Album Premiere: Shiva the Destructor – ‘Find the Others’

Ukrainian outfit Shiva the Destructor play sprawling, spiraling rock music that is superbly crafted for maximum atmospheric flow.

The progressive, heavy, psych band hails from Kyiv and is comprised of creative, shining musicians who create extended, progressive suites of mostly instrumental music set to distinctly different tunings, which—along with impeccably interlocked guitar interplay, use of organ, and oriental instrumentation—creates an impeccably unique sound akin to waking up from a dream.

New Noise are proud to premiere the band’s latest album, Find the Others, out March 26 via Robustfellow Productions.

On the release of the album, guitarist, and vocalist Andrii Pryimak states:

“I can’t believe this [the release of the Find the Others LP] is finally going to happen—after all these years, struggles, doubts, changes of plans, and so on. Honestly, to me, it’s an example of how perseverance and going great lengths to finish something you started—however long ago—can be challenging, but equally rewarding and fulfilling.

I’d like to thank everyone who stayed with us during these long, more-than-three years, everyone who kept wondering what’s up with our album, everyone who inspired us, and of course, everyone who helped this dream of ours become a reality.”

Formed in 2012, Shiva the Destructor and their members are inspired by layers of rock culture from the past decades. Incorporating touch points from genre classics to deliver its own personal take on the quintessence of psychedelic rock via eclectic composition, the band’s sound includes extended, instrumental pieces; incredible, vocal harmonies; and experiments with the electric organ as well as brass and oriental instruments.

What really sets Shiva the Destructor apart is their unique sonic armament which features guitars with distinctly different tunings (one down-tuned and one up-tuned), which creates both gorgeous sound bath and elegantly piled waves of sound. Work on the new LP, Find the Others, lasted for more than three years.

Compositionally, Find the Others is a remarkably fluid album—movement to movement and song to song, the LP flows almost as one continuous piece. Featuring five multi-suite, mini-epics—many of them hovering around the 10-minute mark—Shiva the Destructor have created a 45-minute space odyssey that’s meant to be listened to as a unified whole. Conceptually, the album follows the adventures of the titular title character, “Shiva,” as he traverses the planet on a journey through the history of progressive psych music.

Over the course of the album’s songs, Shiva travels around and through worlds, space, and time. Finally, he arrives on Earth in the ‘60s and proceeds to wear worn-out jeans and rock out at Woodstock. He then chills on the beach to the sounds of surf rock, falls in love, roams the untouched forests, lapses into self-reflexive battles, and comes to terms with himself at the outskirts of the universe. Shiva has fun, suffers, seeks, and changes—like we all do.

On top of all that, the album contains several references and homages to legendary musicians and performers, lyrical and audio Easter eggs just waiting to be discovered by the listener.

Preorder Find the Others here.

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