Olympia, Washington based blackened doom metal outfit Vouna premiere their upcoming second full-length album, »Atropos«, which will be released this Friday, July 16th, 2021 via Profound Lore Records.
“The isolation and uncertainty of the contemporary era left their marks on this record and strengthened the portrayal of these emotions in the music. I named the album after her to represent the inevitability of mortality, and to represent my own deep reflection on the subject during its creation.” says Yianna Bekris on the new album.
01. Highest Mountain
03. What Once Was (Reprise)
04. Grey Sky
05. What Once Was
Recorded at the Owl Lodge by Yianna Bekris.
Drum recorded by Ethan Camp.
Mixed by Greg Chandler.
Mastered by Dan Lowndes.
From Profound Lore Records:
Vouna is the project of multi-instrumentalist and composer Yianna Bekris. With her second full-length album »Atropos«, she unveils a towering and singular doom metal wonder in a unique visioning reminiscent of My Dying Bride, Paradise Lost, and Evoken. Upon the thick foundation of doom, multiple musical textures intertwine into her sound: atmospheric black metal, dungeon synth, darkwave, film scores, and rebetiko. It is through these woven sonic tapestries that Bekris creates vivid atmospheres expressing the myriad emotions surrounding death, mourning, and suicidal ideation.
»Atropos«, named for the Greek fate who cut the thread of life thus determining the final fate for mortals, not only conveys the inevitability of death, but also explores its contrasting and dynamic nature through immersive compositions representing despair, loneliness, anxiety, peace, and dignity.
Photos by Dreaming God
Vouna’s debut was recorded at the Owl Lodge in Olympia, WA in 2017 and subsequently released by Artemisia Records in 2018. Though her debut was synth-focused, »Atropos« gives the guitars more weight and space while retaining an abundance of vintage ’90s synthesizers, and additionally utilizes analog synths and folk and orchestral instrumentation for dramatic effect.
»Atropos« sees her further expand Vouna’s sound through the collaboration with several guest musicians, including Nathan Weaver (Wolves In The Throne Room) on vocals, Asia Kindred Moore (Sangre de Muerdago, Solace) on the harp, Entrail on violin, and members of the Vouna live lineup playing synth and electric lap steel.