Kauan

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Kauan
Origin Chelyabinsk, Russia
Genres Folk metal, black metal, doom metal, ambient, post-rock, neofolk
Years active 2005–present
Labels BadMoodMan Music, Firebox Records, Avantgarde Music, Blood Music
Associated acts Helengard, Inea, Inferno, Semargl, Dimicandum, Vin De Mia Trix, A Noend of Mine
Website Official homepage
Members Anton Belov
Alina Belova
Alexander Vynogradoff
Anatoly Gavrylov
Anton Skrynnik
Past members Alexander Borovikh
Lubov Mushnikova

Kauan is an atmospheric doom metal[1]/post-rock[2] band from Chelyabinsk, Russia[2] formed in 2005.[2]

Kauan's name stems from the Finnish language, and many of the band's lyrics are in Finnish.

History[edit]

Kauan was formed by Anton Belov (formerly of Helengard and Inea[3]) in February 2005. At the beginning, their sound was a blend of folk metal,[4] black metal[4] and doom metal.

In September 2006, Lyubov Mushnikova joined the band on violin. Guitarist Alexander Borovikh joined prior to the recording of their debut album, Lumikuuro, released 4 August 2007 by BadMoodMan Music.

Borovikh left the band prior to the recording of their second album, Tietäjän Laulu, which was released by BadMoodMan Music on 30 November 2008. The album incorporated ambient[2] and post-rock [5] elements.

Kauan released their third album, Aava Tuulen Maa, on 18 November 2009 on Firebox Records/BadMoodMan Music. By that point, the band's genre had evolved to a melancholic mixture of atmospheric neofolk and post-rock.

In 2010, Belov and his wife, vocalist Alina "Witch_A" Belova (formerly of Inferno and Semargl), released a full-length album on Firebox Records with his other project Helengard.

On 26 June 2011, Kauan's fourth album, Kuu.., was released by Avantgarde Music. The album featured a strong post-rock/ambient sound with elements of doom metal.[6] Mushnikova left the band later in 2011.

Belov assembled a full band lineup in 2013, including Belova as keyboardist as well as bassist Alex Vynogradoff (also of Vin De Mia Trix), viola player Anatoly Gavrylov and drummer Anton Skrynnik (ex-Dimicandum).[7] This lineup performed on Kauan's fifth album, Pirut, released by Blood Music on 15 December 2013.

The sixth Kauan studio album, Sorni Nai, was streamed on 15 October 2015, and released on 20 October.[8] A concept album consisting of one continuous song sectioned as seven tracks, it explored the mysterious 1959 Dyatlov Pass incident.

Other projects[edit]

In 2016, Belov announced that he had also joined as a member of Vynogradoff's project A Noend of Mine.[9]

Members[edit]

Current members[edit]

  • Anton Belov – music, vocals (2005–present)
  • Alex Vynogradoff – bass guitar, backing vocals (2013–present)
  • Alina Belova – keyboards, backing vocals (2013–present)
  • Anatoly Gavrylov – viola (2013–present)
  • Anton Skrynnik – drums (2013–present)

Former members[edit]

  • Alexander Borovikh – guitar, backing vocals (2007)
  • Lyubov Mushnikova – violin (2006–2011)

Session members[edit]

  • Igor Andrievskiy - violin
  • Maxim Rymar - cello
  • Vladimir Babutin - cello
  • Artur Andriasyan - keyboards, backing vocals
  • Astaroth Merc - lead guitar

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Private Release box set (2013, self-released)[10]
  • Muistumia (2014, Blood Music)

Selected compilation appearances[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lumikuuro – Kauan – Listen and discover music at". Last.fm. 11 February 2009. Retrieved 12 November 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Kauan – Info". Facebook. Retrieved 12 November 2011. 
  3. ^ "Kauan’s Biography – Discover music, videos, concerts, stats, & pictures at". Last.fm. 11 February 2009. Retrieved 12 November 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Kauan – Lumikuuro – Listening & stats at". Last.fm. 11 February 2009. Retrieved 12 November 2011. 
  5. ^ "Kauan – Alku – Listening & stats at". Last.fm. 11 February 2009. Retrieved 12 November 2011. 
  6. ^ "Kauan – Tahtien Hiljainen Laulu – Video, listening & stats at". Last.fm. 11 February 2009. Retrieved 12 November 2011. 
  7. ^ "Wall post on VK.com". VK.com. 12 June 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  8. ^ http://www.stereogum.com/1837135/stream-kauan-sorni-nai-stereogum-premiere/mp3s/
  9. ^ Andrei, Pruna (4 January 2016). "Music has no limits: an interview with Alex Vynogradoff (Kauan) about his new project, a noend of mine". MaximumRock.ro. Retrieved 5 March 2017. 
  10. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Kauan-Private-Release/release/6663295

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