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Svetlana : Thrombosis

The name of the band would suggest that we're dealing with a Russian gothic metal/rock outfit, but that's hardly the case. In reality the band is from Sweden and plays low, rumbling drone.

The story behind the name itself is rather uncomplicated; the band named themselves after Svetlana Alliluyeva, Josef Stalin's daughter. Why? Well, as one of the bandmembers state, they simply found it in a book and thought that it was a good name.

As for the music, Svetlana is clearly Sunn O))) influenced. On the other hand there are also plenty of things in the music that would suggest links to more sick and extreme music. Where Sunn O))) focuses on the loud and heavy, Svetlana goes for a much darker and obscure sound. In fact, volume is probably the least you should expect on this demo.

I guess you could say that this demo, 'Thrombosis', has a lot in common with the quieter funeral doom bands. There are no vocals, but the general aura is rather pale and depressive. Just what you could expect from a funeral doom release.

In any case, this would appeal predominantly to fans of darker drone or bleak ambient funeral doom bands. So even though the music might lie closest to Sunn O))), the hopeless feeling in the music makes it just a suitable for fans of those other genres.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Thrombosis
2. Caligula

Duration : Approx. 22 minutes.

Visit the Svetlana bandpage.

Reviewed on 09-02-2006 by Arnstein Petersen
Forever Autumn
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