Tuesday 7 July 2020

Ojne/Улыбайся Ветру (Smile To The Wind) - Split 7"

Labels: Flood Records/It's A Trap! Records/La Agonia De Vivir/Pike Records/Pure Heart Records/Unlock Yourself Records/Zegema Beach Records

Formats: Vinyl/Digital

Release Date: 15 June 2014


1. Ojne - Sotto I Tigli

2. Улыбайся Ветру (Smile To The Wind) - Изгнание и царство (Exile And Kingdom)

3. Улыбайся Ветру (Smile To The Wind) - Без снов (No Dreams)

4. Улыбайся Ветру (Smile To The Wind) - Смерть Прометея (The Death Of Prometheus)

5. Улыбайся Ветру (Smile To The Wind) - Триумф тишины (Triumph Of Silence)

I could have sworn that I'd already reviewed this split 7" but on checking, it's not the case (at least it means I won't be duplicating, which has happened before!). This is the latest in my ZBR roster review series and it features the awesome Ojne from Italy and Улыбайся Ветру from Russia. This split was another release from 2014 and features five songs in total. I hope the song order above is correct because some bandcamp pages from the labels above had it switched around. I'd also like to apologise if the translation of band names and songs is way off, as I'm once again at the mercy of Google Translate. 

Italian screamo band Ojne contributes just one song to this split, but ‘Sotto I Tigli’ is great. It follows on from the music they released on Undici/Dodici really well and is full of melody, atmosphere and a realness that’s hard to fault. It nears five-minutes in length, so it’s not over quickly, which is fine because you won’t want it to end anyway.

Smile To The Wind start off with ‘Изгнание и царство (Exile And Kingdom)’ and initially any notion of their music being intense and fast is thrown out of the window, at least for a few bars anyway. They lure you into a falls sense of security before launching into some great emo-violence, which benefits from melodic riffs and stop/start passages. 


‘Без снов (No Dreams)’ is an angular beast that doesn’t last long. It stops very abruptly too but given the band’s intensity, that’s no surprise. ‘Смерть Прометея (The Death Of Prometheus)’ is more of a journey with another lengthy instrumental build up leading to post-hardcore that’s larger in sound and delivery. Split closer ‘Триумф тишины (Triumph Of Silence)’ is a misnomer as it’s not silent but it does allow the band’s instrumentation to truly have centre stage. 

This split goes by in a flash of pure screamo goodness. I wish it was longer but then if It was, it wouldn’t have the same impact that it does have. Ojne have always been spot on and Smile To The Wind deserve your attention, even they are quiet musically at the moment. 

You can stream and download the tracks directly from both Ojne and Smile To The Wind's bandcamp pages below:-

Ojne - https://www.facebook.com/ojneband/

Smile To The Wind - https://www.facebook.com/smiletothewind

Physical copies are sold out.

Flood Floorshows/Records - https://www.facebook.com/floodhardcore/

It's A Trap! Records - https://www.facebook.com/ItsATrapRecords/

La Agonia De Vivir - https://www.facebook.com/laagoniadevivir.records/

Pike Records - https://www.facebook.com/pikercrds/

Pure Heart Records - https://www.facebook.com/pureheartrecords/

Unlock Yourself Records - https://www.facebook.com/unlockyourselfrecords/

Zegema Beach Records - https://www.facebook.com/unlockyourselfrecords/

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