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Loits - Vere Kuste Kohustab - 2004 - Ledo Takas Records

Track Listing
1. Soomepoiss
2. Eesti Auks
3. Aeg Ärgata
4. Võitluslipp
5. Tuleristsed
6. Vanade Leegionäride Laul
7. Eluruun
8. Nimeta Haud
9. Kodu
10. Furor Aesticus
11. Oskar Ruu
12. Raiugem Ruunideks
Loits are far from the typical black-metal outfit. The five-piece hail from Estonia and this fact is strongly reflected in their music. Although they don’t go as far as some folk/black bands like Manegarm or Asmegin, there is a definite ethnic overtone in most of their songs. While the riffs stay true to the typical black metal mold, each one has a certain uniqueness to it that can probably be attributed to a slight folk influence. In addition, synths played to sound like accordions and other instruments add to this atmosphere.

On Vere Kutse Kohustab, the main theme is Estonian nationalism before and after the Second World War. This idea is quite fitting, since the country was threatened by the Nazis and then absorbed by the Soviet Union for half a century. These themes, delivered via the harsh croaking of vocalist/guitarist Lembetu, would probably leave a deep impact on the listener if they spoke Estonian. Either way, though, Loits’ music is extremely powerful and inspired and should not be taken lightly.

Every track on this record is solid, although standouts include Soomepoiss and Tuleristsed. Fans of symphonic and Viking/folk black metal will probably exalt this record, as it crosses into both zones and does an excellent job blending in synth and guitar. Any fan of extreme metal, however, would do themselves a good service to pick this release up.

8/10

--Veritas 10.17.05

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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