Distributor/Label: Solitude Production
Distributor/Label URL: https://solitude-prod.com/
Buy Album: https://woeuntome.bandcamp.com/
Dzmitry Shchyhlinski – guitars
Artyom Serdyuk – guitars, growl vocals
Oleg Vorontsov – clean vocals
Olga Apisheva – keyboards
Ivan Skrundevskiy – bass
Pavel Shmyga – drums
01. Triptych: Shiver, Shelter, Shatter
02. Of Life That Never Showed Its Face
03. I Come To Nought
04. Breath Of a Grief
05. Drawn By Mourning
01. In A Strangehold
02. Leave Me To My Sorrows
03. Along Came The Imminence
04. Fall-Dyed Lament
05. A Year-Long Waiting
06. My Joy Lies Behind
07. The Snide Sun
I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a band from Belarus before, but with the six-piece funeral doom outfit Woe Unto Me this changed. The band released their latest album “Among The Lightened Skies The Voidness Flashed” at the end of September, at the first Russian doom label – Solitude Productions – and it is a double album.
On the first CD there is not a single song shorter than 10 minutes, and the longest one is over 18. These songs are heavy and painful. It has a really gloomy and depressive atmosphere as if it is slowly grinding you between two massive millstones. I found it nice how they build up the balance between clean vocals and growls, the same with the slow melodic and the heavy riffing parts. It is a real surprise when you hear the sounds of some brass instruments. I do not really know exactly which ones (trumpet maybe?) but it’s refreshing in these kinds of songs. Five heavy songs (even with some extra instruments like the brass ones, and a piano and clean vocals which should make them less heavy) but between 10 and 18 minutes for each felt a bit too much. And this was only the first record. And to be honest, if it wasn’t for me writing about them then I would have taken a break. Don’t get me wrong though. The songs are good, the production too – but they put you in a bad mood. Which is the point of it – I just don’t want to be there.
Anyway, I started to listen to the second CD and this one is surprising. It is radically different to the first one. It’s less depressing for sure and the songs are shorter: even the longest one is two minutes shorter than the shortest on the other disc. It’s not that heavy either. Of course, it is still sad music, but this part is melancholic. Somehow it even differs in quality. The production is still the same but the songs aren’t that good. Maybe it was because the two records are too long together but after a while it was boring.
All in all, the Belarusians double album is good, especially if you are in the mood for depressing/melancholic stuff, but don’t assume anything super original. Although altogether it was a bit too much for me, I still think that it should be listened to. I am quite sure I will give it another go but for now, I need a break.
Review by Gabor Csete