Malokarpatan “Stridžie dni”
Just one glance on cover-art & logo and I knew that band comes from some of south neighbors of Poland and has something with Black and Folk to do. Once again my hunch transpired to be fitting. Well, not at all, but always in some way. Band comes from capital of Slovakia. So point for me! These three guys (who of course use pseudonyms) call music which they play by Black Metal. But this Folk are here only in form of inspiration for texts. Not the only one, anyway.
“Stridžie dni” is the very first release of MALOKARPATAN. But it’s not a demo or EP as the most of you could suppose. Album contains nine compositions with quite long and complicated tittles. Lyrics are written in native language of musicians. So connotation with legendary MASTER’S HAMMER comes by itself – even if they’re from Czech Rep. and they sing in Czech. Well, for people who aren’t Slavs these two languages probably sound the same.
But I’m Polish, so… Anyway, despite my heartfelt will I can’t see a lot of confluxes here. Actually only one is as clear as day: both bands are influenced by folklore and traditions of their nations. That’s truth that both of them can be classified as Black Metal ones. But even if we’ll don’t discuss if and how Black they’re we’ll notice without doubts after listening of “Stridžie dni” and for example “Jilemnický okultista” that music is different, we can even say that totally different. Well, if I’d have to compare MALOKARPATAN to some well-known band then it’d be squad of Mika Luttinen. They play often in rather fast tempos. Riffs are mostly quite easy. It doesn’t mean of course that there’s no place for some lower parts, melodious in its way riffs or something what we can call short solos (especially of guitar, but once or twice also of bass)! Vocalist adjusts way of articulation to it, surely (but this is clear that he can’t sing exactly in the same way whole the time). We can also hear some short declamation. But in general music absolutely isn’t complicated. Guys don’t cop too much and just play METAL! In “Stary z hory, co zver svoju budzo” these lower parts even dominate. Anyways, regardless of this if they play a little faster or lower from this music just ooze hell’s tar. We know after first bars that we have to do with pure Black Metal! That’s also coz of Intros taken mostly from some movies and they’re all a little more or a little less pathetic. But n too much and it sounds very fine together with music.
As I know there were always great bands in Slovakia (even in times when it still was one country with Czech Republic) and here we have another proof of that!
(c) Bart Tomaszewski (SEPULCROS PROD)
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