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Kvity Znedolenykh Berehiv : Za nebokray mriy (Demo)

A very professional demo from Ukrainian solo Death/Doom project Kvity Znedolenykh Berehiv.

Квіти Знедолених Берегів is a Ukrainian solo project based in Kyiv, its name roughly translating as 'The Flowers Of Crestfallen Shores'. 'За небокрай мрій - 'Over The Horizon Of Dreams' is the band's debut, self-released as a demo in CD format.

First impressions are promising. It may 'only' be a self-produced demo, but that isn't at all obvious, whether looking at or listening to it. The quality of the sepia-tinted, 6-panel digipack and fully-printed CD compare favourably with many independent commercial releases: it certainly wouldn't have looked amiss if a label logo had discreetly graced the artistically-blurred photographs of shoreline plants. There isn't a great deal of text or information to accompany those, but since it is all in calligraphically-scripted Cyrillic anyway, that's hardly a massive issue: there's enough to identify the picture of sole band member Dmytro Pryymak, credit the photography to Kateryna Romanova and to work out the track names.

More importantly, though, the two tracks comprising the demo are of a standard to match the packaging. Recorded and mastered at Kyiv's Blacklight Studios, the sound is a full and satisfying one, both warm and deep: surprisingly so, when considering it is not only a debut but a solo project. In fact, it's very much a creditable 'complete band' sound clearly layering all of the vocals, bass, lead and rhythm guitar, keyboards and drums (the latter, I would strongly suspect, programmed but to a level where they are neither intrusively nor obviously so) that one might expect from a full line-up.

The music itself is firmly grounded in the Melodic branch of Death/Doom, dipping into slower sections with gentle guitar/keyboard work and softly-spoken vocals, but generally clipping along at medium to fast tempo, led by clean and swooping guitar lines. Dmytro generally sticks to a pleasing powerful and hoarse growl; that, and the pace and variety of guitar-work gives an overall feel of Solitude-rostered bands like Revelations Of Rain. However, the often quite-prominent and constrasting keyboard melodies, and the more tranquil interludes, also conjure up more than a hint of 'Melancholy'-era Cemetery Of Scream. That's especially redolent in the closing sections of the second and my favourite track 'Якби зорі...' (If The Stars...). There isn't much to choose between the two 10-minute pieces, however, in terms of overall compositional quality and execution.

I have to give Dmytro a lot of credit for the attention to detail and the effort put into this release: for a solo demo, it really is an impressive achievement. Musically, 'За небокрай мрій slides competently into the mainstream of its chosen genre and, whilst it won't stun anybody with surprises or challenges, it leaves the distinct impression that Квіти Знедолених Берегів have both class and potential to achieve a lot more.

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Reviewer's rating: 7/10


Tracklist :
1. У обіймах (Тихі води) [In The Arms (Still Water)]
2. Якби зорі... [If The Stars...]

Duration : Approx. 20 minutes

Visit the Kvity Znedolenykh Berehiv bandpage.

Reviewed on 2014-08-23 by Mike Liassides
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