|Review: Gontyna Kry - Krew Naszych Ojców|
|Krew Naszych Ojców|
Label: Battlefield Records
Year released: 2001
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: March 19, 2002
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
for:Krew Naszych Ojców
Rated 4.8/5 (96%) (10 Votes)
Gontyna Kry (Temple of Blood) is a Polish NSBM band. That area of the world is definitely a hotbed for bands promoting Paganism nowadays. The band sings in Polish and there is very little English written in the booklet - which does not include the lyrics. Therefore I don't know what they are singing, although the very nature of the genre gives me a pretty good idea. :)
What is the most striking about "Krew Naszych Ojców" (The Blood of our Forefathers) is the overall atmosphere that's present from beginning to end. Right from the beginning you can imagine yourself on an ancient battlefield, ready to face the enemy a few meters away. The first couple of tracks (totalling over 12 minutes) are not really musical, but rather set up the "scenario" with narration (in Polish) and various sounds (winds, horses, swords clashing, etc..) plus some keyboards in the background ( varying from war march sounds to a more melancholic and sad sound.) This part could easily have been the soundtrack for some ancient war movie, and it is very easy to draw your own mental image just based on all the sounds. I'm usually not too fond of intros, and here the band has pushed all limits with over 12 minutes, but it is so well done that I can only give my two thumbs up for this one.
The music follows in the path set by the intro, mixing raw and violent Black Metal with some more melancholic, sad-souding passages. Essentially it seems like the music takes you through the battle (fast, brutal music) and its aftermath (sad, ambient keyboards), and occasionally we can hear more narration, battlefield noises, screams, etc... The whole ensemble really makes you feel like you're in an ancient battle, there's no escaping from it. You'll go through adrenalin rushes (preparing for battle), anger (the battle) and melancholia (the aftermath), and that, my friends, is without being under the influence of any drugs. :) To hell with political correctness, what Gontyna Kry has come up with here is purely and simply a masterpiece. The album holds itself together from start to finish like I've rarely seen before. As a bonus, the sound is very good on the album, raw or clean depending on what the moment requires. The vocals vary from low-medium pitch BM screeches to narration - all in Polish.
This is obviously not for everybody, but for those who want to give it a try, it's limited to 500 copies, so start hunting.
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