Label: Wroth Emitter Productions (CD)
Release Date: 5 November 2021
Format Reviewed: High-quality digital format
Today’s review is going to look at the sound inspiration from doom, sludge, post-metal, and post-rock collaboration from Adliga, and their debut album “Vobrazy” which is to be released on November 5, 2021. They hail from Minsk, Belarus, and got together as a band in 2018. There have been no line changes since 2018, each all of the original members still going strong. We have Katja Sidelova, lead vocals, Artyom Voronko, drums; Roman Petrashkevich, bass, Ignat Pomazkov, guitar and Uladzimir Burylaw on vocals /rhythm guitar. Prior to this newest debut album, an EP was released in 2019 entitled “Kali paciace niebla”. I’m ready to shed more light on Adliga and I hope fans can enjoy these sounds like I did.
The first track is, “Aposni Raz”, begins in heavy strumming of the guitar, building to an atmosphere of pending uncertainty with the guitar standing it seems in one note to punctuate this mood. Vocals are clean, and lend themselves well to the doom inspiration felt in the tone of the overall sounds produced. Track picks up in intensity, with the vocals which again are the doom inspiration and the ending is that the hard strumming of guitar. The tempo remained slow as if allowing for every note to be savored.
The second is “Naskadcam”, note that Igor Kovalev (from Woe unto Me, funeral doom band) is guest vocals on this. Starts in the doomy heaviness of tempo and supporting instruments. Igor starts in a lower-pitched guttural vocal, joining Katja’s shouted vocal, both playing off of each’s tone. Definitely hearing the mix of post-metal/post-rock influence in the sounds of guitar and drums. Intense vocals, and a heavy feel to the ending of this track.
The third, “Zman”, more of the atmospheric, beautiful forlorn feeling expressed in guitar as the beginning. Guitar seems to lower and rise up, like an ocean of darkness, revealing the solitary bareness of lonely oneness. This track adheres to the heavy- weighted, forboding mood already established in previous tracks.
The fourth track is “Zyvy”, the haunting is happening in this track, and amazing build up and fall off, in tone and vocals. Guitar tempo picks up in speed, a nearly pounding effect, which jumps off from the slower, doomy expression. This is a stand out track for me, with the incorporated variety of guitar, drums, vocals, and overall haunting, despondent atmosphere. Katja screams and screams in her vocals towards the end of the track, and it resonates strongly.
The fifth track, “Paparac Kvietka”, spoken intro, Katja’s voice, to a harmonized, discordant guitar sound. She gains a shrieked level to her singing as the song progresses and feeds the atmosphere.
The sixth track “Bol Na Sercy”, this song carries a heavier tone of darker emotion. A depressive-sounding track, with Katja’s clean vocals, further igniting that mood. Uladzimir comes in with the guttural vocal to underscore hers, and with it, both are a blend that expresses the depth of darker thoughts, definitely a doom sound being built here.
I can say that Adliga draws from a varied array of sounds: doom, sludge, post-metal, and post-rock. They have a lot to say in their music and keep very rooted to the core of their musical directions. I believe much more will come from this band. My one critique is that parts of some of the tracks carried the same footprint. A similar sound being built. I feel that this band has a lot to offer, and wish them the very best in their next foray into an album, EP or however they choose to express. And yes, this debut is worth the listen, to hear what is given in each song. I give 7.5 out of 10 Metal Marie
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