Still feeling very much melancholic so let's go on with the European doom/goth/dark stuff. The band Moonlight from Poland was very possibly the first goth/progressive band I've heard back in 2002, I guess. First, it was the video for “Meren-Re (Rapsod)” that made me fall in love with the band's vibe and the singer Maja Konarska whose voice sounded so tender and original. Some would say it was like The Gathering were born in Poland.
If you speak with a KISS fan about KISS-related bands you can't help mentioning Vinnie Vincent. With a funny grimace, usually, because oh well... it's Vinnie. Vinnie Vincent was one of the most brilliant guitar players out there! We're talking Marty-Friedman-brilliant or even better because Vinnie could also sing and write amazing riffs and songs. This man used to have it all in one human body and it went straight to hell just because of oh so many reasons.
Znayu Ya (or “Знаю я”, i.e. “I Know”) was one of the most popular songs by Ukrainian folk pop singer Ruslana. You might actually know her since she won the “Eurovision” contest in 2004 with her song “Wild Dances”. Anyways, she was extremely popular in Ukraine back in 2003-2006, and “Znayu Ya” was one of her trademark hits back then.
I know there are a lot of various covers for this hit song from 2009 but I don't really care this time because I love it and, frankly, I've never played this kind of stuff. It's some sort of a djenty alternative metal, typical stuff from the beginning of the century... I don't know, it feels challenging.
This song was actually requested by someone (apologies, don't remember your nickname) a couple of years ago and finally, here it goes – “Violence and Force” by Exciter, a true legend of Canadian speed metal.