Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Edenian - "Confide In Me" [2014]

Artist: Edenian
Title: Confide In Me (single)
Genre: Symphonic Metal
Country: Ukraine
Year: 2014

One more female fronted gothic/doom band that's from Ukraine (this time from its eastern part), and has a name similar to "Draconian". Edenian were formed in 2010 as "Eternia", and underwent a lot of line-up changes since then. Their current vocalist, Valery Chudentsova, sings on this single and their latest full-length, "Rise of the Nephilim". I personally didn't like the full-length that much - it's quite professionally recorded and composed, yet it's a bit too lengthy and boring. Moreover, I don't think their label would be OK with "Rise of the Nephilim" posted here, so I'd rather post their newest single (which is definitely free for download).

"Confide In Me" is a metal cover of a well-known song by Kylie Minogue. It isn't the first gothic metal version of this song: Angtoria's cover is probably the most well-known, but the members of Edenian don't like it and didn't want their version to sound similar to it. This cover was recorded on a different studio than "Rise of the Nephilim", and the band members themselves are very satisfied with the result. It's indeed quite good, and I hope they'll continue in this direction.

And the non-metal (yet no less beautiful) side of Valery:

Symphonian - "Incarnation of Reality" [2011]

Artist: Symphonian
Title: Incarnation of Reality
Genre: Gothic Doom Metal
Country: Ukraine
Year: 2011

Track List:
  1. Forbidden (Der Apfel aus Gold)
  2. Betrayal
  3. Last Words
  4. Path of a Soul
  5. Silver Streams
  6. Withered
  7. Depressed (Lithiated)
While searching for more bands that sound like Synful Ira (but more heavy), I stumbled upon this one from western Ukraine. Their name is obviously reminiscent of Draconian, as well as their sound (symphonic gothic/doom metal with "beauty & the beast"-style of vocals), but in my opinion they're more similar to The Sins Of Thy Beloved. "Incarnation of Reality" isn't a masterpiece, yet it's a quality release even by world's standards, and I don't think there are many bands of that level in Ukraine.