Bestia – Karusõdalane

Bestia have come up with some pretty decent pagan/Viking death/black metal on this release. To me, it’s more of what it would sound like if Amon Amarth tried playing black metal with Shagrath from Dimmu Borgir on vocals. I’m not saying this is a bad thing, in fact the band pulls it off quite well. There is a certain “organic” feel to the way this album sounds. Raw and folkish with an intensity shared by other bands playing the same type of metal. Chalk that up to historical reverence both for culture and the genre. I’ve learned that is a heart felt sentiment that a lot of musicians feel, and it does come out in the music. Bestia really dig their heels in on these 9 tracks and display their passion with traditional riffage of 90’s black metal which is laid over a rhythm of black/death style drumming with sparse keyboard work over it all. The result is something that fans of Enslaved, Graveland, Moonblood, Amon Amarth, and Borknagar would really enjoy.

This was quite an enjoyable album. It wasn’t totally raw, but it wasn’t totally “polished” either. The production was just right for this one. There are a lot of bands who over-produce things and then you hear and album like this with great production and it causes me to wonder why some bands rush things to get their albums out. Bestia definitely took their time and got things right with this effort.

With that being said, if this album is not being talked about yet, it soon will be. Even if you don’t like this type of music, you at least have to respect them for their efforts being the true musicians and artists that they are. But, if you do like this album contact Careless Records for info. Better hurry though, this is limited to 100 copies.

4 / 5 STARS 

Reviewer: Michael

Sep 6, 2020

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Bestia – Karusõdalane

review Bestia - Karusõdalane

1. Karusõdalane
2. Sokutants
3. Ebaõnnistus
4. Idaviiking
5. Tüdinud Tühjusest
6. Draakonite Jumalad
7. Talveöös
8. Valgusest Vabanemine
9. Toonetaig


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