Rusich - _Might Of Gods in Our Hearts_
(Ancient Nation, 2007)
by: Quentin Kalis (7.5 out of 10)
There is an increasing tendency for NSBM bands to borrow widely from the RAC / Oi! punk movement, usually resulting in something located between mundane and shit. (Aryan Terrorism, Absurd and Der Sturmer are prime examples.) However, Rusich proves to be the exception to this rule. Part of his success can be due to his incorporation of Oi! into his music, rather than simply performing a heavier version of punk riffs accompanied by some grunts.

Two covers are included, and the selection of bands is hardly fresh. But Rusich adopts a slightly different approach. The first cover is, of course, Burzum, the granddaddy of NSBM, but choosing the lengthy ambience of "Tomhet" was not quite what I expected. Rusich produces an acceptable version, although without the creativity given to ambient moments on the _Visions_ tribute album. The second cover is included as a bonus, of an unnamed Sokyra Peruna song. Fans of the latter may recognise it, but that is debatable, as I doubt that they used industrial dance beats! Surprisingly, it is not nearly as horrible as the marriage of RAC and EBM might suggest, and it is one of the highlights of the album.

Although not overwhelmingly original, Rusich deserve to be commended for expanding the boundaries of Slavic NSBM.


(article published 23/6/2007)

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