tradition has been made popular by Rakoth for the 1st time, and now
with this record we have another fine example of that. Already from
"Years of Prophecy" one can taste the melodic folk
black metal, rich in melancholic guitars, that Alkonost have loved
to play since Sep. 95.
Endowed with an effective chorus is "Sun Shine Our Land",
suitable on a single, while "Song of the Smiths (Sledgehammer)"
and "Holiday of Fathers" have been stuffed with saturated
sounds, alternated to melodic guitars; the latter lasts almost 10 minutes
on the total 54' 50".
A Baroque arpeggio characterizes the initial structure of the sad "War
Is Closed by Us", a song dealing with the honour in battle,
certainly the best of the 9, enriched by great vocals and keyboards,
decadent, and featuring an intermezzo of a drum machine. Interesting
sound the melodic guitar breaks Alkonost have threaded into the structure
of the song.
After the instrumental "Rain of Former Days" we find
3 compositions composing the demo "Spirit Tending to Revolt",
showing a slight evolution from the 1st 6 tracks composing the album
"Songs of the Eternal Oak", written 3 years before,
and as if it weren't enough 2 CD-rom clips are included too. As a matter
of fact the new compositions are embellished by this time joyful
keyboards, and in 2 of them, female vocals, inviting first, then rocking;
moreover, the sounds are here sharper and less thick.
What the band wants us to understand is that you can write very pleasant
songs even through simple arrangements, a not particular originality,
nor extraordinary skills; it's the team work that counts, the spirit
of group. Advice: English to improve, more variety within the songs.
Alkonost? The Dostoevskijs of melancholy Slavonic Pagan metal.
MARKUS GANZHERRLICH - 21/10/02
--Shadows of Timeless (rehearsal tape-97)
-Shadows of Glory (demo-97)
-Songs of the Eternal Oak (CD-2000)
-Spirit Tending to Revolt (demo-2001)
-Nevedomye Zemli (Unknown Lands) (Russian language demo-2001)
Elk, g., backing v.
Alex Nightbird, b., v.
Almira, keyboards, back-v.
VL, d., back-v. (98-2001)
Anton, d. (now)
Alena, v., backing v.