Estonian Pagan Black Metal band Bestia
have been blasting music in their capital city of Tallinn since the spring
of 2000. In that time they have had a handful of releases and contributed
to several compilations. The “Õiglaste Tulek" demo is
their latest installment. On this disc you will find three tracks and a
tad over nine minutes of raw black metal/death metal in the pagan vein.
Most of this has a good tempo and is filled with classic black and death
riffs. Some of these ominous guitar riffs are awesome, but if the band could
tighten up a few loose parts it would help solidify their music. A few elements
didn’t mesh quite right, which made those parts a little awkward.
Basically some riffs choices were too much in contrast with their adjoining
parts. Not all the time, but a few times it got my attention. However the
vocal variation between the screaming black vox and a few guttural death
growls was nice. Elements from bands like Burzum, Immortal, Enslaved, Absu,
and maybe a little Morbid Angel are all through this CD. “Õiglaste
Tulek” is a little unpolished; don’t expect Dimmu Borgir crystal
clear black metal. Think of those aforementioned with a little raw edge.
So, If you like your black/death metal a little on the raw side then this
is for you.
Reviewed By: Jeffrey D. Adkins