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Komu Vnyz

Komu Vnyz
Кому Вниз
Origin Kyiv, Ukraine
Genres Rock
Years active 1988 – present
Labels Ukrainian Gothic Portal
Members Andriy Sereda
Volodyslav Maliuhin
Serhiy Stepanenko
Volodyslav Makarov
Yevhen Razin

Komu Vnyz (Ukrainian: Кому Вниз) is a Ukrainian rock band founded in 1988. Komu Vnyz's music is a blend of gothic and industrial styles, combined with the lyrics of ancient Ukrainian legends. As of 2011, the last ten years Komu Vnyz have released two albums, have been recognized as the cult Ukrainian band and, got the status of "the Fathers of the Ukrainian Gothic".


Komu Vnyz got its start in the year 1988. Unknown young actor Andriy Sereda and educator Volodyslav Makarov worked together in the same theater. Sereda and Makarov joined with three more artists (Serhiy Stepanenko, Yevhen Razin, Volodyslav Maliuhin) to make Komu Vnyz. They wound up at their first festival Chervona Ruta completely by chance. It was too late to submit the sample recording to the panel of judges for the tryout, but Taras Petrynenko, after listening to their work, insisted that they participated in the event. They received second place.

After releasing their first album "Padaya Vverkh", Komu Vnyz and the rest of the Chervona Ruta winners toured in Canada, Poland, and many Ukrainian cities. After their tour, Komu Vnyz started work on their next album. All of the band members quit their day jobs to focus more of their time on music.

From 1996 onward, Komu Vnyz came out from the precipice of financial difficulties. Playbills started to appear railings and fences in Kiev for their 1997 concert, In Kastus, named for one of their albums.

In 2000 the band played at Ivan Franko theater, performing a concert dedicated to the memory of 300 young students killed under Kruty. They also headlined at the first Ukrainian gothic festival, "Dity Nochi" ("Children of the Night"), organized by Ukrainian Gothic Portal, and started to work with UGP. In 2002 the band played on the biggest European gothic festival, Wave Gotik Treffen.

In 2004 the musicians were invited to perform at Wave Gotik Treffen once again. More than 1500 people attended.

Today Komu Vnyz is well known not only in Ukraine but abroad as well. Some consider the band to be founders of a new musical style in Ukraine: the Ukrainian Gothic.

As of 2011, Komu Vnyz is translating their lyrics into English in order to re-release their albums in Europe. Their new album "IDEM" is awaiting release on "Tridens Records", label of Ukrainian Gothic Portal.



  • 1989 - "Padaya Vverkh"
  • 1990 - "Komu Vnyz"
  • 1996 - "In Kastus"
  • 2013 - "IDEM" (upcoming album)

Live albums

  • 1999 - "In Kastus In Vivo"


  • 2007 - "Ab Ovo Usque Ad Mala"


  • 2003 - "Komu Vnyz. Rock legends of Ukraine" ("Best of" collection)
  • 2006 - "Komu Vnyz. MP3 collection"
  • 2009 - "Komu Vnyz. Reformatsiya: 25 punktiv" ("Best of" collection)
  • 2011 - "Ya Vernuvsia Domiv" (Tribute to Braty Hadiukiny)

External links

  • Official Komu Vnyz website
  • About Komu Vnyz on Ukrainian Gothic Portal
  • Dity Nochi: Chorna Rada festival website
  • Ukrainian Gothic Portal
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