Arvet - _Aijna_
(Saturnian Productions, 2011)
by: Chaim Drishner (6.5 out of 10)
Personally, this reviewer likes bands who don't give a fuck and publish all their lyrics and footnotes in their native language, as obscure and esoteric as it might be, not succumbing to the ever-tempting globalization currents, as tenaciously as they may pull, killing all and every individuality while doing so. So it was great to encounter a band who sings and writes in Finnish, exclusively; that alone is a statement stronger than most.

The black metal brand employed by Arvet is an okay form of metal of the semi-melodic versus the semi-raw kind, without losing the aggressiveness factor for one second throughout the recording. The music sounds natural, nonchalant to some extent, without the niceties and pleasantries of becoming ultra melodic on one hand, but also without the fuss of sounding the rawest of the raw, on the other.

Focusing on stripped down, arid atmosphere and guitar playing, Arvet has all the best of intentions, yet not enough of a musical substance with which to fill the band's intentions, and pretensions.

The most famous of all Finnish bands, namely Beherit, has already covered most of the musical grounds, black metal-related or otherwise. It is time the Finnish scene will move on and transcend beyond its history and offer something ingenious and unique, thus resuscitating the spark of creativity it owned during its heydays, not very long ago.


(article published 30/9/2011)

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