Album of the Month

SubRosa return with their most Doom-oriented album to date, which proves to be yet another masterpiece.
(Read more)

Classic revisited

Random band

An enigmatic Danish collective, The Hyle have a quite dreamy, echoey Stoner/Doom sound that sounds like a very mellowed-out cross between Electric Wiz...
(read more)

Svetlana : Through The Wall Of Drone

This demo is far more primitive than Svetlana's later releases. Instead of generating a dark atmopshere for the tracks, they focus on the loud and pure guitar sound.

I was told by the band themselves that they didn't think much of this demo and the previous one. In fact they disliked it so much that they didn't want me to review it. But while they think it's utter garbage, I actually found it to be really good. I like raw and harsh drone. And what I liked the most was the hissing double growls. They sound truly venomous. But the clips of spoken words could have been left out.

It's so different from the other releases that it's no guarantee that those who like their later releases will like this one. Instead I would reccomend it to those who would like to hear a crueler version of Sunn O))). This might explain why the band doesn't like this demo as I know that neither of the bandmembers like Sunn O))).

If this had been the first material that I had heard from Svetlana, I would have expected the band to go in a different direction than what they have. But I'm glad they did as while this is certainly good music, it still fails to live up to the standard that they have set later.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Through The Wall Of Drone
2. Doomsayer

Duration : Approx. 22 minutes.

Visit the Svetlana bandpage.

Reviewed on 09-02-2006 by Arnstein Petersen
Advertise your band, label or distro on doom-metal.com