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Loits
Vere Kutse Kohustab

This one came as a surprise. Loits play basic Black Metal but with notable traces of... rock 'n' roll! In fact they describe themselves as "flak 'n' roll" (er... ooook!) The result is a basic mixture of Norwegian BM such as Carpathian Forest and Darkthrone, along with some hints of Hegemon, all this couple with some catchy rock 'n' roll-influenced beats that make the whole thing quite catchy, to say the least. The best part is: They didn't screw it up. Very often bands who attempt to mix genres like this end up recording a pile of junk, but Loits nailed this one right on the head. The r'n'r influences don't really affect the basic BM atmosphere that one would expect. It does add an up beat vibe to it, but somehow Loits managed to keep the overall album somewhat aggressive and depressing at the same time. But you will find yourself either headbanging madly or even feel like shaking some booty on a track or two (don't worry, Federal law prohibits me from dancing.) The vocals are mostly low BM screeches, very well executed and just loud enough in the mix to be decipherable and at the same time not overshadow the music, which by the way is simply great from beginning to end. The last track has a very short silence followed by what I assume is some Estonian folk song.

The band has a militaristic approach to its lyrics, part of them based on Estonia's involvement in World War II, which seemingly has had them branded as a Nazi band by some people, most likely those who call every other guy a racist. The album is available in a variety of formats (digipak, jewel case, vinyl.) The English translation of the lyrics is available on the band's web site.

I have not heard their previous material, but I must say this was a very pleasant discovery. If you're looking for a refreshingly spiced-up Black Metal album, forget the joke bands out there and give this one a try.

Author: Michel Renaud
Zine: The Metal Crypt
www.metalcrypt.com

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