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Loits interview dor MetalVox

1 – It was a pleasant surprise to me to receive the promo of the album Vere Kutse Kohustab, until that moment I did not know that in Estonia we could have such a good heavy metal band as Loits. I´ve been listening to it at least once a week.. Tell us a brief story of the band.

In 1999, my solo-project band Loits became a full band. During our six years of existence we’ve released two full albums, “Ei Kahetse Midagi” (2001) and “Vere Kutse Kohustab” (2004) and between them lies a 7” vinyl trilogy that consists of “Legion Estland”, “Meeste Muusika” and “Raiugem Ruunideks”. The release of the latter is unfortunately delayed.
By today, Loits has given more than 60 concerts, most of which were during three European tours. Loits has shared the stage with Borknagar, Entombed, Dismember, Skyforger, Swallow the Sun, Horna, Behexen, Omnium Gatherum, Neglected Fields, Trollech etc.

2 – Tell us about the metal scene in your country. Is there any other band that you can mention/recommend?

The Estonian metal scene has successfully overcome the low of the 90’s and is now stronger than ever. There are plenty of great bands that represent different styles and there’s plenty of audience as well. More and more people notice us abroad. A good example of all of this is Horricane, who signed a record deal with Black Mark Records and also performed on probably the best indoors extreme metal festival “Inferno” this year. Manatark has been equally successful, also having played at “Inferno” and having toured Europe with bands like Impaled Nazarene and Mayhem. Must Missa, Human Ground and Metsatöll have made good progress as well. Estonia has plenty to be proud of. Our evermore growing scene also has the continuing support of our home audience. The Estonian metal scene owes a lot to the Hard Rock Club, the club that arranges the biggest metal festivals in Estonia and brings in the big names. The recently born record label Nailboard Records (http://www.nailboard.org) has taken on the task of introducing the local scene outside of Estonia and about a year ago a portal where you can read about practically everything that goes on in the Estonian scene, the www.estonianmetal.com was opened.

3 – Listening to Vere Kutse Kohustab I noticed that the singer Lembetu sings and screams in his mother tongue. Was it a natural decision, when nowadays it is quite common to a heavy metal singer to sing in English?

I’ve never bothered myself with that question. To me it seems logical to sing about things related to my homeland in my mother tongue, and I think we won’t change that in the future either. Maybe our message would indeed go further if sung in an international language but this way something very important would be lost, something that makes Loits the band it is.

4 – This is to Lembetu, your voice is interesting. Your voice is not ´clean´, but you do not scream or shout, which is quite common in black metal. How did you get this unique voice?

Ha-ha, it’s totally impossible to answer that question adequately. I guess the northern climate and the alcohol have fucked up my vocal chords.

5 –Many Loits releases were done in LP, even if it´s in only 7 Eps as Vere Kutse Kohustab. Is there any special reason to release the album in LP also?

Your question is quite confusing to me. We have recorded and released under different labels three 7” EP’s. Plus the “Vere Kutse Kohustab” was also released as a vinyl and this year the “Ei Kahetse Midagi” LP will be as well.
As a great music lover, vinyls hold a special value to me. Let’s just say that in an era where anyone can release their record as a CD, the album seems somewhat incomplete unless a LP version is released as well. And I won’t even start about the better and more alive sound and the exclusiveness of a vinyl.

6 – Some brazilian magazines classify you as Viking Metal, anothr one as Black Metal with Folk. I see you as a Black Metal band with keyboards used in a intelligent way,with folk influence and a very good singer. How do you define yourselves?

Militant Flak’n’Roll! It sounds more like a slogan than a style name but at the same time it describes Loits best. Let everyone label us as they want to and to some extent they’re all right, cause the music is in the ears of the beholder.
If someone asked me to define our style then I’d say we play rock’n’roll influenced traditional Nordic black metal. The whole folk and viking and pagan thing is a part of that and not intentional.

7 – There´s a symbol on the album and in the web that is similar to that nazi suastic. And in some pics you´re wearing some military uniforms of soldiers of the III Reich. What do you have to tell us about it?

Every symbol has a meaning and thus a way to tell people something. So is the case with the symbolism and imagology that goes along with Loits.
Triskele (the sign of the sun) is a rudiment from the early days of Loits. Our first album, “Ei Kahetse Midagi” was mostly about the early history of the Estonian nation and a large part of it is dedicated to an event that put us on the world map. That is the story of the death and rebirth of the sun. That’s why there’s a sign of the sun with a broken leg (the sun “stumbled and broke it’s leg”) in the logo of Loits. The association of that symbol to the german swastika demonstrates clearly how effective the 60-year brainwash of the victors has been.
But on our new promotional photos we wear the same uniforms that the Estonian men during the Second World War. To understand the motivation of these brave men one has to know a bit more about the Estonian history.
Estonia first gained it’s independency in 1920, driving both the Russians and the Germans out of it’s territory. On the brink of WW2, using foul methods the Soviet Union again occupied Estonia. A widespread genocide was initiated. As the german forces arrived in Estonia many young Estonian men voluntarily joined their ranks to avenge their old enemy. A lesser of two evils was chosen. When towards the end of the war, in 1944 the frontline again reached our homeland, again a large number of Estonian men joined the Germany army, this time with a clear goal of keeping the enemy away from their land and regain Estonia’s independence. Keeping in mind these facts, those brave men were not convicted of war crimes even at the Nürnberg trial.

8 – Loits is the name of a batallion of your country that fought in the II World War, why have you deciced to pay a tribute to them?

Loits is the name of a battalion that fights for a free Estonia today. Loits is me and my comrades. There has never been another militaristic group by the name of Loits. It seems that you have not done your homework.
Loits bows to all those men to whom no sacrifice was too great to fight for the freedom of their homeland. The Estonian legionaries and all the other Estonians in the German army, the Forest Brothers and the Finnish Boys! We haven’t forgotten any of them.

9 – The band uses the multimedia in a very intelligent way. The fan can put the cd in the computer and see some info about the band. Who had this brilliant idea?

It was Tadas’ idea to add a multimedia part to the VKK promo CD, so that an interested person could quickly find desired information about Loits. Loits added to this it’s own good ideas and our webmaster Berg gave the whole thing the finishing touch. Only later we decided to add the multimedia content on the official album as well. It was worth it.

10 – Still about the multimedia track, it opens with Raiugem Ruunideks, it sounded to me as typical song of your country. Why have you recorded it?

Again you’ve misunderstood some things. The multimedia presentation has “The Song of the Forest Brothers” playing on the background, the song that’s a hidden track on our album.
It’s a traditional song of the Forest Brothers, that was of course strictly forbidden during the Soviet era, but was nevertheless sung secretly here everywhere. Most of the older Estonians know this song by heart. We recorded this song with Margus Põldsepp, a member of Untsakad, who plays the accordion on this track and also sings the leading vocals.
There are many reasons to why this song made it on the album. Firstly it went together well with the theme of the album and concludes it nicely. Secondly, Loits and Untsakad have developed, due to common ideas and views somewhat of a friendship, although we play very different music. For example Untsakad are purely a folk music group, but we’ve played several gigs together and I hope that it will also happen in the future.

11 - t was a pleasure to interview this excellent band, LOITS. Please, leave a message to brazilian bangers and tell us about your plans to the future.

Flak’n’Roll Brazilian metalheads! Bands such as Vulcano, Sextrash, Sarcofago and Sepultura have forever put Brazil on the world metal map and it’s difficult to underestimate their contribution. The today’s extreme metal scene has been influenced by them a lot. Maybe we too can one day be as proud about our bands. Loits nearest plans include the re-release of the “Ei Kahetse Midagi” album as a jewel case CD under the Mexican label Witchcraft Records, exclusively for the South-American scene. The digipack CD under the Estonian Nailboard Records, the MC version under the Ukrainian Night Birds Records and the LP under the German Eisenwald Tonschmide Records for the whole world. At the moment we are also planning an European tour that should take place in October this year.


Author: Jaime Amorim
Zine: Metal Vox
www.metalvox.com.br

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