Ukrainian “morbidly mystical” Metal Band Vovkulaka (Ukrainian for werewolf) has released their self-titled 4 song EP. Vovkulaka’s darkly cathartic metal also conjures tribal spirituality, dubstep, goth, industrial, and a myriad of permeations of thrash and nu-metal.
The quartet was founded in 2014, and is primarily based in Odessa, Ukraine, but it also includes members from Bulgaria and the United States. This international metal powerhouse features VolK as founder, drummer, singer, and primary songwriter; Naya G and JuleZ as highly-trained dancers and percussionists; and Ivan Manoloff as the band’s 7-string guitar whiz. Vovkulaka’s longtime producer is modern heavy music legend Darian Rundall (Pennywise, Suicidal Tendencies, Yellowcard).
Vovkulaka first made a seismic impact with its debut single, “Glory to the Heroes, ” featuring Keith Lynch on Guitar (Bill Ward Band, Ozzy Osbourne), is a modern metal anthem bursting with ear-candy musical motifs, a rousing chorus, and touches of nu-metal swagger. The song was dedicated to Ukrainian soldier Nadiya Savchenko (jailed in Russia but released in May 2016). “Glory to the Heroes” was gifted to the Ukrainian people as a gesture of empowerment and freedom. Currently, the song is also being played in France, Russia, and the United States. In addition to this showing of patriotic devotion, Vovkulaka also recorded a metal version of the “Ukrainian National Anthem.”
Vovkulaka’s self-titled EP is a collection of dark paranormal-themed malicious metal performed with powerful enthusiasm. Reminiscent of the work of noted pioneers KMFDM and early Marylin Manson, they are making serious noise in the music scene internationally, with original and truly creative talent and the ability to weave spine tingling visions of a dark world that resides just out of mortal view.
Up next, Vovkulaka will storm the Ukraine and Europe with its mesmerizingly morbid live show, touring, playing one-off shows, and making festival appearances.
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