside…

Do you write your own material or mainly covers?

If you heard our albums, these are all our own songs. During the whole history we recorded only one cover.

Have you made any albums? /If yes what are they?

There are 3 full-length albums in our discography. For the overall impression you need not only to listen to them, but also hold them in your hands.

Do you have any clips on YouTube?

We have two professional videoclips – “With Every Suffering” and “Sleeping With My Name”, as well as several amateur videos.

How old are you? /What got you started in music?

Is this a dating website survey? I dreamt about releasing and holding in hands my own album.

At what age did you start playing?

Without exaggerations, I’ve wanted to play in a band from the very childhood.

How old were you guys when you first stood on stage?

Experienced enough to be called a rock band.

What year was the band started?

Autumn 1999.

Best/worst gig you've played?

I never liked our gigs.

What places will you be playing in the imidate future?

In any case, somewhere on planet Earth. Exact coordinates are unknown.

Where have you played from then till now?

Manly in Ukraine. More rarely — in Belarus and Russia.

Witch band is the best you’ve seen?

I wished it were my band…

Is it always the same songs live?

Time to time, we change our repertoire. Mainly these are songs from the new album. As for the songs from previous releases, we leave only the most powerful ones.

What has been the best/most promising gig so far?

Absolutely any gig may potentially lead to perspectives, even the most unsuccessful. We had quite big and notable events, but they brought us nothing but a point in the band’s history.

Have you had any bigger tours from start to now?

We had never toured.

How big crowds do you usually play for?

Usually, there are about 100 people, more or less. It all depends on the scale and status of an event.

What are the plans for the rest of the year?

It is hard to plan anything under such circumstances. We have thoughts, wishes and ideas. These are planned to be brought into life.

Where do you usually play?

Small or medium halls.

How do you get psyched up for a gig?

Nothing special. Just go on stage and try to give listeners what they wanted to get from a Mournful Gust show.

What are your goals with your music?

We do not follow any instructions to reach a certain result. It is not related with music. We do what we like and are glad if someone apart from us likes it.

When did you decide to go all in for the music?

In the teen age, as I started listening to heavy metal.

Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern?

Of course, I listen to albums of 1970/80s-X. They have lots of interesting stuff even nowadays. I also listen to modern albums. After all, they’ll become ancient ones in several decades.

What are your sources of inspiration?

Lately, inspiration has left me, and I am waiting for its appearance and presence. This can appear from anywhere and all of a sudden.

What's the first step when making a new song?

This can be stuck in a head and not leave the mind for a long time. This is how compositions from the internal are born. Nothing should be artificial.

How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums?

This is a very big question, which needs separate attention for an answer. Shortly, I buy music on CD and collect everything that interests me. This is how I show support to bands, labels. I do not download mp3 — I am afraid of infecting my PC. But I can listen to music online. I prefer making an honest deal rather than stealing band’s creativity.

What would be your dreams for the band?

To broaden our audiences through many concerts in different parts of the world. A dream of any artist is to be heard…

Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to?

I am a diverse listener and perceive anything — from blues rock to grindcore.

What do you hold most dear?

These are events from my personal life and I’d like to forget about them.

What would be your greatest fears for the future?

These fears became a reality — there’s a war in my country.

When you are on stage, what do you fear most then?

I fear that a drunk idiot will climb on stage and disturb the concert.

What songs and what years were they released?

May be I did not understand the question. What do you mean — in what years were our albums released?.

Have you been part of any other projects?

Yes, I participated in recording three albums of Autumnia, and have been a part of the black metal band Vae Solis many years ago, recorded with death metal band Tessaract, and took part in projects not related with metal music.

Have you been in any other bands?

As said before, I sang in Vae Solis before. If you wish, you may find an album “My Fire Is Eternal"(Satanarsa Recs.)

What do you work with outside of the band and the music?

My everyday work has nothing in common with music.

What would you do if there was no music?

Hard to say, I’ll try not to think about it. May be, I’d fell into literature..

How important are your fans?

This is a part of any music formation, including Mournful Gust. We respect those who listen to our music and visit our shows.

What's the funniest/most memorable thing a fan has done for you?

I am inspired by anything related to acknowledgement of our band. These can be both ordinary letters, portraits, tributes, cover versions and even more serious life circumstances, bordering with something more global.

How often do you rehearse?

At the moment, not as often as we’d want to. Ideally, there should be 1 rehearsal per 4 days.

Where do you rehearse?

We rent a rehearsal hall.

Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment?

“Words Of Farewell” from our third album “For All The Sins” and, may be, ”Rainbow Eyes”, dedicated to Dio.

What do you feel is the best live band you've seen?

Each gig of any band is a separate event. The status of the band and event scale do not matter. But I rarely go to gigs.

What drives a band that isn't all that famous and renowned to try to make a living on their music and to keep playing?

It is definitely an inner inertial power that still nourishes enthusiasm and motivates for inspiration.

Do you have any webpages?

We’e got an official website — mournfulgust.com. I am not as serious regarding pages in social networks.

Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there?

I do not think we’e got such a level when our advice can determine anyone. And I will be really surprised to know that someone reads these words.

Describe your show, visually and musically

Honestly speaking, our performances are boring visually, as we are not a show band. Several people with musical instruments on a small stage in a small hall with small number of listeners. This is not impressive and brings into depression. But may be this is the real doom metal?

How do you view the music industry of today?

I am more than certain that we are far away from it. We do not get any revenue from released albums, are not compensated expenditures from studio recordings and design services. We do not have royalties. Until this changes, we are beyond music business.

What advice would you like to give other bands?

Invest the most precious into your band or forget about this stuff once and forever.

What are the biggest obstacles for a band?

Frequent line-up changes, lack of finances, insufficient promotion. Motivation deficit and personal factors.

What is best/worst with playing the clubs?

I can only say it depends from the audience. If this is a listener who knows your songs — comfort and basic conditions do not matter.

Tell us about upcoming gigs and why we should be at them?

Unfortunately, I do not know when we have our nearest show and where it will take place. But if you sincerely like our music, there should be no excusatory proofs of your presence. We do not promote our show as something special if it’s important for you to get into the atmosphere.

How would you describe your sound in one sentence?

This characteristic is founded in the title of our band.

What is your favorite crappy instrument?

Stones and sticks.

What was one of the most quarrelsome times for you in the band?

When the band is left by another musician, without whom we cannot perform and record new albums.

Whats your pre-show ritual?

We do not practice anything similar. The most effective thing is to be in good nick and have good health before the concert, long preparation and rehearsals, as well as the wish to give out the thing which your listener is waiting for.

Do you have anything to add?

Thank you for questions. I hope that someone has read it and will thereby listen to Mournful Gust.


Robex Lundgren

Rinna Karlslund

59016 Boxholm

Sweden



     
     
     

Interview for Antichrist'Magazine / 2014

   
 




Hellz! Glad to see you on the pages of our mag! Finally we make this interview true. First of all – congratulations with your new album! How much time does the recording process take and what the studio you have used for this?

Thank you for your interest and support of our band! In particular, for our new album “For All The Sins”. Several dreary months after its release have already gone by, and I am happy that people are interested in this music. Over half a decade, and it’s more than 5 years, lie between the release of the previous CD “The Frankness Eve” and the new piece. As for the studio work and album design, I can say that it took us about a year, till the album was released. This time TA Production is responsible for our sound and the booklet design was made by Nurgeslag. “For All The Sins” is created, recorded and brought into life especially for those, who are now lonely and for whom everything goes wrong in their lives. For those, who are on the verge. For those, who are no more happy for anything, but for those who still have hope and don’t want to lose it. This is a part of us for you…

Mournful Gust is an old band at our scene, as I know, you have had some troubles in the past, but you have survived. Tell to the readers about band’s roots? I do not ask about biography (‘coz it’s not necessary these days), I mean musicians past before Mournful Gust.

Our biography involves such bands as Temple of Oblivion (not existing now) and Vae Solis, which is relatively active in these days. Some of our past musicians from these bands created Mournful Gust, having united 15 years ago. Only I am left since that times, and all current musicians of our band are not related to its birth period. Thus, we have only biographical relationship to those roots. At the moment, we have neither spiritual, nor physical connection to what was at the end of 90-s. Our past is relevant only to the pain that is still strong and does not let go to the place, where the light is…

“For All the Sins” – what is the main idea of this title and how title reflecting album sense?

In fact, everyone is concerned about this question, and I want to sat that the title hasn’t got any religious background. Moreover, it doens’t have an certian concept. It is like your or my life — none of us knows how the morning will begin and what thoughts you will have before the bedtime. Sins… it should not be taken as literal — this is all that can happen to you — good or bad. It doesn’t have any meaning, because it’s higher that awarenes by us, alive. And there are no reasons for grief — we paid in full for everything, for all the sins. This is why you can’t tell whether you are happy at the very moment of your life. At least because you got interested in such band as Mournful Gust.

The song “Rainbow Eyes” – RAINBOW cover. Nice cover, made in the memory of DIO… Who owns the idea? And why right this song, but not, let’s say – “Rainbow in the Dark”)?

Thank you for a good mark! It was my idea and I chose this song when, having a particular inner climate, was listening to the whole discography of this wonderful band. I was immediately struck by the depth of this lyrical composition, and it was my own reflection. For several years I’ve been carrying the idea of fulfilling Rainbow Eyes within our creativity and we’ve been working on the arrangements for this ballad a long time. And then Dio died… We had no right to avoid recording this song and playing it at our concerts as a sign of respect and memory of Maestro.

Inna Esina – flute (played in the municipal orchestra of Krivoy Rog)… Does she into metal music at all? How you have met?

She’s been in the band for a long time, was invited by our current drummer and performed the concerts with us. Now, unfortunately, she is not in Mournful Gust — she left the band because of personal and musical reasons. However, you can hear her on two compositions from «For All The Sins»… As far as I know, she is not into metal music right now.

About cover art – nude woman going to water… Let’s compare – title – for all sins, picture – woman going to water… So, does she going to water, to die for all the sins of humanity or? How can we compare this?

It is my personal sin, which is leaving me. A sin in the form of a naked woman, passing to the horizon and concealed by the water, like cleansing and deliverance. No, she isn’t dying for my sins, she’ll return from the our side of my life, symbolizing a certain stage. There’s no religious undertone here, if you understand me. I do not generalize something universal and common for all the mankind under “For All The Sins”. It is my personal story, reflected in the lyrical component of this album. We have a long and fruitful partnership with him and he’s an exceptional master of his craft, which embodies the visual side of Mournful Gust creativity.

From your point of view, what is the main thing – cover art – lyrics or songs structure?

Nurgeslag always pushes from the whole atmosphere of an album — he passes musical and lyrical concept through him, taking into account my personal wishes and comments on my own impressions and forms. But in general, the artist had the full freedom for creating everything, what you do see on the album cover and in the booklet of our new CD.

Do you think the new album much better than first one “She’s My Grief”? From your point of view, what’s the main differences between these albums (to the fact, they have more than 10 years of distance

I cannot compare these two albums in terms of emotional or intimate saturation. Each of our albums, each of our songs is a very important component of Mournful Gust and nothing is made by an accident. I can compare these of those of our albums only in terms of technical realisation. From this point of view, of course, we now have a more grown-up material than we could do 15 or even 5 years ago.

As for me, your music became a bit light, is it some kind of evolution or…?

I do not really understand what you do meen, speaking about evolution. But if I have captured the essence of this question in the right way, I can tell that we’ve been constantly changing during these 15 years, but without moving beyond the limits of genre. We do not pay standard doom/death metal with various close elements, and I guess that many will agree with me. We had numerous changes in the line-up and none of our albums has been composed by the same musicians. This condition has led to a kind of evolution if this is what you asked about.

From where you take an inspiration except of music? Do you have some songs which were composed right after some real and similar event in your life?

I’ve been thinking about it a lot and came up with a conclusion that the life itself is an inspiration for our music. There is nothing to be made up, modelled, read about, watched or heard. Waking up is enough, because someday someone from us will make it for the last time in life. In our lyrics, I describe many events, which already happened in my life or which will happen to me in the future, and I already am afraid of it. This is why I am not going to use those words or topics which will destroy my body forever in the songs for the next album. I do not have any will to miss myself on the other side of life…

What about Mournful Gust and Autumnia, do you have enough time to share between two bands?

I am not busy with Autumnia, since this project is no more active now. I sang on al three Autumnia albums and wrote all the lyrics. At that moment, it didn’t interfere me from developing Mournful Gust. Participation in Autumnia gave me a way out from my complicated creativity situations, gaining temporary personal happiness and a certain popularity in favor of Mournful Gust. I miss those days very much and would like to return to that period, to those candles, which burnt just for me…

Well, what about gigs in the support of “For All the Sins”? Where you have played already and what the plans for future “roads”?

We played only several gigs on thematical shows with intent to present our new songs. I hope, we’ll get an opportunity to play as many shows and festivals, thanks to support of organizers and public. Thus, we are always opened for your cities and stages…

Solitude music is good label from Russia, with good promotion, distribution and etc… But what they give you except of promotion? Do they organize some gigs for you, cover studious costs and etc…?

Nowadays, Solituade are only into physical distribution of albums and spreading CDs for reviews. It is a very thorough, useful, but unprofitable business, interesting only for some exceptional enthusiasts. We are not naive and understand everything, when an album is being released — we get no gigs and interviews with the help of the label. The similar situation with the budget for recording the album — all the funds are taken from our own pockets. However, it is better than distributing albums on our own way, at least because fans of this genre value reputation of the label, the sign of which is placed on the back cover of the album.

Do you have some fans in your city Krivoy Rog? How big there local scene?

As in any other city we have our listeners, which attend our rare concerts. We have many bands playing in different metal genres and their number constantly growth during the last time. And it is surprisingly, no matter, to what geographical position it belongs. Yes, we are the oldest band in our city and there are many young bands, compared to us. It is great that young people prefer playing metal to leading antisocial style of life…

Ok, do you remember those times when first album was created? It was about 15 years ago… From your point of view, what is the difference between your personal thoughts those days and right now? Do you now reject some ideas, which you have had back then?

I recently took folders with my lyrics written in different times of my not ineresting to anyone life. And if I recall those days, which you are asking about, nothing has changed in my lyrical position and attitude to life, to perception of everything happening. Absolutely. I do not feel myself totally unhappy, but I cannot say that I am happy. I didn’t betray any of my words or my lines. I feel very touchy to everything I write and sing. Yes, this depresses me and upsets my personal life, but it is the thing I cannot change in myself. My own lyrics is still up-to-date even now — the lyrics, which I wrote as I was 20 and the lyrics, which I wrote before this interview…

How do you evaluate situation in Ukraine now? I mean not musical theme, but Euromaydan and etc… What is your relation to political things? From your point of view, what kind of future waiting for our country near years?

We have never positioned ourselves as a politically oriented musical band or something like that. It can be seen from our genre. We have nothing in common neither with politics, nor with religion, as it is taken by lots of our colleagues on stage and beyond. But, as for social position, we, as living in this community, always worry about what is happening, both in and outside our country. I hope that by the moment this interview is published, Situation in Ukraine will be more positively stable without all the extremely stressful environments. We all need it. Each human, coming to this Earth, has a right for happiness and calm life. I am not a prophet, nor a politician — I cannot see what to expect in future for our state. But no matter what happens — let it be anything only without people dying and suffering. It doesn’t matter, which side of the barricades they are at.

Have you even thought about death? Like what’s there waiting for us after death?

My attitude towards this question is likely not as sacral. I don’t spend all my time thinking about this topic. Just don’t want to waste my life on thoughts about inevitable things. Let it be like it should. It’s only a matter of time, and it is coming closer. I’d like to spend my time brightly and usefully, leave a trail in people’s hearts. Death is the topic for philosophers and those who have nothing else to think about. At this very moment of my life, death is only a natural ending of a physical life followed by deliverance from a burden that biles my soul and consciousness.

Back in the years of paper letters we had correspondence with you. Then contact was lost. Do you still have contacts with many people from the past?

I have very warm memories for the time, when there was no Internet and I communicated with people with the help of ordinary snail mail. Of course, you can use it even now, but everyone understands that this is no more than just epistolary fetish. The gone time brought lots of changes in the communicational sphere, making it more comfortable and fast. Yes, I still speak with some people like 15-16 years ago, but now with the help of social networks. Unfortunately, it cannot be compared to the feeling, when you find several letters in your post box, bring them home, unpack envelopes, observe flyers… And then write answers on long evenings. It is a certain nostalgy…

Well, I think that’s all for now. Thx for your time and see you later on some gig! DOOM OR BE DOOMED!)

Thank you for interesting questions and support for Mournful Gust on the pages of Antichrist’zine!!! I thank to everyone, who read this interview. Let our scene prospere!


     
     
     

Interview for NoCleanSinging.com / 2014 (english)

   
 


Sometimes I use this unpopular “quiz” format because there are too many interesting bands that I would like to bring to light, and in my opinion it’s a good way to spread some news and to get new points of view on a few issues (including even some political questions). The list of questions I put to the bands is below:


1. What is the band’s latest news and what are your plans for the near future?

2. What do we get (in the broadest sense) from the release of your last album?

3. What is the best response that your band has ever received?

4. What role does the church (or any other religious organization) play in your life or (let’s take it wider) in the life of the heavy scene? Is there any spiritual, religious, or antireligious component in your songs?

5. What does the Media in your country tell about the situation in Ukraine? And how do you see that situation? Some people from other countries have asked me strange questions about Russia’s policy, and let me say that I have a few friends in Ukraine and my colleagues have relatives there, and believe me, there’s no media in ANY country that is showing the problem as it really is. We can watch as the Cold War turns into real warfare.


Vladislav Shahin (vocals)


1. I wouldn’t name it the «latest» news, but the core of the question is understandable. The most important event is, without any doubt, release of our third album For All The Sins in September 2013.
At the moment we are preparing a special album release especially for Mournful Gust fans under the title If We Were ALIVE. We have recorded the first album in the live on format in the history of the national metal scene. This format implies no editing, overdubs, or other studio sound magic. This is how the band really sounds during rehearsals and concert shows.
The recorded material is planned to be released on CD this autumn on one of the Russian labels and will include 10 compositions, which cover the whole 15-year history of the band. We have also show video material and are now working hard on creating another film, in which you will be able to watch some of our songs played live, monologues of musicians, and production scenes.
You can also expect a digital single for the song “Let The Music Cry” from Mournful Gust. Unlike the above mentioned If We Were ALIVE, this single will be interesting not only for Mournful Gust’s audience, not only for doom metal fans, but also for all metal fans in general…

2. As far as I understand, the question considers For All The Sins album. It has shown the direction of our musical development, which appeals to us as to a creative collective. The fact that almost a year has passed and it is still not noticed, doesn’t disappoint us. I am confident that the time of this album has not come yet. Of course, thanks to this album, we have extended our audience, since our music is being heard not only by doom or death metal fans. That is why it is hard for me to characterize the music of Mournful Gust with any stylistic terms. No, For All The Sins has made no revolution, it is an ordinary rock album, but it allowed us to reveal the emotional colour of Mournful Gust’s music, which we couldn’t express fully on the previous two albums.

3. We do not pay attention to the feedbacks, even the most positive ones, because the best feedbacks are the way people visit our shows, react to Mournful Gust’s music, buy our CDs. I think these are the best reactions, not reviews or comments. The latter are only words, which will vanish with time. At the expense of everything, our new album gathers not the best reviews, though with inspiring words, but the biggest number of reviewers tend to have neutral thoughts about our album. As mentioned before, I do think that the time for For All The Sins has not come yet. That is why I recommend that everyone who reads these lines now listen to this CD and create his or her own palette of thoughts.

4. We do not have any religious message in our pieces. Of course, we do embody some spiritual values, but it is all veiled to reach a more intimate atmosphere of our music. During 15 years of our being on stage we have experienced neither support, nor persecution or conviction. Our position lies in non-intruding and we do not propagandize anything. Thus, neither united religion, nor any other spiritual practice, has suppositions of paying attention to Mournful Gust.

5. Of course, we are upset and worry about what is happening in our country. It is not the thing, why each of us was born and lives here. We could expect anything, up to the nuclear catastrophe, but not the events we are watching now. The theme is very present-day and I wouldn’t like to be another pseudo-strategist, crushed by an insane propagandistic machine. As for mass media, it is the most dangerous and effectively poisonous weapon of mass intoxication for modern man. And for such a man, it is highly important not only to see and to hear, but learn to see and hear in the right way, being as adequate and cautious in conclusions as possible. And I do hope that one day such antisocial events as imposing ideology, seeding panics, and zombing will be also subjected to persecution.


     
     
     

Interview for NoCleanSinging.com / 2014 (english)

   
 





1. Каковы последние новости группы и планы на обозримое будущее?

2. Что вам дал (в самом широком смысле) релиз последнего альбома?

3. Какой самый лучший отзыв о вашей музыке вам довелось слышать?

4. Какую роль церковь (или другие религиозные организации) играют в вашей жизни или в жизни тяжёлой сцены вообще? Есть ли духовная, религиозная или антирелигиозная составляющая в ваших песнях?

5. Как СМИ вашей страны описывают ситуацию на/в Украине? И как вы сами видите эту ситуацию?


Vladislav Shahin (vocals)


1. 1. Не хотелось бы называть это время "последним", но суть вопроса ясна. Из таких событий это, несомненно, выход нашего третьего альбома "For All The Sins",в сентябре 2013 года.
А в данный момент мы готовим к выпуску особый альбом исключительно для поклонников Mournful Gust под названием "If We Were ALIVE". Мы записали первый, в истории отечественной метал-сцены, альбом в формате live on. Данный формат подразумевает отсутствие редактирования, овердабов и прочего студийного колдовства со звуком – именно так, как звучит группа во время репетиций или концертных выступлений.
Записанный материал планируется к изданию на CD осенью текущего года на одном из российских лейблов и включит в себя 10 композиций охватывающих всю пятнадцатилетнюю карьеру группы. Так же мы отсняли видеоматериал и в данный момент ведётся кропотливая работа над созданием очередной кино-работы, в которой вы увидите живое исполнение некоторых композиций, монологи музыкантов и постановочные сцены.
И, вскоре, ожидайте от Mournful Gust цифровой сингл для песни "Let The Music Cry"...В отличие от упомянутого мною выше "If We Were ALIVE" – этот сингл будет интересно услышать не только аудитории Mournful Gust, не только ценителям doom metal, но и вообще – всей metal музыки в целом...

2. Насколько я понимаю – вопрос касается альбома "For All The Sins".Он нам показал направление музыкального развития, которое наиболее импонирует нам как творческому коллективу. То, что он, спустя, практически, год с момента выхода, до сих пор остается незамеченным – это нас не расстраивает. Я вполне уверенно считаю, что время этого альбома ещё не наступило. Конечно же, благодаря этому альбому мы расширили свою аудиторию, поскольку нашу музыку слушают не только люди любящие doom или death metal. В этой связи мне уже сложно охарактеризовать музыку Mournful Gust какими-то стилистическими терминами. Нет,"For All The Sins" не произвёл никакой революции, это обычный рок-альбом, но который позволил нам раскрыть эмоциональную окраску музыки Mournful Gust, которую мы не смогли передать в полной мере на двух предыдущих альбомах.

3. Нам не важны какие-либо отзывы, даже и самые положительные, поскольку самые важные отзывы это то, как люди посещают наши выступления, реагируют на музыку Mournful Gust, покупают наши диски. Считаю что это самые лучшие реакции, а не какие-то рецензии или комментарии – это всего лишь слова, которые когда-то сотрёт временем. В ущерб всему – наш новый альбом собирает не самые позитивные рецензии, хотя есть и воодушевляющие слова, но наибольшее количество рецензентов сходятся в нейтральном мнении относительно нашего нового материала. Как я уже отметил – я уверенно считаю, что время альбома "For All The Sins" ещё не наступило. Поэтому рекомендую всем, кто сейчас читает эти строки, послушать этот CD и составить свою палитру мнений...

4. Мы совершенно не несём в своём творчестве никакого религиозного посыла. Несомненно, мы олицетворяем какие-то духовные ценности, но всё это завуалировано для придания более интимной атмосферы нашей музыке. За 15 лет нашего нахождения на сцене мы не испытывали ни поддержки, ни гонений, ни осуждения. Мы имеем позицию ненавязывания каких-либо мнений и абсолютно ничего не пропагандируем. Соответственно ни единая религия или какая-то иная духовная практика не имеет предпосылок как-то обращать внимания на Mournful Gust.

5. Безусловно, все происходящее в нашей стране очень расстраивает и тревожит. Это совершенно не то, для чего каждый из нас родился и проживает здесь. Можно было ожидать всего что угодно, вплоть до ядерной катастрофы или падения метеорита, но только не то, что мы имеем, к сожалению, наблюдать. Тема злободневная и не хотелось быть ещё одним псевдо-стратегом раздавленным пропагандистской машиной безумия. Конечно же, не следует и игнорировать эту действительность, потому что она может коснуться и нас самих, чего, конечно же, не хотелось бы. Относительно СМИ – это, в нынешних реалиях, самое опасное и эффективно-ядовитое оружие массовой интоксикации для современного человека. И для такого человека очень важно не просто видеть и слышать, а научиться правильно видеть и слышать, сохраняя предельную адекватность и взвешенность в своих выводах. И я очень надеюсь, что однажды такие антисоциальные явления как навязывание идеологии, сеяние паники и зомбирование будут преследоваться законом.


     
     
     

Interview for R.U.M.'zine / 2013 (english)

   
 


MOURNFUL GUST – Interview with Vlad Shahin
Before I start with the interview, tell us - how are you doing these days?

Recently, we released a new album and supported it with several concerts. Now we are planning some performances for 2014 and are getting ready to compose new songs.

Many of our readers might not know much about MOURNFUL GUST – please tell us a bit about you.

We are a band from Ukraine, former in 1999. During these years, we released 3 albums, a single and a compilation. We've also shooted 2 video clips and played several tenths of concerts. Actually, we are not so popular and do not observe an abundant support throughout the world. Mournful Gust play for those, who are alone and who enjoy emotional doom/death metal.

Actual line-up consists of several experienced musicians. Are the relations between members good? Are you interested in live playing?

Across the whole Mournful Gust history, we had lots of line-up changes, which hindered us from being more productive regarding gigs and greater amount of studio recordings. We’ve always had good relationships among band members, and they’ve been leaving the band entirely because of music considerations, nothing personal and no offences behind. And, of course, we are very interested in strong gigs, but, as I said, for a long period of time, we didn’t have opportunities to get on stage more often, because of line-up instability. At the moment, our ‘crew’ is steady and we are ready to perform on lots of stages to gift our music to you.

How would you describe your new album? In which aspects do you think that it is superior and if there are some parts, which are dropping behind?
We are very satisfied with our new creation, thanks to which we already have an idea, where to move further. I wouldn’t divulge strengths and weaknesses of our new album, but I’d say that we managed to achieve what we wanted. I guess that we’ve got enough inspiration and new impressions for new songs.


What‘s the concept of „For All The Sins“? Otherwise, the topic of your album?


I was thinking about what bind together all of your songs.
Textually, though musically as well, “For All The Sins” doesn’t have any purposeful concept. Everything comes to the individual perception of all our listeners and ours. Each of us has his own sins and torments, and it’s like stained pages of life, put together. It is so intimately, that there’s just no need to impart any particular meaningfulness to our new album.

What is more important to you? Visual interpretation of the music, or the lyrics? Could you describe what I should imagine with artwork for „For All The Sins“?

Although I am an author of all lyrics for Mournful Gust, we've never placed texts above music. In my opinion, both these elements of our compositions — lyrics and music — are a harmonious whole. But we are also directed to releasing albums and, naturally, visual part of our music is really important. Our artist Nurgeslag designed already a third release for us, and we are experiencing a full mutual understanding with each other. He feels our music and forms it in his atmospheric vision. I believe that his illustrative work is an integral part of our music and lyrics. On our “For All The Sins” cover, I personally see a particular part of my sins, which leave me forever. I feel better and they no longer torment me. But I do not know as well, what waits for me on the next stage of my fate…

The promotional work definitely belongs to the process or releasing the new album. How much time a day you’re willing to dedicate to promotion of your new album?

I would definitely want more attention to “For All The Sins” and our previous discs. Paradoxically, we experienced incredible attention in the non-Internet times, when we didn’t have so many opportunities to spread information about our music widely. Now, in the digital era, the whole virtual ether is filled up to the limit. I catch myself thinking that people are simply not interested in listening to new music and find out something unusual. Lots of them still prefer listening to the band from 1980-s or 1990-s, than to albums released in the current year.
As our second video went out — I published it several thousand times in one of the social networks. But this led only to some 7,000 views on YouTube and tenths of comments. Nowadays, it is very hard to conquer listeners or viewers. Nevertheless, it has to be done, if you want your creation to be noticed by more interested people. And this is what I spend the greatest part of time on, while I working on my PC.

Is this type of doom metal your life-style? Style to which you gave your soul?

Yes, brother, and this is what oppresses me and brings lots of negative into my life. I believe that power of words multiplied by music has an incredible property of materialization. Long time ago, I started to notice that each text to my songs is a peculiar scenario to some episodes of my life. Take any lyrics. I’ve already experienced or will be doing everything that I’ve ever wrote about. Believe me, I am now seriously thinking, what I am going to write about for the next album. I do not want a repeated self-hypnosis. But this is how I feel the music, which we play, and I just don’t have a right to turn off the road. May be some day my life enters the blissful period, when I stop composing such sad lyrics and destroying myself. For now, though, I haven’t disclosed such a mysterious formula inside of me. Time shows.

You have signed in Solitude productions, how is your cooperation going on? When it was born?

We’ve been collaborating for already 7 years now, and, as I said before, we released 3 albums together. It all started in 2007, as we searched for a label for our second CD “The Frankness Eve”. That is when Solitude Productions offered the most suitable conditions for us at that period of time. Now they already have a significant amount of respected bands and albums in their catalogue, and, probably, it is the best place to realize doom metal and various bordering styles.

Is there something, what hamper you on today´s metal scene?

My answer will be as obvious, as the question. Likely, it is the lack of money or a particularly low budget for bringing our creative ideas into life. I would also add abundance of the modern metal-scene to the list. If a person doesn't have any direction in choosing music, it'll be very hard to find a band, which will disturb his heart. But I guess, this is rather musician’s problem to find his listener.
As for Mournful Gust, the problem is that we are playing in a non-popular genre. We do not gather full clubs, because our name is not so popular. Doors for big festivals are closed for us, as we are an obvious non-format for an open-air. Please, do not take it as complains. We have this negative karma. May be this is our barrier?

How is it with MOURNFUL GUST and live performances? Do you enjoy them or do you see them just a necessary evil to get your band a bit more into the spotlight? Any special memories that you would like to share?

We like live performances and this is an integral part of our band's activity. Do not pay attention to the fact that we played only several tenths of shows during one decade and a half — we had some objective reasons for that, which do not bring any happiness to any of us. Each our gig is a bothersome event, full of excitement and waiting. But this is worth moral and material resources. As for the second part of the question, we do not have better or worse concerts. They are all in our memories. Negative moments are forgotten and all the best is considered as it was meant to be. Nevertheless, I hope, that our best gigs are waiting for us and, probably, they’ll be in your country.

What is it like to be a Metal musician in Ukraine? Are you in any way accepted as an artist or are you like a cultural outcast of some sorts?

I am not an outcast, nor an artist. I am grateful to the time, in which I live: being a non-professional musician, I’ve got an opportunity to record my songs, release albums, perform, give interviews and be a part of such band, as Mournful Gust. And it has no matter, in which country I live. It doesn’t depend on geography or social issues.

And now last question. Do you know something Czech metal bands?

Yes, I am aware of some representatives of your scene, and the first ones whom I have to mark are such amazing bands as Krabathor (world-known) and Silent Stream Of Godless Elegy, which I like very much. For a long time, I’ve known such legends as Malignant Tumour, Maniac Butcher, Dark Storm and, of course, Master's Hammer. You would probably be surprised to hear that I can mention such names as Carnal Diafragma, Pigsty or Cerebral Turbulency …you've got the best acts within grindcore and experimental music!

Thank you for answering my questions - here is your chance to speak to the people of Czech repuplic! Any last words to the readers in Czech republic?

Thank you very much for the questions and an opportunity for Mournful Gust to become a little bit more familiar in Czech Republic and among your readers. I hope that at least some of you like our albums and our band in general. And that some day, we’ll meet on our show!

     
     

Interview for R.U.M.'zine / 2013 (čeština)

   
 


Nedávno jsem na našem webu uveřejnil recenzi na album „For All The Sins“ ukrajinských MOURNFUL GUST, a protože mi tvorba této formace přijde více než zajímavá, rozhodl jsem se vyzpovídat vokalistu Vlada Shahina, který je do teskné doom metalové romantiky ponořen až po uši. Z jeho noblesních odpovědí určitě vypozorujete jeho neochvějnou touhu něco dokázat, byť počet vydaných počinů rozhodně nevypovídá o tom, že by se Vlad a spol. flákali. Ostatně jeho odpovědi budiž tím nejpádnějším důkazem! Pod rozhovorem si pak nezapomeňte prohlédnout i skvostně zpracované videoklipy, opravdu stojí minimálně za jedno shlédnutí!

Vlade, jak se máš v prvních dnech roku 2014? Co se ve vašem táboře v poslední době nejdůležitějšího událo?

Nejdůležitější je rozhodně to, že jsme nedávno vydali nové album a podpořili jej několika koncerty. V současnosti taktéž plánujeme několik vystoupení pro rok 2014 a zároveň jsme připraveni skládat nové písně.

Pro českého čtenáře nejste určitě nejznámějším pojmem, takže by se rozhodně hodilo, kdybys ztratil slovo o vaší dosavadní hudební dráze…

Jsme kapela z Ukrajiny a fungujeme už od roku 1999. Během těchto let jsme vydali tři řadová alba, jedno kompilační CD a pochlubit se můžeme také dvěma videoklipy a desítkami odehraných koncertů. Celkově mohu říci, že nejsme nijak populární kapelou, která by se mohla opřít o bohatou podporu fanoušků z celého světa, nicméně MOURNFUL GUST tvoří pro takové ty osamocené posluchače, kteří mají rádi emocionální doom/death metal.

Vaše aktuální sestava je složena řadou zkušených muzikantů, kteří už mají něco odehráno. Jak bys ohodnotil vaši vzájemnou spolupráci? Jak jsem si všiml, tak se u vás vystřídala celá řada muzikantů…

V celé historii MOURNFUL GUST docházelo k výrazným personálním změnám, což je také důvod, proč jsme doposud nebyli až tolik produktivní, alespoň co se týče nahrávek a odehraných koncertů. V naší kapele byly mezi jednotlivými lidmi vždy velmi dobré vztahy, pokud se někdo rozhodl odejít, bylo to spíše z důvodu rozdílných hudebních představ, než abychom museli řešit nějaké rozpory osobní rázu. I přes tyto skutečnosti se nám však podařilo odehrát celou řadu skvělých koncertů, ale právě časté změny v sestavě nám neumožňovaly, abychom se na pódia dostali častěji. V současné době je však naše „posádka“ stabilní a také připravena posluchačům nachystat hudební dárky o několika chodech.

Novinkové album je venku poměrně krátce, ovšem dokázal bys už nyní obsáhnout jeho přednosti a třeba i nedostatky?

S naší novou tvorbu jsme velmi spokojeni. Myslím, že jsem našli přesně ten prostor, ve kterém bychom se chtěli pohybovat. Co se týče silných a slabých stránek, tak ty bych ti pochopitelně mohl prozradit, ale raději bych zůstal u toho, že se nám celkově podařilo dosáhnout toho, čeho jsme skutečně chtěli dosáhnout. Myslím si, že v našich nových skladbách lze nalézt spoustu inspirace a dojmů.

Je celé album propojeno nějakou koncepční myšlenkou? „For All The Sins“ je vskutku krásné motto a za sebe mám pocit, že se prolíná napříč všemi skladbami. Je tomu skutečně tak?

Textově, ale i hudebně nemá „For All The Sins“ žádnou ucelenou koncepci. Všechno je na bázi individuálního vnímání posluchače. Každý z nás má své hříchy a trápení, jež jsou součástí barevných stránek života, které dáváme dohromady.

Jak ve tvém případě vznikají texty? Obsahují nějaké tvé osobní prožitky či konkrétní zážitky? Je pro tebe kromě přímého sdělní důležitá i vizuální stránka kapely?

I když jsem autorem všech textů MOURNFUL GUST, tak nikdy nedojde k tomu, aby vyčnívaly nad hudbou samotnou. Podle mého názoru, oba tyto prvky tvoří jeden harmonický celek. Kromě toho všeho se však pochopitelně zabýváme otázkami vizuální části našich alb, což je pro nás rovněž moc důležité. Náš umělec Nurgeslag pro nás navrhoval už třetí obal a znovu mezi námi došlo k vzájemnému souznění. Tenhle člověk zkrátka cítí naši hudbu a pod její atmosférou tvoří. Věřím, že je zřetelně vidět, že jeho ilustrace je nedílnou součástí naší hudby i textů. Na obalu k „For All The Sins“ doslova spatřuji část svých hříchů, které mě pozvolna opouštějí. Cítím se lépe a nyní už mě nemučí. Přitom však nemohu vůbec tušit, jaký osud na mě čeká v příští fázi života…

Kolik času kupříkladu věnujete propagaci „For All The Sins“ ?

Na rozdíl od našich předchozích desek bych rozhodně chtěl „For All The Sins“ věnovat trošku více pozornosti. Paradoxní ovšem je, že mnohem více zájmu jsme si získali v době, kdy internet nebyl tolik rozšířen a k šíření naší hudby nebylo tolik příležitostí. Nyní, v digitální éře, je celý virtuální éter doslova přeplněn a je zjevné, že většina lidí nemá zájem si poslechnout novou či neobvyklou hudbu, nehledě nato, že někteří lidé dávají stále přednost kapelám z let 1980 až 1990, aniž by si třeba poslechli nové věci. Když jsme třeba udělali náš druhý klip, uveřejnil jsem ho snad tisíckrát na několika sociálních sítí, ovšem výsledek vedl jen k sedmi tisícům shlédnutí na YouTube a několika desítkám komentářů. Dnes je opravdu velice těžké získat si posluchače nebo diváky. Pokud však kapela chce, aby si jejího snažení někdo všiml, je tohle všechno nezbytnost. I u počítače tedy musí člověk stráví velkou spoustu času.

Z klipů, fotek a pochopitelně i hudby samotné vyplývá, že doom metalem opravdu žiješ, nemýlím-li se?

Ano, brachu, to je přesně to, co mě skutečně tlačí a přináší i spoustu negací do mého života. Věřím, že síla slova, která je vynásobena hudbou, má neuvěřitelnou moc. Kdysi dávno, když jsem teprve začínal tvořit, všiml jsem si, že každý můj text je jasným scénářem nějakých mých životních epizod. Buď těch, které jsem už zažil, případně dalších, které mají přijít. Věř mi, v poslední době jsem hodně přemýšlel, o čem budu psát na dalším albu, protože se už nechci opakovat ve vlastní hypnóze, jenže ono je to především o tom, jak člověk cítí hudbu, kterou hrajeme a právě i to je důvod, proč ani nelze z této cesty nikam ustoupit. Může se sice stát, že v nějaký den vstoupí můj život do doby blaženosti a tím tak bude zastaveno psaní smutných textů a mé ničení sebe sama. Nyní, když jsem zveřejnil takovou tajemnou formuli uvnitř mě… Čas ukáže.

Jste již delší dobu spolupracujete s nesmírně vitálním labelem Solitude productions. Jak bys odstupem času zhodnotil vaši spolupráci? Kdy se vlastně zrodila?

Společně spolupracujeme už sedm let a vydali jsme pod touto značkou nosiče. Všechno začalo v roce 2007, když jsme hledali firmu pro realizaci našeho druhého CD „The Frankness Eve“, přičemž Solitude Productions nám v té době nabídli nejlepší podmínky. V současné době už zastupují mají značné množství respektovaných kapel, nemluvě o množství alb v jejich katalogu. Dnes se pravděpodobně jedná o vůbec nejlepší label, který se zabývá doom metalem a dalšími styly, které k tomuto žánru nemají daleko.

Jak je to s MOURNFUL GUST a koncerty? Užíváte si je nebo je považujete jako nezbytné zlo, a to i s ohledem na vaše dřívější problémy se sestavou?

Jsme rádi za živá vystoupení, jsou nedílnou součástí činnosti naší kapely. Za předcházející období jsme odehráli pouze několik desítek koncertů a i přesto, že jsme k tomu měli objektivní důvody, nebyl nikdo z nás z této situace nadšen. Každý náš koncert je velice příjemná událost, plná vzrušení a očekávání. A to stojí za tu morální i materiální námahu. Co se týče druhé části otázky, tak mohu říci, že není lepších ani horších koncertů. Všechny jsou v našich vzpomínkách. Záporné momenty jsou zapomenuty a ty nejlepší jsou považovány za takové, jaké měly skutečně být. Přesto ale doufám, že naše nejlepší koncerty na nás ještě čekají a třeba to budou i ty ve vaší zemi.

Teď taková obecná otázka. Existuje něco, co ti na dnešní metalové scéně skutečně vadí?

Má odpověď bude stejně přímá jako tvá otázka. Největší problém spatřuji v nedostatku peněz, nízkém rozpočtu pro uvedení kreativních nápadů v život. S tím se potýká spousta kapel. Zároveň postrádám více podpory pro modernější metalové spolky na scéně. Pokud lidem neukážeme směr s ohledem na výběr hudby, bude velmi těžké najít nové kapely, která někomu přirostou k srdci. I přesto, že je problém každého hudebníka, aby si našel své posluchače. Pokud jde o MOURNFUL GUST, tak určitým problémem pro nás je, že se zabýváme nepříliš populárním žánrem. Vyprodávání klubů nám tedy rozhodně nehrozí, protože naše jméno není zkrátka tolik populární a dveře velkých festivalů jsou pro nás rovněž uzavřeny, jelikož naše hudba zřejmě není určená pro prezentaci pod širým nebem. Prosím, neber to tak, že si stěžuju. Máme takovou negativní karmu. Možná to je i taková naše bariéra.

Jaké postavení má metalový hudebník na Ukrajině? Jsou tamní hudebníci za umělce považováni, anebo patříte spíše k jakési lůze, jenž je neslučitelná s hlavními proudy?

Myslím, že nejsem umělec ani žádný vyvrhel. Jsem vděčný, že i jako neprofesionální hudebník mohu nahrávat své písně, vydávat alba, dávat rozhovory a být součástí takové skupiny, jako jsou MOURNFUL GUST, a to bez ohledu na to, v jaké země žiji. Není to tedy otázka geografická či spojená se sociálními problémy.

A teď poslední otázka, dalo by se říci pro nás i tradiční :) Znáš nějaké české kapely ?

Ano, znám spoustu představitelů vaší scény! Na první místě mi dovol, abych zmínil úžasné skupiny jako KRABATHOR (což je světoznámá kapela) a SILENT STREAM OF GODLESS ELEGY, které mám opravdu moc rád. Dlouhou dobu ovšem poznám i hudbu takových legend jako jsou MALIGNANT TUMOUR, MANIAC BUTCHER, DARK STORM a samozřejmě MASTER’S HAMMER! Pravděpodobně budete překvapeni, když uvedu i kapely jako CARNAL DIAFRAGMA, PIGSTY nebo CEREBRAL TURBULENCY. Vaše kapely rozhodně patří v rámci grindcoru a experimentální hudby k tomu vůbec nejlepšímu!

Děkuji moc za odpovědi a do budoucna přeji vše dobré!

Velice ti děkuji za dotazy a příležitost prezentovat MOURNFUL GUST čtenářům v České republice. Doufám, že alespoň některým se bude naše hudba líbit, a že se třeba sejdeme na naši show!

     
     

Інтэрв'ю з Уладам Шахіным, вакалістам Mournful Gust для беларускага музычнага партала BelMetal.org
(Частка першая - Частка другая)

   
 


Улад Шахін. Вакаліст ды лідар украінскага дум-метал гурта Mournful Gust, экс-вакаліст праекта Autumnia. Гісторыя творчасьці ды зьвесткі пра новы альбом гурта. Частка першая.

Як усё пачыналася? Хто ўвогуле аўтар ідэі гурта?

Першапачаткова ня йшло гаворкі аб стварэньні прынцыпова новага калектыва. Усё было шмат прасьцей: гітарыст ды бубнач з гурта Temple Of Oblivion вырашылі ўзнавіць музычную дзейнасьць, набраўшы новы калектыў. Быў запрошаны адзін з экс-гітарыстаў блэк-гурта Vae Solis, і вакол гэтых трох музыкаў і пачаў зьбірацца канцэптыйна новы калектыў Temple Of Oblivion. З-за сутыкненьня некаторых абставін – назва гурта была зьменена на Mournful Gust. І з той пары Mournful Gust ня мае натуральна нічога агульнага з музыкай і спадчынай Temple Of Oblivion акрамя некаторых агульных музыкаў. Таму афіцыйна дата народжаньня нашага гурта – кастрычнік 1999 года…

Ці цяжка было з калектывам? Якія зьмены? Хто ў складзе быў раней?

Калі ты маеш на ўвазе самы першы калектыў Mournful Gust, то ён фармаваўся яшчэ без майго ўдзелу – я далучыўся да гурта толькі паўгады пазьней ад яго заснаваньня. Пры мне ж было вырашана пытаньне новай назвы гурта – Mournful Gust. Цяжкасьці? Вядома ж, сабраць разам калектыў аднадумцаў ды й проста добрых музыкаў – гэта заўжды цяжка і складана. Аб’яднаць усіх адзінай ідэяй, напоўніць імпэтам і натхненьнем… Усё гэта было, дзякуючы таму Mournful Gust заўжды меў паўнаважны калектыў творча наладжаных людзей.
На момант выхаду першага альбома калектыў зьмяняўся не аднойчы, і ўзгадваць тут усіх яго ўдзельнікаў ня мае сэнсу. Вельмі вялікая колькасьць людзей грала ў нашым гурце. Але з самых славутых трэба адзначыць лідэра Autumnia Аляксандра Глаўнага ды Аню Дабрыдневу з “Пара Нормальных”. Большасьць удзельнікаў калектыва з таго часу альбо наогул перасталі займацца музыкай, альбо граюць на карпаратывах ці ў зусім іншых музычных плынях…

Як і дзе праходзілі першыя рэпетыцыі?

Самае першае рэпетыцыйнае памяшканьне мы дзялілі з даўно ўжо не існуючым крыварожскім гуртом “Некрополис”. Але практычна з усімі яе ўдзельнікамі мы дагэтуль падтрымліваем адносіны. Як меньшае, вітаемся пры сустрэчы. Калі я не памыляюся, то ніхто зь іх не займаецца музыкай на сёньняшні час. Ну а сам рэпетыцыйны працэс – як і ў любога іншага гурта: мелі ў наяўнасці гатовую музычную кампазіцыю, і на рэпетыцыі яна разбіралася з усімі астатнімі музыкамі – і ператваралася ў паўнаважную песню. Таму тут не было нічога звышнатуральнага, бадай.

Як наогул дайшло да граньня ў гурце?

Натуральна нічога б не атрымалася, каб не было у гурце людзей сьвядома ішэдшых да выкананьня менавіта такой музыкі, якую выконваў тады, ды й зараз грае Mournful Gust. І менавіта вакол гэтых людзей зьбіраліся ўсе спачуваючыя музыкі, таму ў кожнага быў свой шлях у Mournful Gust. Былі і такія, хто граў музыку дзеля музыкі, але засталіся толькі тыя, для каго ўсё гэта мае большы сэнс, чым звычайнае музыкаваньне.
Калі ты маеш на ўвазе менавіта мяне, той я на той час быў вакалістам Vae Solis і мяне запрасілі ў Mournful Gust (тады, калі гэтай назвы яшчэ не было) для выкананьня вызначаных партый вакалу. Уласна, як бачыш, ужо займаюся гэтым цягам 12ці год.

Вакал — гэта, канешне, асноўнае. А раней ці граў на якім інструменце (альбо зараз)?

На жаль, я не валодаю дасканальна ніводным з музычных інструментаў і ніколі сур’ёзна не займаўся. Прымітыўна я змагу нешта зайграць на любым з інструментаў, калі ў мяне ёсьць нейкая ідэя, але не больш за тое…

У якіх гуртах ці праектах ты раней ўдзельнічаў?

Vae Solis (black metal), Silent Void (grind), Autumnia (doom) и Tessaract (death metal)… Астатняе ці не запомнілася, ці ня мае істотнага значэньня.

Канцэртная дзейнасьць.
Самая вялікая сцэна, на якой даводзілася выступаць, самыя знакамітыя суседзі па сцэне?


На сёньняшні дзень, натуральна, гэта Moscow Doom Fest у Расеі разам з такімі імёнамі як Swallow The Sun і Esoteric…

Як аўтар тэкстаў наколькі ты ўкладаеш у іх душу ды свае турботы, наколькі яны адлюстроўваюць цябе?

Ня буду ўтойваць, што ўся мая лірыка для Mournful Gust з’яўляецца вельмі прыватнай. Я б нават дакладней сказаў — інтымнай. Мне нічога не прыходзіцца выдумляць – я пішу пра сябе, аб тых падзеях, што нечым напоўнілі маё жыцьцё. Таму, напэўна, ня буду распісваць аб душэўнасьці і асабістых турботах. Спадзяюся, тыя, хто чытаў, і так усё разумеюць…

Чаму менавіта ангельская мова? Ці ёсьць у цябе творы на роднай украінскай або па-расейску?

Ведаеш, я ніколі не спрабаваў сьпяваць на аніякай іншай мове акрамя ангельскай. Я ўжо неаднаразова меў такое пытаньне і паўтаруся ізноў: для мяне не з’яўляецца прынцыповым выкананьне менавіта на ангельскай. Няхай гэта будзе даніна стылістыцы, якую я ушаноўваю яшчэ з канца 1980-х, калі я пачаў слухаць metal.
На украінскай я ніколі нічога не пісаў. На рускай ў мяне ёсьць проза, якая крыху адрозніваецца ад таго, што я пішу для Mournful Gust альбо сачыняў для Autumnia.

Першы паўнафарматны альбом з тваім удзелам. На якім носьбіце? Дзе? Калі? У складзе якога гурта? Зь якімі лэйбламі супрацоўнічалі/супрацоўнічаеце? Агулам, як наладзілі сувязь зь першым лэйблам?

Я так разумею, што першая частка пытаньня датычыцца мяне, а другая – непасрэдна Mournful Gust. Калі гаворка ідзе аб больш-менш прафесійным альбоме, то гэта была касета Mournful Gust “She’s My Grief”, рэалізаваная ў 2000 годзе лакальным лэйблам Metal Force Records. А так, самы першы запіс, які быў дасяжны андэграўнду, – касета Vae Solis “My Fire Is Eternal”, 1998 году.
Як кіраўнік Mournful Gust я супрацоўнічаў з расейскім Metal Agen Records (там выдалі ў 2005 годзе першы CD Mournful Gust з альбомам “She’s My Grief”) і на сёньняшні час супрацоўнічаю з расейскім жа Solitude Productions, дзе мы ўжо выдалі два рэлізы.
Што датычыцца нашага першага лэйбла – калі ты маеш на ўвазе Metal Force, то яго ўладальнікам быў чалавек, які жыў з намі ў адным горадзе, таму сувязь відавочна. А адносна Metal Agen Records – то гэта вельмі дзіўная гісторыя. А двух словах: знайшліся ў асяроддзі Mournful Gust неабыякавыя людзі, якія і дапамаглі нам зьдзейсніць выданьне нашага дзебютнага CD…

Дыскаграфія. Альбомы ды гісторыя іх запісу. Кожны альбом запісваецца ў новым складзе. Што можаш распавесьці пра гэта?

На дадзены момант у нас толькі два паўнафарматных альбомы – “She’s My Grief” і “The Frankness Eve”… Розніца паміж імі 8 год. Першы альбом запісваўся ў складзе з 10 музыкаў. Мы яго запісвалі роўна паўгады… Гэта былі чароўныя часіны. Поўныя болю ды надзей. Я б нарок гэтыя часіны несчаслівымі ды поўнымі натхнення. Видавочна наступны альбом записваўся зусім новым калектывам. Да таго ж, наступны альбом таксама будзе запісаны новымі музыкамі…

Распавядзі пра назву гурта. Наколькі мы ведаем, яно не за тваім аўтарствам, тым не менш, ты актыўна пазіцыяніруеш сябе пад імём гурта, дэманструючы вялікую прывязанасьць да яго, нават у сацсетках Mournful Gust – твой нікнэйм. Як нарадзілася назва і што яна значыць для цябе?

Як я ўжо распавядаў, папярэднікам Mournful Gust быў гурт Temple Of Oblivion. Але склаліся пэўныя абставіны, з-за якіх прыйшлося зьмяніць гэтую назву… Я ўжо тады быў у складзе гурта, і мы разглядалі разнастайныя варыянты, у тым ліку і майго аўтарства. Але адбылося так, што назва была прыдумана бас-гітарыстам тагачаснага калектыву і тагачасны ж мэнэджар стаў хутка распаўсюджваць інфармацыю аб новым калектыве з новый назвай – Mournful Gust. Прызнаюся шчыра, спачатку мне гэтая назва ня вельмі спадабалася, і доўгі час ня мог зразумець, што ж яна азначае і якая сакраментальная семантыка стаіць за гэтымі словамі… Але праз кароткі час мы ўсе зразумелі, што больш пэўнай назвы для выконваемай музыкі знайсьці складана, а “mournful gust” апынулася менавіта тым, што трэба.
Што ж датычыцца выкарыстаньня назвы нашага гурта ў якасьці майго нікнэйма на некаторых сацыяльных праектах, то, калі шчыра празнацца, мне не асабліва цікава рабіць профілі ад сваёй персоны, таму што не люблю вызываць да сябе асаблівую цікаўнасць. Нашмат больш карысна разьвіваць імя гурта, ды й гутарку з усімі цікаўнымі я вяду не ад свайго асабістага імя, а ад імя калектыва, таму што, фактычна, я выконваю абавязкі і мэнэджэра, і адміністратара, і дырэктара, і тэхнічнага кіраўніка нашае канфесіі.

Несумненна, як і ўсе, ты сутыкаешся ў гурце з творчымі і музычнымі рознагалосьсямі. Ці не падзелішся, як гурт абыходзіць іх?

Гурт іх абыходзіць вельмі дыпламатычна – за ўсе гады нашага існавання праз калектыў прайшло больш за 30 музыкаў, тройчы кардынальна зьмяняўся калектыў. У нас не атрымоўваецца гарманічна вырашаць экстрымальныя сітуацыі, таму пераважная большасьць музыкаў сыходзяць самі, вызваляючы месца больш натхнённым і больш адданым людзям. Ну, гэта калі апісаць сітуацыю глабальна. А так, канешне ж, спрэчкі адбываюцца, і нашая мэта выняць з канфліктнай сітуацыі максімум крэатыўнага і карыснага для нашай музыкі, ня даць звычайнай спрэчцы авалодаць эмоцыямі і ўсемі жалобамі чалавечай натуры. У нас заўсёды было больш ці менш талерантнае становішча ўнутры калектыва ўвесь час яго існаваньня.

Вы былі з канцэртамі ў Беларусі двойчы: шмат гадоў таму і даволі нядаўна. Твае ўражаньні? Рэакцыя публікі на вас?

Так, ты верна адзначыў. Упершыню мы наведалі Менск увесну 2001-га, а нядаўна зноў выступалі ў Беларусі раньняй зімой 2010-га. Першым разам я больш пазітыўна ставіўся да цяжкасьцей ды недахопаў, таму як быў значна маладзейшы і менш схільны да стрэсавых сітуацый, якіх тым разам амаль не было. Як меншае з боку арганізацыі. Для пачатку 2000-х нашая музыка была больш сьвежай, чым зараз. Памятаю, што тады і сама атмасфера была больш феерычная. Ну а праз 9 год мы ўжо нікога не пабачылі з тых слухачоў, хто прыходзіў на той канцэрт. Ды й клімат правядзеньня метал канцэртаў стаў больш папсовым, хіба ж то. Дзе ты бачыў сузіраньне метал-канцэрта з-за столікаў зь півам ды іншымі антысацыяльнымі напоямі? Дзесяцігоддзе таму такога не было. А зараз рок-музыку людзі глядзяць, павольна ўжываючы ежу, быццам у таннай рэстарацыі. Натуральна, не паўсюдна так, але, лічу, я магу абагулніць становішча, і гэтак ня толькі ў Беларусі.

Наколькі нам вядома, праект Autumnia быў запісаны табой з Аляксандрам Глаўным, зь якім вы разам ужо даўно супрацоўнічалі. Як з’явіўся гэты праект? І чаму толькі два чалавекі над ім працавалі? У якіх яшчэ праектах/гуртах ты ўдзельнічаў (магчыма – сэсійна)?

Так, мы з Аляксандрам запісалі і выдалі тры альбомы, у якіх я сьпяваў і пісаў тэксты песень. Да гэтай пары стаўлюся зь вялікім ушанаваньнем да гэтага яднаньня, але ўсё мае свой канец, скончылася і нашае супрацоўніцтва, што пачалося яшчэ ў канцы 90-х. Мы разам прымалі ўдзел у Vae Solis, затым арганізавалі Mournful Gust, затым падарылі сьвету Autumnia… Афіцыйна мы былі удвох адзінымі удзельнікамі, але ў запісах альбомаў прымала ўдзел пэўная колькасьць сэсійных музыкаў. Мы не планавалі канцэртных выступаў і вызначыліся, што ня будзем зьбіраць функцыяніруючы калектыў, і ладзілі ўсё ўдвох… Гісторыя ўзьнікненьня Autumnia была як адлюстраваньне творчых натхненьняў Аляксандра. Ён з’яўляецца сапраўдным лідэрам праекту, увесь напісаны ім матэрыял належыць яму. Я толькі напісаў словы да яго музыкі і выканаў вакальныя партыі. Маю сьмеласць лічыць, што ў нас усё атрымалася, хаця б апіраючыся на тыя шчырыя водгукі, якія мы атрымоўвалі ў міравой прэсе і ад звычайных слухачоў. Я дагэтуль люблю гэтыя альбомы, ня гледзячы на тое, што мне іх вельмі балюча слухаць. Для мяне гэта вельмі глыбока і інтымна …
Што датычыцца майго удзелу ў якіх іншых праектах, то сэсійна я запісваўся з death metal гуртом Tessaract… я настальгую па тых часінах і па зносінах з музыкамі гэтай death-машыны…

Нагоды твайго сыходу з Autumnia?

Я ніколі не афішыраваў гэтага і ў нагоды майго звальненьня з Autumnia былі дасведчаны толькі нешматлікія людзі, блізкія да гурта. Распавяду толькі каротка. Вырашальным фактарам паслужыў мой славалюбны гонар, калі Autumnia была запрошана на сумесны выступ з Saturnus. Я настойваў на тым, каб гэта быў сумесны выступ двух гуртоў, а не фестываль з масай гуртоў. Але рашэньне арганізатараў і мроя Аляксандра Глаўнага прывялі да таго, што замест мяне на гэтым канцэрце пеў зусім іншы вакаліст. Аляксандр абвясьціў аб спыненьні нашага зь ім творчага аб’яднаньня, і ён усё ж такі дасягнуў сваёй мэты – ён выступіў са сваім дзецішчам. Магчыма, у першы і апошні раз. Але ён зрабіў гэта, а я апынуўся тым чалавекам, які мог усё сапсаваць. На то была воля боская, і няхай божа дабраславіць за ўсе тыя доўгія пакуты са мной…

Перспектывы і магчымасьці развіцьця тяжкай музыкі на Украіне? Наколькі развітая ўкраінская метал-сцэна? На кім яна трымаецца? Ці з’яўляецца яе існаваньне чыстым энтузіязмам музычных дзеячаў ці ёсьць нейкая зьнешняя падтрымка?

У апошні час я асабліва не сачу за развіцьцём і агульным станам украінскай цяжкай сцэны. Тое, што яна ёсьць і актыўна існуе – гэта бясспрэчна. Сцэна насычаная вельмі яскравымі імёнамі еўрапейскай велічыні і тое, што я бачу і чую – мяне радуе і натхняе.
Сцэна трымаецца на старых калектывах, якія, несумненна, інспіруюць нядаўна створаныя гурты. І, канешне ж, на арганізатарах канцэртаў і ўладальніках лэйблаў, якія часта працуюць сабе ў страту. Таму, як бачыш, ні аб чым іншым, акрамя як аб энтузіязме гаворка ня йдзе. Гэтая сцэна не прыносіць прыбытку. І тыя, хто хацеў зарабляць грошы на ўкраінскім тяжмеце, ўжо даўным-даўно адышлі ад спраў. І мне пашанцавала займець кантакты зь людзьмі, якія займаюцца ўсім гэтым яшчэ з даўніх 90-х і дагэтуль разьвіваюць айчынную музыку.

Што ўвогуле для цябе Музыка? Ці можаш уявіць сваё жыцьцё безь яе? Кім бы ты быў, калі б ня быў музыкай?

Я “коленопреклонно” ўдзячны Лёсу за тое, што ў маім жыцьці ёсьць Музыка. Мне няма куды ісці і Музыка – маё адзінае прыстаньне ў шэрасьці і маркоце гэтага сусьвету. Колькі памятаю сябе – заўжды сыходзіў у Музыку для таго, каб проста жыць і нешта адчуваць. Сродак самавызначэньня і асабістай значнасьці для гэтага сусьвету. Альбо не для яго. Хаця б для аднаго-адзінага чалавека.
Калі б я ня быў музыкай, то ў любым выпадку я бы займаўся чымсьці зьвязаным з музыкай – ладзіў бы канцэрты, пісаў рэцэнзіі, выдаваў прэсу ці проста займаўся справамі якога-небудзь гурта. Усё роўна што – галоўнае з Музыкай. Альбо ўжо ляжаў бы на могілках, памершы ад алкагалю…

Які Ўлад Шахін па-за сцэнай?

Няхай для ўсіх я буду чалавекам са сцэны. Я адкрываюся толькі перад вельмі малой колькасьцю людзей, а па-сапраўднаму і шчыра жадаю адкрыцца толькі адзінай…
У цэлым, я з’яўляюся звычайным чалавекам. Ем, сплю, працую на самай бязрадаснай у сьвеце працы, мрою, памыляюся, пакутую і не знаходжу суцяшэньня. І няхай з кожным днём набліжаецца той момант, калі ўсё гэта ў рэшце рэшт скончыцца…

Менавіта твой моцны вакал з’яўляецца візітовай карткай Mournful Gust. У чым яго таямніца?

Лічу, што ўсе цудоўна разумеюць, якім будзе мой адказ. Канешне ж, такім, што аніякай таямніцы няма. Проста атрымоўваецца выдаваць такія гукі, і гэта агулам зразумела. Проста рэгулярныя рэпетыцыі, якім папярэднічалі практыкаваньні над голасам, нават эксперыментатарскага характара. Ня стану выдаваць патасныя выразы наконт таго, што я сьпяваю сэрцам, а зусім ня голасам. Няхай гэта так і ёсьць. Але ж верагодней за ўсё, што таямніца ўсё ж такі мае быць. Гэта калі адчуваеш, аб чым пяеш, а ня проста выконваеш вакальную партыю тэхнічна… Таму ўся таямніца ў шчырасьці.

Выйшаў на стадыю запісу новы альбом украінскіх думераў Mournful Gust. Пра гэтае і пра шмат асабістага нам распавядзе вакаліст ды лідар гурта Улад Шахін.

Твой погляд на дум-метал як жанр? Што значыць дум-метал для цябе?

Гэта тое, што пастаянна знаходзіцца ўнутры і рвецца вонкі. Я ня маю зараз на ўвазе прота-дум, стоўнэр-дум ды ўсё астатняе, прынятае ў апошні час журналістамі і крытыкамі характарызываць як сапраўдны doom metal. Ня гледзячы на тое, што жанр ужо з’яўляецца састарэлым, я схіляюся да думкі, што шляхі разьвіцьця і абагачэньня жанра ўсё ж ёсьць. І мы будзем намагацца гэта прадэманстраваць на новым альбоме Mournful Gust. Няхай мы атрымаем самую бязьлітасную крытыку, але тым ня менш… Боль, адчай, зруйнаваныя надзеі, безвыходнасьць, трагічныя пачуцьці непадзеленасьці, заняпад, унутранае разбурэньне, малітва, адкрыцьцё, прызнаньне ў патаемным. Усё тое, чым абцяжарана гэтае жыцьцё, усё тое, чым яно карысна і безсэнсоўна… Гэта зацяжная дэпрэсія, меланхолія, кароткачасовыя пробліскі шчасьця на краі магілы. Гэта шлях… І вось яшчэ што: Mournful Gust ня граюць doom. Mournful Gust і ёсьць doom.

Наколькі ты адчуваеш аддачу ад укладзеных сіл, душы і нерваў у матэрыял? Ці атрымлівалася ў выніку ў кампазіцыях тое, што сапраўды хацелася пачуць?

Заўсёды чакаеш, што пачуеш тое, што хацелася данесьці да слухача ці паказаць самому сабе. Бывае і так, што і не зусім усё падабаецца, не прымаецца сэрцам зараз ці зь цягам часу. Гэта знак для далейшага разьвіцьця ды ўдасканаленьня. Атрымліваецца гэта ў нас ці не – няхай рассудзяць слухачы. Мы стараемся, каб у нашай музыцы кожны, хто слухае, знайшоў нешта сваё. Нярэдка наша музыка праходзіць міма чалавека і не пакідае сьлядоў у душы. У кожнага свая панацэя ды суцяшэньне. Але мы пэўна ведаем, што ў нас ёсьць свой слухач, які чакае зь нецярплівасьцю чагосьці новага і з пашанай ставіцца да нашай спадчыны. Мы не жадаем пасродкавасьці ў нашай музыцы, дамагаемся найярчэйшых уражаньняў ды эмацыянальнасьці.

Наколькі важна для вас меркаваньне вашых прыхільнікаў?

Зразумела, для нас вельмі вялікае значэньне мае меркаваньне і водгукі нашых слухачоў. Гэта важная частка нашае творчасьці і стымул да чагосьці новага ці ўдасканаленьня вопыта ў мінулым. Нават калі гэта разбуральная крытыка – важна тое, што чалавек праслухаў нас, і калі гэта крэатыўная крытыка – мы заўсёды прыслухоўваемся да падобных адзнак. Тут ня можа быць якіхсьці крыўд ці злосьці. І мы ніколі ня скажам, што граем для саміх сябе, у сваё задавальненьне, хоць гэта і асноўны матыў любога гурта…

Музычная адукацыя ўдзельнікаў цяперашняга калектыву Mournful Gust? Хто мае і якую? Хто “самавучкі”?

Большая частка цяперашняга калектыву мае класічную музычную адукацыю, але, тым ня менш, сярод нас ёсьць і самавучкі. Я – адзін зь іх…

У якіх краінах вам давялося пабываць? Што скажаш пра метал-сцэну іншых краін? У чым адрозьненьні?

Мы бывалі з выступамі толькі ў Беларусі і Расеі. На вялікі жаль, мы вельмі мала канцэртуем па тых ці іншых абставінах. Канешне ж, у асноўным мы выступаем на Украіне, часьцей за ўсё ў сваім горадзе. Зноў жа, гэта зусім не суцяшальна, і я вельмі спадзяюся на тое, што ў будучыні мы будзем больш актыўныя. А што тычыцца адрозьненьняў ці падабенстваў у сцэнах усіз нашых краін – хутчэй за ўсё, што ўсюль адно і тое ж… Гурты хочуць зарабляць грошы, арганізатары губляюць грошы на сваіх мерапрыемствах, лэйблы працуюць сабе на страту, друкаваныя выданьні ўжо мала хто чытае. У другой палове 1990-х ўсё ішло нашмат больш перспектыўна і ўзрушана. Гэта тэма для доўгай ды прыкрай размовы, таму перайдзем да наступнага пытаньня…

Пагутарым пра творчы працэс: як ствараюцца кампазіцыі Mournful Gust? Хто аўтар музыкі? Ці пішаш ты тэксты на музыку, альбо наадварот – музыка пішацца на твае тэксты?

На абодвух нашых папярэдніх альбомах кампазітарам выступаў толькі адзін з музыкаў. ”She’s My Grief” быў складзены Аляксандрам Глаўным, ”The Frankness Eve” – Яўгенам Вечарам. Новы ж альбом ствараецца з новым падыходам – на гэты раз аўтарамі музыкі выступаюць гітарыст і басіст. Кампазітарства адной зь песень з новага альбома належыць і мне – гэта мой першы вопыт. Дагэтуль я адказваў толькі за лірыку ды дзесьці за аранжыроўкі. Адносна другой часткі пытаньня – я пішу лірыку ўжо на гатовую кампазіцыю. Рэдка калі я выкарыстоўваю загадзя складзеныя радкі. Перш чым упрыгожыць музыку словамі – мне неабходна яе адчуць і прасякнуцца настроем. Потым нараджаецца лірыка, якая адпавядае музычнаму сэнсу і агульнаму характару твора. Таму тут асаблівых сакрэтаў няма.

Як бы ты апісаў сэнс існаваньня Mournful Gust? Хобі? Справа жыцьця? Праца? Нешта яшчэ?

З вышэйпералічаных варыянтаў мне больш падабаецца другі: справа жыцьця. Для звычайнага захапленьня ўсё гэта занадта сур’ёзна. Ды й не зарабляем мы нічога са сваёй музыкі. Максімум – гэта грошы з продажу дыскаў на канцэртах. Але гэта настолькі сімвалічная сума, што яна растае літаральна за некалькі гадзін. А сэнс – канешне ж, ён ёсьць. Інакш бы Mournful Gust ніколі б і не было, ці мы б памерлі яшчэ на сьвітанку свайго ўтварэньня, што, дарэчы, верагодна магло адбыцца. Пераўзмагло жаданьне выплюхнуць сьвету свой боль і свае пачуцьці. Таму што мы патрэбны ня толькі сабе, а такім жа, як і мы. Усім тым, хто слухае нас яшчэ з канца 90-х. Гэта вельмі захапляе і натхняе. Магчыма, Mournful Gust для кагосьці аддушына, прытулак, прыстанак, выратаваньне і сэнс. Калі на гэтай зямлі знойдзецца хаця б некалькі чалавек, для каго гэта ўсё мае сэнс, — я скажу, што мы нездарма стварылі гэты гурт і дагэтуль жывем гэтым.

Падзяліся сваімі пачуцьцямі ад выступаў на сцэне.

Гэта чаканьне, хваляваньне, трапятаньне, неверагодны зарад энергетыкі і татальная спустошанасьць пасьля канцэрту. Гэта захапленьне натхненьня і вопыт расчараваньняў. І гэта тое, што ня хочацца кідаць і забываць. Вельмі важна адчуваць тое, што ў табе маюць патрэбу, што нечыя вочы глядзяць толькі на цябе і нечае сэрца б’ецца ў такт музыкі. Вы не паверыце, але са сцэны гэта чуваць…

Ці бывала, каб рыхтавалі песьню, адыгрывалі яе на рэпетыцыях, але выключна для сябе, не для слухачоў і сцэны?

Не ўзгадаю такога, хоць у нас і ёсьць рэчы, якія мы ніколі не выконвалі са сцэны. Іх ня вельмі шмат, але пачуць такія песьні можна толькі на запісах. Гэта зусім не з таго, што мы іх напісалі і выканалі для саміх сябе. Проста яны не былі прыняты намі ў канцэртную праграму. Напрыклад – “Recover Me In Sores” з другога альбома мы ніколі не выконвалі “жыўцом”. Таксама ж мы ўжо не выконваем са сцэны большую частку песень з дэбютнага альбома, палову рэчаў з другога. Ды й на новым альбоме ўжо ёсьць пэўныя кампазіцыі, якія не прагучаць са сцэны…

Што дапамагае вам не расчароўвацца ў сваёй творчасьці і не расчароўваць слухачоў?

Я б ня стаў легкадумна меркаваць, што мы менавіта той гурт, які не расчароўвае. Але надзвычай прыемна атрымоўваць лісты ад людзей, якія з’яўляюцца нашымі слухачамі ўжо больш за 10 гадоў. Ёсьць у сьвеце людзі, у якія з нашай музыкае нешта зьвязана, нешта блізкае ды незабыўнае. Няхай то сумнае, ці радаснае. Але гэта і настальгія, і чаканьне. І нам няма ў чым расчароўвацца, мы проста робім музыку, якая ідзе з нас. Гэта не прыносіць нам фінансавага прыбытку, сусьветных тураў ці шматтысячныя тыражы дыскаў. Гэта нешта зусім іншае. У нас ёсьць свая супольнасьць прыхільнікаў, і мы, перш за ўсё, робім гэтае для тых хлапцоў ды дзяўчат.

Што з’яўляецца крыніцай вашага натхненьня?

Тут няма аніякае эпічнасьці ці творчых сакрэтаў. Роўна як і нейкіх штучных стымулятараў. Натхненьне ці ёсьць, ці яго няма. А адкуль яно ўзьнікае – напэўна, гэта схаваныя бакі нашых душ накопленых перажываньняў.

Сямейнае становішча ўдзельнікаў Mournful Gust (цяперашняга калектыву). Ці ўсе маюць сем’і? Праца ў гурце не перашкаджае асабістаму жыцьцю?

На дадзены момант (красавік 2012 года) у нашым гурце толькі адзін сямейны чалавек. А тыя музыкі, якія ня могуць сумясьціць сваё асабістае жыцьцё з працай у гурце, — у нашым калектыве адсутнічаюць. Што тычыцца асабіста майго стаўленьня – то музыка як раз і ёсьць асабістае жыцьцё.

Тваё стаўленьне да дрэнных звычак?

Жыцьцё ўжо само па сабе з’яўляецца дрэнная звычкай. Але ня мне судзіць аб гэтым. Я не палю, не ўжываю наркотыкі і абыякава стаўлюся да алкаголю, калі ты пра гэта хацеў спытаць… Проста мне гэта не цікава. Я і так заўжды жыву ў гэтым болю, і для мяне было б крайне самагубна абцяжарваць сябе пустэчамі жыцьця, так, як гэта робяць многія людзі… Няхай у кожнага будзе свой шлях да сьмерці ці хаця б да духоўнага заняпаду ды дэградацыі.

Ці ўсе песьні Mournful Gust падабаюцца ўдзельнікам гурта ці ёсьць строга выяўленыя перавагі?

Ведаеш, я ніколі не разважаў над гэтым пытаньнем. Для мяне не з’яўляецца цалкам зразумелая такая з’ява, калі нешта складаеш, выконваеш, а гэтае табе загадзя не падабаецца… Але ж ў чымсьці тут сэнс ёсьць адносна гэткага пытаньня: у сваім канцэртным сэт-лісьце мы маем толькі пэўныя кампазіцыі з папярэдніх альбомаў. Але гэта ня значыць, што тыя рэчы, якія больш не выконваюцца на канцэртах, намі адпрэчаныя. Гэты выбар здзейсьнены па тых ці іншых прычынах.

Ці можаш узгадаць самы шчасьлівы момант у гісторыі гурта?

Хутчэй за ўсё, з гэтакага моманту і быў створаны гурт у далёкім 1999 годзе. Такімі момантамі я магу назваць кожны наш канцэртны выступ, кожную новую складзеную кампазіцыю, выхад новага альбома і ўсё тое, чым жыве любы музычны гурт.

Ці шмат вырашае посьпех у станоўчым разьвіцьці гурта?

Музыкі гурта – гэта і ёсьць яго посьпех. А выразы кшталту “злавіць посьпех” – усяго толькі формулы для абібокаў, якія вераць у тое, што усё аднойчы зваліцца само па сабе аднекуль зьверху. За посьпехам заўсёды схаваная цяжкая і няўдзячная праца музыкаў, як я ўжо сказаў. А таксама людзей, якія займаюцца зьнешнімі сувязямі гурта. Натуральна, асаблівую значнасьць мае псіхалагічны клімат унутры калектыву, калі кожны для сябе дакладна ўяўляе, навошта яму ўсё гэтае патрэбна. І нічога выпадковага тут няма, інакш гэта ператвараецца ў аднадзённы праект.

Нейкі час таму ты адкрываў старонку “Улад Шахін… Неадасланыя лісты: у прозе і ўрыўках”. Гэта былі адкрыцьці за межамі Mournful Gust? Распавядзі падрабязьней пра гэта.

Так, была такая з’ява. Гэты праект не праіснаваў і месяцу. Аднойчы адным восеньскім вечарам я выдаліл усю сваю прозу разам з суполкай спачуваючых чытачоў. Я зразумеў, што ўсё гэта пісаў толькі для аднаго адзінага чалавека, гэта былі і ёсьць мае прысьвячэньні і прызнаньні, надта шмат асабістага я выклаў у тых радках. І адным момантам я адчуў, што занадта агаляюся перад чытачамі… Усё ж-такі ёсьць словы, якія ты можаш сказаць толькі таму адзінаму чалавеку, і нікому болей. Адчуваеш сябе акцёрам з завучаным маналогам для сотняў пазяхаючых гледачоў, і ў момант прасьвятленьня ты імправізуеш і шукаеш у зале таго самага адзінага гледача, дзеля якога ты і стаў акцёрам …а яго папросту няма ў зале… Ён быў, але ўжо ня прыйдзе ніколі. Вось тады і надыходзіць такая туга, ад якой хочацца спаліць гэтую сцэну, гэты тэатр разам з усімі яго гледачамі…

Новы альбом выйшаў на стадыю запісу. Якім ён будзе? Чым падобны на папярэднія творы і чым адрозьніваецца ад іх? Колькі часу аддадзена на яго складаньне? Хто займае якія ролі ў яго стварэньні?

Гэта будзе зусім іншы альбом Mournful Gust, чым яго папярэднікі. Але гэта будзе ўсё тая ж атмасфера і лірычная насычанасьць, якая, як мне здаецца, уласьцівая нашай музыцы. Вы зможаце пачуць як адхіленьні ад doom/death жанру, так і самыя павольныя кампазіцыі за ўсю нашую гісторыю. Так павольна мы яшчэ ня гралі, нават на дэбютным альбоме. Але ў аснове сваёй гэта тыпічны і характэрны для Mournful Gust альбом, з узнавальным кліматам і перажываньнямі. Але, тым ня менш, мы паспрабавалі ўнесьці нешта сьвежае і разнастайнае ў межы нашага жанру, і, спадзяюся, вы шчыра адзначыце гэта. Альбом складаецца ўжо каля трох гадоў. Вы добра ведаеце, як гэта ўсё ў нас доўга адбываецца. Спадзяюся, яно таго вартае. Да таго ж, у адрозьненьні ад папярэдніх альбомаў, на гэты раз у нас была больш калектыўная праца ў плане стварэньня новага матэрыялу і аранжыровак да яго. Канцэптуальна ён больш блізкі да “The Frankness Eve”, але, хіба што, бяз прог-фолькавых элементаў…

Ці афішуецца назва альбома? Ці гатовае на дадзены момант гэтае імя, ці, магчыма, ёсьць толькі працоўная назва?

Канешне ж альбом ужо мае сваю назву, але пакуль я не буду яе афішаваць, каб пазьбегнуць чараў ды сурокаў… Назвы некаторых п’ес я магу назваць, бо мы іх ужо гралі перад людзьмі: Falling In Hope, Until I’m Bright, Sleeping With My Name, This Drama Will Be The Last…

Пра што ты распавядаеш у новых тэкстах? Якой шчырасьці чакаць слухачам?

Як звычайна, я ніколі нічога не выдумляю – пішу пра сябе і пра тое, што ўнутры мяне. Усё, што мяне хвалюе, турбуе, натхняе, расчароўвае. Усё тое, што ўзрушвае і кідае ў роспач. Ведаеш, пра што я думаў, калі пісаў лірыку да новага альбома… Усё так непрадракальна і абсурдна таямніча, і ніхто ня ведае, калі і пры якіх абставінах сыйдзе з гэтага сьвету. І хто ў гэты момант будзе побач, і ці будзе хтосьці ўвогуле. І ўсё адбудзецца нечакана хутка, бо ніхто нічога ніколі не чакае… і… я баюся, што не пасьпею разьвітацца з тым, зь кім жадаў бы. Разьвітацца і папрасіць выбачэньня, за ўсе грахі…

Ці плануеце тур з новым альбомам? Ёсьць якія-небудзь меркаваньні? Зьбіраецеся ў Беларусь? Ці ёсьць знаёмыя вам арганізатары, гатовыя зладзіць выступ Mournful Gust на беларускай зямлі?

Канешне ж, як і кожная музычная фармацыя, мы з трапятаньнем ставімся да сваіх уласных канцэртаў. На жаль, іх у нас ня так ужо і шмат, і выступаем мы надзвычай рэдка. І да таго ж – мы ніколі ня езьдзілі ў туры. Але, спадзяюся, з выхадам новага альбома мы зможам праехацца па некалькіх гарадох. І, канешне ж, з задавальненьнем зноў завітаем у вашую краіну, калі хтосьці ў вас зможа прыстойна зладзіць наш выступ.

Нарэшце, твой зварот да беларускіх прыхільнікаў, ды тых, хто чакае новага твору ад Mournful Gust і гатовы разьдзяліць перажываньні аўтара.

Усё за мяне скажа музыка. Гэта будзе лепш за ўсякія словы. Дачакайцеся нашага новага твору, і няхай гэта стане нашым дыялогам альбо маўчаньнем, але гэта будзе. І гэта будзе чымсьці нашым з вамі, чымсьці родным і блізкім, чымсьці тым, чаго ў нікога няма…
Дзякуй вам, дарагія, за падтрымку і адданасьць. Заставайцеся з намі, як і ва ўсе гэтыя гады. Няхай блаславіць вас Гасподзь!!!

     
     

L'interview pour Pavillon 666 Webzine (en Français)

   
 


1. Pouvez vous présenter votre line up actuel ? D’où venez vous ?

Il y a six musiciens dans Mournful Gust. Personne n’a pris part dans des groupes connus, ainsi le line actuel n’a pas vraiment de sens.

2. Pouvez vous présentez votre album ?

Récemment nous avons sorti « She’s My Grief …Decade ». Il s’agit d’une réédition de notre tout premier album qui a été remasterisé par Alexander Glavniy (Autumnia). L’album a été enregistré par le label russe Solitude Productions/BadMoodMan Music dans une version double CD avec un disque bonus qui contient des titres démos et des reprises qui n’étaient pas sorties jusqu’à présent. De plus, il y a un clip vidéo de la chanson « With Every Suffering », qui provient de notre second album et détient un design nouveau et sympa.

3. Pouvez vous parler des paroles ? Pourquoi sont-elles si tristes et rempli de peine ?

C’est tout ce que j’ai à l’intérieur de moi…je ne vois rien de plus en moi et justement, je prends ce qui vient de moi. Les mots sont réfléchis dans la musique. C’est de cette manière que je vois le monde. Un endroit qui est si insupportable pour moi…

4. A propos de la pochette : a-t-elle un sens ?

C’est ce que notre dessinateur a vu dans la musique de Mournful Gust. Il n’y a pas une signification sémantique mais ça vous prépare à écouter cet album…

5. Quelles sont vos influences ?

Le Doom/death metal, différentes inspirations naturelles, n’importe quel événement perturbant…des pulsions soudaines, des improvisations ou des sentiments, la spiritualité et des tragédies intimes et profondes…

6. Que pensez-vous de la scène doom/death ?

Il y a beaucoup d’actes bons et tristes dans le monde entier. Je l’écoute quotidiennement pour m’inspirer. Je n’ai pas de noms concrets, parce que ceci est comme un tout pour moi…

7. Comment s’est passé l’enregistrement de votre album ? Êtes-vous fier du résultat ?

Si vous voulez parler de « She’s My Grief …Decade », cet album a été écris il y a dix ans. Sa première édition a été réalisée en format cassette. Il y a cinq ans, en digital. Après même cinq ans, nous avons pu remasteriser le tout avec beaucoup de titres bonus. Mais malheureusement, nous avons reçu pas mal de critiques insatisfaites à propos de ce réenregistrement. Ca prouve encore que nous avons fait tout ce boulot pour nos admirateurs.

8. Avec quels groupes aimeriez-vous jouer ?

Nous sommes prêts à partager la scène avec plein de vrais groupes de métal s’ils ne sont pas d’affligeants idiots ou juste des groupes bien loin du heavy metal traditionnel…

9. Avez-vous des projets à venir ?

Dans l’absolu nous préparons un nouvel album. Le tiers est déjà fait. Regardez les news. Nous souhaitons arriver en France et nous présenter à vous. Donc nous sommes prêts à négocier à propos de ça….

10. Si vous avez quelque chose à dire, la parole est à vous…

Merci pour le soutient et l’intérêt que vous nous portez…nous aimerions nous présenter dans les festivals européens. Il est possible que vos headbangers seront plus intéressés de nous voir ici que dans notre pays, nous attendons donc des invitations et des rencontres avec vous !!

Matai

     
     

Interview for Pavillon 666 Webzine (English)

   
 


1) Could you please present your actual line-up? Where do you come from?

There are six musicians in Mournful Gust now. Nobody participated in well known groups, therefore the actual line-up hasn’t a sense.

2) Could you please present your album?

Recently we have released "She's My Grief... Decade". This is re-issue of our debut album which was remastered by Alexander Glavniy (Autumnia). The album was released by Russian label Solitude Productions / BadMoodMan Music as a Double CD version with the bonus-disk contains unreleased demos and cover-versions for our songs made by other bands. In addition there is video-clip for the song “With Every Suffering” from our second album and absolutely new layout design.

3) Can you talk about the lyrics? Why are they so sad and full of sorrow?

It’s that I have inside of me…I can’t see round myself anything more and I take this inside of me. Words are reflected in music. This way I see this world. That is a place which is so unbearable for me...

4) What about the cover: is there a meaning?

It's that our painter saw in music of Mournful Gust. It has no certain semantic meaning, but it prepares you for listening of this album...

5) What are your influences?

Doom / death metal, various natural inspiration, any events that disturb... Sudden impulses, improvisation of feelings, spirituality and deeply intimate tragedies…

6) What do you think about the doom/Death metal scene?

There are many good sorrowful acts in this world as a whole. I listen it daily for inspiration and support. I will not single out concrete names, because this is as a whole for me.

7) How was the recording of your album? Are you proud of the result?

If you mean "She's My Grief... Decade" - this album was written 10 years ago. Its first edition was realized in a cassette format. In 5 years - in the digital. After even 5 years we have let out remastered version with numerous bonuses. But unfortunately we receive the unsatisfactory criticism for this reprinting. It proves again that we have made this work only for our admirers.

8) What bands would you like to play with?

We are ready to divide a scene with any true heavy group if they are not afflicted idiots or other groupings far from the true heavy music...

9) Have you planned some projects?

We prepare absolutely new album. Its one third is already ready. Watch our news. We wish to arrive to France and to act for you. So we are ready to negotiate about this...

10) If you have something to say, this for you...

Thanks for support and interest... We would like to act at the European festivals. Probably yours headbangers are more interested to see us than in our country; we wait for invitations and meeting with you!!!

Matai

     
     

Interview for Maelstrom´zine Issue 56

   
 


interview by: Mladen Skot

One of the pleasures of this "job" is in discovering brilliant new bands. Even better if they are from somewhere you´d last expect. One of the recent examples is Mournful Gust, a romantic doom metal band from Ukraine, a land known for everything but bands of this kind. Musically, they can hold their own against any similar band, anywhere, though a band from a Western country, even half this good, would have been signed by now. Although Mournful Gust aren´t exactly new, right now they are at their new beginning. We exchanged a few e-mails with their vocalist, Vladislav Shahin, to see what´s happening.

Maelstrom: How are the things with The Frankness Eve going? Is the recording complete, and where will it be mixed and mastered? The promotional tracks sound good enough, will there be any significant difference in the sound?

Vladislav Shahin (below): Our second album, The Frankness Eve, is written down already, practically. The mixing and mastering will be done by Alexander Glavnyj, my colleague from Autumnia, in his own studio. Songs on the album sound much better than those demos-tracks which are accessible for downloading on our site. They have little bit another arrangements and essentially differ in the quality of recording.

Maelstrom: Your clean vocals show great improvement. Have you been taking vocal lessons?

Vladislav Shahin: Thanks for a positive opinion for my voice. I shall dare many to disappoint, but I never took vocal lessons. Probably I can be mistaken, but someone´s opinion on correctness or abnormality of voice training could deprive with me individual opinion. More instincts, more honesty and frankness.

Maelstrom: She´s My Grief was released way back in 2000. What has been happening with Mournful Gust since then? What kept you going?

Vladislav Shahin: After the realization of our album on MC in 2000, we gave a line of concerts in Ukraine and Belarus. At the end of 2001, the guitar player and composer Alexander Glavnyj left the group and we lost the ground under our feet. We experimented too much, therefore we stopped to be engaged in Mournful Gust. In 2004, we renewed functionality of our chapel, after a year our debut album was republished on CD, thus, we are alive on present time.

Maelstrom: What is Glavnyj doing now? And what is the difference in Mournful Gust´s approach to songwriting now, without him, and then?

Vladislav Shahin: Now I have with him own project, Autumnia where together we have written down two albums. The present composer in Mournful Gust now is Eugeny Vecher, the guitar player of original line-up. Arrangements, as always, we make together. As to experience of the composition - it is natural, we develop, also you can notice it, it will be enough to hear our second album.

Maelstrom: I always wanted to ask someone from Ukraine this: I sometimes watch the Eurosong contest, and one year Ukraine won (Ruslana - "Wild Dance"). Now, in the beginning of her song there was a trumpet melody. The same melody is in the beginning of Nokturnal Mortum´s NeChrist CD. What is that melody? You could imagine my surprise when "Wild Dance" started with it.

Vladislav Shahin: To Mournful Gust this moment has no any relation, but I can answer. It is the most usual melody from side of Carpathian mountains in the West of Ukraine. We are live in east part of Ukraine and we´re far from those traditions. Very big territory and everywhere dominates over us the ethnos.

Maelstrom: What are Mournful Gust´s views on religion? Is that a Christian cross in your logo? I find it strange because you used to sing in a black metal band before.

Vladislav Shahin: We play music, but we are not engaged in division of personal sights of each of us concerning the world of alive ones. In the old logo of Mournful Gust, there was something similar to the crucifixion. In photo session to a new album you will see some images of the Christ, but, I hope, you will draw correct conclusions. We are not the religious group, we do not preach Christianity... And our fans know it, opinions of the others do not especially interest us.
Yes, I sang in black metal group Vae Solis, but it is perfect other history...

Maelstrom: How often do you play live? Apart from your hometown of Krivoy Rog, where else have you played, and are there any interesting stories you could tell us?

Vladislav Shahin: Actually, in our native city we´re not often visitors by way of concerts. We play there where we are invited. In Ukraine we are not popular. Here (the audience) do not like sad music. Interesting stories? I too seriously concern to our concerts, therefore any comedy stories do not occur. Probably, we have no image of group with interesting stories, sorry.

Maelstrom: Ukraine is not a very rich country, it seems. Was it hard for your band members to get all the equipment, instruments etc? It was like that in Croatia but now we have music shops in every bigger city.

Vladislav Shahin: I have the big request to not answer this question. For me it is a sick subject. This question provokes me for inadequate statements.

Maelstrom: What do members of Mournful Gust do in their regular lives? Does any of you have an interesting job or a hobby?

Vladislav Shahin: We´re mere mortals, no anything unusual. And all of us are still alive for that what you did not count us the insignificant country... Mournful Gust it not professional group. We do not earn on our music.

Maelstrom: How did you decide to play romantic doom metal? What influenced you to play dark love songs? Love is not very often a subject in metal.

Vladislav Shahin: So has left... We are dead, also all that surrounds us... Too. I never used a word "love" in the lyrics... Who is from you considers that it exists?

Maelstrom: No, you never use the word "love" and that´s very honest. Only "cheap" bands would use it. But you have chosen to express your feelings of pointlessness through singing about doomed relationships. Someone else would sing about the same despair but using something else as a metaphor. Why have you chosen this way?

Vladislav Shahin: I am meaning to avoid this word. Probably, I manage to hide behind metaphors. Probably someone sees me through my words. I try to deceive myself and it that will not allow me to open my answer completely.

Maelstrom: You say that we are all dead - I agree. What gives you will to live? What meaning does the life have for you? What keeps you going on?

Vladislav Shahin: Probably some things hold us in embraces of this world: music, sincere and heavy metal music... Hope... Expectation, night touches ... Such close and such far...

Maelstrom: Have you ever considered suicide? How do you imagine your own death?

Vladislav Shahin: No, I try to never think of similar things. All happen by itself and it isn´t necessary to fill own head with ideas of own funeral.

Maelstrom: How are the relations between metal bands in Ukraine? Do they support each other or see each other as competition? In Croatia, sometimes, noone does anything because noone wants to help the other band.

Vladislav Shahin: I don´t see significant distinctions between our stages. There are moments when bands help each other. There are bands going in loneliness by their own road. I never met a rage between Ukrainian bands. We with a pleasure divide a stage during performances. If a question mention about Mournful Gust - we´re not competitors because, practically, we´re unique in similar style of metal, but, not looking on it, our primary audience are fans of doom/death metal and gothic music. Basically each band worries about the positions. During present time it´s inevitability because our stage grows, bands becomes more and more...

Maelstrom: What are your favorite bands right now? What do you listen to in your free time?

Vladislav Shahin: I cannot tell that I have any certain bands in my favorites. Today this band has given a masterpiece, but tomorrow I cannot hear even two songs from a new album. I listen a lot of metal music. Yes, it´s only metal. I don´t listen to anything else. It´s classical death metal or modern grindcore - acts more often... cyber black metal or instrumental guitar hard rock, and, of course, gothic/doom metal, intolerable melancholy and music of loneliness.

Maelstrom: Is it hard to get new music in your part of Ukraine? How do you get CDs? Here we mostly trade mp3 discs or download, for instance.

Vladislav Shahin: In Ukraine there are no problems for purchase CDs. The license network is very strongly advanced. I can quite easily buy any album for a reasonable price. And all quite officially. In piracy disks are no more traded, at least, as 10 years ago. Certainly, the most part of listeners are content with mp3-disks and downloading from the Internet.

Maelstrom: How popular is metal, in general, where you live? And how do you deal with people who don´t understand you or metal?

Vladislav Shahin: Unfortunately (can be fortunately?) metal music wasn´t popular as at the end of the ´80s and beginning of the ´90s. I think it is similar everywhere. Yes, in a circle of my dialogue there are people who are not in metal, but they do not have an affair up to that which I listen and I play. However, I listen to metal since 1988 and for me it is all the same what someone who doesn´t understand metal will think of me.

Maelstrom: What is your earliest memory about music?

Vladislav Shahin: I liked to sit near a LP-player, I was closed in a room alone, considered an envelope, a cover, photos of musicians, titles of songs. I liked to listen to a radio receiver, a crash dynamics, hissing of radiowaves. Something filled me and it stayed in me till now.

Maelstrom: How many record labels have you contacted so far? Do they all give response, or do some just ignore you? I´m asking because I´ll be in a similar situation soon. Do you have any advice?

Vladislav Shahin: I believe in that any musical product will find the publisher and the auditory, the main thing is to hold activity in distribution of a message about the band. I till now make weight of dispatches in addresses of labels. Yes, the situation is those: Were interested, is ignoring. There are serious sights and desires to estimate a ready album. My advice is simple: to be active and to have belief in your own music.