Two-year old compilation tape with ten bands from Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine,
Belarus and Russia, a couple of which I am already familiar with.
It is always a good idea to begin your compilation with a great band,
especially if this band is SKYFORGER who start things up with two songs off
of their legendary "Semigalls' Warchant" demo. If you haven't heard this
band yet, I suggest you get off your lame ass and do so because you are
missing out on some great music.
Second band, unfortunately, is total shit. I mean, I how much could you
really expect from musicians who call themselves SENCE'S CALMING AT DEAD'S
LAMENT PLACES (S.C.A.L.P.)? I hate this crap. Cheesy synth music that is
only good for some tear-bringing Hollywood movie.
Luckily, the situation is corrected with another great band, namely OYHRA,
with a kick-ass track from their demo "Na Yazichnitzkai Zyamli."
Next up come HA LELA, who start their song with an almost child-like folk
tune, which then transforms into full fledged folk-metal not unlike Zpoan
Vtenz, but less dark and more playful, and not as accomplished. Still a
pretty good song, but only if you don't mind folk music.
Just as I began to think that things were becoming stable, I was assaulted by
another mediocre band. MOROK reminded me a little bit of Oyhra, but in a bad
way. They play primitive and boring Pagan metal with way too much spoken
and clean vocals. Forget it.
TANQUAM open the tape's second side, and these guys are very different, if
not unique. Their contribution is a symphonic, gothic-tinged keyboard piece
with lots of classical influences, incessant mood swings and unsettling pace.
The song is entitled "Ritual," and it continuously changes from slow, mellow
and folksy sounds to fast, pummeling orchestration and tribal percussion.
Next in line is another mediocre band called ALKONOST who play romantic,
doomy metal with lots of melodic leads and Cradle Of Filth-type vocal
shrieks. They are fairly listenable, but nothing that I would recommend.
The mediocrity continues with GDAE, who reminded me of Skyforger without the
folk parts, and not nearly as good. Plus, the production is crappy and
vocals are really obscured.
ANXDRIS are next, and in order to describe them I shall again resort to
Skyforger comparison. Imagine Skyforger dropping all the black metal
influence and entirely concentrating on their folk-metal parts with pipes,
harps, rattle-sticks etc., and you'd have Anxdris. Is it good or bad? You
The last band on the compilation is called SLEEPING FLOWERS. Without even
knowing anything about them, besides their name, you could easily speculate
what kind of music they would be playing. It would either be some cheesy,
romantic, gothic metal or some cheesy, romantic keyboard music. Sleeping
Flowers fall into the latter category. Their song is a happy sounding,
folk-drenched keyboard tune with totally childish melodies. The only use for
this music that I could think of is to put it on while trying to lull a baby
Finally, in the tape's inlay there appear quotes on the subject of nature and
Paganism from Peter of Skyforger, Radzim of Oyhra, and Yevgeniy of S.C.A.L.P.
And right amongst them there is a quote from Hegel, which is just a little
bit pretentious, don't you think?
© 2000 boris