Divina Enema Biography
The project known as Divina Enema was formed in February' 1998 by Yaroslav A. Burakoff (voices and lyrics) and Tikhon S. Zolotov (bass guitar) who always wished to play Heavy Metal in a way of theatrical extravaganza. First album of Divina Enema - To Wight Shalt Never Shine - was recorded in late 1998 in Divina Enema studio iDaemon Inside, by Vladimir A. Burakoff and with the help of session musicians: Alexander Raketsky - drums, Roman Krivtsov - guitars and Lazzar - keyboards. The cassette edition of To Wight Shalt Never Shine was produced by band itself. Despite a more than modest self-promotion, various musical editions of Belarus (Legion, M-Magazine, Musical Newspaper) and Russia (Metal Agen Newsletter, Gothic, Blacksmith etc.), and just metal-amateurs regard (almost in a voice) Divina Enema as among the most unordinary and talented native Metal-acts. Then recording has gotten high praises in such issues as Heavy Oder Was, Thrash 'em All, Metallian, Ablaze, etc. According to Musical Newspaper (the leading regular musical edition of Belarus), Divina Enema was acclaimed like the best debut of 1999 on the Belarusian Metal-stage. A considerable part of this success was played with the Live-shows of Divina Enema - always picturesque and very theatrical. Being combined with the unusual stuff Divina Enema performs, they always become remarkable and unforgettable events always drawing a lot of Metal-amateurs.
In late 1999, Yaroslav and Tikhon began writing new songs wishing to create concept-album, something reminding a Metal-opera. By that time, Divina Enema ceased to be a duet - Tikhon's brother Alexey S. Zolotov (drums), Timofey V. Kasperovich (keyboards) and Boyan Yovchev (guitars) joined the project. Unfortunately, Boyan died tragically in the very beginning of 2000 and the band had to record new album without him - and without guitarist at all. Tikhon had to compose and perform not only all of the bass - but also every single one of the guitar lines.
At The Conclave - thus new album was named - was recorded and finally mixed in August' 2000 in iDaemon Inside labs by Vladimir A. Burakoff and mastered by Andrey Subbotin (Saturday Mastering/ Moscow) in December' 2000. In March' 2001 At The Conclave was issued on CD with Eldritch Music - being dedicated to Boyan and as a tribute to his memory. A kind of the poem or even the book coming along with CD and written by Yaroslav who succeeded - this way - in giving to Divina Enema's music one more, now literary, dimension - organically expanded whole plot of At The Conclave - a mysterious journey into the realm where time stands still - where dreaming mind gives birth to grotesque creatures - where tragedy becomes a living hymn… It's very hard to refrain from speaking about the musical canvas of At The Conclave… Wishing to mix academic music with extreme Metal form as organically as they can, Divina Enema had such a marvellous opportunity to work with professionally-trained musicians - Natalia A. Vakhrusheva (violin / Belarusian State theatre of musical comedy), Natalia V. Fiodorova (cello) and Alexey V. Malakhov (tenor saxophone). You may hear their wonderful work if you venture to give At The Conclave a listen. Indeed it sounds like opera - especially if we recall rather unusual vocal-manner of Yaroslav with his ability to change his voice - easily - from grotesque opera-like passages forth to grim screaming. Now they really succeeded in a creating of Metal-opera or Gothic Farce (as they definite conceptuality the whole project Divina Enema itself). In 2000 new guitarist Alexander Kaleinick joined the project. In the meantime Timofey V. Kasperovich left the band. Eventhough the album is already a few years old, its extreme originality, quality and the fact that it is virtually unknown in the Western countries convinced Great White North to license that album on the sub-label Grind It!. It is now available here!
In 2001, the musicians of Divina Enema started writing new songs for the new Divina Enema epic, already named Under Phoenix Phenomenon, which should appear as the logical continuation of the creation one could observe and admire on previous work of the band. Great White North Records will release that album in early 2003… Stay posted!
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