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Having not heard this band before, I was expecting some Sabbath esque doom rock going by the cover art, and to be honest, I was not far off. Black Sabbath might be an obvious influence to this band, but in some ways they have their own unique take on doom rock.

The opening cut “Korjusepäev” comes blaring from both speakers with a balls to the wall attitude. The opening riff, yet somewhat generic, is instantly memorable, but this is not Taak’s main selling point. The band’s main selling point has to be their ability to mix Funeral Doom influenced keyboards with such ease.

Throughout the album’s duration, I can often recall myself humming along to these keyboard lines. In songs such as “Tähist ja tolmust” and “Öö” the music is kept interesting through the bands use of atmospheric keyboards.

The guitar work on this album is excellent, but the listener is sometimes left with a sense of déjà vu. The pentatonic based riffing style of both Kaido ´Tsunami´ Tiits and Urmas Jõgi manages to keep the listeners head bobbing throughout the albums 11 tracks.

Throughout these 11 tracks, the slightly more upbeat “Öö” would be the albums standout. On this track, the band manages to mix a power metal influenced gallop with the atmospheric keyboard lines of Kristjan ´Christ´ Virma.

Variety is not high on Taak’s list of priorities, but this album is still highly enjoyable. Fans of bands such as Black Sabbath, Witchcraft and Wall of Sleep should check this out.

Author: Colin
Zine: Born in Blood

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