Sorrowful and grand debut album by funeral doom band VOUNA evokes a devastating and beautiful journey of becoming the last person on earth. Razor sharp tremolo picked guitars cut through the heart like a knife. Mournfully sung vocals and cinematic melodies are combined with crushing doom drums, while layers of primitive 90s digital synths conjure a lush and rugged soundscape.
All music was composed and all instruments performed by Vouna frontwoman Yianna Bekris (previously of Vradiazei, Eigenlicht, and Sadhaka). The music was inspired and influenced by Finnish funeral doom, English masters My Dying Bride, Eastern European black metal, and Greek folk music.
Vouna was recorded entirely at the WITTR studio, Owl Lodge, which is located at the edge of an ancient forest in Olympia, WA. Nathan of WITTR collaborated with Yianna to create the artwork, which mixes archaic Hellenic mythic images with Cascadian atmospheres.
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released November 9, 2018
All music and lyrics composed by Yianna Bekris
Guitar, synths, drums, bass guitar, vocals, acoustic guitar, flute performed by Yianna Bekris
Produced, recorded, and mixed in Fall 2017 at the Owl Lodge by Ethan Camp, Yianna Bekris, Aaron Weaver, and Nathan Weaver
Mastered by Dan Lowndes
Cover artwork by Nathan Weaver and Yianna Bekris
Layout by Nathan Weaver, Yianna Bekris and Chimère Noire
Logo by Lord Hoelzel
Band photo by Marrow
Special thanks to Caitlin Fate, Autumn Kassel, Lord Hoelzel, and Marrow for being part of the live line-up.
Weird I've seen that building in Guimaraes with some Tribal drawings, even historic researchers don't known what they're ment for. The answer is here with this new WittR in 2017AD
Amazing. Fred Jorissen
What can I say that hasn't been already? An absolute mammoth of an album that's simultaneously forlorn and reassuring. It's certainly not for the faint of heart, but it's one of the most rewarding listens I've had the pleasure of experiencing. zirtonic