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Svetlana : Homicidia

The Swedish dark doom/droners return again. Sunn O))) riffage mixed with dark ambient and aggressive, yet slow growls, makes for a grim scene. The extent of the growls is the most notable change from 'Thrombosis', their previous demo, but the music has grown a tad more powerful as well. Not to mention that this demo is double the running time.

I know there's a lot of people out there who consider Svetlana to be a Sunn O)))-clone. I would definitely disagree. The riffage has a lot of clear similarities, but the atmosphere of the music is very different. Whereas Sunn O))) focus on the thick and slightly laid back riffage [edit by author: Well, at least that was true for their oldest releases.], Svetlana focus their attention on crushing, powerful chords of negative energy.

I'll agree with those who say that some kinds of drone do begin to sound samey after a while. Sadly Svetlana is that way inclined on this demo because the riffage is very similar all the way through. On the other hand the vocals do create a difference to the music, and keep it from becoming utterly boring. Honestly I'm not a drone person although I do enjoy drone from time to time, so the real droners might think more highly of it than I do. And I don't think it's half bad.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Et In Arcadia Ego...
2. A Sudden Wave of Chaos
3. ...And Then He Died
4. Inside the Astral Coffin
5. Beseech of Youth

Duration : Approx. 33 minutes.

Visit the Svetlana bandpage.

Reviewed on 09-02-2006 by Arnstein Petersen
Hate Your Guts Records
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