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Review: Svartthron - Kraujo Estetika
Kraujo Estetika

Label: Inferna Profundus Records
Year released: 2010
Duration: 40:27
Tracks: 8
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: March 23, 2010
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
Readers Rating
Kraujo Estetika

Rated 3.73/5 (74.55%) (11 Votes)

Kraujo Estetika is the fourth full album for this Lithuanian trio called Svartthron. I don't recall having heard their music, alas, although I recognized the cover art of their earlier album, Bearer of the Crimson Fire.

Kraujo Estetika is a concept album based around blood; not in a death but black metal environment. The cover art represent this concept pretty well actually. As for the lyrical content, it was written in their native tongue. That leaves us with the music to figure out the concept as such. The good news here is that this album is an all-around fun musical experience. Kraujo Estetika is not the furious or the depressive type of black metal and no, it's not the symphonic sort either. This is sick, wicked, kicking and slightly twisted good ol' black metal. The sickness is in the vocals with its wide array of range like wicked rasps, whispers, clean chant and, I believe, some backwards stuff as well. I mean, this is entertaining extreme music with varied tempos, cool black and roll riffs, distorted arpeggios, samplings and so on. Only a couple of tracks stay more rooted in the trad black metal, namely "Kraujo Estetika. Supratimas" and "Svetimuju, Skerdykla. Pergale", but they were made with good taste and a touch of madness. My favorite compositions are "Sparnuotoji Doze. Laukimas" , "Kancia. Zinojimas" and "SuniskasAltorius. Triumfas" because they represent very well my point, besides being real hear-magnets.

For those who enjoy a black metal act with their own twist.

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Review: Bearer of the Crimson Flame (reviewed by Michel Renaud)
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