Here is an interesting and moody piece from a band that not a lot of people know about–at least outside of the metal underground–but which deserves a lot more recognition. Mental Home is one of the heavy metal bands that arose in Russia after the fall of Communism, being established in Moscow in 1993 by brothers Sergey and Igor Dmitriev. They quickly made their mark in the realm of doom metal and progressive metal, and were quite an underground sleeper hit for a couple of years in the 1990s and 2000s. You could tell a metalhead who knew his or her stuff if they mentioned Mental Home, and especially if they owned a copy of their most well-acclaimed album, Black Art from 1998.

This song, “Winter Art,” is probably the best and most haunting track on the album It’s wonderful with both its subtlety and its complexity, and the melody will ring in your head for a long time after hearing it. As you might imagine with a band from post-Communist Russia with a name like “Mental Home,” their music is rather somber. I thought it was appropriate for a day like today–cold, raw and windy in many places in the northern hemisphere–and because I hadn’t heard it in a while, I decided to share with with you. The particular video for this song, which is fan-made, includes some photos of winter landscapes appropriate to the music.

Mental Home is evidently still recording. Their last full-length album came out in 2012, and they are listed as “active” by, which is the final word on this sort of thing.

Have a great weekend, Happy Hannukah (beginning Sunday), and Shabbat Shalom! \m/