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Must album

World War II left large numbers of people homeless and far removed from their homeland. Millions of homes had been destroyed. Whole populations had been removed. The Soviets transported large numbers of people from the Baltic Republics to Siberia. During the Second World War in 1940 Soviet troops occupied Estonia annexing it to the Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics. However, in 1941 the Germans defeated the Soviet Army and occupied Estonia until 1944. During both events, Estonians were forced to take sides. With their third album, Must album, Estonian for ‘Black album', Loits are creating dark atmospheres that convey the fears and horrors of World War II. Loits pay homage to all departed and Estonian history.

People have lived in Estonia since the Stone Age. The Estonians worshipped their own gods and were one of the last European countries to convert to Christianity. Therefore it’s not hard to grasp that Loits started out as a typical pagan black metal band in 1996. However, the band has since its initial creation developed its sound into a more complex matter that cannot be easily categorized. Emaraud kicks off with sinister and droning riffs, creating doomy soundscapes that match the hauntingness of Norway’s Khold. Emaraud is a droning mid-tempo black beast filled with crushing and groovy riffs. About part way through the groovy brutality abates, leaving an almost industrial black metal section abrupt the buzzing guitars, and introduces avant-garde-like epic clean vocals in true Garm/Vortex fashion. Sinister melodies and spoken vocals keep on haunting the track until it ends.

What I find remarkable about this album, is the true variety of enchanting sounds. Loits are still staying true to their roots, which is quite evident in their way of incorporating mesmerizing keyboard sounds that evoke the epic feeling of human nature. Take Surmarestoran for instance, which begins with a short intro of highly melodic bass and accordion playing in addition to almost Gregorian sounding chants, before Lembetu’s grim vocals takes over followed by melodic doomy guitars with keyboard supporting the musical picture. There is no doubt that there are strands of black metal and rock n roll inspiration in this dark metal offering; nevertheless it supports the music perfectly and creates a very mystic, creepy and sorrowful dimension. I enjoyed this CD from the second it entered my CD-player and the music my ears, and it is definitely not the last time it will annoy my pop-loving neighbors.

Estonia finally regained its independence with the break-up of the USSR at the beginning of the 1990s. The independence was restored in 1991 and the last Soviet troops left in 1994. Loits represent the great Estonian metal scene that is about to captivate the World with their great outtake on heavy metal. Their instrumental track on Must album, Veealune Valss, is a tune that stands for pride, patriotism and self-awareness. Veealune Valss is unbelievably catchy and powerful and I literally can’t stop listening to it. Loits call their new style “militant flak n roll” as the new songs are strongly influenced by rock'n'roll music. Whatever one end up calling them, one can’t deny their unique approach on heavy metal. It’s like Khold meets In the Woods that meets old pagan music.

Author: GrimWinter
Zine: Northern Metal

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