Chasing Embers was founded in Kyiv (Ukraine) by drummer Vladyslav Pospolitak, who quit all his previous projects to create his own band. He was then joined by guitarist Alexey Hrankyn – his mate from the last band. But the story of Chasing Embers began in 2016 when July Tallina became the frontwoman.
The majority of the lyrics and music are written and composed by drummer Vladyslav Pospolitak, who is the band’s ideologist and also responsible for the musical part and band’s vision in general.
Chasing Embers` style formed under strong influence of old-school rock and metal, and nu metal of 2000s. Chasing Embers is an alternative metal with sincere lyrics and unique atmosphere. In 2017 the debut single “Badtrip” was released. Autumn of the 2018 was marked with their first music video for the song “Silent House” from the future album.
The video can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxs7uOmO9VY
The debut album “Beckoning Call” came out on October 3, 2019. The topic of the title song of the album is the issue of industrialization and human separation from the nature. The lyrics on this album are dedicated to the person`s inner world, their thoughts, desires and aspirations. The band aims to write about things they experienced in their own lives in order to achieve the utmost honesty in their songs.
Their new music video for the song “Spiritual”, an interesting composition, might be surprisingly provocative and daring.
This one can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yX0l9J8cBas
The titlesong ‘Beckoning Call’ has a very recognisable into which eludes into a guitar intro. When July starts singing I went ‘WOW’, I like the tone of her voice which compliments the instruments very well. I do not like to make comparisons to other artists but she sounds very much like Amy Lee from Evanescence. I cannot falter this song, I really like the whole thing, over 6 minutes of hard rocking!
The second track “Desires and Fears” continues where the previous track left off, fast and heavy guitars. Again July’s voice against the musical arrangement is quite striking. You can hear the influence of other rock and (nu) metal artists.
‘Spiritual’ is one of my favourites of this album, it creates an eerily haunting atmosphere whilst drawing you in to listen to the lyrics and the message they are trying to convey.
The next track ‘High Stakes’ continuous on this path. The strong lyrical composition against a back ground of heavy metal guitars make it another pleasurabel song to listen to.
During ‘Carnage’ you can hear the influence of the artist I mentioned earlier. Piano intro evolving into a rock ballad for the first 2 minute 20 seconds. A grand guitar solo follows which continuous the song until the end.
The next track (and video) is definitely my favourite of the album. Heavy rocking, slow in places, and grunty vocals make it very different than the rest of Chasing Embers’ debut album.
‘Drown with me’ is, like it implies a song which draws you into a headbanging session and you ‘drown’ in their melodic guitarplay. The vocals a clear and crisp, with excellent lyrics. The song ends with a long guitars note which could be merged with the next track ‘Last Night Tonight’ but that would create a 10+ minute song. The rhythm changes throughout this song and the track sounds a bit like System of a Down, but that adds another dimension to their capabilities.
The last track on this debut album is called ‘The Moonman’ starts with a lush guitar into going into a heavy bass guitar riff and rocks throughout.
All in all a very well thought through album with interesting tracks, excellent music, vocals and lyrics. I would hope to be able to see them live at some point. My feeling is that they would do very well live and their music will be well received by the audience. Thumbs up from me!
- Vladyslav Pospolitak – Drums
- July Tallina – Vocals
- Alexey Hrankyn – Guitars
- Olekandr Zohorulia – Guitars
- Vladyslav Kachanovskyi – Bass guitar
- Beckoning Call
- Desires and Fears
- High Stakes
- Silent House
- Drown With Me
- Last Night Tonight
- The Moonman