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Hidden Gems & Guilty Pleasures: Cult Black Venus (Russia)

Cult Black Venus (Gothic Rock // Shoegaze // Industrial, Russia)

Cult Black Venus recently released debut studio album »Perfume«, inspired by the ghost culture and ghost towns in Russia that emerged after the collapse of the USSR. Anastasia Zelinskaya, the woman behind this project, elaborates, “If in the USA there is “Southern Gothic”, then in Russia there is definitely “Siberian Gothic”, generated by snow and cold. The vast territory of our country, lost corners inaccessible to culture, strange places slowly dying after the collapse of the USSR are reflected in my music. I would like to talk more about Russian ghostcore and how it affected music.”

Cult Black Venus is the solo project of Anastasia Zelinskaya, a new emerging artist in the gothic-folk/doomgaze/gloomcore scene. Anastasia was born deep in Siberia in the family of a lumberjack, she lived in the taiga until she was 6 years old.

Anastasia says, that her childhood was reminiscent of the »Reflecting Skin« movie – but instead of the great plains of “Southern Gothic”, there were impenetrable and mystical forests of harsh Siberia, for many miles around Anastasia’s house. Russian taiga is the place, where old legends are still alive, and finding a shaman is more accessible than going to the hospital – this is how the icy and pine taste of “Siberian Gothic” soaked songs of Cult Black Venus.

“I was an only child and my childhood was painfully lonely. Forest became my best friend, I loved contemplative walks through the swamps, deer paths, monumental rocks, and silence. There was no one in the world except me – and melancholy settled in my heart forever,” says Anastasia, recalling her years in the taiga.

“Loneliness, the inability to speak about my emotions, the piercing beauty around me and the mysticism of my childhood formed what is now called Cult Black Venus. I was looking for an instrument that can convey the sadness and beauty of my world – I studied painting, literature, and filmmaking, but in the end, I found myself in music.”

• »Burial Roses« Single (2023)
• »So Sweet« Single (2023)
• »In Our Secret Place« Single (2023)
• »Dark Forest« Single (2024)
• »Perfume« (2024)

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Bojan Bidovc // music enthusiast, promoter, misanthrop and sometimes a journalist as well

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