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Vere Kutse Kohustab

Patriotic Estonian heavy metal? Is it possible?

Apparently it is. Doesn’t it make me laugh? Sure it does, but not too much.
Not more than usual heavy metal.
Actually it’s an interesting question: why does a die-hard Estonian patriot always seem comical? An old Estonian National Independence Party member would naturally blame the press. But I for example don’t think that only collaborators and cosmopolitans work in the newspapers. I believe that every normal person, even if he or she is a journalist or a Russian spy, experiences a national feeling every now and then. Another matter is if he’s willing to declare it loudly by chanting: „I sing in your honour, dear homeland Estonia, crush your shackles of slavery, and freely breathe!” Lydia Koidula is dead and long ago buried, times of awakening are over. The modern patriotic „hooray!” has an outlet in other activities: a loyal citizen spends his weekend swimming at Pühajärve, drinking Estonian beer and vodka and enjoying some good home made rock music.
But of course, a metalhead is not your ordinary citizen. He can chop chickens to pieces on the stage (although he probably can’t anymore, thanks to animal rights activists), make ultra-sexist jokes and exercise black magic. And we don’t know whether they really mean it or whether they’re just kidding. Sometimes it matters, sometimes it don’t. In case of Loits, I’d like it if they really meant what they’re doing.
Yes, patriotic Estonian heavy metal! Songs of Sinimäed, Izjum and other battlefields, where Estonians in German uniforms fought off the enemy. Some of the authors of the lyrics are actually the veterans themselves. Hendrik Arro, a former member of the 11th Nightbombers squadron, wrote the prologue to the album. Had someone told me a couple of days ago that all this was possible without sounding awkward I wouldn’t have believed them. But I have to believe my ears. „Vere Kutse Kohustab” is indeed a very special album, and not only for the Estonian scene. Why was the Estonian Rifle Corps better than the Estonian Legion? They had better songs. Although they borrowed a lot from talented Russian composers. Now, Loits retaliates and presents the legionaries – for many, unfortunately posthumously – lots of excellent two-key rock’n’roll.
Estonian Government, where is your red crane and a Russian driver? Where are your bloodhounds, teargas and the riot squad? Where’s your semiotics battalion? Loits is ready for a fight!
Yes, „Vere Kutse Kohustab” is a really good album. If it had been a joke, it would be even better. 8

Author: Mart Juur
Zine: Eesti Ekspress

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Dark patrick  08.12.2004 11:42
Quote: "If anything it reminds me of Edith Piaf and sums up images of gnarly old villagers stubbornly playing draughts and drinking wine on the streets as bombs explode all around them."

I never actually liked the "hidden" song "Metsavendade laul" particularly, but this visual image brought it much closer to my heart. I'm not kidding when I say I had shivers down my spine after reading this passage. Thanks, Pete!

cantor_satana  17.02.2005 12:04
Thank you very much Loits, the gig in Torvi(Finland) were great and allso new album is fantastic, more of this.

triin  13.04.2005 15:42
jummala mega bänd....originaalne muusika ja .......

elle  08.05.2005 22:09
Loits on nii meeletult hea,et pole sõnu...mis seksikas vokaal..

autoblinda  04.04.2006 23:42
wow...what a horrible thing ,to sing in a native language.


muumia  08.07.2006 19:11
its not even just metal..its like vierlieng sdhooting at russian bomber formation..and thats what most of its about...yes yes..even my grandpa was in that so condemned estonian legion...and so what...he was many of our greandads were there..fighting for a reason..fighting for brighter sun to shine...every one wouldve done that..everyone from every nation...we failed...but...we are alive now...and its nothing there to stop us mwahahaaaaa

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