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A Delivery of Estonian Doom from the Supersargasso - 85%

St4rg4zer, October 3rd, 2016
Written based on this version: 2016, CD, Independent

Taak returns with an offering of Ugric doom metal that will not disappoint long time fans and first time listeners. Giving a nod to their hard rock roots, it's been 4 years since the release of the 'Rist viletsuse teel' album. Supersargasso takes listeners on a musical journey through realms of the ritualistic lost and the droning of the inexplicable. This album was recorded with Keijo Koppel (sound engineer of Metsatöll), who brings his distinguished influence and a touch of folk sound to the album.

Straight from the opening, Taak wastes no time in getting down to business. Fusing roadhouse hard rock guitar and rhythms with the steady and formidable vocals by Mart Kalvet shows his range of cadence and bardic style throughout the album. Tracks like "Viimane õhtu Bela Lugosiga (The Last Night with Bela Lugosi)" and "Haiguste ravi (A Cure to Illness)" bring the listener on a hauntingly gothic journey of sound that highlights the ambience of Supersargasso and makes it memorable. Complimented with the the impassioned murky bass guitar of Ott ‘Otipowitch’ Oras and rounded out with the transcendent keyboards of Kristjan 'Christ' Virma, all the elements of Taak's unique soundscapes come into force on this album.

"Mu hambaid kuulatakse pealt (They are listening in on my Teeth)" is a personal favorite, a little reminiscent of Electric Wizard, opens with an audio clip from 1984 and delves into the realms of paranoia.

Last and not least is the righteous guitar work of Urmas Jõgi, accentuates the album with gripping riffs and a solid expression of a delirious psychedelia. "Eesti sült ja Eesti muda (Estonian Head Cheese and Estonian Mud)" changes up the album to a post-rock sound, shifting gears from the feverish depths of gothic doom and embracing the rockin' tick-bitten, lyme diseased attitude that comes with living in modern day Estonia.