“Crunching guitar riffs, scratching energetic leads and harmonious operatic vocals”
Vasilisk’s debut album, Black & White is a composition based on the theme of blended duality, contrasting sounds and emotions brought into harmony with each other. Both the lyrics and composition of the music reflect the theme of polar opposites and their necessity to each other.
The raw edge or “black” side comes from Vasilisk’s heavy metal influences, manifesting itself as crunchy guitar riffs and scratching, energetic leads. Powerfully rich vocals bring the “white” side to the fore, with the years of classical opera training evident in the resonance and quality of the voicing. Subtle string sections and outstanding female vocals complement the heavier elements, bringing out the symphonic feel of the album.
The album itself traverses from dark to light, with a heavy opener leading into a brighter, acoustic section before the two are combined together in time for the final track.
“Normally metaI music has quite dark, depressing themes behind it. I want to transfer the negative energy I've collected through my life and turn it into positive emotions, expressing this through my music,” says Vasilisk, “that which does not kill us, only makes us stronger.”