Velimor - _Ancestry_
(Stellar Winter, 2005)
by: Quentin Kalis (8 out of 10)
Velimor is essentially a one man project, although he is assisted by the late Ulv Gegner Irminsson (Forest, Raven Dark) on bass. And quite a sizeable man as well -- he would be good competition for Pete Steele (Type O Negative) in a bench pressing tournament!

Moving on to the music, _Ancestry_ is bookended by two folksy instrumentals, not unlike Ulver's _Kveldssanger_, albeit simpler pieces presumably aimed at creating the requisite folkloric atmosphere. The music sandwiched in-between is pagan metal with a noticeable heavy metal touch and even stronger Celtic Frost influence, which is particularly noticeable in their lurching rhythms. The heathen atmosphere initiated at the beginning is sustained throughout the duration of the CD by intermittent, but carefully selective use of a flute. It need not be the said that the production is typically Slavic, imbuing the music with greater clarity but still retaining an edge of rawness. All the lyrics are in Russian with no translations, but the song titles suggest similar lyrical themes of Pagan nationalist pride to labelmates such as Temnozor. In short, this is a pretty good debut full-length from yet another quality eastern NSBM band.


(article published 23/10/2006)

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