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OBIYMY DOSCHU

Crossover Prog • Ukraine


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The band was formed in 2004 from Ukraine and comprises of the following band members

Volodymyr Agafonkin vocals, acoustic guitar
Oleksiy Katruk electroguitar
Mykola Kryvonos bass guitar, recorder
Serhiy Dumler drums, percussion
Maria Kurbatova keyboards
Olena Nesterovska viola
Olexandra Vydrya violin
Hanna Kryvonos back vocals

In 2009 they released the album Elehia. The music is best described as a blend of ambient, new age, progressive rock.

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4.07 | 26 ratings
Elehia
2009
4.34 | 77 ratings
Son
2017

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4.67 | 3 ratings
Obiymy Doschu
2006
4.67 | 3 ratings
Pid Hmaramy
2008
4.60 | 5 ratings
Svitanok
2010

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 Son by OBIYMY DOSCHU album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.34 | 77 ratings

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Obiymy Doschu Crossover Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Prog Team

5 stars Just to confuse everyone, this album isn't actually called 'Son', but that is the closest way of representing the Cyrillic alphabet (these guys are from the Ukraine), and translated it means 'Dream', so now the album cover makes a little more sense! Formed back in 2004 by Volodymyr Agafonkin (vocals, acoustic guitar) it soon became a full band, and these days includes both viola and flute in the six person line-up. It has taken eight years since the debut for this album to be released, but perhaps that isn't surprising when one considers just what went into this. 15 musicians were involved, including a string quartet, 10 sound engineers were involved in recording, which took more than 200 hours in seven different studios across three cities. The album was then mixed by Bruce Soord (who has of course found fame with his band The Pineapple Thief, although for some reason I always think of him as being from Vulgar Unicorn).

There are obvious similarities with Bruce's own work, and I can see why they wanted him involved, as he has managed to capture the beauty and majesty of a quite amazing album. In many ways it is truly progressive as the band have been magpies across multiple progressive sub genres, taking the bits that shine and sparkle and then mixing them with their own take on folk and pop to create something that is very different to most of the music that is coming out of the scene today. The arrangements are incredibly complex and layered, without being smothering as there is always plenty of room for everyone. At times the guitars are hard and threatening with squeals of pain and dischord coming from the viola, but at others it is light and fresh. It can be languid, or it driving, yet is always inspirational and essential. It is a great album, one that all progheads need to seek out, even if it isn't what they might expect from the genre as a whole. What about this for the final word from the band? "Despite how much it cost for us to create this album, we're sharing it with you for free. In return, we ask you to help us be heard by sharing the album with your friends personally and on social networks, writing a review on your favourite music website, leaving comments and likes. We won't make it without you." You heard the guys

 Son by OBIYMY DOSCHU album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.34 | 77 ratings

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Obiymy Doschu Crossover Prog

Review by BrufordFreak
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4 stars The music on this album is simply the best progressive rock music I've ever heard coming out of Ukraine. The sound engineering, sonic soundscapes, compositional maturity, confident multi-diverse instrumental performances, and incredibly strong voices are all of the best, top quality--equally to anything from Polish prog world or Steven Wilson (which makes some sense since it was mixed by The Pineapple Thief's BRUCE SWOORD).

1. "Ostannya Myt" (The Last Moment) (8:36) ticking of a grandfather clock and cerebral violin play open this before full strings section joins in. Entry of the piano breaks through and disperses the strings so that the amazingly clean and theatric voice of Vladimir Agafonkin can sing. Wow! What a voice! In the second minute the first verse ends and the rock band jumps out and plays with power and vigor that is startling--and awesome. Then they back off and bass and drums play as the only support for Vlad's second verse. The chorus is high energy and powerful before a nice sax solo leads the instrumental section. At 4:20 things quiet down, but ominous tension remains and is augmented by sporadic and restrained contributions from many instruments while slowly building with the saxophone's soloing. At 5:50 Vlad's chorus caps off the tension with some backup singers helping out. At the seven minute mark everything relaxes, quiets, strings slowly filling, before Vlad returns and then the band amps things back into full force, full voice while the song plays out with the chorus repeating itself and then djenty guitar and wailing sax taking us through the rock outro. Awesome and startling song. For sure a top three song for me. (9.5/10)

2. "Kryla" (Wings) (10:10) pretty straightforward heavy rock drawn out over ten minutes with some nice acoustic and electric guitar work and solid singing throughout; just not enough fresh or exciting things to really grab one--though the slightly amped up middle instrumental section and following delicate guitar and flute/violin duets are nice. Also, the orchestrated crescendo in the eighth minute is nice. (7.5/10)

3. "Razom" (Together) (7:33) strings, acoustic guitar and violin give this a bit of a BELIEVE feel to it before a strong, theatric vocal enters. Very Broadway, even Andrew Lloyd-Weber, feel to this beautiful Phantom-like "aria." Former BELIEVE lead singer Karol Wróblewski sang in this beautiful, full-voiced, theatric style. When Vladmir Agafonkin sings like this the voice becomes the central focus of the music-especially with such an strings/orchestral support system like this one. (8.5/10)

4. "Temna Rika" (The Dark River) (11:09) opens heavy and hard, though with a pace that is not very fast, before everything settles back to acoustic guitar and some light percussion and piano play to support a more laid-back voice. Wooden flute takes over after the first verse using the same melody lines. Very pretty. Again I am reminded of some of Poland's more sensitive and mature bands and singers--such a strong, effective voice! And I love the fact that Vladimir and his support vocalist, Olga Skripova, choose to sing in their native Ukranian! NIce electrified nylon string guitar solo in the fifth and sixth minute, which is then followed by a smooth, confident electric guitar solo. A heavier section ensues immediately as Vlad and Olga sing. Tensions increase toward the end of the seventh minute before a (8.5/10)

5. "Nazustrich Tyshi" (Facing the Silence) (4:10) is a wonderfully constructed and performed instrumental--one that seems to be telling a powerful, probably touching story. The use of orchestration on this album is simply superb! (9.5/10)

6. "Kimnata" (The Room) (5:13) opens like a 1970s pop song with simple stripped down song structure. The vocal then enters with the same styling, but a guitar solo taking off right after the singing is a little more rockin' to fit the pop bill. Once the long guitar solo ends, the song stays up on a more energetic rock level, vocal, too. The flute solo that follows feels like an Andy Tillotson/The Tangent solo. At the four minute mark, tempo and style shift again to something more country rock-like. Interesting song. The album's weak link. (7/10)

7. "Interludiya" (Interlude) (Instrumental) (1:13) has a welcome ominous tension in it as synths, drums, low bass, and violin develop a cool texture. (5/5)

8. "Son" (Dream) (7:12) jumping right out of "Interludiya," the song has a hard-driving pace with constantly rolling bass for the first minute but then it all slows down and voice and violin give twin plaintive performances. As the song begins to climb back into sonic power in the third minute, so too does Vlad's vocal. Then, suddenly at the three minute mark, it all shifts to a more orchestra-dominated sound with a more theatric vocal. An instrumental section ensues in which electric power is woven with strings in an interesting, almost mirroring way. Nice little guitar solo closes out the fifth minute just before everything amps back up for Vlad and female background vocalists take us to the peak. Nice song but lacking any real hooks or lasting impact. (8.5/10)

9. "Zemle Moya Myla" (My Dear Land) (5:07) opens with strings before piano ends up accompanying Vlad in a truly Phantom Andrew Lloyd-Weber like, stage-like rock opera performance. The electric rock elements join in later but then recede into he mix, letting the song continue to feel like something totally from a Lloyd-Weber stage. Gorgeous. And powerful. Especially the final minute. (9/10)

10. "Novyi Pochatok" (A New Beginning) (Instrumental) (4:34) opens in a soft, delicate way that feels so familiar from so many Mirek Gil songs--which becomes even more apapros due to the seering Gil-like guitar solo playing over the first two minutes. Strings, piano, and acoustic guitar and delicate rhythm section make up the perfect support for this wonderful and emotional lead guitar work. My favorite song on the album. (10/10)

11. "Yanhol" (Angel) (7:25) synths, flute and acoustic guitar open this one before drums and bass join in to create a beautiful, delicate soundscape over which Olga Skripova gets the lead singing honors. The song builds a little but, in my opinion, this only distracts from the gorgeous sound the first verse had created. At 2:40 things shift to create a more spacious yet syncopated background over which Aleksey Katruk gets another chance to show us the wonderful melodic sense and technical skills he has on the lead guitar. At 4:45 everything quiets down again for a beautiful final two-plus minutes of music with long talk and fade out. Well done! My final top three song of the album. (9.5/10)

4.5 stars; a near-masterpiece of progressive rock music. This is definitely an album worth checking out and a band that I will be watching anxiously for future releases.

 Son by OBIYMY DOSCHU album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.34 | 77 ratings

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Obiymy Doschu Crossover Prog

Review by Steve Conrad

5 stars OBIYMY DOSCHU "Son"

The Opening

It's difficult to believe that one's home- nation, state, district, city/town, block, particular address would NOT have an impact on the music one makes.

Any cursory- or more careful- reading of Ukraine history and culture tells us that Ukraine has ancient roots and contemporary crises, not least ongoing warfare that has raged most recently at least three years.

All this to say that 'SON', or 'DREAM', lies rooted in its ancient, and also its contemporary context(s).

Composer and lyricist Vladimir Agafonkin himself describes the general tone of OBIYMY DOSCHU as 'autumnal', melancholic, and drawing from Ukrainian folk music traditions.

The name OBIYMY DOSCHU, or 'The Rain's Embrace', itself suggests this kind of depth and scope.

So it's no accident that this album reflects all of this, and although I use a perfect rating of 5 stars VERY gingerly, in this case it is warranted.

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The Music

The music is superb, making the term 'progressive' hold to its deepest meanings, to these ears. There are strings and orchestration, multi-layered vocals, with some quite breathtaking passion- especially on Zemie Moya, or 'My Dear Land'- which Agafonkin says is perhaps most meaningful of all to him, on this release.

There are soaring guitar lines and choral passages, then nearly post-rock repetitions and build-ups, with a jazzy break or two thrown in for good measure.

The Lyrics

Agafonkin was good enough to roughly translate the original Ukrainian lyrics into English, and even these 'rough' translations show a thoughtfulness and sensitivity that rise above the norm.

The Themes

'Songs from the album tell a story about the struggle and difficulties a person faces in a modern urbanistic, globalized world, a journey from the lowest point of fall to a free flight, from death to rebirth. 'Son' ('Dream') is a metaphor for life which you don't fully accept, which you see as an illusion' But 'After you wake from it, you will never fall asleep again'.'- notes on the website.

That said, it seemed to me that images like the dark river, dew, rain, and a flowing river were suggestive of deeper forces, perhaps even an underlying spirituality that moved from despair to resurrection and hope.

I thought I was hearing a conversation between lost lovers, trying to locate, reassure, and orient each other despite many obstacles.

The Zeitgeist

I'm using that term to refer to the overall sense of the album.

For one thing, it strikes me as fairly radical, egalitarian, life-affirming, loving, nonconforming, death-defying, and hopeful to give away the music that is the lifeblood and currency with which an ensemble like OBIYMY DOSCHU interacts in the world.

For another, the way in which this ensemble insists on making it as true to the artistic ideals it holds most dear, yet making it as accessible to the interested listener as possible, also underscore those qualities.

Finally, no one is THE STAR, since everyone is credited and seen as an integral part of the whole SON experience. It is the that reveals the Zeitgeist.

In Conclusion

The 5-Star rating is a symbol of my highest esteem, and means that for me this musical work takes its place with other giants of progressive music.

For me, the sum of all these parts and components add up to an enduring masterpiece, one I think has resonance not just for today, but for years to come, and for generations of those who appreciate artistry at its best.

 Son by OBIYMY DOSCHU album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.34 | 77 ratings

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Review by mitarai_panda

5 stars Obiymy Doschu, an unidentified band from Ukraine, really made me shout! In the eight years since their release of their first year, they have brought in a meticulous new album "Son" in 2017 (not the son's meaning, but the "dream" of Ukrainian). The band explained on the official website that 72 minutes, 11 songs, 15 musicians, including a string quartet, 10 sound engineers, completed 200 hours of recording in 7 different studios in 3 cities. This is indeed a carefully crafted album! Their style is like symphony + metal, but it is attributed to crossover, which I understand very well, because there are indeed some popular elements. They are symphonic, but they are more classical than the current avant-garde symphonies. The string quartet band blesses them with a strong classical flavor, stringy atmosphere, grace, and elegance. Say they are metal, but far from the current extreme metal, more like heavy, but just right, everything serves the theme. Therefore, the symphony metal of the band and the bad streets is not as good as it is. The official website also said to its own music: "Complicated, beautiful, poetic rock music and lush string arrangements, progress, neoclassicalism, new ballads and post-shake. This is the song that has been perfected for more than a decade." Indeed, what! The first thing I feel is that Ukrainian is also very nice (and Russian, of course, very much like it). The lead singer's skill is deep and he can handle it freely. The multi-part chorus is also well-arranged. There is almost no embarrassment. Second, strings and rock complement each other, make up for each other and sublimate, plus flute and saxophone, multi-device music is dazzling, but it won't win over the guests. The theme of the album is about the difficulties and difficulties faced by a person in the globalized world of modern urbanism. From her lowest point to a state of freedom, from death to rebirth, it can be said that it is very much in keeping with the modern spirit. This is definitely one of the best pre-roll albums of 2017.
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4.34 | 77 ratings

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Review by Booba Kastorsky

5 stars I never heard of this band before, but decided to try it when I saw them in top 2017 albums list. Well, after two listening, I must say they deserve it! They are from Ukraine, and their name means Hug the Rain, and the album name is Dream. Ok, now let's talk about music. I can't really define their style: it's definitely "prog", with all elements of the genre, but it's quite friendly for non-prog listeners. Not because it's simplified, like Anathema, but because on top of well-performed music it is beautiful and melodic. And it is never boring and predictable! A song can start as a heavy metal, and then will morphs into haunting and beautiful acoustic and flute-dominated piece, and then concludes with melodic guitar solo. Arrangement is lush: all traditional rock instruments plus female vocal, plus flute, sax, violin and cello. They sing in Ukrainian, not a widely-spoken language outside the country, so most people will not be able to appreciate their lyrics. But I think it won't prevent prog fans to appreciate this wonderful discovery! We listen and appreciate Rock Progressivo Italiano without understanding their lyrics, right? ;) Actually, I guess Rock Progressivo Italiano would be a closest comparison to how this band sounds! And Ukrainian language is believed to be the most "musical" among Slavic languages, seriously! Excellent musicianship, beautiful melodies, excellent vocals lush arrangement, quality mix and sound, what is not to like?! I rarely give 5 stars, but these guys deserve it! Can stop listening to them!
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4.34 | 77 ratings

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Review by mbzr48

5 stars

This is my 1st review ever on this website, I just don't like to write reviews even though I listen to an enormous amount of albums all the time (about 500 a year!) 2017 is shaping up to be the very best prog year ever at least for me, case and point I gave this year to 40 albums 5 stars (I have a list) and here is the latest 5 stars album review!

I came across this amazing band from the Ukraine about couple of month ago when someone brought to my attention this band and their 1st album from 2009 called "Elehia" I listened to few tracks on YouTube and was stunned, on this web site they got 13 ratings and 6 of them are 5 stars, how come more people didn't hear about this amazing band, including myself? I ordered the CD "Elehia" and was blown away by the whole album!

Fast forward to the new album "Son" arriving November 17th, I contacted the band and received a copy from them and this is going to blow your minds away... The album has been mixed by Bruce Soord, It's 72 minutes of complex, hauntingly beautiful, poetic rock music with lush string arrangements and songs perfected over a decade! 15 musicians including a string quartet, 10 sound engineers, 200 hours of recording in 7 different studios and more than 8 years since the debut album. These are pretty unusual numbers for the Ukrainian music scene, but it barely scratches the surface of how much effort, sacrifice and love for progressive music it took for Obiymy Doschu to finish their epic second album "Son" ("Dream").

There are 3 instrumental songs (5,7,10) I gave all the songs 5 stars other than (6,10,11) 4 stars only, judge yourself. If you don't try and listen to this band, you are missing a wonderful experience, 2 albums... both 5 stars how can you go wrong? the lyrics are in Ukrainian so if you don't understand the words (I don't) the music will compensate you 10 times fold! A VERY HIGH 5 STAR ALBUM!!!

 Elehia by OBIYMY DOSCHU album cover Studio Album, 2009
4.07 | 26 ratings

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Obiymy Doschu Crossover Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Ukranian band OBIYMY DOSCHY was formed in 2004, with Kiev as their base of operations. Their first full-length production, "Elehia," was initially issued in 2009, and one year later the two-track single "Svitanok" appeared. In late spring of 2011 the band signed to the Russian label MALS Records, which reissued their initial album for an international audience, with the title track from the 2010 single added as a bonus feature.

If you can imagine dark, melancholic music that utilizes details from classical and folk music to flavor a blend of acoustic rock and doom metal within a framework set inside the art rock universe, then you're pretty close to what Obiymy Doschu is all about ? not too far away from a band like Nightwish. If stripped of all their melodramatic elements that is, operatic vocals included, replaced by an approach more subtle and refined with subtle folk music elements added to the arrangements. If any of these descriptions sound compelling, the 2009 version of this production is legally available as a free download from Obiymy Doschu's homepage. Just in case this might be of interest to some of our valued readers.

Thanks to chris s for the artist addition.

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