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PEREPLUT "V Starodavnie Goda" REVIEW

Not lying here....this one took me a few spins, not because I didn't like it or couldn't get my brain around it, but because it reminded me of something.  I couldn't figure out what that was.  I'm not the type to let something like that go, so I stubbornly pursue until I have my answer.  Trust me when I say stubborn.  Let me sight an example.  Back in 1997 when Faith No More released "Ashes to Ashes", I was living in a part of the US that was dominated by fans of country music, and radio friendly dance/house types.  Metalheads were an oddity, and when you said rock music, all the evangelicals plugged their ears in fright.  "Ashes to Ashes" was in heavy rotation on the local radio station. (Mitch, you're still a douche all these years later, but you did have great taste in tunes).  For the life of me, I could never catch the DJ saying who did the song.  It took me three months straight of poor timing and research (this is the EARLY stages of the internet), to find out it was a Faith No More song.  See? Stubborn. But I digress........

Think of what it would sound like if Evan Seinfeld era Biohazard were Russian and incorporated folky elements into their music and replaced the hip hop with a heavy side of thrash metal vibes.  This is Pereplut to me.  Sound complicated?  Don't be scared.  Even if you don't speak even a bit of Russian, this is an addictive listening experience.  Part of me knows I should research the lyrics, but today I think I'll work with the part that likes to see the whole forest instead of individual trees, so to speak.

Pereplut  " V Starodavnie Goda"  Released April 7 via  Stygian Crypt productions.

Pereplut is the Slavic goddess of drinking. That's only appropriate for me because this is exactly the type of music I'd be playing out in the middle of the forest with a bonfire, several friends and a shit ton of good vodka.

Random thought.....Parts of this album sound like a rad videogame soundtrack. listening?  You should be.

The slower tracks on this album conjur images of riding a horse through a misty forest.  Track one is a great example.  It will also fool you.  If I didn't already know better, I would have never suspected the album's heavier elements were hiding out around the corner waiting to kick my ass.  Track one takes you in a much calmer direction.  Track 2 starts out that way, but hold on to your hat..... I'll just leave you with that.  The surprise element makes it that much more fun.  This proves to be a fairly common theme throughout the album.  There are graceful sections that meld into heavy, driving beats.  There are riff heavy parts with a surprisingly graceful overlay of instruments you may not recognize unless you hang out in the folk metal world regularly, and there are parts that are straight up heavy with no pretense.  You see, the fascinating thing about folk metal, for me at least, is that it takes two distinctly different styles and blends them to create a unique genre.  Some folk metal bands aren't quite there yet.  Their music tends to sound like two different concepts going on at the same time with a line in between.  Think of it like wearing two shoes of the same color, but different styles.

Pereplut obviously gets it.  They take different elements and blend them really well.  It's a cohesive powerful sound, and as I said earlier, it's addictive.

I wasn't expecting to have the response I had to this music, but it sits very nicely in my brain.  The senses respond in much the same fashion as they do with classical music.  There is always a whole lot going on in the minds eye.  The heavier elements of this music bring out deep dark shades of blue and purple (not unlike a certain Swedish post metal album I wrote about a while back), and they always appear as amorphous clouds around me.  The higher pitched instruments, especially the flute bring up an odd peachy gold tone that flits and flutters around much like a sparkler in complete darkness.  All you can see is the movement of the light, but not the person manipulating it.  There is a powerful sense of forward movement that comes with the up tempo tracks.  This music won't be everyone's proverbial "cup of tea" because folk metal is an anomaly to some, but in terms of overall quality, this album is good.

The standout track for me is “Tropoyu Volkolaka”.  It begins with an orchestral vibe, heavy in and of itself, then the riffs come crashing in.  Then the orchestral elements come back to form another nuance of their richly layered sound.  It's sort of like turning on one the greats of classical composition, then switching to Slayer in mid song intro.  On the surface it seems like a harsh transition, but the fullness of the sound this band produces gives any transitions in the music a solid and smooth foundation.  The brain doesn't throw on the brakes because it's already busy processing a sound that surrounds you.

Also....rad guitar solo on track seven “Daryi Lesnogo Dyadi”....seriously.  I like it.

As for the vocals, I sort of love the old school cookie monster-ish style that Pereplut employs.    It fits the music perfectly and at the same time doesn't sound like the singer is going to blow a vocal chord while doing his frontman duties.  I dig it.  Besides, I can't think of any other vocal stylings that would fit Pereplut's sound.  You, sir, have the monopoly on this particular position.

If I had to describe this album in three words, they would be consistent, rich, and loud.  All perfect qualities in my opinion, and easily conducive to giving it a listen for pure enjoyment, before you set about learning what the lyrics mean....unless of course you speak Russian, then by all means go for it the first time around.  Either way, I think you will enjoy it.

Pereplut  " V Starodavnie Goda"  Released April 7 via  Stygian Crypt productions.

Check it!

Drink some good vodka when you do.


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