Minsk, Belarus 2013
Minsk folk metal band Litvintroll brings to general attention the second album "Czornaja Panna" (“The Black Lady”) which has marked the ending of the way which lasted for 3 years since the moment of the debut disk release in long-ago 2009.
During this time not only the ensemble’s structure have undergone changes – the new keyboardist, the guitarist and the drummer have come – but also sounding has become more saturated, dense, with noticeable influence of doom.
The album “Czornaja Panna” consists of 8 tracks different from each other. But, despite of its stylistic variety, the record sounds monolithically. There is a merit of not only musicians, but also of the sound engineer Alexey Bolotov working over the sound.
Da Siabra (To a Friend) – a song-congratulation for the band’s friend - the host of the program HelloFolks at Lublin radio Centrum. It was impossible to limit with stock phrases, so the song was created and written down at first in the acoustic version, and later in its metal arrangement.
Kryżak - Piesnia Pra Trolau II (Crusader - The Song About Trolls II) is a sequel of the song with the similar title from the previous album. Written in the anniversary of The Battle of Grunwald, the song, however, describes history of the great battle from a bit different party, rather than it is accepted.
Kamarowa Śmierć (The Mosquito's Death) is a folk song set on a chipper disco rhythm with a gloomy ending in Type O Negative style.
Lipka (The Linden) is one more folk song but this time a Polish one. The song - shout, the song - crying, a story about a girl who is forced to marry the unloved. In Poland where Litvintroll are the frequent guests, Lipka is known by everyone therefore the idea to play it arose long ago. The main task was to make it unbanal.
Karaleuskaja (A King’s Song) – from time to time it happens so that a grotesque character as if descends from the pages of a terrifying and malicious story. Look back and around, listen for it. Probably, right now you can hear his voice which is singing the praises of himself. It is interesting, what his destiny will be like in our world.
Czornaja Panna (The Black Lady) – everybody knows a sorrowful story of Barbara Radziwiłł. But Black Lady is not only a ghost of Niasvizh Castle. Having returned from the bottom plans of existence, she pushes the beloved in the embraces of madness, dooming to death him and all his descendants. The song presented the name to the album and set its whole outline. Death which is lurking behind a lovely face of Black Lady eventually overtakes everybody.
Ad Astra – all of us aspire to stars. But what for? Someone thirsts for knowledge of unknown, someone runs away, leaving behind burning world.
Lasun (The Wild Man) – man destroys everything around him. The earth lavishly shares its riches with him, but man always doesn’t have enough. He’s forgotten ancestors’ behests, he doesn't think about the descendants. And he won't escape the punishment. Ancient goddess Mara, who is one more hypostasis of Death, will say his name and pull a trembling heart out of the foe’s breast.
On September 2, 2012, just some days before the ending of work on the album, tragedy struck. During the concert in Homel the band’s bass player Aleh Klimchanka died right on the stage.
The album "Czornaja Panna" is devoted to his memory.
Your music will sound eternally, Aleh.