I MISS MY DEATH "In Memories Presentation Show - Live In Kiev 2013" 2015
/Metal Scrap Records/

Tracklist:
Part 1: The Last Overture
1. At the Dark Garden of the Vampire
2. Thirteen Autumns of My Solitude
3. The One (feat. Tatiana)
4. Silence Cries
5. Earl Pale

Part 2: Trail into the Past
6. Silent Existence
7. In Memories
8. Lacrimosa (W. A. Mozart)
9. While You Remember Me
Total playing time: 70 min. approx

 

i miss my death

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rockor8Украинские готикметаллисты представляют интересную работу. Это большое концертное видео украинского концерта, посвященный презентации их дебютного альбома. Концертное видео включает в себя 2 части — это разделенные между собой 11 песен альбома. Основная тематика композиций — это история об одиноком лирическом герое, который противопоставлен миру. По сути, герой переживает какоето горе, личную трагедию, которую можно проследить, вслушавшись в сами тексты. Музыка меланхолична и тяжела, но это не мешает наблюдать в видеозаписи счастливые лица фанатов коллектива, конечно, есть подо что поколбаситься, есть чему попереживать. Ведь каждую песню можно перенести на свой счет, они поют о простых человеческих чувствах. Не беда, что немного депрессивны, самое главное то, что они энергичны и отдают свою энергетику на сцене до последнего. Кстати, стоит отметить динамичную и в тоже время драматичную музыку, не зря даже самые старые фанаты коллектива отмечают, что это был лучший концерт в их истории. Во время просмотра вы сможете наблюдать яркие дуэты, красочные костюмы, шикарные инструментальные партии и оживленную атмосферу в зале. Нельзя пройти мимо оживленного диалога музыкантов с публикой, чувствуется общее единение, равенство и насыщенность программы. Советуем посмотреть данный концерт. Вы сможете расслабиться, насладиться великолепной работой оператора, отметить хороший звук. И, может быть, влюбитесь в этих классных украинских ребят. Желаем им творческих успехов на музыкальном поприще.

5/5
Анастасия Игнатова (Rockcor #8/2016)

evyu2zn0pvcfv20zIm letzten Jahr hat die 2007 gegründete, ukrainische Formation ihr erstes Full-Length “In Memories” veröffentlicht. Da das aristokratische Auftreten ein wichtiger Bestandteil des Konzepts darstellt, war es der Band ein Anliegen, die Geschichten auf dem Album in einer Liveshow zu präsentieren und diese damit auch bildlich festzuhalten. Die Aufnahmen zur vorliegenden DVD sind 2013 bei einem Konzert in der Hauptstadt Kiev entstanden. Sängerin Helen Krivovyaz hat ein sehr graziles Auftreten und wird ihrer Rolle im ´Beauty-And-The-Beast´-Schema gerecht. Ihr männlicher Gegenpart unterstreicht seine Wirkung mit hässlichen Growls und tief im Gesicht hängenden Haaren. Die beiden erzählen die Geschichte eines einsamen, alten Mannes, der die Fehler, die er in seinem Leben begangen hat, in Gedanken auszumerzen versucht und dabei zurück in seine Jugend reist. Mit dem Ziel, die Musik bei diesem speziellen Auftritt noch dramatischer und intensiver wirken zu lassen, hat man zusätzliche Vokalistinnen und zwei Violinistinnen angeheuert. Aufgrund der zum Teil holprigen Übergänge zwischen einzelnen Songteilen und des fehlenden Drucks im Sound gelingt dies aber nur bedingt. Die Band gibt sich Mühe und baut sogar kleine Theatereinlagen in die Performance mit ein - die Defizite im kompositorischen und teilweise auch spielerischen Bereich können damit aber nicht ganz wettgemacht werden, womit diese DVD eher ein Produkt für Die-Hard Fans ist.

 Patricia Lang (LEGACY #98)

legacy 99Weshalb die erst acht Jahre existierenden Kiewer I MISS MY DEATH jetzt mit einer Konzert-DVD aufwarten müssen, bleibt ein Rätsel und ihr Problem, denn ob sich die “In Memories Presentation Show” wie geschnitten Brot verkauft, darf stark bezweifelt werden. Selbstredend handelt es sich bei dieser Veröffentlichung um die Konzert-Nachlese zur Live-Vorstellung von “In Memories”, dem noch aktuellen jüngsten Studioalbum der Band. Auf die Bühne treten die Kernmusiker mit zwei klassischen Sängerinnen und mehreren Streichern, womit sie die von My Dying Bride oder Theatre Of Tragedy etablierten Stereotypen ihrer Stilistik quasi ins Extreme überführen. Wie dem auch sei, die Präsentations-Show wurde findig inszeniert, nämlich geteilt in die Abschnitte ‘The Last Overture’ und ‘Trail Into The Past’, deren Mottos sich von selbst erklären: Aktuelle Tracks werden den Band-eigenen “Gassenhauern” gegenübergestellt, die einander gleichwohl nichts nehmen. Die löblicherweise nicht allzu steif auftretende Formation gefällt audiovisuell durch ihre Professionalität, auch wenn die Produktion – es liegt nahe – diversen Major-Veröffentlichungen nicht standhält. Charmante DIY-Angelegenheit aber dennoch.

 Andreas Schiffmann (LEGACY #99)

Обіцяний невеличкий огляд першого (надіюсь не останнього) концертного DVD I Miss My Death.
Враження від концерту я вже описував, тому зараз розгляну тільки DVD.
Перше що сподобалось - це оформлення самого диску: гарна обкладинка, оформлена під зістарений папір. На самому диску зі сторони записаних даних на окантовці вигравіровані фото учасників, дуже гарно.
Відео також оформлене в "старому" стилі, що в поєднанні з неперевершеною музикою створює чудову готично-думову атмосферу.
Відео зняте досить добре, за що окреме дякую операторам і відеоредакторам. Але на майбутнє хотілось би щоб відео знімали в більш високому розширенні.
Кожен із тих хто був на концерті зможе побачити себе на відео, що дозволяє відчути себе частинкою історії I Miss My Death.
Рекомендую придбати собі цей диск, він займе почесне місце в колекціях фанатів.

Дмитро Фещенко

I Miss My Death presents a kind of Gothic Metal with Symphonic aspects. They incorporate less Death/Doom into their music than the typical Sins of Thy/Tristania/Theatre of...-style , and rather classic metal withsome Covenant/The Kovenant 'ish playfulness. Very enjoyable.
Also I've fallen in love with Elena (or Olena)'s wonderful voice. 
I decided to give the DVD a medium rating, as this kind of concert is more about the emotion, the feeling, the atmosphere then the show, and I feel that the CD would be enough for most genre-fans. I've seen it twice, and I absolutely enjoy it. Just wish I could have been there.

Gorgers Metal

I Miss My Death aus der Ukraine sind eine Doom-/Death Metal-Band mit Gothic-Elementen, die seit 2007 aktiv ist. Ein Demo, eine Single und ein Album gab es bislang von ihnen. Das Album hieß “In Memories”, erschien 2014 und wurde auf dem hier auf der DVD enthaltenen Konzert vorher live in ihrer Heimatstadt Kiew auf der Bühne präsentiert. Bis auf das achtminütige “Flower That Fades” wurde hier das komplette Album in zwei Akten aufgeführt. Und dafür scheute man keine Mühen. Denn neben den üblichen sechs Mitgliedern hat man sich noch zwei Violinisten und drei Opernsängerinnen mit dazu geholt. Der Gesang wird ohnehin geteilt: Sergiy Kkryvoyaz growlt meistens, spricht aber auch ein paar Passagen, Sängerin Helen Kryvoyaz, die anscheinend nicht verwandt oder verschwägert ist, weil sie mit bürgerlichem Namen eigentlich Olina Garbachuk heißt, trällert lieblich daher. Der erste Gedanke an Theatre Of Tragedy ist gar nicht so verkehrt, denn tatsächlich gibt es Ähnlichkeiten, genauso wie mit Tristania, Draconian, Sirenia oder auch The Sins Of Thy Beloved. Die Bildqualität ist ein bisschen self-made, man gewöhnt sich aber dran. Der Sound ist dafür gut, auch wenn ich keinen Vergleich zum Studioalbum habe. Vermutlich ist die CD essentieller als diese DVD. Diese besticht aber mit einer schönen Aufmachung im Lederimitat. Schön!

7/10
Daniel Müller (Crossfire)

Ukrainian band I MISS MY DEATH was formed back in 2007, and following a self released single, EP and mini-DVD they signed to Ukraine label Metal Scrap Records in 2014 who  subsequently released their debut album “In Memories” the same year. “In Memories Presentation Show” is their first proper DVD production, and was released through the same label in 2015.
For those aware of this band already, it might be noted that this DVD was actually recorded before their debut album was released, back in 2013, so one might assume that this DVD has been in development for quite some time. It does takes time to edit such a production properly, even if only three cameras was involved as in this case, and one might assume that the band wanted to know if there was a market for such a production before releasing it as well. Live DVDs is a product that will mainly be of interest for existing fans after all.
Musically this is a band that falls under the female fronted metal band umbrella. The main lead singer has a compelling, operatic voice, and her vocals are offset by a male vocalist who will alternately speak or growl. The band opts for a more regular heavy metal style in support, with occasional lapses into slower, doom-oriented passages and only on rare occasions taking a left turn into more pace-filled passages. The keyboards are central, in providing subtler details like a frail piano motif to add a tender quality to the proceedings but on most occasions as the provider of rich, symphonic motifs that combined with the guitars creates majestic soundscapes. I’d hazard a guess that some of the members in the band know their classical music fairly well too, in part due to the inclusion of the song Lacrimosa (credited to Mozart), but also due to the ballad Earl Pale, which comes across as just as much of a chamber music piece than a rock ballad in my book with piano, lead vocals and two violins combining in a compelling and suitably mournful composition.
The band performs the music rather well too, as far as I can judge. Elena Krivovyaz has good control of her voice, the instrumentalists all comes across as solid on their respective instruments, and while one might assume that there are some differences between this live performance and the studio album, that is the very nature of a live concert to begin with.
I didn’t get much of a stage presence from the band however. Band chemistry and audience interaction are two of the dimensions that makes watching a live concert on DVD appealing, and these dimensions aren’t brought too much into play here. Slightly aloof and introverted is the main impression I get, and as good a vocalist as Krivovyaz is she doesn’t function as well as an engaging front person from what I can see. She is a good looking woman, and she has some fancy clothing on stage that is somewhat intriguing, but apart from that she doesn’t have much of a distinct presence when not singing. As such the entertainment level of this DVD will, as I regard matters, be one more focused in towards existing fans and with less entertainment value for others.
The sound quality comes across as good, presumably captured directly from the soundboard. Well balanced and clear throughout, as one tends to expect from a band in the digital age. The video footage is more difficult to comment on, as I was sent this production as a digital promo. The color balance comes across as good, but the picture quality comes across as somewhat unfocused at times, slightly grainy, and in general perhaps not quite at the level one would expect of a recent live DVD. Still miles ahead of a budget production from the 1990’s for instance, but not at the same level as the more professional live DVDs I’m accustomed to see from a label such as Metal Mind Productions.
As mentioned I regard live DVDs as products mainly of interest to existing fans. Some productions manage to appeal more broadly than that, but this one isn’t one of those as I experience it at least. Those who are big time fans of what this band opts to describe as Gothic Doom Metal might want to track down the band’s debut album and start their investigation at that point. Existing fans should find this DVD to be a pleasant one, and the closer your attachment to their music is, the higher this DVD should go on your shopping list.

60/100
Olav Martin Bjørnsen (House Of Prog)

I MISS MY DEATH took place in Top 50 Best Releases of 2015 by Sonic Cathedral /USA/!!!

Different countries seem to favor certain kinds of music. They may cover many styles, but they often seem to do one style exceedingly well. The Dutch are known for Symphonic Metal. The Spanish provide some of the strongest operatic vocals. And the good ol’ US of A, well, we got rappers, the Beiber and cowboys singing about their lost cows, be still my heart. Well, IMO, no one does Gothic / Doom like the Ukrainians. I’ve covered a number of bands and know a lot more. But this is the best I’ve ever heard. Now there are different flavors within individual styles, no one does exactly the same thing across different bands. Well, I Miss My Death does beautiful Gothic / Doom, far and away the most beautiful I’ve ever heard. And this performance, which was actually performed in 2013 in Kiev, is beyond description. The material was written and recorded in 2013, the concert recorded at the end of that year. The CD with, I assume, studio versions of this material, was released in 2014. This DVD will be released by Ukrainian label Metal Scrap Records worldwide during this year. I’ve not heard the CD version so I cannot comment on it, but the music presented here is off the charts.
Gothic / Doom is a big style in Ukraine. The band has played at multiple Gothic / Doom festivals; Black Sea Metal Fest, Shadow Ball, Halloween Carnaval, Autumn Solitude Evening, Дети Ночи/Children of the Night, 54 тонны /54 tones. And the list of bands they perform with is interesting as well; Diary Of Dreams (Germany), Scryabin (Ukraine), Komy Vnyz (Ukraine), Holodne Sonce (Ukraine), Waves Under Water (Sweden), Fatum Aeternum (Israel), Five Times Defeat (Russia), Little Dead Bertha (Russia), The Fading (Israel) and others. Although the band only has one previous release, the band’s debut demo album "... At Her Funeral”, they are today listed as one of the three top Gothic bands in Ukraine.
The concert covered here was the introduction for the tracks found on In Memories CD. Along with the band, several solid violins were included as well as several exceptional back up vocalists. The band even sewed new clothing for the event, not something you typically get with a live performance. But, the band seems to do some interesting things beyond what we usually get with a musical entity. For instance, in 2011 lead vocalists Sergey and Elena celebrated their marriage with a Gothic wedding, and included a full concert, the first organized by the band. Now personally, I tend to stay away from weddings like a vampire avoids the stake, but a Gothic wedding with a concert thrown in, I’m on board. Probably wouldn’t have had to say much, the only Ukrainian my ex-Ukrainian wife taught me would be largely inappropriate for a wedding so I could just sit back, shut up and watch the fun.
Although IMMD has only two CDs released, this is their second DVD. And watching this performance, one can understand why they tend to favor a video / audio mix. They are a stage band, Elena is one of the most beautiful performers it has been my pleasure to view, and her stage presence takes a back seat to no one. And, with this performance, the band stocked the shelves with even more beautiful and talented women. Both violinists are females, lovely females as are the two backing vocalists. But, beyond the visuals, these are all solid musicians. Elena’s voice on the first two tracks, At the Dark Garden of the Vampire and Thirteen Autumns of my Solitude introduce us to one of the finest vocals the genre has ever produced. She’s a full operatic soprano; she yields nothing to the top voices in this style of music, from Tarja on down. But, with the third track The One (or as Elena introduces it, “Zaa Wan”) she is joined by striking blond Ukrainian vocalist Tatiana Milhailova in a tight black Gothic dress. It should be mentioned here that the tracks on Memories tend to be relatively long, there are only 9 tracks with well over 70 minutes of music, and they don’t spend much time talking to the crowd between tracks. So, you get multiple segments in most tracks. With The One, we begin with what could be considered a fairly upbeat sound, with Elena singing to the heavens. Lyrically we get:

"Created by silence, you’re part of the skies / Immortal and forever free
Daughter of the Wisdom, the Master of Dreams / Come touch my soul and sing for me"

The band, three guitars, keys and drums do a solid job of providing backup with the violins and backup vocals being plugged in where appropriate. But, when Tatiana joins the fray, we get an overwhelming symphony of female vocal, both have killer operatic sopranos. Midway through the song, Sergey joins the vocal presentation with a spoken word, the Doom in this song. Sergey mainly does growling but he gets some truly interesting spoken parts at times. Oh, he is one of the guitar players as well. On this one, if you include Elena, Tatiana and the two backup vocalists, I don’t think you will ever find 4 more solid female vocals anywhere.
There’s two parts to the release, I think there may be 2 DVDs, I’m not sure, I just got a long continuous running mpg file. Of course, the two parts may just be a result of the band taking a break in between since Elena performs the second part with her hair down and the backup vocalists get a lot more camera time. There’s no filler in this one, but beyond Zaa Wan, there are several other tracks that need to be discussed. The first is Silent Existence where we get a lot of the two back up vocalists and the violinists. Maybe not the purest Doom you’ll ever hear, but certainly one of the most entertaining tracks you’re going to hear. An overabundance of music, nothing more you could ask for.
I guess another thing to point out here is that, although this is clearly Gothic / Doom, it’s a brand not entirely consistent with other styles. Most Gothic / Doom of my acquaintance is pretty slow, pretty deliberate. You know, the kind of thing you heard at your Aunt Tilda’s funeral. Now, that can still be beautiful, it can still have a solid melodic quality. But, it ain’t traditionally bouncy. IMMD has a tendency to up the count, put a little more untraditional up beat metal into the tracks. Not all the way through, maybe, but they do kick out the jams on tracks like Thirteen Autumns at certain points, before returning to the funeral waltz. Silence Cries also follows this pattern. We begin with something that sounds almost more prog metal than Gothic or Doom, some solid guitar work over a pounding drum and soaring keys. But, the male growling kicks in and reminds us that this is G / D in all it’s desperation, even if the beat is a little on the fast side. But, at some point, the keyboard, and the growling begin to paint a picture of Gothic splendor that can only be associated with countries like Ukraine or Romania, especially in locations like Transylvania. This is what Eastern Europe has over everyone else, and no one does it better.
Earl Pale puts some focus on the violins and keys. This one more closely approximates what I would expect with traditional G / D. And nothing provides a more haunting sound than a solid violin. These two ladies clearly went beyond their high school orchestra with their training, this is high class classical material done by two exceptional artists.
In Memories is the title track. Again, a darkly delicious sound that begins with a keyboard drone. One of the strong points about this DVD is the stage presence of the band and we get some of that here. This is dark music, traditional G / D. Elena is a delight to watch, not just the fact that she is a physically stunning woman. Her motions on stage are hypnotic, it’s hard to take your eyes off her. But, the track moves to Mr. Krivovyaz, the growler over a wall of Gothic / Doom sound with pretty much everyone participating. But, even here, the beat jumps up eventually, we go to a hard pounding sound but one that would be hard to replicate with less talented musicians. Eventually, we return to the Doom with Elena providing a soprano hard to imagine. This one is a classic in oh so many ways. And the lyrics reinforce this excellence:

"Slowly in pieces destroying my fate / Soul won’t stop searching the confident state
Slowly in memories madness has laid / Thoughts and the feelings away will be faded
Eyes crystallized and turning to dark / Speechless as sorrow with any spark
Sorrow of madness stopped the beat of my heart / Now I’m becoming its personal guard"

One of the ways to rate a Femme Metal band is their ability to perform the “real” classics, especially Mozart. Well, we get Mozart here, the track is Lacrimosa. You can pretty much recognize the style, and Mozart was about as Gothic as it gets. It’s not easy stuff to do unless you have a classical female vocalist of the highest order, and we have that here. Elena handles the high notes with little effort. And, Sergey provides a death metal vocal that I suspect W. A. Mozart would have approved of.
The DVD concludes with While You Remember Me. The beauty here is near overwhelming. You can only do something like this with a highly trained vocal, anything less would be a disaster. Again, we get solid strings, the background vocals are put to work. But, this is Elena, doing what few female vocalists in this genre can do. And damn, does she look good doing it.
We don’t get an overwhelming number of great DVD releases in this genre, especially from bands we don’t expect to see it from. For me, Nightwish’s End of An Era has always been the high water mark. But, with this release, there’s clearly competition. Anyway you look at it, this is a classic. You can watch for the music, you can watch for the stage presence, or, you can just watch for the beautiful women. And that includes that hot brunette with the black dress in the front row of the audience who knows she’s a 10 and knows the cameraman knows it too. But, in the final analysis, this is just great music. I don’t go beyond 10/10 often, but, with this one you get perfection in the music, and a little beyond that with the video. That’s perfection plus.

10/10 plus
Doctor T. (Sonic Cathedral.com)

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