As the eponymous debut LP by synth-driven funeral doom outfit VOUNA nears early November release through Artemisia Records – the label founded by the Weaver Brothers of Wolves In The Throne Room – a new trailer and preorders options for the album have been issued.
All music on Vouna was composed and all instruments performed by front-person and fellow native to the Pacific Northwest Yianna Bekris, previously of Vradiazei, Eigenlicht, and Sadhaka. The album was recorded entirely at Wolves In The Throne Room’s studio, Owl Lodge, which is located at the edge of an ancient forest in Olympia, Washington. Nathan Weaver of WITTR collaborated with Yianna to create the artwork, which mixes archaic Hellenic mythic images with Cascadian atmospheres.
See VOUNA’s new trailer for the record HERE.
Vouna will see release on CD, LP, and digital platforms on November 9th. The album’s penultimate track “Drowning City” is streaming alongside digital preorders HERE, and physical preorders are available HERE.
VOUNA will support the album with live shows with a West Coast tour being booked in November. Shows are currently booked in Oakland, Santa Cruz, Tucson, Olympia, Los Angeles, Medford, Eugene, Portland, and Seattle between November 5th and 16th where VOUNA will share the stage with the likes of Atriarch, Statiqbloom, and more.
Watch for new tour dates from the band to be posted in the days ahead, alongside additional audio previews of the album.
11/05/2018 Elbo Room Jack London — Oakland, CA w/ Common Eider King Eider, Byagtor
11/06/2018 Blue Lagoon — Santa Cruz, CA w/ Docent
11/08/2018 Cans Deli – Tucson, AZ w/ Suicide Forest, Shadows Of Algol, Azfarat [info]
11/09/2018 Cricket Pavilion – Olympia, WA w/ Λ∅n, more TBA [info]
11/11/2018 5 Star Bar – Los Angeles, CA w/ Atriarch, Statiqbloom, Cursed Moon [info]
11/13/2018 The Bamboo Room at King Wah’s – Medford, OR w/ Atriarch, Exulansis [info]
11/14/2018 Old Nick’s Pub – Eugene, OR w/ Atriarch, Felled [info]
11/15/2018 High Water Mark — Portland, OR w/ Solace, Hail
11/16/2018 The Black Lodge – Seattle, WA w/ SwampheavY, Serpentent, Searching For Reason [info]
VOUNA‘s debut evokes the 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 drumming, while layers of primitive ‘90s digital synths conjure a lush and rugged soundscape. The music is inspired and influenced by Finnish funeral doom, Eastern European black metal, and Greek folk music, a must-hear for fans of My Dying Bride, Skepticism, Shape Of Despair, and similar acts. On stage, the VOUNA live lineup is fronted by Yianna Bekris on guitar and lead vocals, with Lord Hoelzel on drums, Autumn Kassel on synth, Caitlin Fate on lead guitar, and Marrow handling bass and backing vocals.