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We are told that Setoml was the ancient name of a river that flowed into the Pochayna River in Kyiv city, Ukraine. Mentioned in chronicles that date back to the 11th and 12th centuries, it was the resting place of parts of an army of the Turkic Pechenegs who were defeated in 1036 by Yaroslav The Wise and drowned beneath its waters.


Setoml is also the name chosen by a new two-man Ukrainian melodic black metal band, formed by Semenenko Anton (known as one-man project Luna) and Krivoviaz Serge (founder, vocalist, guitarist of I Miss My Death). In Setoml, Anton is the composer of all songs and performer of all instruments, while Serge is the lyricist/vocalist. Their debut album Reincarnation (“Перевтілення”) will be co-released on April 24th by Satanath Records (Russia) and Kryrart Records (Germany).


The song we’re presenting today, “The Shadows Path (Шлях тiней)“, is the track that closes the album. And like all the other tracks, it explores the reincarnation of the soul after death, the symbol of which is the night butterfly.


Produced in a way that conveys clarity of sound, and integrating ingredients of doom and death metal, the song is an evolving, instrumentally varying, and persistently engrossing piece of music that grows increasingly more intense but is shadowed from the beginning by emotionally dark moods — a shadow that never vanishes.


In its earliest movement, Setoml combine heavy, jolting riffs and rhythms with eerie shimmering melodic tones, hammering double-bass, and wretched howls and screams, interspersed with bursts of blasting percussion and raking chords. That provides a momentous yet chilling introduction, and as the song proceeds, dark and doomy arpeggios and shivering tremolo’d chords, as well as booming toms and accents of moody melody, channel an increasingly desperate feeling.


The vocals remain a furious, growling and howling presence as the song moves among these changing phases of gloom and misery. Ultimately, the song becomes more frantic and despairing as it moves toward a crescendo with layered guitar frenzies that shimmer, soar, and boil like ants on fire.




Setoml explain that almost all nations of the world represent the butterfly as a symbol of immortality. “According to beliefs, the spirit of the deceased person reincarnates in these night creatures and wanders endless spaces, as if in the other world…” As mentioned, all eight tracks on Reincarnation focus on ideas about the reincarnation of the soul after death.



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Setoml  are  a  band  from  Ukraine  that  plays  a  very  melodic  form  of  black  metal and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Reincarnation"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Satanath  and  Kryrart  Records.


  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  sounding  black  metal  screams.  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  synths  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  music  also  showing  an  influence  of  the  Swedish  style.


  A  couple of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  some  elements  of  melodic  death  metal  also  being  utilized  at  times  as  well  as  some  of  the  slower  riffing  also  adding  in  touches  of  doom  metal  and  the  vocals  also  get  very  deep  sounding  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  metaphysical  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Setoml  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.





Before I start this review, a quick tip of the hat to Satanath Records and Aleksey there who sends us loads through for review. The label is based in Russia, and focuses predominantly on the heavier end of the metal scale. As ever, we’re inundated with albums and EPs to throw words at, but today I dug into the Satanath folder and plucked out a couple for a quick listen. As ever when I try out something he’s sent me, I was pleasantly surprised!


Setoml are a two-piece from Ukraine and billed as “melodic black” which caught my eye. Since the term “melodeath” became commonplace I’ve found loads of bands that I like, with the “melodic” side often adding a touch more musicality to more brutal genres. While I do enjoy a bit of old-fashioned abrasive face-ripping at times, I’m an old-school metaller at heart and softly rounding the edges often just makes the music that bit more enjoyable for me. Such is definitely the case with Reincarnation.




Within seconds of “Flames” starting up, I knew I was going to like this album. The downtuned, creepy guitars heralded bad things… but in a nice way. They ring out like bells on this opening riff, and the drums – an important feature of black metal – ride high in the mix, too. Once the vocals start up, you can instantly tell this isn’t a garage-produced black metal album, there’s a lot of work being put in here. The tempo kicks in after a while and there’s no denying that this is as black as it needs to be to qualify for the genre, but the slower sections are clean and add to the track rather than break it up or disjoint it.


With that introduction to the band and the album out of the way, I ploughed through the rest of the songs and I’m glad to report that the opener doesn’t use up all the tricks and leave you wondering where the ideas went. “In the Cold Eyes” is as brutal as any other black metal track, “By the Dark Lake” is more brooding and haunting with discordant guitars throughout, that eerie off-kilter sound that extreme bands often employ. Closer “The Shadows Path” has one of the best intro riffs I’ve heard in a long time and wouldn’t be out of place on an Ex Deo album – it sounds pompous and grand, like a mighty marching army. A great way to round off an album that I thoroughly enjoyed.




I’ve said it before, but one of the things I like about “metal” is that the term encompases so many wild and varied sounds – even more if you grab “rock” and buddy them up. Setoml have introduced me to another little niche in this huge slab of sounds that we all live for.