Ukrainian Wacken Metal Battle 2018 winners MOTANKA will release their self-titled debut album Motanka on June 7th via Napalm Records. Influenced by traditional Ukrainian folk music, metal tunes and modern electronica, the band creates a very unique mix that the band refers to as “Mystic Metal”. MOTANKAmanaged to capture the trance-like magic of their live shows on their debut, which leaves each and every stereotype behind and hypnotizes with heavy ethno soundscapes.
MOTANKA about their debut LP:“For the album we recorded ancient instruments: dulcimer, ocarina and throat singing, combined with modern technologies, new instruments and analog sound. This album is like our child, it grew, it learnt and became stronger and stronger. Every piece of the album is saturated with the mystical nature of Ukraine. We wrote most of the songs in our hometown Lutsk – the mystical center of Ukraine. The power of the region remained and still is the same for ages. We have prepared the album for many years and are very excited to finally present it via Napalm Records.”
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2. Fire Burns
4. Des’ u horakh
5. Oy ty moya zemle
6. Bosymy nizhkamy
10. Pace of the space
12. What are you living for?
The mix of English and Ukrainian lyrics and instrumental songs underlines the diversity of MOTANKA.
The album will be available in the following formats:-4 Page Digipack-2LP Gatefold in black (D-Side band logo etching)-2LP Gatefold in gold – Limited to 100 copies, Napalm Records Mailorder exclusive (D – side band logo etching)-Handcrafted Ukrainian Motanka doll & CD Bundle – Limited to 100 copies-2LP Gatefold (D-Side band logo etching) & Album Cover Shirt
MOTANKA is the name of the traditional doll that ancient Ukrainians used as an overseer for their protection and for the communication with their ancestors.
“The soundtrack to your post-sludge vision quest”
“Heavy and melodic, intoxicating and infectious, Motanka’s unique hybrid of metal and folk music is guaranteed to be one of 2019’s most memorable debuts.”
Viktor Zhalnin – vocals, keyboard, dulcimer
Anatolii Zhalnin – guitar
Sergii Khodorchuk – bass-guitar, ocarinas
Dmytro Diachenko – drums, throat singing