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Vere Kutse Kohustab

Would I be beaten up by anyone if I‘d call it the best album in between our Baltic States year 2004? (Furthermore, there were not a lot of pretenders for this name anyways...) Artful design reflects well the concept of the band; it‘s a nice decision to release the music, band biography and photo gallery all in one, in an originally designed CD, painted vinyl-like. All in all, respect to “Ledo Takas” and the technical team.
On to the music. First and foremost, I'm glad this is not the case to complain about the quality.
True fans will share the joy of finding the stuff well known from the “Legion Estland”: “The Song Of Old Legionaries” and “Furor Aesticus” (this one still seems one of the hits in this album for me). In fact, the sound in “Vere…” song versions differs: guitars seem to be more harsh, and the ballad-like intros are speeded up to mid-tempo. It's a pleasure to listen to an eclectic “Time to Awake”, in which the energetic metal passages are shifted with war hymns. Vigorous “Baptized in Fire” awards one with catching drum solo. “Home”, of quite and epic style is quite conspicuous. One more that would be a “must” for the listener – catching “Ostar Ruut”. Finally, the tailpiece “Engraved into Runes” grants a hidden track, a war song. That's the way to wake up the national pride!
Stylistically, “Vere Kutse Kohustab” differs from “Ei Kahetse Midagi”, which was much more epic and more black. Recent manner is no more only “nationalistic black metal” – it seems more of black'n'roll with a touch of thrash.
A flaw – taking the album from A right to the Z, you'll get the monotony syndrome.
Overdosing causes a slight form of Aestophilia.
Highly recommended by DiEvA.

Author: DiEvA
Zine: Giljotina website

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