Suffer Yourself – Ectoplasm

Stanislav Govorukha is a Polish musician who, in the course of his life, moved first to Ukraine and then to Sweden; Inner Sanctum, the long-distance debut of his Suffer Yourself project dating back to 2014, appealed to a group of listeners familiar with bands such as Esoteric, Evoken, Catacombs, dISEMBOWELMENT and Mistress Of The Dead and, indeed, more funereal and slowed-down moments alternated with passages of pure death impact. Their next work Ectoplasm was released in 2016 after Govorukha moved to Sweden, where they were joined by local musicians Malcolm Sohlen (bass) and Lars Abrahamsson (guitar), as well as Ukrainian Kateryna Osmuk (drums) and two non-trivial guests such as Canadian Fran├žois Bilodeau (effects, now in Atramentus) and the other Ukrainian Andriy Tkachenko (vocals, Vin De MiaTrix). Suffer Youself‘s funeral death doom mixes many influences in an artisanal manner and this, in addition to the usual length of works of this genre, makes it necessary to listen several times to adequately penetrate the auditory defences. The sound, as the title suggests, is like an ectoplasmic moving substance, revealing itself to be soft, sinuous, vaporous or fluid, but in any case always moving and of infinite sadness, as in the magnificent track The Core/Nika Turbina, in memory of the thirtieth anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster. In two other tracks, Abysmal Emptiness and Dead Visions, all of Stanislav’s influences intersect, between great walls of sound of the Esoteric school or more directly death moments that slip into softer and more melodic passages, making the whole majestic, mysterious and changing.

2016 – Cimmerian Shade Recordings