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Review: Pan-Amerikan Native Front - Little Turtle's War
Pan-Amerikan Native Front
Little Turtle's War

Label: Independent
Year released: 2021
Duration: 41:42
Tracks: 8
Genre: Black Metal


Review online: April 10, 2021
Reviewed by: Mjölnir
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Rated 4.25/5 (85%) (8 Votes)

There's been a surge in recent years of Black Metal bands formed by Native Americans that focus on their heritage and history, many of which come from South California's Black Twilight Circle (The Blue Hummingbird on the Left, Volahn, etc.) Considering how violent and fucked up that history tends to be, I'm kind of surprised that didn't happen much sooner, but it's a trend that has brought us a number of fine bands. If the sophomore album of Pan-Amerikan Native Front is anything to go off of, then they can easily be included amongst them.

Little Turtle's War consists of raw, pounding Black Metal that's all about Native American warfare, specifically those fought and won by Michikiniqua and Weyapiersenwah, or Little Turtle and Blue Jacket in English. This kind of thing could easily come across as gimmicky if handled improperly, but sole member Kurator of War is clearly well versed both in his history and his Metal, as every song is a sharply written blast of hatred that runs the gamut from triumphic odes to warfare like the pounding "Power of the Calumet Dance" and the savage "Michikiniqua's Triumph" to more contemplative numbers like "The Great White Beaver Lurks". The guitar work is feral while retaining a surprising degree of melody, the drumming is brutal and war-like, and the vocals are a distorted howl that sounds like it's sailing over a violent firefight, all of which is enhanced by the incorporation of indigenous sensibilities to the music. I will say the guitar sound is a little thinner than I'd like, often getting lost in the mix under the drums and vocals, and the closing track breaks off into a moody acoustic section that could have done with being cut by a minute or so, but these are minor faults on an otherwise killer work of indigenous rage. Definitely worth checking out.

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