The debut album of the project named SILENTIUM was presented for judgment of its listeners in autumn of 1995.
SILENTIUM's demo “The Ancients' Wisdom” includes 18 electronic compositions that were created during the period from 1988 to 1993. The author of the album was Vladislav “Munruthel” Redkin, the drummer of Death Metal band SUPPURATION which later turned into the most known Ukrainian Pagan Metal band NOKTURNAL MORTUM. The second brainchild was born in spring of 1997.
Although “Yav, Nav i Prav” turned out to be brighter and more “grown-up” than the first-born. Ten tracks flow smoothly from one to another and are listened to without taking a breath.
The demo was called by the name of the most ancient Weltanschauung of Slavonic Nations. This Weltanschauung is the basis of all Being: the Real World, the World of the Dead Ones, and the Law of Gods.
The author decided to give a new name to his creation. After a long quest the author made decision to take his own pseudonym “Munruthel”, under which he continued to play in NOKTURNAL MORTUM.
So the new album “Yav, Nav i Prav” was released under MUNRUTHEL project and it was the beginning for something new. Then, in summer of 1999, Munruthel recorded his controversial epic sympho-ambient album “Oriyanskiye Skazanya” (“Oriana Tales”) in his MoonHome Studio. Twelve compositions being recorded in non-stop manner for 66 minutes immerse you into the World of Gods, Spirits, Slavonic Wizards and Mysteries.
The album is adorned with wonderful lyrics written for all tracks including instrumental ones, and “Blesk Grozovyh Mechey” (“Brilliance of The Thundering Swords”) became for many years a kind of anthem for Ukrainian Pagan Metal scene. After the recording of NOKTURNAL MORTUM's album “NeChrist” Munruthel left this band due to internal conflict and musters a full value eponymous Pagan Metal band being a singer and a bass player on his own. As before, Munruthel did all the music and arrangements.
Six compositions were prepared in this period to be included in MUNRUTHEL's new album. Then numerous gigs, session recording of drums for one album of LUCIFUGUM, and two albums of ASTROFAES, and return to NOKTURNAL MORTUM followed, and as a result Munruthel lost his interest in own solo-project. After a long period of rehearsals and a way too long recording session lasting for a year, a new album of NOKTURNAL MORTUM was finally born – “Weltanschauung”.
Internal conflict followed again, this time more severe, and Munruthel leaves the band, this time forever. A qualitatively new project KOLO (CIRCLE in Ukrainian – in its sacral meaning) was formed in summer of 2003. The author started working also as a multimedia composer using various loops, grooves, ethnic samples as well as live instruments, e.g., flutes, sopilkas (Ukrainian folk pipes).
The project's style remains the same – it is a kind of soaring ambient, but with strongly pronounced folklore leitmotif and powerful clear-cut (almost rock) rhythm-section. In 2005 a self-titled album “Kolo” was released and sold out literally for 6 months. In 2004-2005 Munruthel recommenced his activity at MoonHome Studio working on his first solo Metal album.
The songs composed for live performances in 2000 became the basis for this album. As a result of this seclusion the album “Epokha Vodoleya” (“Epoch of Aquarius”) was released.
It was proclaimed by local musical critics as “one of the best Pagan Folk Metal albums from C.I.S. countries”.
Shortly after that the label, Russian Oskorei Music, rested in peace and this album did not get the international impact. 2006-2009 became years of slackening in creative activity of Vladislav owe to his personal problems. In winter of 2010 Vladislav received a proposal to compose music for “Gothic II: Dark Saga Addon” computer game. Creation of a soundtrack was an old dream of the author, and in spring-summer of 2010 he composed several tracks for the game locations.
This work became a basis for the next (fourth) full-length album of MUNRUTHEL titled as “The Dark Saga - Original Soundtrack”. Artwork for this album was performed by outstanding Brazilian artist Marcelo Vasco, known for his artwork for SOULFLY, BORKNAGAR, NAGLFAR etc. In 2010 Gardarika Musikk (Russia) induced re-releasing of all three albums of MUNRUTHEL in different formats (CD/DIGI-CD): "Oriana Tales" is already re-released, so “Yav, Nav and Prav” is waiting for its re-edition in 2012.
And the “Epoch of Aquarius”, the strongest among all the albums will be released in August 2012. This will be a joint effort of Gardarika Musikk (CD release) and Svarga Music (digiCD).
The Brazilian version of this album with lyrics translated into Portuguese will be released by Hoellehammer Productions in summer 2012 with different artwork performed by mentioned above Marcelo Vasco. In summer 2012 another activity took place – the very first creation of Munruthel, at that time named SILENTIUM, was re-released in digi-sleeve format (split with AR) by Russian independent label Casus Belli Musica to admire the creativity of this great person. At around this time MUNRUTHEL also contributed to the recently released “A Tribute to BATHORY” by Godreah Records (UK) with the track “The Lake” which was marked by Zero Tolerance (UK) as of very special and interesting interpretation of this outstanding song. In conclusion one should note that MUNRUTHEL's author, Vladislav “Munruthel” Redkin, is a really a legendary person of Ukrainian Metal scene.
Having taken part in recording of more than 30 albums of different bands from ex-Soviet territories (such as NOKTURNAL MORTUM, ASTROFAES, LUCIFUGUM to name a few), the author keeps on working actively not only on his brainchild MUNRUTHEL, but also takes part in other projects, such as THUNDERKRAFT, AMBER SOLSTICE, NEVERLAND. At the moment Vladislav is finishing up the work on the fifth full-length album of MUNRUTHEL called “VEROlomstvo” (“CREEDamage”) which will be held in the best Ambient/Folk Pagan Metal traditions of the “Epoch of Aquarius” album. The re-issue of “Epoch of Aquarius” is meant to forefront the release of this brand new album which many fans are waiting for more than 7 years now..
Ambient/Folk Pagan Metal band from Ukraine http://munruthel.bandcamp.com
Yav, Nav I Prav
- January 1997
- Oriana Music
- January 1999
- Oriana Music
- June 2006
- Oskorei Music
The Dark Saga
- December 2011
- Blazing Productions
- November 2012
- Svarga Music