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Pogost : Slugi Pepla

Pogost is yet another one-man Funeral Doom project form these remote, cold and, as a matter of fact desperate lands of East-Europa; Ya know, da famous Slavic Scene!

The album, the title of which can be translated in "Servants of Ashes" - which is spooky as you may notice – is released by the now well-known underground label, Satanarsa.

The dark moors Pogost paints are, if totally unoriginal, extremely captivating. No, there are no flaws in this album, no amateurishness, no plastic drum-kit, no over-the-top gurgling grunts. This is as fresh and blurred as a wandering in the grey misty forests of Belarus our man certainly knows by heart since that's where he lives (in Belarus I mean, not in the forests – although this also might be possible).

Pogost has a pagan edge, a mystical scope like many other of his peers: Nortt, Raventale, Velnias, and other sullen and grim Black Doom acts of the like.

The music is as evocative as droning mournful guitars, hoarse shrieks, slow drumming, mournful piano can be. It's powerful yet simplistic and definitely needs an expert ear to be fully appreciated. Fans of that obscure genre know what I mean.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. В Моих Черных Крыльях Зияют Дыры...
2. Лишь Курганов Призрачный Свет...
3. Черный Кристал С Срыми Гранями...
4. Память Праха, Что Ныне Пеплом Стала...
5. Руслами Высохших Проклятых Сек...
6. Холод Руин...
7. За Горизонтом Пустынных Небес...

Transliteration [and English translation in brackets]:
1. V Moikh Chernykh Kryl'jakh Zijajut Dyry... [In my black wings holes gape...]
2. Lish' Kurganov Prizrachnyjj Svet... [Only barrows illusive light...]
3. Chernyjj Kristal S Srymi Granjami... [The black crystal with grey sides...]
4. Pamjat' Prakha, Chto Nyne Peplom Stala... [Memory of ashes, that nowadays ashes became...]
5. Ruslami Vysokhshikh Prokljatykh Sek... [Channels of the dried up damned rivers...
6. Kholod Ruin... [The cold of ruins...]
7. Za Gorizontom Pustynnykh Nebes... [Behind Horizon of Deserted Heavens...]

Duration : Approx. 54 minutes.

Visit the Pogost bandpage.

Reviewed on 28-12-2009 by Bertrand marchal
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