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Vere Kutse Kohustab

“Vere Kutse Kohustab” (Obliged By The Call Of Blood) is the second LP of the
band, the first one ( Ei Kahetse Midagi) came out in 2001, so it was high
time the second one to be released. It is not an easy thing to determine the
style of this band, as they mix a lot of styles: ancient BM, pagan metal,
and a good old rock 'n' roll basic. They call their style flack 'n' roll, I
say, the listeners should name it themselves... As the band sings on their
mother-language and mostly about their country's history, they were labeled
as NS band by many, but this is far away from truth: Loits has nothing to do
with the teams fighting for the white Europe, trying to save their white
asses. The main theme of the album is the declaration of Estonia's
independence and the country's role in the 2nd World War. The lyrics are
translated into English, so it makes no sense that I write about it, if
interested, dig into it.
The boys (and of course the girl) favour mostly the middle-tempos and
banging themes, they do not speed up too much. I wasn't very delighted by
this album at first, but after more listenings the songs started to reveal
their faces to me, and I have to say now, that Loits had put together one of
the best Baltic metal albums of the latest years. I wouldn't be surprised if
they would have bigger success with it, than Skyforger or Obtest, for
example. They don't use too many not metal instruments, the main role is
played by the good old guitars, though sometimes there's a little
synthesizer or flute in the background. They often vary the murmur with
heroic, “lets fight the battle” melodic singing style, and this suits the
band. It is unnecessary to emphasize one song, as the album is good as a
whole. There are songs, which I like for the r 'n' r influence (Soomepoiss),
others for the folk approach (The Song Of Old Legionaries),or I could
mention the song “Oskar Ruut”, which starts pretty sinister, but then it
becomes a very hard, middle-tempo bang, this song will surely have a great
success on concerts!!
There's a hidden track on the album, an Estonian folk song; who likes the
album Skyforger Sword's Song, will appreciate this one. Let's not forget the
visual aspects: the design of the CD is imitating the vinyl, there's a
multimedia part, and above all, it is released in three versions, each of
them comes with a 20 pages booklet! It is good to know, that in this
globalized world there still are some people, who consider their past
important, and they really endeavor towards some kind of personality, and
don't follow the trends like some sheep.

Author: Mirgilus
Zine: Cross Of Black Steel

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