KAUAN was formed in 2005 by Anton Belov and Alexander Borovykh in Chelyabinsk, nearly 2,000 kilometers east from Moscow into Russia’s heartland. As a young, passionate music lover in a city lacking a music scene, Belov began writing music early, looking to the Ural Mountains and endless plains surrounding the city for inspiration.

As a teenager listening to European metal, Belov was drawn to the lyrical delivery of Finnish metal bands, whose vowel-heavy language made for powerful vocals both sung and screamed. He adopted Finnish for his then unnamed project, not just for its sonorous qualities, but because the meaning of the language, spoken by so few, wouldn’t color the listener’s interpretation of his music.

By the age of 16, Belov had written KAUAN’s debut LP, Lumikuuro, an atmospheric doom and black metal album Belov recorded with Borovykh and later released on BadMoonMan Records. He chose the name KAUAN—“For a long time” in Finnish—as it implied both the passage of time and anticipation. The album featured Belov’s somber and soulful clean vocals alongside sinister rasps, as well as many of the signature synthesizer tones and nature-evocative folk arrangements that would appear across subsequent KAUAN releases. It also established Belov’s unique ability to seamlessly contrast crushing metal and moments of quiet emotive introspection.

2015 saw the release of Sorni Nai, arguably KAUAN’s most ambitious work to that point. Sorni Nai chronicled the expedition of the nine doomed hikers who mysteriously died—killed by an “unknown compelling force” according to investigators—after disappearing in a blizzard in the Ural Mountains in what came to be known as the Dyatlov Pass Incident. Sorni Nai was conceived as a single piece of music, and brought KAUAN to new heights of cinematic musical storytelling, taking the listener through the innocent, idyllic outset of the hikers’ journey to the crushing, catastrophic end. The album received extensive critical acclaim.

KAUAN step away from their metal origins for their seventh album, Kaiho, which further evolves the band’s deeply moving atmospheric and introspective rock. The album focuses on the blissful nature of childhood and the transition to adulthood, when the weight of responsibilities and stark truths are realized. Lyrics for the album were written by the great Finnish folk singer Marja Mattlar. Marking a new beginning for the band in both sound and ambition, Kaiho will be released on KAUAN’s own label kauanmusic on September 22.


Kauan - Lumikuuro album art Kauan Lumikuuro (Album) BadMoodMan Music Russia 2007 Sell This Version
Kauan - Tietäjän Laulu album art Kauan Tietäjän Laulu (Album) BadMoodMan Music Russia 2008 Sell This Version
Kauan - Aava Tuulen Maa album art Kauan Aava Tuulen Maa (Album) Firebox Records, BadMoodMan Music Russia 2009 Sell This Version
Kauan - Kuu.. album art Kauan Kuu.. (Album) Avantgarde Music Italy 2011 Sell This Version
Kauan - Pirut album art Kauan Pirut (Album) Blood Music (2) Finland 2013 Sell This Version
Kauan - Muistumia album art Kauan Muistumia (Album, Comp) Blood Music (2) Finland 2014 Sell This Version
Kauan - Sorni Nai album art Kauan Sorni Nai (Album) Blood Music (2) Finland 2015 Sell This Version
Kauan - Kaiho album art Kauan Kaiho (Album) Not On Label (Kauan Self-released) Ukraine 2017 Sell This Version
none Kauan - Live | 26​.​02​.​2016 album art Kauan Live | 26​.​02​.​2016(2xFile, FLAC, Album) KAUANMUSIC none Ukraine 2017
none Kauan - Live 13 album art Kauan Live 13(8xFile, FLAC, Album) KAUANMUSIC none Ukraine 2018

Singles & EPs

none Kauan - Sokea Sisar (Radio Single) album art Kauan Sokea Sisar (Radio Single)(CD, Single, Promo) Firebox Records none Finland 2009 Sell This Version


none Kauan - Private Release album art Kauan Private Release(DVDr, DVD-D, Comp + 7xFile, WAV + 38xFile, MP3 + B) Not On Label (Kauan Self-released) none Russia 2013 Sell This Version


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May 30, 2009
Kauan started in February 2005 and up to this moment had changed their name and genre - they started as a folk-black band but now they have moved to the direction of folk-doom.

In September 2006 Lubov Mushnikova joined the band as a violin player. The band has worked with other people as well but none of them eventually fit the band's conception. During the recording of their first album some session members were invited to play cello and saxophone.

After the release of the first album, "Lumikuuro" (BadMoodMan Music, 2007), Alexander Borovich left the band. By now Kauan have recorded their second album "Tietäjän Laulu", which was released by BMM Music in the late 2008.

Now Kauan is working on third album "Aava tuulen maa" which will be released at BMM Music and Firebox rec. as well.

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