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Must album

With „Must Album“ it is almost as though Estonia’s Loits cannot rest on their laurels even if they wanted to. Just when „Vere Kutse Kohustab“ showed another leftfield excursion for a band already used to not making life easy for their listeners, so „Must Album“ veers off into yet deeper recesses of darkness.
If honour and combat were the themes of before, then the translation of the title („The Black Album“) is a literal one for this time is the mood is far more melancholy than before, with subject matters ranging from the anguish of friends fighting on opposing sides to the despair of forced separations and deporations („Emaraud“). Musically too, the band have built on their template of diversity, flicking between haunting bleakness to outright venom with ease, all the while incorporating fractured orchestral elements that gives the album the feel of a requiem. The tracks on the bonus „Mustad Laulud“ disc are in a similar vein emotionally if stripped down and somewhat more straightfoward in delivery.
A band who go far in proving the „never judge a book by its cover“ maxim (although the sumptuous packaging in the style of an old, forgotten photograph album gives a good hint of the melancholic content), the latest studio outing from Loits once again finds them drawing in the strands of a multitude of influences and outlooks to create something far removed from the sum of its parts.

Guy Strachan

Author: Guy Strachan
Zine: Terrorizer Magazine

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