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Svetlana : Apparent Victory Of Satan

This demo sets in the new direction that will develop further in Svetlana's following releases. Though the music is still primarily doom/drone, quite a few psychadelic ambient elements have been added. The music has also become far more experimental than their previous releases.

The aura of the music isn't as dark as before, though the occasional growled vocals still remain. You would think that the Sunn O))) influences would be able to float more freely, but that is only the case in the drone parts. It's not uncommon to hear industrial samples during the ambient sections. This includes the explanation of the demo title.

'Apparent Victory Of Satan' is a very notable name. It takes a little bit of pondering before one understands it. No, the band is not satanic. This is a reflection on our society. The awful way that we humans treat eachother, the corruption and hatred that we teach through our action. Surely Satan must have been victorious when the world has ended up like this.

The most remarkable of all the clips is the intro of 'Ut Ur Mörkret' (translated: "Out Of The Darkness"). This is a discussion between an, apparently British, servant of Satan and the devil himself. It's rather hard to understand what the devil says as he's speaking in tongues, but a part of the discussion is about the brilliance of using the Bible as their tool. Indeed it has been used to create wars all over the world so it's a really interesting thought.

The new elements in the music shouldn't prevent those who enjoyed the previous demos from liking this one. Fans of Sunn O))) should also try it out. Also for your convenience, NOTHingness Records has re-released both this demo and 'Homicidia' on one 74 minute long release. [edit by author: Unfortuenately, for some reason, the re-release never saw the light of day.]

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Unborn To Blindness
2. Pwcca (Futility Of Life)
3. Suffocation
4. Ut Ur Mörkret

Duration : Approx. 41 minutes.

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Reviewed on 09-02-2006 by Arnstein Petersen
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