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Slavonic Triumph - 98%

PhantomMullet, October 28th, 2006

Dub Buk are one of the best Ukrainian bands. It’s just a shame they can be somehow underrated compared to bands like Nokturnal Mortum, Drudkh, Astrofaes, Hate Forest, etc. Still though, their second full-length Idu Na Wy is one of the best albums to come from Ukraine. I personally think it’s the best from all I heard.

While Dub Buk have that Ukrainian feel in their music, there are many things that discern them from such bands like Nokturnal Mortum or Lucifugum, two bands are probably closest to them in style. I like to think of Dub Buk as a more triumphant sounding, but less violent version of Nokturnal Mortum or Lucifugum. The theme of paganism is a bit thicker with Dub Buk, as well.

The vocals here are incredible, yet original for black metal’s sake. Pretty hard to describe them but one will see the roaring style is very masculine, barbaric, powerful, all at the same time. If you’re tired of the traditional black vocals, you will definitely appreciate Izwerg’s style if you want something new. They keyboards here are very impressive as well as they only add to the music! The problem with many bands that use keyboards is that they abuse them and use them too much. They cover up the guitar work and it may sound like a mess. This is never the case for Idu Na Wy. While on songs like Lisowa Pijwa, the keyboards are the most dominant accompanied by some flutes, but others like the title track have aggressive guitars accompanied by the thundering drums. They even throw in some weird techno parts throughout parts of some songs but also plenty of folkish parts.

Overall, there’s a lot to be found in the 8 songs on this album. Nothing is repetitive and there are plenty of changes throughout the music.

The standout song here is Ljut Naszoj Witczyzny, almost a 13 minute song. That may seem long for some people, but trust me this is easily the most diverse song on the album. The best part is the last 3-4 minutes.

Honestly I couldn’t find anything wrong with this album. There are plenty of songs, enough running time, plenty of variety, even the few “clean” parts were good. The production here is awesome as well.

If you want to hear one of the best albums from Ukraine, look no further, Idu Na Wy has everything you could ask for if you are a big fan of Slavonic/pagan black metal.