MOTANKA – Release Mystic High Quality Video For “Verba”!

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“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.”
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Ukrainian Wacken Metal Battle 2018 winners MOTANKA release a stunning and dramatic 7 minute official video for their first single “Verba” (Ukrainian for “willow tree”) from their upcoming self-titled debut album. The video underlines the strong connection of the Mystic Metal four-piece to mystical nature and ancient traditions.

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. MOTANKA managed 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 on “Verba”:
“One of the strongest songs that has powerful energy. The energy that all of us really need now. All we want to say is in it, all you want to know or ask, you will find in it.”

The Ukrainian lyrics in English:

Verba – Willow tree
A lonely willow tree stays in the field.
It is bended above the river.
It let its branches down,
It cries and fights…

Our language is like one of a nightingale.
Our land is the one and only.

Willow tree
A lonely willow tree
Is bended.
A lonely willow tree

Our souls are flying nearby,
They are praising their land.
Its branches are waving in the wind.
There are sprouts – you and me.

Our language is like one of a nightingale.
Our land is the one and only.
Willow tree
A lonely willow tree
Is bended.
A lonely willow tree

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.”

Pre-Order Motanka HERE:

[Artwork by: Josh Graham, Suspended in Light]

1. Alatyr
2. Fire Burns
3. Air
4. Des’ u horakh
5. Oy ty moya zemle
6.  Bosymy nizhkamy
7. Voroh
8. Berehynya
9. Horizon
10. Pace of the space
11. Khreshchennya
12. What are you living for?
13. Verba
14. Kroda

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.

Victor Verba (Zhalnin) – vocals, keyboard, dulcimer
Anatolii Zhalnin – guitar
Sergii Hodik (Khodorchuk) – bass-guitar, ocarinas
Dmytro Svarog (Diachenko) – drums, throat singing

More info:

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