Adliga - Žyvy - Song Review - Progressive Doom Metal from Minsk, Belarus

Adliga - Žyvy - Song Review - Progressive Doom Metal from Minsk, Belarus

Today we are featuring a promising progressive doom metal band, Adliga, from Minsk, Belarus, with, "Žyvy", the only single from their latest album; "Vobrazy".

Adliga is a special collective, an undiscovered gem from Belarus with an established musical character. In my book, it's not only about writing good compositions or playing your instrument better than others, it's all about what this collective does that others can't. Adliga in this way has many qualities, where I also feel like they can still do better. Let me go into the details.

Žyvy is a mesmerizing song where we get to hear a solid blend of the best parts from Tool's understanding of progressive rock, the black metal darkness, doom metal tempos, compositions of Ihsahn/Opeth, and Mastodon's stoner/sludge metal sound. I know it sounds crazy at first, yet I believe the band has enough of all of these in their origins, most importantly, they can reflect that into their music.

The musicality here, of course, is quite untouchable. There's absolutely nothing negative we can say but just respect this band. The song has numerous moody instrumental parts, connections, two different vocalists, two different vocal parts with different moods, atmospheric parts and so on, the way they crafted the song also plays an important role in their success. Žyvy has reminded me of Opeth's Mikael Akerfeldt, who is a genius in composing, which naturally makes this band his successful students.

Lastly, I liked everything I've heard and seen in the video. They look good, the vocalist lady looks fantastic and I liked her spirit. The collective has the necessary attitude and image, when it comes together with successful production such as this one, the outcome is a success. In this case, the music video doubles the impact of the song.

On the other side of the coin, I still feel like there's room for improvement. First of all, I think Žyvy perfectly transmits the atmospheric/doom/black metal vibes to the listener. It has a beautiful mix and enough personality in it, almost bullet-proof except for a few details such as; the moment when Kate Sidelova builds up the energy finishes her line at 1:39, I couldn't feel the explosion I was waiting for.

The reason why I wanted to share this detail was actually that this is the only thing that I didn't like about the song; not dynamic enough.

Lastly, I also expected to see the same feeling on their faces. The band has a great-looking drummer Artem Voronko, but he looks like he's got too much stress and not excited enough in the video.

When I take all these into account, I'd like to say that I've had a great time listening to Adliga. Fantastic foundation, solid musical blend, powerful collective, huge potential, beautiful dark music. Strongly recommended for those who like Tool, Ihsahn, Opeth, and Mastodon.

Metalhead Community Team congratulates Adliga for their latest single "Žyvy", and wishes them the very best in their future careers. Thank you for reading.

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