Female Singer Ekaterina of Protokult, Toronto Folk Metal Band on the Rise
Raw European metal sprinkled with flecks of chilling Canadian chord progressions. Protokult is one the rise, headlining the Metal Divas Fest at the Bovine Sex Club and releasing their second album, No Beer in Heaven on August 8th 2014 which has had several successful reviews. Ekaterina contributes vocals alongside band member, Martin Drozd. The album No Beer in Heaven demonstrates a Celtic motif mixed with a progressive metal sound. Ekaterina's recorder brings a jolly influence to the track, No Beer in Heaven which contrasts interestingly with the deeper metal music that follows.
Ekaterina has a hauntingly beautiful voice that reflects traditional folk metal ballads. Folk metal is a fascinating sub-genre in Toronto and is quite popular, especially among Eastern European immigrants to the city. All band members save Jeremy Jackson are originally from Europe and the band has a distinct Bavarian feeling when you watch them play.
Protokult has two distinct elements that make this band unique and very special to watch live, they have a female singer and the distinctly European folk metal music they play. Ekaterina wore a beautiful red dress with a black corset, a reminder of the medieval undertones in folk metal culture.
Ekaterina joined the band in 2010 and has been living in Canada for the past 13 years, originating from Kazakhstan. She obtained her B.A in music at York University and is currently working on her masters in ethnomusicology with an emphasis on Popular Music Studies for Folk Metal. Ekaterina has further academic dreams in her exploration into metal music, as noted when she says “I would love to do further research into female metal artists. A study on women in metal.”
Ekaterina brings a strong female influence to the band and actively educates other people in the scene about her inspirations in female metal music. Ten days leading up to the Metal Diva’s Fest, Ekaterina posted one female folk metal band per day on facebook that motivated her, including Liv Kristine Espenaes Krull from Theatre of Tragedy and Melissa Ferlaak on Aesma Daeva’s album The New Athens Ethos (2003).
Ekaterina is representative of a strong and intelligent female metal artist that will no doubt go far in her career and research as an artist. When asked how she felt being the female representative in Protokult, she replied “I learn a lot of things. I am bossy. At certain times, I am a disciplinary but at this time and this age in this city [Toronto], it is a great time to be a female metal artist.”