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Sacred Bones Records
7digital What we said: Translated from Slavic languages as “chains”, Okovi is the sound of cathartic release for Nika Roza Danilova, a response to the creeping shadow of death that has hung over her personal life of late. Channeling such delicate subject matter through moniker Zola Jesus is a rewarding experience, as the familiar blend of gothic, operatic melodrama is given an added layer of pathos. Emotional ground covered ranges from the defiant (‘Exhumed’) to the reconciliatory (‘Witness’), conveyed by the constant shifts in sound from soothing strings to jarring, industrial sounds. But it’s the bookends of the album, ‘Doma’ and ‘Half Life’, which leave the greatest mark; Danilova sings beautifully but unintelligibly on both, reminding us that ultimately life and death are mysteries we’ll never fully understand.
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Ash to Bone
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