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(68:06, MALS Records)
TRACK LIST: 1. Whom Should I Blame 5:03 2. Burning Hearts 5:03 3. Searching for the Destiny 4:47 4. What Will Remain 4:38 5. The Mystery of Water 5:06 6. Legend 3:22 7. Sweet Capture 5:23 8. A Poet 4:50 9. The Mighty of This World 4:09 10. Sign of the Time 6:23 Plus: 11. Track 1 English Version 5:03 12. Track 2 English Version 5:01 13. Track 3 English Version 4:44 14. Track 4 English Version 4:38 LINEUP: Artem Mokry – guitars Helen Musienko – vocals Ilia Mamikin – bass VGiktor Bilan – drums
Prolusion. UNCREATED LIGHT hails from Ukraine, and was formed in early 2008 by composer and guitarist Artem Mokry and vocalist Helen Musienko – as a direct successor to their previous band New Land. In 2009 they were signed by MALS Records, which subsequently released their debut album, "Whom Should I Blame".
Analysis. This new Ukrainian outfit explores a genre that may be described in many ways. Some would call their brand of music Goth metal; others might refer to it as symphonic metal, symphonic power metal, or even symphonic progressive metal. As music fans seem to get more and more preoccupied in the art of attaching tags to any musical flavor just slightly different from what has been made previously, this band will find themselves described in a myriad of manners as time goes by. Perhaps a new one will be made for their specific as well. A brief description of this act might be as easy as this: contemporary metal with female operatic lead vocals – an easy, superficial description that should guide any reader a lot better than the various tags attached to a band such as this one. It doesn't say anything about the details, but enough to let the curious reader take notice, while the ones not interested in music of this type by now will have moved on. The fourteen tracks on this CD cover ten compositions by the band, where the ten opening songs have lyrics performed in their native language, and the additional tracks are English versions of the first four. The compositional structure is pretty identical throughout, with slowly-paced, often elaborate and bombastic orchestrated synths and strings creating a grandiose symphonic landscape dominating the proceedings, while a pacier, hard-hitting metal construction serves up a stark contrast to those majestic sounds. The vocals of Musienko are placed in between these layers, more often than not in full-fledged operatic mode. The only real exception to this formula is the trackSign of the Time, due to its purified instrumental nature. Some variations are thrown in to add extra flavors to this production, like the folk-tinged opening passages of the tracks Searching for the Destiny and Legend, but these numbers eventually end up in pretty similar territories as the other songs. Musienko is the star of the show here. She has a stunningly beautiful voice in regular as well as operatic mode, and anyone with a sincere passion for female vocals should take note of this band right away. To say that her input adds to the total experience of this disc would be a gross understatement. The compositions themselves are a bit more of a so-so affair though. At best the interplay between the symphonic constructions and the aggressive metal foundation does create intriguing dynamics, and, in those cases where the lead vocals are tightly interwoven with these two textures, the end result is pleasing on many levels. On quite a few occasions we're treated to songs which individually can most likely be regarded as purebred progressive metal efforts as well, where the compositions contain sophisticated features beyond an increase or decrease of pace and intensity. However, in most instances the tracks are first and foremost vehicles for Musienko’s vocals of, providing contrasting elements for her voice to act upon, with little or no interaction between these opposing musical expressions.
Conclusion. Uncreated Light is a talented act, and features a lead vocalist that should have a long career ahead of her, no matter what genre of music she may specialize in on future endeavors. Her voice represents the best asset of this CD, and, if stunning operatic female lead vocals is something you like, this is a recording to take note of, in particular if you enjoy what many tag as symphonic Goth metal. Those who generally enjoy artists described as such should also find this effort to be of interest, as well as those generally fond of bombastic, melodramatic musical creations.