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Vere Kutse Kohustab

I just found a very interesting review of Loits previous demo collection on another website (which will remain anonymous) spending 90% of the review trying to argue that they are as politically wrong as can be. I also took a look at their imagery and read into their message before reviewing this release and came to a decision that they were merely patriotic and imbibed in debt to their forefathers struggle to free them from the fascistic oppression in their occupied Estonian homeland during the 2 World Wars. Singer Lembetu stated that I had decoded their message and the band struggle to break the common black and white worldview of most people. Also they have suffered for their art with many European festival concert appearances being cancelled. So why do they dress in military garb you ask and sing songs of Nationalistic pride? Well why shouldn’t they? I mean before you jump on your moral high horse let’s get the pointing stick out and cast cries of indignation at other bands as well. Lets bring Laibach into the conversation (another prime example of a band incorrectly politically misconstrued); hold on what about Motorhead with the nazi regalia and Saxon with their Eagle motif. That was dodgy wasn’t it? Let’s ban them all. In reality the fact is that most fascist bands don’t try to hide the fact do they? Look at the likes of Absurd, Graveland, Kristallnacht and Nokturnal Mortum, do you see them trying to deny the fact that they are down and out fascists? Thought not, point made lets get on with the fucking music.
Well the music itself is equally as obtuse when it comes to categorisation. Loits are in a way masters of confusion. They want listeners (and no doubt journalists) to dig deep and discover where they are coming from. Labelling the 55 minutes of music on Vere Kutse Kohustab (Obliged By The Call Of Blood) as black metal would be falling woefully short of the mark. There are certainly moments, with the occasional passage of all out blasting and furious rampaging pace. One cannot ignore the blackened pallor of the vocals either, which are gravely rasped and cleanly tormented (and heightened by the fact that they are sung in Mother tongue). The best descriptive genre definer that I duly noted on the press release though is “flak n’ roll”. There you have it in a nutshell, as this is an album that will give the listener a damn good strafing. Many of the tracks are rerecorded versions of the demo tracks, and for me this was like greeting an old comrade at arms. The patriotic flow of this is overwhelming in places and the melodies march along with a confident, conquering swagger. Lush clean guitar augmentations are bolstered into a massive yell on opener Soomepoiss (Finnish Boy). The mid paced assault is one that is mournfully enhanced by a passage of accordion and waves of turbulent drum blasts. The flak rolls in good and proper by Eesti Auks (In Honour Of Estland). This reminds me of latter day Satyricon and bounces you all the heavier at the midway point by utilising some jagged 3-chord punk riffs. Olden Enslaved melodies flavour Võitluslipp (Battlestandard), the vocals are an oratory call to arms, beseeching in their clamour to rise up against oppression. The translated lyrics sum it all up, “Ancient heroes, rest in peace. Your blood wasn’t shed in vain. We swear to protect, no matter the peril. Our land, our islands and sea.” Karje plays her part adding a Gothic atmosphere at times in the keyboard department. It is the pounding delivery of an unrelenting, drum rolling, death crush on Nimeta Haud (Nameless Grave) that sees Loits at maximum potential and delivering one hell of a feudal slap. Still the album continues to deliver, never seeming to run out of steam. Furor Aesticus, climaxes in a breathtaking polka jig that fair takes your breath away.
Finishing the album is a hidden gem in the form of a patriotic accordion etched song of rebellion and hope. 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. Honestly this is a wonderful album and not only musically but thematically as well. For once I have listened to a piece of music and been so engrossed in the concept behind it that I feel like I have learnt from it as well.
Grab this one from Ledo Takas and enlighten yourself here.

Author: Pete
Zine: Live 4 Metal

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