Photo by Katarzyna Mikołajczak Photography
Belarusian post-black/doom metal band Dymna Lotva has released new live video for the track »Да Скону« (Till The End) from their latest album, »Зямля Пад Чорнымі Крыламі: Кроў« (The Land Under The Black Wings: Blood), out on August 4th, 2023 via Prophecy Productions.
The video was filmed at the charity festival to support medical workers in Minsk, April 26th, 2020.
Says the band: “This song is about the eternal violence in our world. Wars go on. Killings, torture and terror. Nobody’s safe. Can this ever stop? Or will cruelty and suffering end only with the end of life itself?”
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Dymna Lotva have many reasons to carry the torch of rebellion. The duo had to flee their native Belarus due to political persecution and attempts by the Lukashenka dictatorship to censure and suppress their art. On their third album, »The Land Under The Black Wings: Blood« (original, not transcribed tile: “Зямля Пад Чорнымі Крыламі: Кроў”), Dymna Lotva continue to sing songs filled with grief and pain. The Belarusians have beautifully and powerfully enhanced their very personal style. With a solid base in black metal, but also taking many elements from doom as well as traditional music, the duo has moved beyond the post-black metal tag and created melancholic, haunting melodies that bear their unmistakable trademark and results in a unique emotional sound. Dymna Lotva base their lyrics on true tales from Belarus, which is filled with accounts of sorrow gleaned from historical archives or folklore, while new horrors are committed in their country every day. Composer Jauhien Charkasau and vocalist Katsiaryna “Nokt Aeon” Mankevich date the inception of Dymna Lotva to November 8, 2015.
The spark that ignited their musical fire was the news of Belarusian writer Svetlana Alexandrovna Alexievich winning the Nobel Prize in Literature. On the same day, the duo created their first song, which was inspired by the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe and released as a single entitled »Самотны Чалавечы Голас« (A Solitary Human Voice) in 2016. This was followed by Dymna Lotva’s first full-length »The Land Under The Black Wings: Swamp« (Зямля пад чорнымі крыламі: Дрыгва) in the same year. The debut album also formed the first part of a conceptual trilogy based on the duo’s homeland. With their sophomore album, »Wormwood« (Палын), which is not part of the planned trilogy, Dymna Lotva returned to the topic of Chernobyl in 2017.
In 2020, Dymna Lotva openly supported the protests against their country’s dictator Lukashenka. In 2021, following a politically motivated trial of singer Lesley Knife, who was the guest vocalist on the latest single »To Freedom« (Да Волі), all the band’s scheduled concerts were officially banned and they had to disband their live line-up. Vocalist Nokt Aeon was forced to leave the country to avoid arrest. The duo intended to reunite in Ukraine, but then Russia invaded the country. Two weeks after the outbreak of war, the singer finally escaped from the heavy fighting around the city of Irpin. Both musicians were later able to meet again in Poland.
For Dymna Lotva the release of »The Land Under The Black Wings: Blood« (Зямля Пад Чорнымі Крыламі: Кроў) is also an act of defiance. Their music can be read in more than one way. By itself it is an extremely beautiful yet also a very painful piece of contemporary metal on the dark end of the spectrum with an audible Belarusian sound. Yet in a wider artistic context, Dymna Lotva unleash a furious and mournful cry for freedom and justice with »The Land Under The Black Wings: Blood« (Зямля Пад Чорнымі Крыламі: Кроў).
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