Vouna is the project of Yianna Bekris (also of Vradiazei, Eigenlicht, and Sadhaka), and she's set to follow her 2018 self-titled debut album with Atropos on July 16 via Profound Lore (pre-order). The new album is said to be more guitar-heavy than her synth-focused debut, while still making room for "an abundance of vintage '90s synthesizers" as well as analog synths and folk and orchestral instrumentation, and you can hear that on lead single/opening track "Highest Mountain," a 9-minute song that fuses tornadic black metal, crushing doom metal, and ethereal goth.
"This song is about someone who is dying and wants to be buried at the peak of the highest mountain as their final wish," Yianna tells us. "I have always been fascinated with mountains, and I even named this project after them (Vouna meaning mountains in Greek), and it seems like such an honor to be buried at the top of a tall mountain. It isn't necessarily about a specific mountain that exists."