another pagan metal highlight from the former Soviet Union”
nothing less, just “another” one… I heatedly agree! Except that I
can’t find the “highlight” quality.
really try, you got to give them that. Unfortunately that won’t keep
my bile inside me… Actually, I would have felt better if they just
really sucked. It’s far easier to rant about something you hate,
than something that just went awfully wrong, but started with good
intensions. Here goes:
One thing I
find hard to forgive is the extensive use of synthesizers instead of
real instruments. I’ve grown fastidious listening to “pure” folk
music and brilliant folk rock/metal bands, playing actual flutes,
lutes, alp horns, bells, banjos, hurdy-gurdies and a plethora of
other exotic and/or medieval contraptions. Call me conservative, but
it just sounds a hell of a lot better than a computer. Some passages
in “Noch’ Pered Bitjov” even sounds like Europe!
the machine-music, Alkonost sounds like a less talented, slow-motion
version of Kivimetsän Druidi (reviewed September 08). It contains
some diffuse references to Tristania and Within Temptation, and
wants to sound like Troll, but never comes near that goal. The
female lead singer, Alena (one of the sales-points in the press
material), is good enough, but it takes more than that to impress
people familiar with Garmana, Gjallarhorn or Hedningarne. The
80’s-style synth and Alena are attended by the standard rock
equipment: drum-kit, guitars and bass, and backing growls. None of
It was bound
to happen, I think. Russia and Finland are the two main exporters of
good folk metal.
The market is
there, and every album that can boast a north-eastern origin, and
has a campfire on the front cover, will be an instant sale. This is
the musical equivalent to canned champagne or artificial caviar.
picture of Put’ Neprojdennyj is that of non-alcoholic beer. It
tastes fine, and looks like the real thing, but it lacks something
fundamental. This album will not provoke your senses, I’m afraid.
Neprojdennyj was originally released in 2006, and I wonder if the
“Heart Stone’s Blood” album from 2007 (the latest) is any better.
Hopefully it is.