Zoya: With metal cover Christmas song!

Zoya – Songs From Isolation

Zoya states,«I am Zoya, I was doing music all my life, was part of several bands and projects. In 2020 I finally decided that time has come and I gathered all my courage and with shaking hands started my own solo project. I don’t know where this road will lead me neither how long it will last, but for now I have a freshly released album which consists of songs I already own. I hope you will like this effort». Songs From Isolation is her debut album and here are the track O Holy Night (Metal cover version)


1. TTDSOV 04:30

2. Moya Lyubov’ 03:18

3. Vesna 04:38

4. Isolation 03:32

5.Ce Te Legeni Codrule 04:58

6. Carol of the Bells 03:58

7. O Holy Night 04:31

«Zoya is a solo project of Zoya Belous, singer, and co-writer of Esperoza (Dark symphonic extreme m.etal band from Moldova). In 2020 not having any active music projects and having a lot of spare time I finally decided to release some songs which I’ve had for many years on my waiting list, and this is how this solo project was born. The more emotional and less official version of this story is on my blog page».

Zoya have much to say about her music projects and her debut album.

Songs From Isolation or why I’ve decided to create my own solo project!

First of all Hooray! My first ever solo album is released! I will leave all the links at the end of this post.

But let’s begin from the start of this story. When I was around the age of 5-6, I said that I will be a singer when I grow up… Ok maybe not that much from the start, anyway I would like to share with you sometimes in the future the story of my thorny path towards music.

Now to the more recent events, I always had a list of songs that I wanted to record in one way or another, was it a classical aria, a folk piece, or an original song. I wanted to release them somehow, but the only problem was is that I didn’t know within what project or band should I do that? Because all the songs were so different that could not have been released with any of the bands or projects I was working with. The thought of having a solo project was always terrifying to me, and it still is. But frankly, the thought of releasing these songs under my name was never crossing my mind until one day in 2020. I woke up with a very warm and satisfying feeling of fulfillment.

And just so you know it was a dark, depressing, and unsure time in my life, I constantly felt lost and didn’t know what to do with my life, so this dream was so comforting that I wanted to stay in it. In this dream, I had a concert of my own solo project (with songs that now have been released in reality). My first thought was well if I felt so good and fulfilled doing this in my dream why am I not doing it for real. So with shaking hands and without a clear plan, I decided that it is probably time to start doing something and not waiting for someone to come and give me a ready-made perfect project or band to sing in.

No matter how cheesy this sounds, but we ourselves are responsible for our happiness. Now I don’t know where this road will lead me nor how long it will last, but I am happy that at least I found the courage to start doing this.

I would also want to talk a little bit about this album. In this story, I’ve mentioned several times that those are different songs with different genres, characters, and atmospheres, so it is not a conceptual album or anything like that, it is just a collection of songs that I already have and I wanted to unite them in one album. The only connection is that they were made in isolation, that’s where the name of the album is coming from. (You can also check one of my previous posts if you want to know more about my own isolation).

And last but certainly not least I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped me in making this album.

First of all the biggest thank you to the most important person in my life, to my Dima, for supporting and believing in me even in times when I didn’t give any reasons to be proud of me rather quite the opposite. But he is not only my spiritual helper but also a pretty tangible one. He helped me greatly with tracks 4, 6, 7, but is also fully wrote the first song (as it was meant for another project). So I REALLY appreciate your help even if it’s not always obvious.

The next person I would like to thank is my unchangeable sound engineer Alex Glavnenco, he is fully responsible for the fact that all these songs sound so amazing and tight. Thank you Alex for your patience and brilliant work.

A big thank you goes to an old friend of mine Viktor Evdokimov, whose authorship belongs to these two songs (Track 3, 4). Oh, how many years have I wanted to re-record these two songs (and just to not leave it as a rhetoric question I will tell you how many – more than 10 years). And the fact that I wanted to do this all these years says a lot about these songs.

Thank you Viktor Mikhailovich for them.

Also, I want to say a big thank you to two of these amazing musicians: Isaac Solanas and Karim Duckwem for doing stunning arrangements for tracks 2, 3, and 5 respectively. I am a big fan of your work, and I really hope we will work more together in the future.

Oh, and last but not least as it is literally the face of this album, I am talking about the cover artwork. And responsible for this is a very talented artist whom I just found on Fiverr, his name is Aleh Zielankievič. He managed to transfer to the picture what I had in mind, and it turned out exactly how I imagined it to be, it’s pure magic.

I hope I didn’t forget anything or anyone, I hope that’s all, it took me 1,5 hours to write this post so it better be all.


Om Ulf Backstrøm (6718 Artikler)
Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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