Lovijater are a band from Finland that plays a mixture of pagan/folk metal and stoner rock and this is a review of their 2013 album "Pimeaen Tuoja" which was released by Inverse Records.
The album starts out with melodic vocals and heavy stoner rock sounds and after awhile melody and nature sounds are added into the music and on the following song pagan chanting is brought into the recording along with some melody and powerful sounding bass guitars as well as folk influences.
As the album continues the band seems to find a perfect balance between melody and heaviness as well as bringing in medieval pagan folk music elements and updating them for the modern day and at time s you can also hear some clean playing being used in certain sections of the music as well as a small use of melodic female vocals.
As the album progresses acoustic guitars and elements of 60's psychedelic rock are added into the music and they also give the album a more ritualistic feeling along with a small amount of whispers and on one of the songs the music starts adding in more fast parts.
On this album Lovijater take stoner rock and 70's doom metal and mix it in with the native Pagan folk music of their home country and they bring out a very original sound with this recording.
Song lyrics are written in Finnish and cover folklore from the Kalevala and Finnish Poetry and Paganism, while the production has a very strong, powerful, heavy and professional sound where you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording.
In my opinion Lovijater are a very great sounding mixture of stoner rock and pagan/folk metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres you should check out this band and album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Vainovolkae" "Uhrilehto" "Lievo" and "Tuenon Musta Joki". 8/5 out of 10.