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THE WORM OUROBOROS is a Belarusian progressive rock band formed in Minsk in 2006. Their eclectic music style combines elements from the Canterbury scene, Folk, Symphonic Prog and Zehul, everything that's in between Cravan, Camel and Magma. Their efforts led to their debut album "Of Thing That Never Were" One of the best and most mature albums to come out recently. Combining intricate arrangements and a beautiful interplay between all musicians.

The band have been through some line up changes and their future is still unsure. Vladimir SOBOLEVSKY and Alexey ZAPOLSKY started playing music together in the early 2000s, working as an acoustic guitar duo. Soon they were joined by Sergey GVOZDYUKEVICH and Eugene ZARKHIN. Rehearsals began in late 2006 and the group's ability to work together was quickly demonstrated.
In 2008 new bass player, Andrey BUNEYEU, joined the band, replacing Alexey Zapolski. This line-up recorded a demo CD in 2009, and played a number of performances (in Belarus, Lithuania and Russia). Their music was critically acclaimed, providing the band with impetus for further work. Unexpectedly, Andrey Buneyeu quit, and again with Alexey Zapolski the band recorded another demo (EP) in 2011 and the album "Of Things That Never Were", that was released on AltrOck/Fading in the fall of 2013.

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Review by Windhawk
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4 stars Hailing from Belorussia, THE WORM OUROBOROS is a recent constellation based out of Minsk. "Of Things That Never Were" is their debut album, and was released in 2013, following a three-year long creative cycle, through the Italian Fading label, a subdivison of noted avant-garde label Altrock Records.

Those who generally find pleasure in bands honing in on retro-oriented progressive rock should find a lot to enjoy on this initial production by The Worm Ouroboros. The core foundation appears to be music in the Canterbury tradition, liberally flavored with typical English symphonic progressive rock of the '70 in general with pointers to bands like Camel and Genesis in particular, but at times with a dark, unnerving undercurrent rather than the more typical whimsical tendencies you expect from a band taking on this musical tradition. A fine album and a fine band, and besides those with an affection for Canterbury-inspired music I'd guess that fans of similar bands like German band Argos should find this CD to be an intriguing experience.

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Review by ProgShine
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5 stars As I already mentioned before in a couple of reviews, AltrOck/Fading is one of the most interesting labels that has appeared during the last decade. Every time I get their new releases I'm sure that they'll be high quality albums, even if they're not my favorite kind of Prog!

This time I have a review for an unusual band called The Worm Ouroboros that may sound Italian at a first glimpse but in fact they come from Belarus! Their first album, Of Things That Never Were (2013) was released in September last year and it had been recorded in a span of 3 years previous of the release. The band is formed by Sergey Gvozdyukevich (vocals, keyboards, acoustic guitar, bass and flutes), Vladimir Sobolevsky (electric and acoustic guitars), Alexey Zapolsky (bass), Eugene Zarkhin (drums) and Vitaly Appow (reeds).

Of Things That Never Were (2013) follows a Canterbury school, so you can expect numerous vintage sounds, a Jazz Rock touch and some craziness like in the opening track 'L'Impasse Sainte Brgonne'. 'Shelieth', the second track is completely Caravan in various ways. Also, despite being an instrumental album (90% of the time), all tracks (also the name of the band) are inspired by books and in the beautiful booklet you'll have a chance to see a lot of great pictures adorned with fragments of those books.

Through the acoustic colors of 'Ladybird On A Moebius Strip', the Jazz-Thriller (with great vocals) of 'The Pear- Shaped Man' and the pastoral scenery of 'Dawn Angel' we ended up in love with Of Things That Never Were (2013). Quite incredible how good the album is for a debut!

The second half of the album begins with 'Pirates In Pingaree' and as the name suggests you can easily imagine pirates coming in a big ship to overtake some piece of land or another ship. That's the magic of music! By the time of 'The Magi' you can see a pattern on the album: one full song followed by a short and acoustic piece.

'Soleil Noir' is basically a beautiful lullaby that strikes the heart with some Genesis sound. 'The Curfew' is a weird one (in a good way) with some really strange melodies. And while 'Return To The Cold Sea Of Nothing' is the longest track on Of Things That Never Were (2013) with 9'50 minutes, it is also one of the most interesting on the album. A big part of why it is so interesting is because of the keyboards and bass, not forgetting the wonderful flutes. Hard to say, because the whole album is good, but it's probably my favorite one on the album. Finishing beautifully we have the acoustic poetry of 'Hope'.

There's little to say about Of Things That Never Were (2013) really. The only thing that comes to my mind to sum it all up is: Absolutely brilliant!! What more can I say? Just go and buy it already!

(Originally posted on progshine.net)

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Review by Sagichim
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5 stars Every once in a while there comes a new band that manages to sweep me off my feet so easily, sometimes with an exceptional high level of playing, sometimes with a new and fascinating sound and sometimes with an out of the box kind of ideas. The Worm Ouroboros have simply done that with pure musical talent and a wise intellectual six sense, man this album is just down right beautiful and contains a few soaring moments that makes my heart skip a beat. It's one of those albums where it doesn't matter what the band is playing it just feels right and good, and it makes me even more amazed that I know it's their first album. It seems these young fellas have cracked the code and found the secret combination between simple melodies and tasty instrumental interplay. They have some kind of naive simplicity and modesty to their playing and arrangements that honestly not a lot of bands have.

But this is only part of the deal here. The Worm Ouroboros are a new band coming from Minsk Belarus, but they were playing since 2006 so they are not so new in playing together. One thing is for sure these guys have absorbed a lot of influences from the 70's prog scene, I think you'll be happy to find out there's a massive influence from the Canterbury scene/Prog Folk and symphonic prog, where I'm most reminded of Caravan, Camel and the playfulness of Moving Gelatine Plates. There's also some psychedelic overtones, nothing's too trippy but it is still there hovering above. Funk or should I say groove is another style that found its way into the mix, these guys can definitely swing when they need to. This meal wouldn't be perfect without a desert so this time the band is serving Zehul! Now I sure didn't see this coming! For those of you who doesn't like the classic Zehul shouldn't have any trouble with this, since it is still melodic and quite grooving. I can't say this album heavily rocks, it's not the point here, but I sure do love when they get that itch! As part of their intricate arrangements, they do feel the need of a rocking outburst every now and then, which gives another dimention to this wonderful band.

The album is centered around the quality interplay and song writing of Sergey Gvozdyukevich (vocals, keyboards, acoustic guitars, flute) and Vladimir Sobolevsky (electric and acoustic guitars). They are backed by the fantastic Alexey Zapolsky (bass) and Eugene Zarkhin (drums). The final touch of Vitaly Appow (reeds) completes the picture and adding a lot of depth to the arrangements, complementing everyone's playing.

There isn't any prog from the weird zone (at least for those of you who knows weird bands), Worm is focusing on beautiful melodies using a rich sound, nothing's sacchrine, not at all. There isn't any unique instrumentation, we've heard all of that already but for some reason it doesn't sound like your ordinary and plain 'ol flute, acoustic guitar and keys thing. The level of songwriting and simplicity takes those few notes to a higher level, it just works! the connection and interplay between the musicians is fabulous, I can easily put them into the 'I stunned you with 4 notes' club.

"L'Impasse Sainte Brgonne" starts this journey with a weird and disturbing atmosphere. A huge bass and flute leads the way as it gets more intense and breaks with an excellent guitar solo, check out that fierce flute towards the end, that would make Ian Anderson think "why didn't I think of that?". The next "Shelieth" is totally different and shows what a brilliant musician Sergey Gvozdyukevich is, using all kinds of warm delicate keyboard sounds, he's very eclectic in his playing and in his sound choices, so this one sounds very diverse and refreshing, accompanied by a restrained but effective guitar playing. Man that melody in the closing part is simply gorgeous!!! and is weaved into the song so cleverly.

The band are including here a few short Folky instrumental interludes between the main songs, needless to say that every one of them is stunning in its own special way. I have to say this time it doesn't sound detached at all, on the contrary, it only adds to the overall feel of the album. My favourite one is "The Magi" with of course a beautiful acoustic guitar and flute, but what impresses me most here is the heavily accented vocals, so melodic, I love how he sings this one. "The Pear-Shaped Man" and my special favourite "Pirates in Pingaree" shows their outstanding song writing ideas. It doesn't matter where the song is heading they can easily turn you over with an amazing simple melody that would make you wanna weep in joyous happiness (Pirates in Pingaree).

"Soleil Noir" is calmer and focusing on vocals but it sure does gets much more intense towards the end, fabulous. "The Curfew" is the main surprise here although it is quite different harbouring pure Zehul elements it doesn't sound too far off at all but still keeping the line of the album, it only goes to show how brilliant and sophisticated this band really is. The deep bass and dark zehulic vocals lead the way here sounding like Weidorje, but not too long when they suddenly go funky! Oh yeah! "Return To The Cold Sea Of Nothing" is the final 10 minute epic, continuing the high level of playing by all members.

This is absolutely one of the most thrilling and promising modern albums I've come to hear, I think you'll find it a very easy and captivating listen. Definitely deserves the fifth star, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, DON'T MISS OUT ON THIS ONE!

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