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Must album

Loits is an Estonian band and they call their style "Militant Flak ’N’ Roll". According to the band "The birth of this slogan belong to our friend Mart Kalvet from the band Herald, who figured that instead of ’black’ we could use ’flak’ (anti-air gun), a word with a similar pronouncement. It fits our ideology and message much better. And because our new songs are strongly influenced by rock’n’roll music and attitude it is quite logical that soon ’flak metal’ became ’flak’n’roll". So the new Loits style name ’militant flak’n’roll’ was born!"
Now as far as the album, "Must Album" is Loits’ third release, who at first they used to play a proud Pagan Black Metal, yet nowadays their music has turned into a darker, melancholic black metal with lots of rock influences and progressive elements reminding Enslaved’s latest works and also some rare folk melodies employed by acoustic guitars as well as a doom, haunting feeling that pierce the compositions quite often. Their interpretation of Black Metal is usually midtempo with varied guitars and classic Dark Throne-inspired passages and powerfull percussion while the key board lines are used in such a way that don’t sound neither nerve-killing nor factitious. Surely this is not the usual black metal album but a rather diverse and even peculiar effort with incompatible references from Darkthrone, Satyricon, Khold to Bathory and Paradise Lost. You can even tag it as experimental as most of the songs possess an unorthodox harmony between more traditional black metal and the adventurous rapids of progressive and spacey, atmospheric moments. The vocals are either deep, clean vocals or a low black metal rasp while the lyrics are written in their native tongue.
So the point is that this synthetic music anomaly of the album sometimes works nicely and manages to convince you but in others it gives you a rather indigestible feeling as if the individual parts were cast in without the slightest musical coherence. At some points the sophisticated changes seem well accomplished but at others they seem to lead nowhere or at least not to a sufficient result. Personally when I first started to listen to this album, I decided very soon that I needed to widen the narrow borders of my musical tastes in order to engulf their sound but after the middle of the album it really became too difficult for me to follow the songs with the same generous attitude and not because they are not good musicians or talented but because it began to sound too boring for my ears. Good or bad black metal and rock’n’roll are two completely different styles and one should be more careful when using and uniting them. You must force the listener to listen to your music and not the listener to force himself to listen to it. Loits sometimes step into the first case and at others fail into the second.
Anyway, to come to a conclusion if you liked Enslaved’s latest works or to some extend if you dig in Opeth’s intellectual prospect then surely give it a try. But if you decide to buy it, try to find the limited edition of "Must album" that includes the "Mustad Lauulud" bonus EP which features four more tracks, a sticker, postcards, a photo album, a movie about the "Must album" record and more.

Author: Vaso Prassa

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