|Waves Are Dancing|
|Studio album by Holy Blood|
|Released||July 5, 2005|
|Genre||Unblack metal, folk metal|
|Label||MUSICA Production, Bombworks Records|
|Holy Blood chronology|
Waves Are Dancing is the second studio album by Ukrainian folk metal band Holy Blood, released in 2005. The band's and their label's best selling album, Waves saw the band moving even further towards the highly melodic folk metal style while still keeping the black metal elements, particularly the thin and high-pitched shrieking vocals. In 2010, HM Magazine ranked it #88 on the Top 100 Christian metal albums of all-time list.
Holy Blood is a folk metal band from Kiev, Ukraine, formed in 1999. The band is notable for being one of the few Christian bands in its genre, and the fact that they are the most successful group on its label Bombworks Records, and the band has been noted worldwide despite being an underground group. Holy Blood has released six albums: The Wanderer, Waves Are Dancing, The Patriot, Shining Sun, Day of Vengeance and Voice of Blood.
HM Magazine is a monthly, digital and print on demand publication focusing on hard music and alternative culture of interest to Christians. The magazine states that its goal is to "honestly and accurately cover the current state of hard music and alternative culture from a faith-based perspective." It is known for being one of the first magazines dedicated to covering Christian metal. The magazine's content includes features; news; album, live show and book reviews, culture coverage and columns. HM's occasional "So and So Says" feature is known for getting into artists' deeper thoughts on Jesus Christ, spirituality, politics and other controversial topics.
The musical output is dominated by recorder melodies and keyboards, and occasionally there are ethereal female vocals and folk choir singing. Waves opens with the sound of ocean waves followed by acoustic guitars, keys, and finally joined by a flute. The first song after the intro, "To Heaven" emphasizes on fast riffing, blast beats, shrieking vocals, and group vocals. "The Spring" opens with the sound of insects and a flute, only to have the brutal guitars, double bass, and aggressive vocals shatter the calmness. "Jerusalem" includes some choir-type vocals, some growled vocals, and chanted male vocals to go along with the black vocals of earlier songs. "I Flow Toward the Fate" starts in an intense manner, and a little bit into the song have been incorporated some subtle female vocals. "In the Last Battle" incorporates subtle female vocals as well. "In the Last Battle" also integrates dueling chanting, black vocals and male choir vocals to complement the female vocals. This tracks has some peculiar guitar work and also has a virtuoisic guitar solo.
The recorder is a woodwind musical instrument in the group known as internal duct flutes—flutes with a whistle mouthpiece. A recorder can be distinguished from other duct flutes by the presence of a thumb-hole for the upper hand and seven finger-holes: three for the upper hand and four for the lower. It is the most prominent duct flute in the western classical tradition.
A music video was shot for "The Spring," and the video was included for the album as a bonus multimedia disc.
The album was commercially successful and critically acclaimed. In a 2005 interview, the band's label Bombworks Records' owner claimed that Waves are Dancing is the label's best selling release.Especially the title track was praised for its stylish and epic output. Certain critics considered the band to be on the same level of quality as some of the leading groups in the folk metal genre. However, the vocals of Fedor Buzilevich received most of the criticism: one critic wrote that the vocals, "although personal, are also intolerable", and claimed that the album would have been more enjoyable without the thin shrieking. Matt Morrow of The Whipping Post wrote that "Holy Blood gave us a great first impression with The Wanderer , but my opinion is that Waves are Dancing is a much more solid album with better quality songs and a more mature sound."
The Wanderer is the debut studio album by Ukrainian folk metal band Holy Blood. It was self-released on May 13, 2002 and re-released in 2005 through Bombworks Records. Musically, the album features a hybrid mixture of black metal and folk metal with Celtic influences and occasional death metal undercurrents, such as on the song "Kill". The overall output is more aggressive than anything the band has released since. The last song on the album is an industrial music remix of the song "Kill." On the Bombworks edition, all the lyrics are printed in English, although they are sung in Russian. In 2006, the album was re-issued in Ukraine with different cover art.
All music by Holy Blood.
|5.||"I Flow Towards the Fate"||4:20|
|6.||"Baptising of the Rus'" (Instrumental)||2:33|
|7.||"In the Last Battle"||4:53|
|9.||"Waves Are Dancing"||5:09|
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