This isn’t the first time I am writing about The Nietzsche, the band that I consider one of the greatest Ukrainian metal bands in 2022, especially after experiencing and going into all details about one of their most listened and appreciated works; Vasyl.
In my book, Vasyl is a successful example where artistic value meets industry-leading production standards, combined with the distinguishing collective character and concept of these proud Ukrainian gentlemen. My understanding of true potential fits what this band has done in their debut album conceptually, musically, and visually, exceeding all expectations from an up and coming band.
The game changer moment was once I found out how many layers of vision they added to their work. Watching Vasyl music video, reading about its story, and then about The Nietzsche were enough to convince me about the potential of this band, an experience that separated this band from the rest of the world.
The musical side alone has also got enough quality and vision to make an impact, simply a fine example of modern progressive music. The musical foundation of Vasyl sits on modern alternative rock, blending influences of modern metalcore, progressive rock, math-rock, alternative rock, and hardcore. The tonality has a warm, natural, and wooden vibe in it that I loved the most, as well as the real sounding instrumentation and headroom. Afterwards, finding out that Vasyl was recorded and co-produced in Revet Sound by Sergey Knob wasn’t surprising at all, who simply took their music to the industry-leading level and gave us the opportunity to see their true potential.