Ethereal Riffian Begin Recording Process for New Album; Documentary Video Posted

Posted in Bootleg Theater on July 6th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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Is it time to start looking forward to the new Ethereal Riffian album yet? Okay, good. Because I pretty much already was anyway. There’s nothing like being ahead of the game, and when it comes to the Kiev-based progressive, meditative, shamanic heavy rockers, whose sense of ritualism so righteously pervaded their Afterlight live album/DVD (review here), it’s worth keeping up with the process as it unfolds. Fortunately, they’re anything but shy when it comes to giving behind-the-scenes looks at what they do. The video portion of Afterlight was interspersed with documentary footage, and last year’s Relics (discussed here) found them talking about the making of their lush, personalized packaging for limited edition items that’s become such a part of their presentation, so that a release becomes a multi-sensory experience not just aurally or visually, but as well in terms of how it actually feels in your hands.

The Afterlight release seems particularly relevant when it comes to the making of Ethereal Riffian‘s next record. In a new video, the four-piece enter Bobina Records to begin a live demoing process for the aforementioned new album — their third behind 2014’s Aeonian and their 2011 debut, Shaman’s Visions — and they specifically note that recording live is something they decided to do after the live record. There’s a quote from yours truly included in the video — a nice little ego kick, and much appreciated — but more importantly, it’s a means for the band not only to make the tracking process more exciting for themselves, but to harvest that energy and inject it into the actual sound of what they’re creating. One should keep in mind they’re still just in the demo stage, so it’ll likely be a while before the album surfaces, but I get the feeling that Ethereal Riffian will bring us all in the loop as they move forward toward finalizing the album.

By the way, I find it very hard to believe they don’t have a title yet. No way a band who puts this much thought and concerted, self-aware effort into progressing their sound lets a thing like that go so long without being nailed down. They’re playing coy, keeping it up their sleeve until the time is right. That’s my bet, anyhow.

Frontman Val Kornev forwarded the video over, and my first question for him was how many they’ll be making. His answer: “4 to 6, haven’t decided yet.” Fair enough. I’ll do my best to keep up.

Enjoy the first clip below, followed by some quick word from Robustfellow Productions via thee social medias:

Ethereal Riffian, Recording Third LP – Video 1

Ethereal Riffian enters Bobina records studio to produce demo of the forthcoming album.

More news to follow soon.

Ethereal Riffian is:
Val Kornev (aka Stonezilla) – guitar/vocal/lyrics
Alexander Kornev (aka SAF) – bass
Max Yuhimenko (aka Southman) – lead guitar
Nikita Shipovskoi (aka Ship) – drums

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Stoned Jesus Premiere “Hands Resist Him” Video; European Tour Impending

Posted in Bootleg Theater on June 29th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

STONED JESUS

 

Stoned Jesus will release their fourth album, Pilgrims, on Sept. 7 as their first offering through Napalm Records. That in itself makes it a pretty pivotal moment for the Ukrainian heavy rock forerunners, but the big question going into the record is exactly where it will find the band following 2015’s The Harvest (review here) since they more or less spent the last year digging back to celebrate the fifth anniversary of YouTube’s favorite heavy rock record, their sophomore LP, 2012’s Seven Thunders Roar (review here). They toured playing that record in full, and with such a sharp sonic divide between its warm and stonerly tones and the sharper edges of The Harvest, I’ve been genuinely curious to find out exactly what kind of pilgrimage Stoned Jesus are going on with the new collection.

We get a first hint in the trio’s new video for the song “Hands Resist Him.” Amid the most resonant melodies I’ve yet heard from Stoned Jesus, they do indeed dig into a depth of tone that the last album seemed to eschew, but there’s a turn around the 4:30 mark to speedier riffing that finds guitarist/vocalist Igor Sidorenko, bassist Serhij Sljussar and drummer Dmytro Zinchenko pushing into an almost punkish rhythm, so it’s not as if the aesthetic growth brought to bear in The Harvest has been ignored or cast off. It’s there too. The question that remains is how much “Hands Resist Him” speaks for the rest of Pilgrims, and knowing Stoned Jesus‘ sneakily progressive bent as it’s emerged in their sound over time, I’d guess that there’s probably more to the new record than they’re letting on. They’re not the types to give away all the answers outright. They want their listeners to do some digging.

And no doubt there will be plenty to dig when the album arrives, since Stoned Jesus have always been songwriters first and foremost even as their style has proved so malleable over the course of the eight years since they made their debut with 2010’s First Communion. Following a hometown release show on Sept. 7 in Kiev, the band will be heading out on a Sound of Liberation-presented tour alongside Texas troublemakers Mothership and UK tone rollers Elephant Tree that runs for just over three weeks across a swath of Europe. Like Pilgrims itself, it’s an important tour since it will be Stoned Jesus in the headlining spot with support from two also-killer bands, and another pivotal step-up moment for them as they continue to live up to the potential they’ve shown in their work all along.

I’m thrilled today to host the premiere of the “Hands Resist Him” video, which surely stretched Napalm‘s budget as regards the fog machine. You’ll find the clip below, followed by a quick quote from Sidorenko and the tour dates, courtesy of the PR wire.

Please enjoy:

Stoned Jesus, “Hands Resist Him” official video premiere

Igor Sidorenko on “Hands Resist Him”:

I guess this track is a perfect example of the changes I’m going through as a songwriter and Stoned Jesus is going through as a band. It’s dark, heavy and intense, but it’s a great song first and foremost.

On September 7th STONED JESUS will deliver their next solid slab of progressive stoner rock on Napalm Records: Pilgrims.

With their fourth album the Ukrainian trio offers much more than an average desert session: Pilgrims is a rather multi-faceted affair mixing groove with noise rock elements, lots of proggy infusions and maybe even a sick bass line reminiscent of good old Deftones (“Thessalia”). Giants such as Mastodon and Melvins come to mind since STONED JESUS can’t be pigeonholed.

stoned jesus mothership elephant tree tourStoned Jesus tour dates:
14.07.18 SP – Viveiro / Resurrection Fest
27.07.18 DE – Neuensee / Rock im Wald
02.08.18 GR – Almiros / Los Almiros
19.08.18 FR – Saint-Nolff / Motocultor
02.09.18 GR – Thessaloniki / Street Mode

Stoned Jesus w/ Mothership & Elephant Tree
07.09.18 UA – Kyiv / Bingo Club (Stoned Jesus only)
13.09.18 DE – Wiesbaden / Schlachthof
14.09.18 DE – Stuttgart / JH Hallschlag
15.09.18 CH – Pratteln / Z 7
17.09.18 DE – Munich / Feierwerk
18.09.18 AT – Graz / PPC
19.09.18 AT – Vienna / Arena
20.09.18 DE – Leipzig / Werk 2
21.09.18 DE – Berlin / Bi Nuu
22.09.18 NL – Nijmegen / Doornroosje
23.09.18 NL – Amsterdam / Melkweg
24.09.18 DE – Köln / Helios 37
25.09.18 DE – Bielefeld / Forum
26.09.18 BE – Brussels / Magasin 4
27.09.18 FR – Paris / Petit Bain
28.09.18 UK – London /The Garage
29.09.18 UK – Sheffield / Doom vs Stoner Festival
12.10.18 UA – Lviv / FESTrepublic
19.10.18 UA – Kharkiv / ART AREA DK
20.10.18 UA – Dnipro / Makhno Pub

Line-up:
Ihor Sydorenko – Vocals & Guitars
Serhij Sljussar – Bass
Dmytro Zinchenko – Drums

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Stoned Jesus Set Sept. 7 Release for Pilgrims

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 6th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

STONED JESUS

I haven’t been fortunate enough yet to have heard Stoned Jesus‘ upcoming fourth album and Napalm Records debut, Pilgrims, but I think it’s fair to say that through the circumstances of its arrival and through the massive amounts of touring the Kiev trio have done to lead up to it, it’s relatively safe to call them the forerunners of the Ukrainian heavy underground. That a label with the profile of Napalm would take a shot on them is telling, but as they move into the cycle for Pilgrims, I’m more interested to hear how the three-piece will follow-up 2015’s The Harvest (review here).

That record found Stoned Jesus departing the comforting and riffy confines of its predecessor, 2012’s done-gone-viral Seven Thunders Roar (review here), but then last year, they spent several tours playing that album in its entirety. Will that have an influence on the overarching impression Pilgrims makes? Hell if I know, but Stoned Jesus haven’t put out a long-player yet that didn’t push their sound forward, so it’ll be interesting to find out.

They’re on tour in Sept. in Europe with Mothership and Elephant Tree. Info comes care of the PR wire:

STONED JESUS PILGRIMS

STONED JESUS Announce New Album Details!

Watch Out for Pilgrims This September!

On September 7th STONED JESUS will deliver their next solid slab of progressive stoner rock on Napalm Records: Pilgrims.

With their fourth album the Ukrainian trio offers much more than an average desert session: Pilgrims is a rather multi-faceted affair mixing groove with noise rock elements, lots of proggy infusions and maybe even a sick bass line reminiscent of good old Deftones (“Thessalia”). Giants such as Mastodon and Melvins come to mind since STONED JESUS can’t be pigeonholed.

The band comments on the new album:

“This record was inspired by our relentless touring and the feelings you get – or more precisely you lose – because of it. It’s weird how disconnected one becomes when constantly surrounded by people. Musically it’s pretty different from what we’ve done, it’s more song-oriented but simultaneously more challenging than before – sonically and structurally”

The full track listing of Pilgrims reads as follows:
1. Excited
2. Thessalia
3. Distant Light
4. Feel
5. Hands Resist Him
6. Water Me
7. Apathy

Pilgrims will be available in the following formats:
-1 LTD Edition 4 Page Digipack
-Various LP Gatefolds (different colours)
-Digital Album

Pre-Orders will be available shortly, keep your eyes open!

Tour Dates:
STONED JESUS
14.07.18 SP – Viveiro / Resurrection Fest
27.07.18 DE – Neuensee / Rock im Wald
02.08.18 GR – Almiros / Los Almiros Festival
19.08.18 FR – Saint-Nolff / Motocultor Festival
02.09.18 GR – Thessaloniki / Street Mode Festival

07.09.18 UA – Kyiv / Bingo Club
13.09.18 DE – Wiesbaden / Schlachthof
14.09.18 DE – Stuttgart / JH Hallschlag
15.09.18 CH – Pratteln / Z 7
17.09.18 DE – Munich / Feierwerk
18.09.18 AT – Graz / PPC
19.09.18 AT – Vienna / Arena
20.09.18 DE – Leipzig / Werk 2
21.09.18 DE – Berlin / Bi Nuu
22.09.18 NL – Nijmegen / Doornroosje
23.09.18 NL – Amsterdam / Melkweg
24.09.18 DE – Köln / Helios 37
25.09.18 DE – Bielefeld / Forum
26.09.18 BE – Brussels / Magasin 4
27.09.18 FR – Paris / Petit Bain
28.09.18 UK – London /The Garage
29.09.18 UK – Sheffield / Doom vs Stoner Festival
12.10.18 UA – Lviv / FESTrepublic
19.10.18 UA – Kharkiv / ART AREA DK
20.10.18 UA – Dnipro / Makhno Pub

Line-up:
Ihor Sydorenko – Vocals & Guitars
Serhij Sljussar – Bass
Dmytro Zinchenko – Drums

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Risin Sabotage Release New Single “Serpent”; Polish Tour Announced

Posted in Whathaveyou on March 20th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

risin sabotage poland

Next month, Kiev-based heavy rockers Risin Sabotage take off on a four-date stint through Poland with Weird Tales. It’s basically an extended weekender, and there’s nothing wrong with that whatsoever. They go heralding their just-released new single “Serpent,” which has been posted digitally and may or may not receive a physical pressing. The band has also announced an allegiance for digital distribution through respected countryman purveyor Robustfellow Productions — worth noting that Risin Sabotage appeared on Robustfellow‘s expansive Electric Funeral Cafe Vol. 3 compilation (review here) last year, so it’s not by any means the first time the two parties have worked together — and that will include not only the new single, but the band’s prior single “Sabotage Rising” and their 2017 debut album, Planet Dies, as well.

You can stream the song itself below and it’s a quick and unpretentious bit of heavy rock riffing that asks little for its two and a half minute run more than a nod along to its spaced-out hook and fervent groove. Grunge is an element at play, but the focus seems to be more on a blend of earthy tones and cosmic effects, and it works well in the brief stretch, especially the solo section that closes out.

Dig it:

risin sabotage serpent

New single “Serpent” by Risin Sabotage.

Exclusive premiere now via Robustfellow Digital.

Also Robustfellow Prods. is happy to distribute the following groovy tunes by Risin Sabotage [Kyiv, UA] digitally:

“Planet Dies” (March 10, 2017)
“Sabotage Rising (live)” single (October 28, 2017)
“Serpent” single (March 16, 2018)

Find your favourite tracks on Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play, Amazon, Deezer and 150+ smaller outlets!

APR 26 Protokultura – Klub Sztuki Alternatywnej Gdansk PL w/ Weird Tales
APR 27 Klub pod Minog? Poznan PL w/ Weird Tales & Bad Luck Experience
APR 28 Beczka Pub Olsztyn PL w/ Weird Tales & PostNatura
APR 29 NRD Klub Turun PL w/ Diuna & Weird Tales

Risin Sabotage is:
Igor Nediuzhyi (Drummer)
Kirill Chepilko (Vocals)
Vitya Panchishko (Guitar)
Valery Skorzhenko (Bass)

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Stoned Jesus Sign to Napalm Records

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 14th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

And well fucking earned, I should say. Aside from being the internet’s favorite heavy rock band thanks in no small part to the ongoing proliferation of their 2012 album, Seven Thunders Roar (review here), on YouTube — the clip at the bottom of this post for “I’m the Mountain” has over 8.4 million views — Kiev trio Stoned Jesus have spent the better part of the last several years touring their collective ass off in support of their increasingly progressive output, which draws with equal comfort from punk, heavy rock and metal and creates something of its own from them. Yeah, they have a silly name, but they have done and continue to do important work aesthetically and their ongoing development has made them thrillingly unpredictable.

Accordingly, I have no idea what might be in store for Stoned Jesus‘ fourth album, which will be out later this year as the follow-up to 2015’s The Harvest (review here) and their debut for Napalm. Whatever may come, though, you can count on two things: It will be their own, and they will tour it hard for the next 12 months-plus. Because that’s what they do. And look where it got them.

So once again, well fucking earned.

The PR wire makes it official:

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STONED JESUS SIGNS WITH NAPALM RECORDS!

Napalm Records is proud to welcome a new band to their artist roster: Heavy rock trio STONED JESUS have just signed a worldwide deal with the Austrian powerhouse label!

Founded back in 2009 in Kyiv, STONED JESUS have released three highly acclaimed records to date and toured almost all around the globe.

Says guitarist Igor Sydorenko:
“We’re delighted to announce that Stoned Jesus is signing with Napalm Records, one of the biggest and oldest rock/metal labels on the planet! By joining the likes of My Sleeping Karma, Greenleaf, Monster Magnet, Alter Bridge, Powerwolf, Moonspell and many other well-established bands in Napalm’s eclectic roster, we’re getting ready to start the new page in Stoned Jesus’ testament.”

Napalm Records A&R Sebastian Muench comments:
“We are absolutely happy and thrilled to finally anounce the signing of STONED JESUS. In the last couple years I was able to witness STONED JESUS live many times at various Up In Smoke and Desertfest events. The Ukrainian band perfect blend of Stoner, Psych and Prog is absolutely brilliant and we expect nothing less than another masterpiece of a release in 2018. Stoned Jesus, welcome to the family and I hope you feel confortable among your band mates of Greenleaf, My Sleeping Karma, Monster Magnet or Monkey3.”

With their powerful mix of Psych, Stoner, Progressive Rock and Doom, STONED JESUS manage to always create a finest fusion of the heavy but yet still melodic sounds. Emotional lyrics meet a heavy wall of tunes, especially live the band already left their huge stamp in the international stoner rock scene and beyond. And even if you haven’t heard their albums, you probably know “I’m the Mountain” – one of the most popular songs of the genre.

While the band is currently working on their fourth full length record, set to be released with Napalm Records later this year, STONED JESUS will be heavily hitting the road again in 2018!

Make sure to catch them live on the following dates:

04.04.18 PL – Warsaw / Klub Proxima
05.04.18 PL – Gdynia / Klub Muzyczny Ucho
06.04.18 PL – Poznan / tba
07.04.18 PL – Wroclaw / Klub Firley
08.04.18 PL – Krakow / Zet Pe Te
10.05.18 RO – Cluj Napoca / Soundart Festival
11.05.18 RO – Bucharest / Soundart Festival
12.05.18 RO – Timisoara / Soundart Festival
13.05.18 BG – Sofia / Mixtape 5
15.05.18 BA – Sarajevo / Underground Club
16.05.18 HR – Zagreb / Vintage Industrial Bar
17.05.18 SRB – Belgrade / Bozidarac
18.05.18 HUN – Pecs / Pecsi Est
19.05.18 RO – Satu Mare / Gravel Room
20.05.18 RO – Lasi / Rock N Iasi Open Air
14.07.18 ES – Estrella Galicia / Resurrection Fest
27.07.18 DE – Neuensee / Rock Im Wald
02.09.18 GR – Thessaloniki / Street Mode Festival
29.09.18 UK – Sheffield / HRH Doom vs Stoner Festival

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Stoned Jesus, “I’m the Mountain”

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Risin Sabotage Post Video for “Sun is God”

Posted in Bootleg Theater on December 12th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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Whatever your expectations might be for this video from Kiev-based desert-style groovers Risin Sabotage, put them aside. You remember how when South Park first came on in the late ’90s it was made with paper cutouts? Well, the clip below for “Sun is God” was no doubt animated on computer, but it has that same look and as its raw riffing plays out across an efficient four and a half minutes, we see the story of a Christian-looking congregation meeting their match as the band itself shows up in the form of horned dinosaurs, blows out the mass, burns everyone’s eyeballs and then turns the church into a rocketship and blasts it off, presumably into the sun. Yes it’s as awesome as it sounds. Yes you should watch it immediately.

The track comes from Risin Sabotage‘s 2017 album, Planet Dies, which saw LP issue through the ultra-respected Nasoni Records and a CD pressing from Japanese imprint Voron Nest, and which, if you’re so inclined, you can stream in its entirety at the bottom of this post. It’s definitely worth checking out for the barebones style of fuzz Risin Sabotage present, but make sure you hit up the thick shuffle of “Sun is God” first and dig into the video, because yeah, it’s definitely worth your time. Imaginative in its story, engaging in its look and creative use of color, and fitting to the track itself — I’m not going to disparage those who do the band-rocking-in-rehearsal-space video, because hey, at least they’re making an effort, but “Sun is God” reminds of what a difference some very obviously hard work can make when the results come out just right.

Clip and more info follow here. Please enjoy:

Risin Sabotage, “Sun is God” official video

Made by:
Michelle Feldman
Matous Valchar
Tomas Cerveny

Sun is God is a song from our latest album Planet Dies

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The second trip from our essence and conscious to the stars and galaxies through the deserts and stones of our existence. There are always a stepping stones on the way questioning about the life and death, bearing thoughts about the end and the beginning and who watches us on this way. No matter is it the line or the cycle pass it with Risin Sabotage accompanied.

Risin Sabotage is:
Igor Nediuzhyi (Drummer)
Kirill Chepilko (Vocals)
Vitya Panchishko (Guitar)
Valery Skorzhenko (Bass)

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Ethereal Riffian Talk Limited Editions and More in Relics Documentary

Posted in Whathaveyou on October 11th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

Say what you want about meditative Ukrainian psychedelic rockers Ethereal Riffian, they’re well documented. We’re little more than a month out from the release of their live-show/behind-the-scenes rock doc DVD Afterlight (review here), and already band-spearhead Val Kornev and company have a follow-up out. Ethereal Riffian Relics is shorter, apparently not looking to be feature-length this time out, and centers around the process of making special packaging for physical pressings, which is something I know damn well I’ve commented on the band doing on multiple occasions at this point. They’re good at it. It’s something worth talking about.

That said, I don’t know that I’ve ever encountered a band with such a singular drive to communicate their intentions flat out to their audience who still came off sounding so utterly mystical when you actually listen to their material. It’s quite a duality. I’d say maybe they’ll cover that in a documentary at some point, but I’m pretty sure they already have.

Here’s a pretty picture of a new release wrapped in fabric and some info from the PR wire, and of course the video itself, which is up on YouTube now. Enjoy:

ethereal riffian special package

Ukrainian psych rockers ETHEREAL RIFFIAN celebrate the release of their documentary “Ethereal Riffian Relics”

Psychedelic ritualists ETHEREAL RIFFIAN announce the release of a new documentary. “Ethereal Riffian Relics” is dedicated to the band’s very special approach to crafting limited editions. It’s divided into two parts: in the first one, frontman Val Kornev answers 10 questions about ETHEREAL RIFFIAN’s limited editions series ; in the second one, all limited editions created by the band to date are showcased.

The band comments: “We already have a short documentary called “Robust Rehearsal”, which describes the background of the band, its creative world, work in literature and its very essential philosophical and spiritual components,” says band leader Val Kornev. “And now we release “Ethereal Riffian Relics” documentary which explains the role of visual presentation and can help our listeners to create a more thorough understanding of our work. This short film will be of interest for all lovers of limited editions, for those who already create exclusive items and for those who only have an intention to create it”.

The release of the documentary is supported by the unprecedented 3-day 30% sale on all merchandise, which will serve as a fundraising campaign for the recording of the band’s third LP, to take place next year. Sale starts on the 9th of October and ends on the 12th of October. The discount can be obtained by entering a code-name “peace2all” when checking-out on Bandcamp.

ETHEREAL RIFFIAN discography
2011 – Shaman’s Visions (CD)
2012 – Shaman’s Visions (CD re-master)
2012 – Dkyil Khor (3” CD single)
2014 – Aeonian (CD/LP/MC/Book)
2016 – Youniversal Voice (live album) (CD)
2016 – I AM. Deathless (EP) (CD)
2017 – Afterlight (DVD)

“We sincerely hope that the message carefully integrated in our music is able to induce our listeners, and now our readers as well, to open up the new facets of existence and kindle the light of their true self, which will not dim even in the darkest times.” — ER team

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Ethereal Riffian Offer Limited-Time-Only Screening of Afterlight DVD

Posted in Bootleg Theater on September 5th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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The word progressive, especially in a musical context, can have any number of definitions. It can convey a focus on technique, a history of intellectualism that goes back decades, can relate to politics as much as style or can be a nebulous genre catchall. For me, a band or release is progressive when it shows real consideration in some element of its craft and/or presentation. When a band puts care and thought into what they do and always keep in mind a sense of artistic growth, of — wait for it — progression. That’s pretty open, but not at all universal, and there are few acts who emphasize precisely the sort of creative willpower sonic progressivism as Ukrainian heavy ritualists Ethereal Riffian.

Among groups I’ve had the pleasure to encounter the last few years, the Kiev-based outfit stand out not only in sound, drawing from the meditative heavy psych of Om and blending that patience with expanded arrangements of guitar and a wide swath of other instrumentation rooted in semi-Opethian prog metal and a shamanist-minded thematic, but in their utter purposefulness and their attention to detail. The physical pressings of their material are as intricate and gorgeous as their music is immersive. Atmosphere is no less paramount than how the songs themselves are crafted. They engage intellectually, spiritually and emotionally in what they do, and after a productive span that brought forth offerings like the I am Deathless two-song EP (review here) and the live  Youniversal Voice (review here) in 2016, Ethereal Riffian now delve the furthest they’ve gone yet into their mythos with the Afterlight DVD.

It’s a concert documentary, yes. They play a show. There’s a tracklisting. Songs are aired from a selection of concerts. But it’s more than just that. Beginning with a spoken intro about the band’s philosophy as regards the nature of music, Afterlight goes onto work its way through Shamanism, Buddhism and Mysticism — how these things relate to Ethereal Riffian, tying in the migration from Russian of the peoples who would become Native Americans over a course of centuries with an artistry and fluidity that one can hear being brought to bear in the fluidity of their psychedelic metal, chants and richly atmospheric execution of their material, which even live comes through with a balance every bit worthy of its heady conceptual foundations.

Over the course of more than an hour and 40 minutes, Afterlight brims with purpose across multiple acts defined by these concepts and as the band rightly postulates, gives its audiences the most in-depth look at who they are and where they’re coming from that they’ve yet showcased. This is a limited-time screening. It will be available for five days, and after that, it gets pulled and the only way to view Afterlight will be by ordering it from Ethereal Riffian‘s Bandcamp. If you go that route, you should know it comes with a wax seal, and of course the artwork and packaging are crazy lux, as is the band’s wont.

So please, enjoy this one while you can. And as you dig in below, keep in mind the transitory nature of creativity itself, because I can just about guarantee that wherever Ethereal Riffian go from here, it’s going to be on a different plane than this or anything that’s preceded it.

Here we go:

Ethereal Riffian, Afterlight DVD limited screening

Limited time, 5-day screening of Afterlight DVD is available exclusively via https://theobelisk.net/

Buy physical copy via http://etherealriffian.bandcamp.com/

Spiritualized rockers from Ukraine Ethereal Riffian have launched the “Afterlight” DVD, which showcases the results of the band’s 6-year work. “Afterlight” is a conceptual work and its main theme is spiritual liberation in different spiritual traditions, namely – Shamanism, Buddhism and Mysticism. The DVD features:

– Full overview of Ethereal Riffian’s creative universe
– Animated videos uncovering the spiritual journey of “Afterlight’s” main characters
– Special structure with three acts, introduction and epilogue that gives the DVD a logical inception and ending.
– Unique bonuses including official music video, two documentaries, archive with rare photos and more
– Mesmerizing artwork

“Since 2013 I wanted to have a single release that can give a versatile overview of the band’s creative work – its music, philosophy, approach to limited editions and live potential. And now we have it,” says Val Kornev, the frontman of the band. “With this release we, on one hand, aim to crystalize all our work and ideas since the inception of the band, and on the other hand, we want to show the quintessential component which unites all spiritual paths. For the band this release marks the end of the first chapter in its history and the beginning of the new one.”

Tracklist of the “Afterlight” DVD
1. Whispering of the Ancients
2. Beyond
3. Transoma
4. Wakan Tanka
5. Thugdam
6. March of Spiritu
7. Anatman
8. Drum of the Deathless
9. Sword of the Deathless
10. Light of Self

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