Motanka release mystic video for first single “Verba”

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Ukrainian Wacken Metal Battle 2018 winners Motanka release a stunning and dramatic 7 minute official video for their first single “Verba” (Ukrainian for “willow tree”) from their upcoming self-titled debut album. The video underlines the strong connection of the Mystic Metal four-piece to mystical nature and ancient traditions.

Motanka will release their self-titled debut album, “Motanka”, on June 7th, 2019, via Napalm Records. Influenced by traditional Ukrainian folk music, metal tunes and modern electronica, the band creates a very unique mix that the band refers to as Mystic Metal. Motanka managed to capture the trance-like magic of their live shows on their debut, which leaves each and every stereotype behind and hypnotizes with heavy ethno soundscapes.

Motanka on “Verba”:
“One of the strongest songs that has powerful energy. The energy that all of us really need now. All we want to say is in it, all you want to know or ask, you will find in it”.

Watch the new video for “Verba” below.

Motanka about their debut LP:
“For the album we recorded ancient instruments: dulcimer, ocarina and throat singing, combined with modern technologies, new instruments and analog sound. This album is like our child, it grew, it learnt and became stronger and stronger. Every piece of the album is saturated with  the mystical nature of Ukraine. We wrote most of the songs in our hometown Lutsk - the mystical center of Ukraine. The power of the region remained and still is the same for ages. We have prepared the album for many years and are very excited to finally present it via Napalm Records”.

Pre-order “Motanka” here.

1. Alatyr
2. Fire Burns
3. Air
4. Des’ u horakh
5. Oy ty moya zemle
6. Bosymy nizhkamy
7. Voroh
8. Berehynya
9. Horizon
10. Pace of the Space
11. Khreshchennya
12. What are You Living for?
13. Verba
14. Kroda

The mix of English and Ukrainian lyrics and instrumental songs underlines the diversity of Motanka.

The album will be available in the following formats:
• 4 Page Digipack
• 2LP Gatefold in black (D-Side band logo etching)
• 2LP Gatefold in gold – Limited to 100 copies, Napalm Records Mailorder exclusive (D - side band logo etching)
• Handcrafted Ukrainian Motanka doll & CD Bundle – Limited to 100 copies
• 2LP Gatefold (D-Side band logo etching) & Album Cover Shirt

Motanka is the name of the traditional doll that ancient Ukrainians used as an overseer for their protection and for the communication with their ancestors.

Viktor Zhalnin - Vocals, keyboard, dulcimer
Anatolii Zhalnin - Guitar
Sergii Khodorchuk - Bass-guitar, ocarinas
Dmytro Diachenko – Drums, throat singing