Kral Na Dva Svetoj
"Kral Na Dva Svetoj" (English translation: "King of Two Worlds") is the
latest album from Baltak. This band is mainly known for two things:
fervent Macedonian nationalism and uncompromising war metal. The former
is well represented here- like on their last album, Zaginatiot Grad,
the packaging consists of pro-Macedonian maps and essays rather than the
typical band photos and lyrics. Overall, the packaging doesn't seem as
excellent as it was on their previous release, but it's still much better than
Moving on to the music, Baltak's aural attack on this album is a logical
progression from the last one. Their music on Zaginatiot Grad was very
fast, repetitive, raw metal with a tearing guitar sound and sick, screamed
vocals. On this latest album, they take much the same route, but this
time they've refined their style and ideas a bit to create an album that
seems even more effective than the previous one.
Baltak's previous album was a constant, all-out assault, making the
album seem to bleed together into one big song. On "Kral Na Dva Svetoj"
Baltak have sprinkled folk instruments and a few Macedonian speeches
between some of the tracks, to heighten the brutal intensity of the rest of the
music. Along with one (slightly) slower song, "Son of Zeus Ammon", these
also serve to break the music up into smaller "chunks".
I only have two minor musical complaints. First is the inclusion of
about two minutes of very boring drums at the beginning of the
album. Due to its annoying length, it would have been better if they'd
tracked the intro separately rather than throwing it in with the first
song. My second complaint is the way that a few of the tracks fade out
seemingly in the middle, or just cut out suddenly. Powerful songs like
these should have more powerful, decisive endings. However, these are
pretty minor problems in an overall great album.
If you liked Baltak's other works, or enjoy the idea of fast, ugly
war metal that creates an atmosphere of pain and hopelessness, pick this
up. Both this album and Zaginatiot Grad should serve you well.
Standout tracks: "Bucevole", "Macedonian Phalanx", "A King Was
Born"... there really are no bad tracks here.
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