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Loits
Vere Kutse Kohustab

LOITS
Vere Kutse Kohustab CD
[ Ledo Takas Records ] (7½)

Estonian Loits is for its country somewhat like Latvian Skyforger, who has also given a couple of shows here in Finland. Both performers’ pagan, slightly black-metal spirited metal music, spiced with traditional instruments and patriotic themes, is a homespun that the two of them master skilfully. It was positive to receive some Loits material in the form of genuine CD, as I had got acquainted to the band through an earlier cassette recording and promo tracks from 7-inch vinyls.

Vere Kutse Kohustab consists of a dozen, mostly mid-tempo tracks, which riffs remind of modern black metal in style. Riffs are rather simple and catchy. Personal touch is brought to the music with melodies that, from time to time, sound even over-cheerful. Also the usage of keyboards and accordion add distinctive colours to the pagan and traditional flavoured metal of Loits. At its best, the riffs are really enrapturing. An outro sounding like humppa (Finnish popular folk music) is hidden in the end of the record. The song is probably Estonian traditional music at its worst/best.

The guitar sound is a very typical representative of the field, especially when comparing Loits to black metal bands of same type. Rugged and crude sound is clear enough, but still far from sterile and powerless buzzing. In its own way, it reminds of the sound on newest Darkthrone records. Keyboards on the other hand, repel the band away from primitive nuances, which necessarily is neither a good nor a bad thing. Drums hammer nicely and the crackling vocals are pleasantly dry and dirty. There are also clean attempts, but they represent clear minority.

Loits continues with same tough style as before, but not exactly reaching the heights of top records. The best moments seem too sparing. Otherwise, the record offers a very good and in a way, a conventional trip to the land of Estonian pagan metal. As a bonus, the record includes multimedia-material to be viewed in computer.

Serpent, 03.11.2004

Author: Serpent
Zine: Imperiumi
www.imperiumi.net

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