“Дзесяць шляхоў праз дрыгву – Ten Paths Through the Swamp” is the debut full-length album of the Belarusian band Omut from Drahichyn. The album was self-released in the end of 2014, ten years after the band’s foundation back in 2004. It was only after numerous line-up changes, musical experimentation and years of maturity that the band released its first two singles, both in 2014. In the same year the band recorded its debut album, that was finally released on December 25th.
The album includes 10 songs, with a total duration a little over 36 minutes and all the material was composed between 2004 and 2010. Calling its music Palesian metal, the band moves in the Slavic pagan folk metal style, clearly influenced by the biggest names of the genre. However they are trying to built their own sound, adding many local traditional elements in their music, like acoustic instruments and dialects from the South-West of Belarus. They combine mid tempo metal orchestrations with several traditional instruments in a very melodic result, influenced by local folk and medieval music tunes. The use of bayan (a Russian type of chromatic button accordion) together with the huge variety in vocals, seem to be the band’s trademarks. Elvira’s wonderful folk vocals have the leading role in their songs and the “dialogue” with Alieś’ growls works really perfect for my taste. Their compositions are all very interesting and variable with rich orchestrations and a great sound especially for a debut work. There are some straightforward folk metal songs, few more aggressive moments and some acoustic parts, but the majority of the compositions move somewhere in between, with a very balanced and melodic sound. No need to mention that all lyrics are in their native language…
“Дзесяць шляхоў праз дрыгву” is a more than decent debut album by a very promising band. They are not reinventing or redirecting the pagan folk metal genre, but they are very good at what they do, with great sound, nice compositions and a good effort to create their personal style. They are already working on their second album and I will definitely keep an eye on them. “Дзесяць шляхоў праз дрыгву” is self released by the band in a standard jewel-case edition CD with 12-page booklet, including the lyrics and nice photography. You can visit the band’s pages for more info and watch the official album teaser below.