Minsk is a doom metal/post-metal band from Peoria, Illinois founded in 2002. Self described as "psychedelic metal", their songs tend to start out as slow and simple, and become heavy and complex towards the end. Their sound draws equally from sludge metal, doom metal, hardcore punk, ambient and noise music, with a highly psychedelic attitude achieved through tribal drum patterns, thick layers of synthesizers and keyboards, and echoing vocals. They are named after the capital of Belarus. The idea of survival through suffering is a recurring theme in the lyrics and musical style. In fact, regarding the origin of their name, their official biography states: "Drawing its nominal inspiration from a remote Belarusian city nestled deep amidst the in-betweens of the East and the West, a city that has been burned to the ground on several occasions only to be rebuilt like a Phoenix rising from its ashes." The sounds and atmospheres they evoke in their songs are complex and psychedelic.
Tensions between Minsk and Vilnius soared last year after Lithuania became a hub for the Belarusian opposition, following a disputed presidential election ... A nation of 2.8 million, Lithuania is struggling to accommodate the unprecedented spike ... The Lithuanian military is expanding tent camps set up to accommodate the migrants.
A Belarusian soldier casts his ballot at a polling station during the presidential election in Minsk, Belarus, Sunday, Aug ... Belarusian soldiers fill in their ballots at a polling station during the presidential election in Minsk, Belarus, Sunday, Aug ... People vote at a polling station during the presidential election in Minsk, Belarus, Sunday, Aug.
MINSK, BELARUS — Even before polling stations in Belarus had fully closed, the head of the country's election commission declared Sunday that fragmentary results showed authoritarian PresidentAlexander Lukashenko far ahead in his bid for a sixth consecutive term ... (1700GMT) to accommodate voters who were waiting in long lines, Yermishina said.