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DYMNA LOTVA release new video single “Till the End”

DYMNA LOTVA captured their audience twice at this year’s edition of Prophecy Fest. Although the band from Belarus was again facing serious obstacles. Foremost, composer, co-founder, and bass player Jauhien was not able to join as the papers allowing him to travel from his exile in Poland to Germany did not arrive in time. The passionate and stunning performance of singer Nokt Aeon still moved the crowd to the point where the band’s merch was sold out and they were showered with glowing reviews from press and visitors immediately in the aftermath.

Following the release of their latest full-length “The Land under the Black Wings: Blood” (Зямля Пад Чорнымі Крыламі: Кроў) on August 4, 2023, the exiled duo is now releasing a live clip with remixed sound for the track ‘Till the End’ (Да Скону), which was originally recorded at the charity festival to support medical workers in the Belarus capital of Minsk on April 26, 2020.

On further news, DYMNA LOTVA have been confirmed for the 2024 edition of the Dark Easter Metal Meeting at the Backstage in Munich on March 30/31.

‘Till the End’ (Да Скону) is now streaming at this link:
https://youtu.be/hhWOFOhFXeo

Shop link: http://lnk.spkr.media/dymna-lotva-blood

Please note that the video clip has been scheduled weeks ago and neither the release date nor the content has in any way been influenced by current events.

DYMNA LOTVA comment on Till the End’ (Да Скону): “This song is about the eternal violence in our world”, vocalist Katsiaryna “Nokt Aeon” Mankevich explains. “Wars go on. Killings, torture, and terror. Nobody is safe. Can this ever stop? Or will cruelty and suffering only end with life itself?”

The video was filmed on location at the charity festival to support medical workers in the Belarus capital of Minsk on April 26, 2020.

Tracklist
1. Come and See (Ідзі І Глядзі)
2. Buried Alive (Пахаваны Жыўцом)
3. Death Kisses Your Eyes (Смерць Цалуе Ў Вочы)
4. Hell (Пекла)
5. Ashes (Папялішча)
6. The Pit (Яма)
7. Cruelty (Лютасць)
8. Night Witches (Nachthexen)
9. Till the End (Да Скону)
10. Dead Don’t Hurt (Мёртвым Не Баліць)
11. Unquenchable (Нязгаснае)
12. To Freedom (Да Волі)
13. Blood (Кроў)

Metal has always had a rebellious streak. And while it has lost some of its revolutionary energy – with the notable exception of black metal – in its Western European and American centres, metal very much remains a source of empowerment and an expression of dissent in most other parts of the word.

DYMNA LOTVA have many reasons to carry the torch of rebellion. The duo had to flee their native Belarus due to political persecution and attempts by the Lukashenka dictatorship to censure and suppress their art.
 
On their third album, “The Land under the Black Wings: Blood” (original, not transcribed tile: “Зямля Пад Чорнымі Крыламі: Кроў”), DYMNA LOTVA continue to sing songs filled with grief and pain. The Belarusians have beautifully and powerfully enhanced their very personal style. With a solid base in black metal, but also taking many elements from doom as well as traditional music, the duo has moved beyond the post-black metal tag and created melancholic, haunting melodies that bear their unmistakable trademark and results in a unique emotional sound.
 
DYMNA LOTVA base their lyrics on true tales from Belarus, which is filled with accounts of sorrow gleaned from historical archives or folklore, while new horrors are committed in their country every day. 
 
The name of the band, DYMNA LOTVA, means ‘Swamp in Smoke’ and relates to the atrocities surrounding the burned villages of Polesie – a marshy region along the River Pripyat that is now divided between the modern-day states of Belarus, Ukraine, and Poland, which has endured bloody massacres and brutal conflict in the past.

Composer Jauhien Charkasau and vocalist Katsiaryna “Nokt Aeon” Mankevich date the inception of DYMNA LOTVA to November 8, 2015. The spark that ignited their musical fire was the news of Belarusian writer Svetlana Alexandrovna Alexievich winning the Nobel Prize in Literature. On the same day, the duo created their first song based on quotes from Lyudmila Ignatenko, the widow of a Chernobyl liquidator. Her account of her husband Vasily Ivanovich Ignatenko largely inspired the main character of the HBO series “Chernobyl”.

The song was released as a single entitled ‘Самотны Чалавечы Голас’ (“A Solitary Human Voice”) in 2016 and was followed by DYMNA LOTVA‘s first full-length “The Land under the Black Wings: Swamp” (Зямля пад чорнымі крыламі: Дрыгва) in the same year. The debut album also formed the first part of a conceptual trilogy based on the duo’s homeland.

Also in 2016, the duo assembled a live line-up and quickly became one of the most active metal acts in Belarus while also gaining followers in neighbouring countries such as Ukraine, Poland, Slovakia.

With their sophomore album, “Wormwood” (Палын), which is not part of the planned trilogy, DYMNA LOTVA returned to the topic of Chernobyl in 2017, for which the duo also referred to the works of Svetlana Alexandrovna Alexievich.

In 2020, DYMNA LOTVA openly supported the protests against their country’s dictator Lukashenka. In 2021, following a politically motivated trial of singer Lesley Knife, who was the guest vocalist on the latest single ‘To Freedom’ (Да Волі), all the band’s scheduled concerts were officially banned and they had to disband the live line-up. Vocalist Nokt Aeon was forced to leave the country to avoid arrest. The duo intended to reunite in Ukraine, but then Russia invaded the country. Two weeks after the outbreak of war, the singer finally escaped from the heavy fighting around the city of Irpin. Both musicians were later able to meet again in Poland.
 
For DYMNA LOTVA the release of “The Land under the Black Wings: Blood” (Зямля Пад Чорнымі Крыламі: Кроў) is also an act of defiance. Their music can be read in more than one way. By itself it is an extremely beautiful yet also a very painful piece of contemporary metal on the dark end of the spectrum with an audible Belarusian sound. Yet in a wider artistic context, DYMNA LOTVA unleash a furious and mournful cry for freedom and justice with “The Land under the Black Wings: Blood” (Зямля Пад Чорнымі Крыламі: Кроў).

Release date: August 4, 2023
Style: Post-metal (with influences from black metal, doom, and traditional music)
Label: Prophecy Productions

Line-upKatsiaryna “Nokt Aeon” Mankevich – vocals, traditional flutes, lyrics
Jauhien Charkasau – guitars, bass, all music

Guest musicians
Forladt (ABSENCE OF LIFE) – backing vocals, music on ‘Ashes’ (Папялішча)
Déhà (WOLVENNEST, SILVER KNIFE, SLOW) – drums 
Lesley Knife (GODS TOWER) – guest vocals on ‘To Freedom’ (Да Волі)
Artur Matveenko (DZIVIA) – saxophone on ‘To Freedom’ (Да Волі)
Fiodor Malikin – saxophone on ‘Hell’ (Пекла)
Ivan Kuznetsov – piano
Nat Nazgul – accordion
Yegor Baranov (ELYSIUM, COSMOCATS) – cello
Ulyana Sborshchikova – child clean vocals on ‘Hell’ (Пекла)
Demyan Sborshchikov – child extreme vocals on ‘Hell’ (Пекла)
Anonymous Belarusian teenage girls choir on ‘Ashes’ (Папялішча)

Please note that due to safety concerns and ongoing political repression in Belarus not all names and locations involved in the production of this album can or will be disclosed.

Instruments recorded by Jauhien Charkasau at Hata Studio
Vocal recording by V01D at SoundStudio9
Mix & mastering by Alexei Stetsiuk

Cover art idea by Nokt Aeon
Cover artwork editing by Olga Kann
Cover photo by Alina Mazovets
Cover models: Stefania Burak & Nokt Aeon
Costumes and props by Nokt Aeon & Katsiaryna Vadanosava
Layout by Olga Kann

Links
www.facebook.com/dymnalotva
www.instagram.com/dymnalotvaband

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