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This is stunning debut album, honestly! - 90%

dismember_marcin, November 1st, 2013

Damn, this has been so long since the last time I have listened to this excellent album that I had to wipe the dust from it first, but then I have actually been playing this CD for the whole day yesterday and today and will carry on tomorrow as well. Hell yeah, I almost forgot how awesome Loits is. First time I have actually heard of them and “Ei Kahetse Midagi” was when I got the cassette with this album from somewhere. And I couldn’t believe that somewhere in Estonia plays band of such high quality and with such musical style. It was somewhere in 2002 or 2001 and back then I didn’t know much about the Baltic scene of Lithuania, Estonia or Latvia (except Poccolus only), so it was huge, huge surprise for me to hear band such as Loits. I remember that I interviewed Lembetu sometime later and from then on every Loits release, which I could find, was quickly purchased and I really liked them all. Yeah, definitely this band is very special and certainly they’re the best Eastern European band for me (and by East European I mean countries East to the Polish border – I always hate when people call Poland an Eastern European country as geographically we’re in the fuckin middle of Europe; we used to be called like that because of the politics in the communism era, but that’s fucking history now and past… look at the map and see that we’re in the centre of Europe FFS!).

Loits is special – not only for music they play, but also for the whole concept which they’re dealing with – telling about the patriotism, national pride and the history of their country during the World War II with almost kind of soldiers’ memoirs, feelings, etc. Some people may accuse them for being even Nazis, seeing the band wearing the uniforms, which look so much like the uniforms of the German soldiers, but please – read the lyrics, check some more details about the band and more so, learn about the history of Estonia during the WWII and you will know why it is all like this (certainly not because they’re fuckin Nazis!). To tell the story short – Estonians were fighting for their independence against the Russia who occupied them, so they thought that taking the side of the Germans would help them fight Stalin… German troops were kind of liberators and definitely not such a great threat like in many other European countries and soon the country became part of Reichskommissariat Ostland. So, this is why the Estonian troops had the symbols and uniforms alike the German ones (these were the Estonian Legions which were for example joined to the famous Waffen SS Verfügungstruppe units).

OK, history aside (but remember that it is very important aspect of Loits’ music!)… Musically Loits gives a lot of credit to the Norwegian black metal scene, I think. If I didn’t know what band and album I listen to, then I would certainly think it is a lost gem from Norway or maybe new recording from one well known band from this country. Honestly, I really think that there are many influences from such bands as Gehenna (some of their albums at least, plus the vocals sound quite similar), Vreid / Windir, Tulus, Enslaved and even from Dimmu Borgir (from their “Stormblast” era) or Ulver’s “Bergtatt”. The riffing has many similarities to each of these bands and more so, the atmosphere of the Loits music is similarly cold and dark. From the other hand I can sincerely say that Loits – even if was influenced by all these bands – managed also to create something original and unique. And don’t get fooled by the bizarre term “flak ‘n’ roll” – whatever that would mean; in many ways this is classic, Norwegian-like, maybe little bit folky in some riffs, black metal record. Loits creates awesome atmosphere, I like how they diverse the music, so there are some more aggressive and harsh parts, but with many more melodic themes here and there, where Loits uses some keyboards or folky, quite catchy riffs, so in the end there’s always something great going on and the music is monumental, epic and cold atmospheric black metal… And I love it. The production of “Ei Kahetse Midagi” is also just superb; very clean, but with that harshness, which is necessary in this kind of music. Then I really like the vocals of Lembetu, who sings all the lyrics in Estonian and that always brings an extra feeling to the music… just like when Norwegian bands sing in Norwegian, Polish bands sing in Polish – the use of different language in black metal than the usual English gives something unique and characteristic and even if you can’t understand it, it just sounds damn awesome and apart the band from many similar acts.

Every time I listen to “Ei Kahetse Midagi” I am just really impressed by it. The riffing is just excellent, Loits managed to compose some truly awesome songs and the performance from every band member is just excellent. If I can be honest I just don’t see any faults on this particular album. It is just flawless and with 36 minutes on the clock it provides an excellent listening experience, which – even if I’ve listened to the album so many times already – never gets monotonous. I mentioned some Norwegian bands, which I find similar to Loits, but honestly I think that these Estonians are just better than say Vreid or most of Gehenna albums… “Ei Kahetse Midagi” is for me a superb classic and I really, really recommend it to you all… I feel like this band and especially this album are somehow forgotten and underestimated, so it’s time to give it what it deserves. Get it now!
Standout tracks: “Tulisilma Sünd”, “Valge Nägu”
Final rate: 90/100

The beginning of a powerful Estonian Force - 88%

SMVxUSA, August 23rd, 2009

El Kahetse Midagi is the first proper demo for the Estonian self proclaimed "flak and roll" project, LOITS. This demo begins with the powerful "Tulisilma Sünd," a fitting opener for what follows. Clear production and able musicianship define the demo throughout and here fast raging black metal meets a folkish pagan touch. One could bang their head to this one minute and raise a pint the next.

Next is "Sinimäed 1944," which starts out with a moody intro of piano and what sounds like thunder. Add to that some synth with the same folk feel of the first track and you're ready to roll into the next track, "Tõelised Kuningad." Here an acoustic guitar soothes you into a dreamlike state with light synth notes in the background. That mood quickly dissolves as the drums and vocals come in. This track has an early Satyricon feel to it and definitely is an ode to the Norge black metal days in the early 90's.

After the slow fade out, "Valge Nägu" begins with some guitar and light drums. This track has a more rock feel and starts with the mood of mid-Katatonia but quickly goes back to that Norge BM we all love. The music is a bit lighter here and has a very atmospheric quality in the guitar which competes with the urgency of the almost shrieking vocals.

"Hauast Aupaistesse" comes in with a militaristic feel and mosh like stomp. This quickly turns to double bass and Enslaved like riffs. "Hauast Aupaistesse" is the stand out track of the demo and serves as a climax to the rest of the release.

Stormy winds and tranquil synths start off "Kolmjalg." This then goes to more double bass and riffing which gives way to the old stomp we've grown accustomed to. This is a track to raise the glasses again and give a toast to victory. There is only clean vocals, no real black metal to be seen and it fades out with the wind and more synths that signal a storm to come.

Veri is that storm and has an almost ABSURD feel to it. Or at least later ABSURD, as this was released before Totenleider, the album this mostly resembles. This tracks stays mid-paced and has guitars that still have a folkish feel though are also modern.

"Sinu Mees, Sinu Vend, Sinu Poeg," finishes this out and it definitely goes out with a bang, not a wimper. Traditional Nord BM meets vokish music with a mix of clean and BM style vocals.

The concept of this demo centers around WWII and the Estonian involvement. When Russia got into the war, they were a super power that wanted to make all Eastern European countries part of one large nation. Estonia had fought for their independence many years ago and as a small country, could see Russia trying to invade and conquer them. Because of this, they fought on the side of the Germans. They saw the Germans as not enslavers, but liberators against a "red menace." This demo speaks of the beginning of the war and the talk of Russian powers. It then goes into the tale of a village soldier fighting at the front. Finally it talks of the German soldiers coming into that same village and villagers defending their home with the German soldiers. It is a great concept and one that seems executed quite well with the lyrics and music. This is definitely a release to add to your arsenal if you like well done black metal in that 90's style with a slight folk touch.