Lanewin is a symphonic metal band from Saint-Petersburg, Russia which uses melodic instrumentals, synthesizers, orchestral arrangements and distorted guitars with female vocals. The lyrics are concerned with human existence, emotion, and mental states. Lanewin was assembled in October 2007 and a month later gave their first performance at Port club. After that the band continued playing gigs at famous stages in their city. Initially covering Nightwish and Epica, the band started composing songs of their own and recorded the single "Essence of War", which was well received.