Hailing from Moscow Russia, this duo has been in existance since the 90's and
have been hailed as veterans of the dark music scene of Moscow. During this
time the Russian goth scene was rapidly growing and this band managed to jump
into the scene and have been able to stand out in the local scene. It's been
several years since their beginnings and we're just getting to know them now in
other parts of the world. While the band has been around all this time, it
wasn't until 2003 that their first CDR release saw the light with Dlo Kwala
Manyan. In 2005 the first official full-length release hit the market
through Shadowplay Records in the form of Saturating Cemetary.
Along with these releases they've also appeared on the Russian dark music scene
compilation Colours of Black: Russian dark scene compilation.
The music from this band goes completely against all the norms and regulations,
but yet fits so well into the dark goth/industrial music scene. The duo
combines elements of harsh industrial with melodic ethereal and goth elements.
In some ways the music is comparable to Die Form and Attrition,
but seems to add additional harsher industrial tones, yet at the same time
delves into some strange elements that could be Russian folk music. It
definitely has the harsh male vocals and smooth female tones that you find in
bands similar to these previously mentioned.
This duo was formed by and consists of Yura Zvezdniy (keyboards, vocals,
electronics, loops, programming, etc) and Anastasia Podnebesnaja (vocals,
backing vocals, text). Check out the music from this band. You can hear
selections on the Gothic Paradise club mix, so be sure to tune in.
Saturating Cemetary - Review
This band caught me totally by surprise and at first listen I wasn't sure what
to think. My first impressions were that the music was slightly goofy and an
extremely strange sound mixing industrial with folk and cabaret.
However, the more I have listened to this album, the more I enjoy it. It has
quickly become a favorite of recent releases based on this extremely unique
sound that is presented.
The name of the band Necro Stellar brings to mind a mix of death and
macabre mixed with something sci-fi from outer space. Like the name suggests
we're thrust into this dark mixture of mayhem with the title track "Necro
Stellar" through it's haunting mix of synths, driving beats and deep robotic
vocals. The first two minute intro sounds like something from a Halloween
special track, yet this pattern keeps going throughout the track. This track
sucks you and in and holds you as you really become entranced by their unique
style. However, if you enjoyed the first track, you'll love the following piece
"The Seven Rays of Da Kapa Preta". The sound on this track is so incredibly
unique, it's hard to explain. Once again a short quiet intro kicks it off, but
the listener is quickly bombarded with the harsh industrial vocals. But don't
be fooled by this initial sound, the bass is catchy and the tones that are
added are fun and addicting and really keeps you moving. The overall tone is
fun and you can tell these two are having a blast creating their music. It's
almost comparable to the punk scene, but in an electro-industrial vein.
After these two incredible introductory tracks we're left in an eerie sci-fi
world as "The Pictures of the Russian Village (Part 3)" takes us deep into a
spooky sounding alien world. This style drifts along in a sort of space-ambient
industrial mix through several tracks in this album. This alien mood is broken
up from time to time by the moody musical pieces like "Clearness" which picks
up the vocals and fun soundscapes again or the very Attrition-sounding
"Sweetness". This latter track is another that is catchy and hypnotic that will
leave fans wanting more. But the disc moves on with more of this catchy sound
and drifts in and out of the ambient soundscapes.
As the album starts to wrap up we're left with two bonus tracks which are both
nearly 200 bpm and what could easily become something of a mix of
Russian-electro-punk. "The Little Song For The Little Devil" picks this up
first with a sweet electronic intro reminiscent of early 80's electro. In fact
many songs on this album are like a mix of Grendel meets The Buggles
where the industrial purist kills the new wave star. But this style works so
well on this album and I don't think anyone else could really pull it off.
After this short little intro it picks up like a tornado with vocoded robotic
vocals and the fun electronics and driving beats. This gives way to the finale
of the album "Dlo Kwala Manyan (Nothing remix by DJ Chton)" which is another
whirlwind track that leaves the listener's head swirling as the disc finally
comes to a close.
So there it is, this is something that people really need to check out
especially if you want something that is completely unique and unforgettable.