Photo: Alex Corvus
September 14, 2022
Photo: Anna_Rozhetskaya

Russian Karelian Neofolk outfit THEODOR BASTARD are now proud to release their emotional cover version of QUEEN‘s 1991 hit The Show Must Go On. The new offering comes in the form of a stunning music video which can now be viewed via their official YouTube channel.

THEODOR BASTARD previously announced the re-issue of their 2015 masterpiece Vetvi, which was originally released on April 29, 2015. The album was re-released via Season of Mist in 2021 and is still available.

THEODOR BASTARD comment on the re-issue: “The Vetvi album is a landmark for our group. It reflects our turn to the North to our native traditions, to our native lands. We drew attention to the still living culture of our northern region – first of all Karelia, a unique region in the North of Russia. And it was from this album we started our conversation with Season of Mist. We are very pleased that the label noticed this album and were able to appreciate it. And now Vetvi will be available to an international audience. We really hope that our listeners will enjoy the sound of this album, as well as they will be able to enjoy the unique sound of double vinyl.


  1. Umbraya Erze (5:28)
  2. Vetvi  (English version) (4:06)
  3. Salameika (4:32)
  4. Kukushka (5:25)
  5. Aion (6:22)
  6. Niti (4:09)
  7. Veter (feat. Namgar) (5:08)
  8. Yaard (5:30)
  9. Beliy Gorod (5:15)
  10. Kolodec (3:26)
  11. Vetvi (4:06)
Photo: Alex Corvus

The multi-layered and unpredictable 2015 album ‘Vetvi’ from THEODOR BASTARD,  inherits the band’s recognizable multi-genre approach where psychedelic trip hop, combined with cinematic instrumentals and archaic world music, meets modern technological electronics. THEODOR BASTARD combines Russian texts with glossolalia and shamanic spells as easily as they change instruments on stage.

THEODOR BASTARD is one of Russia’s most unusual bands representing the electronic Karelian neofolk genre. Also elements of dark wave and trip hop are present in the band’s music. The message doesn’t carry out everyday problems and is mainly focused on mythology and shamanism. The hallmarks of the band are the unique and bewitching lead vocals of multi-talent Yana Veva and the impeccable sound producing skills of Fedor Svolotch, founder of the band who created the band 20 years ago.

From album to album, THEODOR BASTARD carefully and masterly combine many different exotic and traditional instruments. The special northern atmosphere of their albums is created with Nordic nyckelharpa and jouhikko, primeval flutes created from tree roots and shamanic percussion.

“We live in the north of Russia in Karelia, which has a difficult fate” states band leader Fedor Svolotch. He continues: “This is a harsh northern region with unpredictable nature, with spruce and pine forests. Bears are found here. Moose and hare come straight to my house. In Karelia there are beautiful cliffs and clear lakes with fresh water. These are our personal places of power, the places where stones and winds are talking to us. Singing for us a songs of the northern harsh nature”.

THEODOR BASTARD‘s music is set out to take listeners to unexplored and other worlds. From the cold and twilight realms of the marshy swamps of taiga and mossy tundra, to unexplored places where the earthly plane and the spiritual world are separated only by a thin ghostly veil. THEODOR BASTARD consists of 6 musicians, turning their performances into a dark magic act that sends the audience back to Northern musical traditions, to the Karelian and the Russian folk. The musicians use a variety of electronic devices and ethnic instruments, but also their own hand-made instruments from stones, human bone and the roots of Karelian birch.

For over twenty years THEODOR BASTARD have been known for their amazing serious attitude to the world beyond that very frontier. The band’s 2015 re-issue of Vetvi is set out to take listeners to unexplored and other worlds!

Current line Up:
Fedor Svolotch – dulcimer, samplers, vocal
Yana Veva – vocal, bawu, ocarina
Kusas – percussions, winds
Alexey Kalinovskiy – keyboards
Sergey Smirnov – drums
Ekaterina Dolmatova – back vocal
Slava Salikov – cello, morin khuur


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