VADIKAN "Hydrargyrum" 2013
/Metal Scrap Records/

Tracklist:

1. Сломай шаблоны 05:12
2. Поцелуй по глазам 04:02
3. Каштановые свечи 05:38
4. Глаза Музы 04:08
5. Ртуть 04:35
6. Вспомнила тебя 03:33
7. Снова осень (remake) 05:45
8. Suspense (instrumental) 04:33
9. Злая любовь (bonus track) 07:28

 

 

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dark city 74Каждый раз, как мне предстоит ознакомится с очередным релизом из серии "отечественный тяжелый рок с ведущим женским вокалом", мне становится немножко не по себе, ибо как минимум в половине случаев приходится мучить свои нежные ушки, выслушивая все эти вои, стоны и крики доморощенных "певиц" без слуха и голоса. В случае с дебютником VADIKAN всё не так уж и плохо - девчушка петь вроде умеет, хоть и не всегда понимает как это лучше делать (например в открывающей альбоме песне "Сломай Шаблоны" её пение звучит так, будто её насильно заставляют это делать). Хуже здесь то, что это трио в целом придерживается курса на "мелодичный готик-метал", но пока так и не определилось со своим звучанием в деталях (откровенно попсовая песенка "Поцелуй По Глазам" (вот блин, названьеце!) соседствует с куда более мрачными и придумленными номерами, а инструментал "Suspense" и вовсе здесь смотрится как случайно попавший из какой то другой "оперы"). Но что расстраивает окончательно, так это неспособность команды создать интересные, гармоничные, запоминающиеся песни, которые действительно хотелось бы слушать и переслушивать, получая при этом удовольствие. Да, ребята постарались, заказав красивое оформление для альбома, да им удалось добится правильного саунда (мастеринг был сделан Хиили Хиилесмаа), но в результате всё равно получился красиво упакованный набор из безвкусных трэков, которые по большей части вызывают безраличие с легким оттенком недоумения, но никак не удовлетворение, и уж тем более не восторг...

1010 (DARK CITY № 74)

Vadikan are a band from Russia that plays a very melodic form of gothic/doom metal with some death and black metal influences and this is a review of their 2013 album "Hydrargyrum" which was released by Metal Scrap Records.
Drums range from slow, mid paced to fast drumming with a only a small amount of blast beats being utilized at times, while the bass playing has a very strong and powerful sound with heavy riffing that dominates throughout the recording, a s for the synths when they are utilized they bring a very dark, atmospheric and gothic sound to the recording as well as a brief use of violins.
Rhythm guitars range from slow, mid paced to fast gothic/doom metal riffs that utilize some dark sounding melodies, death and black metal influences in the riffing as well as a brief use of soft and clean playing, while the lead guitars are very melodic sounding gothic metal guitar solos and leads.
Vocals range from clean singing female gothic metal vocals with some deep growls and high pitched screams that bring the death and black metal influences to the recording, while the lyrics cover dark and poetic themes, as for the production it has a very strong, powerful, heavy and professional sound where you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording.
In my opinion Vadikan are a very great sounding melodic gothic metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE: "Break The Templates", "Chestnut Candles", "I Remember You" and "Wicked Love". RECOMMENDED BUY.

OccultBlackMetal (Doomed To Darkness Zine)

It might seem boring or that I’m one track minded but ever since I got to know about Iron Maiden and Saxon I’ve been more interested in finding the next big thrill that to stay with one or two bands for the rest of my life. Hence my love for discovering bands like VADIKAN. Not speaking a single word Russian I have no idea what this band is singing about but I do like the ring to it. There is something beautiful (that word again) to the Russian language when it is not screamed at you by the police of military. Musically this could be labelled goth metal if you think wide and not limit yourself to one or two bands. If you do so you will find that this is a more than decent album by a band that deserves your attention. So stop reading and go and check out bands that you wouldn’t normally get to hear about.

Anders Ekdahl (Battle Helm)

Mam z żoną takie hobby, że czasami oglądamy sobie dla przypomnienia języka lub też dla zabawy rosyjskie programy typu „talent show”. Jedną z cech charakterystycznych tych programów w Rosji jest to, że w większości uczestnicy tych programów śpiewają na castingach piosenki z tekstem napisanym w języku rosyjskim. Prawie w cale nie śpiewają po angielsku, sporadycznie po francusku czy też włosku. Rządzi ich narodowy język i to jest godne pochwały. W naszym kraju jest jak zwykle odwrotnie, wbrew logice. Nasze aspirujące do wielkiej kariery gwiazdki śpiewają w języku angielskim, kalecząc ten język W tej pogoni za Zachodem, biegniemy wciąż w ciemnym tunelu, problem jest tylko taki, ze tam na końcu nie ma światełka – jest lita ściana.
Vadikan jak zapewne domyśliliście się pochodzi z Rosji a konkretnie z Moskwy. Istnieją już prawie dziewięć lat i mają w swoim dorobku dwie taśmy demo. Oceniany tu materiał jest ich debiutem, wydanym dla ukraińskiej wytwórni Metal Scrap Records Debiut zawiera dziewięć solidnych i ciekawych kompozycji utrzymanych w szeroko rozumianym nurcie gotyckiego metalu.
Na pewno od początkowych dźwięków tego materiału uwagę zwraca jego brzmienie, z jednej strony bardzo elektroniczno – mroczno – chłodne z drugiej mające bardzo mocne konotacje z metalową agresywnością. Nie wiem może sprawił to mastering materiału przeprowadzony w fińskim studio gdzie dowodzi Hiili Hiilesmaa ( pracujący z czołówką fińskiej sceny poczynając na HIM a kończąc na Sentenced ). Szczerze jak dla mnie płyta brzmi bardzo ciekawie ( z tego co zrozumiałem z lektury wkładki, zespół dysponuje własnym studio – ten spokój realizacji i brak pośpiechu podczas pracy w studio, cholernie mocno tu czuć !!! ).
Elementem wprowadzającym w klimat gotycki i nadającym z drugiej strony muzyce łagodności oraz klimatu jest wokalistka Julia. Dysponuje ona bardzo ciekawym głosem, ułożonym już i pokazującym to, że śpiewanie w wyższych czy tez niższych rejestrach nie stanowi dla niej problemu. Dziewczyna ta dodatkowo śpiewa w swoim ojczystym języku. Śpiewa spokojnie, naturalnie bez spinki spowodowanej odpowiednim akcentowaniem czy też giętkością języka.
„Hydrargyrum” słucha się bardzo przyjemnie, muzyka ujmująco dla ucha sączy się z głośników. Nie jest to może bardzo oryginalna i niepowtarzalna mieszanka dźwięków, słyszymy gdzieś tam jakiś riff z repertuaru Therion, czy też jakiś tam pasażyk ala Nightwish ( tak od siebie mogę dodać że momentami Vadikan zbiera plony po polach obsianych polskim ziarnem wyhodowanym przez takich producentów jak Closterkeller, Moonlight czy też Atrosis ).
Można rzecz, jak czerpać to z najlepszych, jak i również wzorować się. A z tą oryginalnością nie jest jednak tak słabo … niektórych kompozycji słucha się przyjemnie.
Poklikajcie zatem po necie i poszukajcie po naszych krajowych dystrybutorach tego krążka. Jak na debiut jest moim zdaniem bardzo ciekawie i liczę, ze kolejne produkcje tego bandu będą trzymały poziom tak jak ten pierwszy.

4,5/5
RAFAŁ WRÓBLEWSKI (Psycho Zine)

This is gothic metal from Russia and even thought it ain’t exactly my thing these days, I gotta admit I went over tons of similar releases in the past. With that experience, I found “Hydrargyrum” a balanced, well written, performed and recorded work. If you like your metal relaxing —yes, that exists—, this is something you may dig. Personally, I liked the fact that the songs are written following a wide variety of patterns so that they make interesting listening. Also, for once, I’m not forced to listen to operatic vocals. Not for the uninitiated, though.

8/10
Cobal (Global Domination)

Vadikan was founded in 2004 in Moscow and released earlier two demos. The three-piece, made up of female singer Julia Tikhomirova, guitarist and Jack-of-all-trades Vadim Pashutin (obviously the moving spirit and leader) and bass player Ilij Filipyev, creates gothic/doom metal as it boomed in the nineties. That is what we already experience during the opening track 'Break The Templates': very inspired by the riffs of 'Wild Honey' of Tiamat I would say. We hear lovely female vocals with an echo of rough growls of Pashutin, but his guitar skills are more than average with a lot of emotion and that goes for the entire album. The band used a couple of guest musicians, for instance on piano/keyboards and for a few guest guitar solos, but a drummer is not mentioned. Probably programmed drums, but it sounds okay.
Lyrics are properly mentioned in Russian and English in de CD booklet, but everything is sung in Russian. Second song 'A Kiss Across The Eyes' is a weak pop song. Fortunately it is the only real weak song to swallow. They recover instantly with the doom-laden 'Chestnut Candles' and accessible gothic with catchiness in 'Eyes Of The Muse' (with piano). A thoughtful beginning and howling guitar solo is promising during the title track, but vocals are salt-less and that is a disappointment. Vocals are more than once subject to any reserves, at the end of 'I Remembered You' once again. The remake of 'Autumn Again' appears to be a beautiful sung piano ballad with towards the end (here we go again) an emotive guitar solo. 'Suspense' is instrumental and has interesting progressive elements. The bonus track 'Wicked Love' is the longest one, nearly eight minutes, and it includes a mysterious atmosphere with whisperings, violins, smooth vocals with ambient sounds and as most positive feature again the guitar skills of Sir Pashutin. Maybe he should apply for a place in an outlandish band? Here they do not achieve more than a more or less acceptable copy of what gothic metal once used to be. Mastered by Hiili Hiilesmaa in Finland.

65/100
Vera (Lords Of Metal)

I really can’t remember when was the last time I heard an entire album of the so called Gothic metal genre. I don’t know why, but today I made it to the last track of this depressive Russians and I must say that it’s not bad at all. Actually, this is a debut album and the production sounds professional, clean and with good taste. This blonde beauty called Yulia Tikhomirova makes nice melodies with her voice, and she sings in Russian language, so the style is particularly well achieved and sounds lovely. This is too much honey on my cereal, but anyhow they gain me through quite good melodies and progressive structures. All songs have sticky choruses and that’s another aspect to underline because at the end of last song, you got them all in your head and this denotes very good arrangements. Yes, I know that many of you will shit on my face when reading this review, but I’ve always been a very open minded listener and I recognize when a band is doing a professional work. Now you can fuck yourselves.

Victor Varas (Zombie Ritual Fanzine)

Vadikan is a gothic metal band from Russian and this is their debut studio CD. The songs are a nice mix of energetic guitar-driven melodic metal and heavy, somewhat doomy ballads. The melodic metal songs are mid-paced, upbeat and quite heavy and crunchy with very catchy choruses but only sparse atmospheric keys. The ballads, in contrast, while still heavy, are slower and moodier with melancholy to poignant choruses; the keys are much more prominent on these songs, and range from symphonic to electronic to jazzy. Almost every song features at least one traditional metal style solo, often an extended one, and several of them have a 70s blues rock feel to them.
Their female singer, Yulia Tikhomirova, has a pleasant, deliberate, slightly poppy alto style of delivery; while somewhat narrow in range, she sings with an infectious enthusiasm and earnest sincerity on the melodic metal songs. Her voice, however, is perhaps best suited to the ballads, where she sings in a more mellow and somewhat forlorn fashion that is surprisingly engaging and enchanting, especially since she sings everything in Russian (the tracklist is translated) and I don’t know the language (although they do helpfully include English translations of the lyrics in the liner notes).
Although there is nothing spectacular about ‘Hydrargyrum’ to strongly distinguish it from the myriad of female vocal gothic metal bands out there, they have genuine talent in blending several styles of metal and rock into accessible songs with interesting variety and variation in moods. Because all the individual styles are so familiar I was tempted to dismiss Vadikan on the first few listens as yet another competent but largely inessential gothic metal band, but as I listened more I began to really appreciate their consistent and interesting variety; indeed, it now seems to me that they represent a more adventurous take on Russian pop metal, especially bands like Splav and The Lust, and they are especially recommended for fans of that genre.

3.5/5
CHRIS (Metal CD Ratings)

The roots of Moscow's Vadikan can be traced back to 2004 when, as nothing more then a studio-project really, guitarist and sound producer Vadim Pashutin (formerly of  Gross Grolland) first recorded a handful of tracks. It would take until 2007 (and the addition of vocalist Julia Tikhomirova) before all the pieces would start to fall into place though. Even then, as two demos were recorded and released before this full-length debut album, the band (and it's style) was in a slight state of chaos as they tried to hit on that one winning formula needed to keep the dream alive. It would take a few years, but in 2011 everything would change. Enter bassist Ilya Filipyev. In Ilya Filipyev the band found the one musician who would prove to be the last missing piece of the puzzle. Once fully assembled the puzzles artwork would look something like this: Gothic heavy metal with colorful shades of traditional heavy metal, melodic metal/melodic rock and doom rock. This combination, along with pleasantly strange pop and psychedelic undertones (not to mention blues rock!), proves to be more then a little effective. There is even sprinklings of electronic and symphonic rock hidden within the album's 9 tracks as well as some European power metal and neoclassical guitar. Whew! Despite all that it's actually vocalist Julia Tikhomirova, who is as lovely in real life as her pop-sweetened vocals would suggest, that ends up being the first thing you notice as "Hydrargyrum" kicks into gear. Even with the lyrics being in Russian you'll find yourself drawn into the music thanks to her alluring voice and her keen ability to convey the different emotional feelings that this album conveys. In her you begin to appreciate just what it is that Vadikan strives for. She remains the highlight of this album even after repeated listens. Close behind her though is guitarist Vadim Pashutin whose lead work is just spectacular. Whether the music is slow and dreamy and upbeat and intense his guitar playing fits the vibe perfectly like well-loved pair of gloves. With the pair of Vadim Pashutin and Julia Tikhomirova so easily able to feed off of each others strengths, and bassist Ilya Filipyev keeping everything in check (as his bass playing remains a steady point of reference within the album's landscape) the music within this debut-album takes on a life of it's own. The material on hand swirls about in this almost dance-like routine. Is it possible for metal to be both dreamy and doom-laden? With this talented bunch the answer is yes. While no credit is given as to who played drums (or for that matter who contributed the keys) on this album, which is a shame, credit still must be given to both instrumental endeavors. The overall effectiveness of these contributing instruments can not be overstated. Dreamy keys and a rock-steady beat only add to the overall appeal of this multicolored undertaking. As for the sound? Amazingly recordings for this 9-track album took place at several different studios in Moscow ( including Vadikan's home studio) and yet everything flows together perfectly and every aspect of this group (from the vocals to the drums) is right where it should be. The album, which was mastered by Finnish producer Hiili Hiilesmaa (HIM, Apocalyptica, Sentenced, Theatre Of Tragedy, Entwine, The 69 Eyes) features artwork by artist Alla Bobyleva and a 12 pages booklet by Polish designer Marek "Ptys" Jastrzebski (Helloween, Hell:On, Quo Vadis). Those elements only serve to add to the overall appeal of this praise-worthy full-length debut album.

Andy (Heavy Metal Time Machine)

I was to expect an earsplitting death metal apology when I hit play here.
Instead I am treated to something more different and welcome by far. A female fronted doom metal act of all things that are good, this Russian combo cut it very well indeed. Dancing riffs and razor sharp chords swap the podium with vocalist Julia's simmering tones, as in turn English and their own lingo swaps places from song to song.
Going down a treat on their scene already, this lady's range would still also have rocked the house had it belonged to some eighties pop or punk machine instead. The guitars aren't without the wisest of influences themselves, Slayer, Emperor and Metallica all making the vibe-o-meter here and develop a palatable sound that doesn't need to thrive on intensity.
Recommended.

8/10
Dave Attrill (Metalliville Webzine)

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