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IN SEARCH FOR is a band from Minsk, Belarus, founded by singer and violinist Yann Zhenchak (or, closer to Byelorussian grammar, Zhanchak).
Born in 1983, Yann had grown in artistic family - his father, Boris Zhenchak, is Byelorussian poet and his mother, Larisa Simakovich, is a professional singer and the leader of GOSTITSA folk ensemble (or, if you like, a folk-theater performing authentically Byelorussian traditional songs and accompanying them with choreography, recreating on stage ancient ceremonies).

Yann sings with GOSTITSA from his childhood years. He graduated as a viola player and from the age of 17 played in several local hard-rock bands.
In 2004 - 2008 he worked in the band PESNYARY (led by Leonid Bortkevich). Now he sings, plays violin, writes and arranges songs in folk-rock band LYAVONY.

Byelorussian folk and rock, including progressive rock, are Yann's two passions. GLENN HUGHES, JORN LANDE, AYREON are among his favourite artists (bands).

Yann Zhenchak started writing songs for his solo project in 2007, the work lasted almost 2 years. Initially he played all instruments by himself or used software to emulate sounds. Finally he decided to form a band, invited young but experinced close-minded musicians and in 2009 IN SEARCH FOR released the first album "Faith", recorded by the band with the help of guest performers. Basically it is prog-metal music, containing however symphonic and folk elements.

The album was well received by prog fans and critics in Belarus and Russia. In 2010 Russian magazine "In Rock" classified the band's album as prog-metal/melodic rock (and rated it 9/10) and progressive label MALS released the album in Russia.

According to Yann Zhenchak, there are no stylistical boundaries and the name of the band speaks for itself in the large sense of the words: "We are searching: for ourselves, for the meaning, for you, for our own paths. Let's join hands. Let's make a step forward. We're searching for a miracle."

All I have to do is to wish Yann and the band never stop their searches.

Eugene (NAP)

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 Faith by IN SEARCH FOR album cover Studio Album, 2009
2.57 | 9 ratings

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Review by justaguy

3 stars Fantastic heavy prog from Byelorussia! This one can concur easily with the famous Swedish Pain of Salvation. Some other comparisons like Norwegian Magic Pie, Brazilian Vitrea or Polish Riverside also pop in mind. However, I find In Search For quite stronger then their Polish peers. Their heavy rock sound is very close to that of Deep Purple, in their early 70-s Ian Gillan reincarnation.

The band is found in 2008 by Yann Zhenchak, a talented composer and singer, who also plays keys and strings on the record. Yann had a tremendous music school with the famous in Eastern Europe pop-folk band Pesniary from Minsk. Playing with Pesniary is for a Byelorussian musician like having Frank Zappa on his Curriculum Vitae. Only crème de la crème could get into this outrageously successful PR-machine, having radio play at least one time every day on at least one Russian station during the last 30 years. Another example of a talented musician who went through this school is the gifted guitarist Victor Smolski, who now plays with the German metal band Rage.

So, Yann also did the pop folk theatre together with Pesniary, and also left them, in search for? his own music. To my part, the search is not over yet. The debut album "Faith" has some really good composing and is played with passion and fine technique. Yann's singing is impressive and some tunes will get into your mind and stay there forever. The POS-like rock ballads really blow my mind. Alas, there are some less successful components in this record. I find some of the texts a little naïve, however convincingly sung in a very good English, no disturbing accent to perceive here. Especially the epic "In Search for Faith" seems a little too long, and the parts with a dialogue between the last human and his saviour are a bit superfluous. If I could have my word, I will make from this, over the 70 minutes record with some weak points, a really strong 50 minutes record, that will have a potential to become an instant rock classic.

The band has obviously an enormous potential. If prog rock or heavy rock mean something to you, try this one, you won't be disappointed

 Soul Inside by IN SEARCH FOR album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2010
3.00 | 3 ratings

Soul Inside
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Review by memowakeman
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3 stars Good EP from Belarus!

This is a nice offering that Byelorussian metal band In Search For released last year (2010), one year after their debut album entitled "Faith". Though they have not reached yet the success they would like to, I am sure that more people from the entire world are listening to them, and one reason is that this EP named "Soul Inside" is free-to-download, so people like me who are not really into progressive metal can try something new.

And I tried it, and liked it. This is a five-song EP with a total time of 21 minutes, as I said, it is a metal band, but with some folk tendencies that can be noticed by the use of violin and other elements. This EP opens with "Moving On", a five-minute piece that has an extraordinary power inherent in the music, with the addition of the folkish violin and the symphonic keyboards, all together creating a strong and interesting track. The vocals are also good and there is a good guitar solo. Nice opener! "Soul Inside" starts with a soft keyboard sound for some seconds, and later drums, bass and guitars appear, the latter with a first solo. Then they fade out and vocals enter like a hidden element that all of a sudden will explode. The track shows some changes which do not harm it, on the other hand, make it better. The guitar solo and some other moments remind me a bit of Ayreon, which as I previously read, is a favorite band of Yann Zhenchak, leader of In Search For.

"Home" is a shorter composition, with a dark sound and angry vocals that scream out loud, while some backing vocals sing the kind of chorus. There are pretty interesting elements in this song, the guitar and keyboard work is pretty good, and I do like the death vocals combined with those backing voices, cool.

"The Best from the Rest" is an interesting track that starts with an electronic sound, later morphed into a powerful metal one. This song reminds me once again to Ayreon, actually the very beginning takes me to some The Human Equation moments. There are (as usual) guitar solos, and some nice changes like at minute four when acoustic guitar appears in a softer moment.

And finally the shortest track: "Outro" which seems to be the continuation of the previous track, that softer moment with acoustic guitar I previously mentioned is used here, but in an even softer style, and with the addition of a beautiful violin sound, complemented with nice backing voices.

Not the best metal EP I have ever listened to, but it is interesting and worth checking, so I recommend it to all progressive metal fans. My final grade will be three stars.

Enjoy it!

 Faith by IN SEARCH FOR album cover Studio Album, 2009
2.57 | 9 ratings

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Review by Windhawk
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2 stars Belorussian ensemble IN SEARCH FOR was initially set up as a solo vehicle by composer and multi-instrumentalist Yann Zhenchak back in 2007. But as songs were written, developed and initially recorded by Yann himself, the idea to involve other musicians became more compelling. Eventually a band was formed, consisting of young and talented musicians, and several guest musicians were involved along the way too. The end result became this young outfit's debut album "Faith", initially released in Belarus in 2009 and reissued by Russia's MALS Records the following year.

"Faith" is a sincere and honest album that offers quite a lot of diversity, but for me it is found lacking in terms of finesse and identity. The flawed centerpiece aside, the songs are competently performed by competent musicians, and while the compositional aspect of this disc isn't too impressive according to my standards, there's nothing really wrong with them either, other than the fact that none of them manage to make a great impression. Personally, I'd suspect that young metal fans who would like to explore a metal act keen on adding in art rock-inspired motifs might be a key audience for this band. But they as well as others should take the time to sample this material prior to a possible purchase.

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