::: Ronkade parved (2009) reviews :::

Rokade parved
Heavy Metal Cosmos (Greece)

8/10

Release Date: 2009
Origin: Estonia

Bestia is a black metal band from Estonia that was formed in 2000. After some demos and promos the band released its debut “Hallutsinatsioon” in 2004 and it was rereleased next year by the German label Perverted Taste, something that gave them a chance for a wider distribution. After some line-up changes and a few new demos and a split EP with Urt, they return in 2009 with their new album, the second full-length “Ronkade Parved” released by Hexenreich Records.

This second work is very strong and solid, especially compared with their debut, which was somehow unbalanced. They play raw pagan black metal, with a very powerful production and a very aggressive approach. The tempo varies from slow to fast and even though their music is described as black metal, they also use many elements from death and thrash metal, skillfully absorbed in their music, giving Bestia its own characteristic sound. They have an epic atmosphere to their music, which is achieved mainly due to the aggression and emotion of their songs and less due to their melodies or orchestrations. Their sound is sharp, with very few synths in the background, while the vocals are typical black metal screams and the lyrics deal about local folklore, nature, ancient times and mythological subjects, all sang in Estonian language. In some of their songs they use also saxophone, which makes quite a contrast with the rest of the music, but works very good for the band, adding a very interesting quality in their album. There are also some other “guest instruments”, like violins and whistles that remain in the background, giving though a folk mood from time to time…

I believe that “Ronkade Parved” is a very professional release by an underground band like Bestia, which deserves the attention of epic and aggressive pagan black metal fans. The first edition of the album is released in pro-printed CD-r in a very beautiful A5 digipak by Hexenreich Records, limited to 99 hand-numbered copies. It is also scheduled to be released as a standard digipak version by Evil Distribution. You can get a taste of the band in their myspace page: www.myspace.com/hallutsinatsioon or in their official site: http://www.metal.ee/bestia

+ http://www.heavymetalcosmos.com/en/reviews/357-b/343-bestia--ronkade-parved





Imperiumi.net (Finland)

?/10

Virolaisen Bestian viiden vuoden takainen debyyttialbumi Hallutsinatsioon oli omanlaisensa rimanalitus debyyttialbumien rintamalla. Toisella yrityksellään bändi on tähdännyt korkeammalle ja pitkälti siinä myös onnistuen. Pakanallishenkinen eesti-bm ui sujuvasti menestyneempien maamiestensä vanavedessä.

Ronkade parved on tyyliltään ja rakenteeltaan hyvin yllätyksetön ja perinteinen genrensä julkaisu. Kymmenen biisiä, vajaa kolmen vartin kesto ja kappaleiltaan tasaisen toimiva, mutta yllätyksetön koostumus. Reipasta keskitempoa ja nopeampaa paukutusta tarjoillaan sopivan yksinkertaisten ja menevien riffien kera. Lopputulos on rehellisen menevä ja rokkaava. Ei varsinaisesti mieleenjäävän hyvä, mutta selvästi puhdasta keskinkertaisuutta mielenkiintoisempi. Pohjoismaalainen black metal on selvästi ollut taustalla vaikuttajana.

Arvosteluversion ongelmana on kuitenkin raaka silvonta, joka ei anna täysin rehellistä kuvaa valmiista julkaisusta. Nimittäin yli puolet levyn biiseistä on feidattu vain puolimittaisiksi kappaleiksi ja samalla teoksen kokonaiskestosta on lähtenyt kolmannes pois. En lähde arvailemaan olisiko paketti myyntiversiona parempi vai ei, mutta kun viimeiset kuusi kappaletta järjestään jää kesken, syö se kuunteluhalua turhankin tehokkaasti.

Soundeiltaan teos on kelpoa laatua. Kitaroiden särö on mukavan särmäinen ja perkussiopuolen työskentely on viritetty miellyttävän selkeäksi. Laulupuolen ulosanti on pääasiassa tyylilajille ominaista rääkynää, mutta täysin yksipuoliseen rähistelyyn ei Bestia täysin taivu. Omaa vivahdettaan tuo myös käytetty kieli, joka ei vielä näinä aikoinakaan aivan jokaiseen makunystyrään välttämättä istu.

Promokappaleen rajusta typistyksestä johtuen jätän arvosanan antamatta. Kohtuullisen pätevän lupauksen levy näinkin toki jättää, mutta lopullisen tuomion antaisin vasta lopullisen version kuultuani.

+ http://www.imperiumi.net/index.php?act=albums&id=8754





METALGLORY Magazine (Germany)

6/10

„Ronkade Parved“ („Raven Flocks“) ist das bisher zweite Full-lenght der aus Estland stammenden Pagan Black Metal-Truppe BESTIA.

Musikalisch gesehen liegt der Fokus bei BESTIA klar auf der schwarzmetallischen Seite. Die Pagan-Parts dienen nur, um die Musik der Jungs zu unterstützen, bilden aber keinen Stützpfeiler der Musik. Die Produktion des Albums ist sehr gut gelungen, die Songs preschen druckvoll aus den Boxen. Wenn der Sound noch ein bisschen differenzierter wäre, könnte man ihn perfekt nennen. Was die Songs auf „Ronkade Parved“ angeht, so kann ich Euch sagen, dass sie durchaus im oberen Durchschnitt anzusiedeln sind. BESTIA verstehen es interessante Kompositionen zu erschaffen, die wie schon erwähnt stark im Black Metal verwurzelt sind und nur vereinzelt mit melodischen Pagan-Parts aufgelockert werden.

Fazit: Hier wird wie so oft nichts Neues geboten, aber für Genre-Fans dürften BESTIA dennoch eine Hörprobe wert sein. Die Produktion ist gut und die Songs können sich auf jeden Fall hören lassen. Für Sammler: die erste Auflage gibt es im A5-Digi, welches auf 99 handnummerierte Exemplare limitiert ist. Version 2 kommt dann im April über Evil Distribution, wird einen Bonus-Track enthalten und ist auf 300 handnummerierte Digis limitiert.

+ http://www.metalglory.de/reviews_neu.php?nr=18057




Metalteam UK (England)

I have come to realise that Estonian Black Metal comes in a number of forms. One thing which also struck me when listening to “Ronkade Parved” (Raven Flocks) is that the Estonian language lends itself to this genre in the same way as Norwegian. Rasping vocals stand in the middle of a mixture of fiery and atmospheric sections. An interesting feature of this album is the use of the saxophone on the tracks “Ronkade Parved” and “Mälestus Kustutab Leegi” (Remembrance Extinguishes the Flame). The last artist I can recall using the saxophone in this way was Nattefrost on his solo albums and with Carpathian Forest on “Defending the Throne of Evil”. The effect is creepy. The similarity with Nattefrost doesn’t end there because on this album there’s the folksy, occasionally fairground type sound which sounds as if it ought to be jolly but instead is the stuff of nightmares.

The album starts intensely with the old style “Ronkade Parved” and so it goes on. In tone it’s dull and deadpan, but unlike an early Darkthrone album sounding like it’s been recorded in a kitchen, it’s clearly produced. The spoken introductions in Estonian add gravity and suggest there are no “rules” here. The fusion of the saxophone, the measured drumming and the harshness create the air of something unpleasant. By contrast, “F.S.” is more upbeat and thrashy, again bringing the Carpathian Forest comparison to mind. “Mälestus Kustutab Leegi” starts imperiously. The saxophone accompanies a wall of blackened sound and funereal drumming. It all descends into screams of chaos and evil. After this, the album consists of a series of two minute blasts, all on a bed of evil and intense Black Metal, each imprinted with different moods. “Verine Koidik” (Bloody Sunrise) is fast and furious. The drums are in blasting mode. The vocalist makes it as horrible as possible. The last three tracks demonstrate the variation. “Tasumise Päev” (Day of Revenge) starts eerily with the sound of the recorder, to the background wall of sound, before leading into furious intensity. “Õiglaste Tulek” (Coming of the Righteous) by contrast is a creeping track in which the vocalist croaks on and the riff goes round and round. Then “Viimne Lahing” (The Last Battle) calls upon a more traditional, pagan sound.

“Raw Epic Pagan Black Metal with some elements of Folk, Thrash and Death metal” is how “Ronkade Parved” is presented to us. Undoubtedly dark and Nordic in its flavour, the strength of this album is the variations of speed and styles of delivery. Basically, it’s epic, evil, unpleasant and in different ways atmospheric, just as good Black Metal should be.

+ http://www.metalteamuk.net/may09reviews/cdreviews-bestia.htm




Minacious Webzine (Sweden)

This is the second full-length from this Estonian Black Metal, and the first I have heard from them. The band started in 2000 and have had a lot of line-up changes, but the band seems to be quite stable now. Bestia have released, besides the two full-lengths, for demos and one compilation. This is their latest release. The music on "Ronkade Parved" (not to be confused with the Swedish idiom "Runkad parad") is comprised of a lot of different parts. First of there is the most obvious, the harsh Black Metal with both faster blastbeat driven Black metal violence and slower, colder Black metal gloom. There is also a decent amount of Death Metal in the music, even some Thrash Metal here and there. But overall this is a Black Metal record. But on top of everything there is a folk music layer that adds a pagan touch to the music. Also they are not afraid to be a bit experimental, flutes and the viola have been used in Black Metal but saxophone. A bit strange, but it sort of works. The bass is high up in the mix which is something that I like, it adds a lot of weight and brutality to the recording, and the vocals are varied which is also something taht i really like. This is a really good album, check it out if you are into pagan Black Metal or if want Black Metal with a saxophone.

http://www.minacious.org/rev-bestia_-_ronkade_parved.html




Metalkrant (Holland)

Over de band:
Dat het internet een allesoverheersend medium is geworden is allang een feit. Dat Metalkrant gestaag aan het groeien is ook. Maar dat we een cd afkomstig uit Estland zouden ontvangen ter beoordeling had zelfs ik nog niet verwacht. Toch is het zo, want de Black Metallers van Bestia hebben de moeite genomen om een promo van hun nieuwe album te sturen. Bestia is sedert eind jaren negentig opgericht en sindsdien zijn er vijf demo's van hun hand verschenen. Enig vergelijkingsmateriaal is niet voorhanden, want op wereldwijde web is weinig tot niets over deze formatie te vinden. Hoezo underground? Toch ben ik blij dat de nieuwe schijf ons wel heeft weten te bereiken. Want voor een relatief kleine band hebben ze toch een aardig plaatje in elkaar weten te draaien.

Over het album:
Het album Ronkade Parved, welke is uitgebracht via Evil Distribution (Label + Mailorder) klinkt verassend helder. De productie is van een dusdanige kwaliteit die je niet zo snel bij een band van dit kaliber zou verwachten. Daar scoren ze dus al punten mee. Ook compositorisch gezien zit het niet slecht in elkaar, al ontstijgen de songs nergens de middenmoot van het genre. Bestia heeft het in zich om degelijke, eerlijke pagan black metal songs te schrijven waarbij de nodige thrash invloeden niet worden geschuwd. Het is nergens slecht, maar verder dan 'degelijk' zal ik in deze recensie niet komen. Met als je in je achterhoofd houdt dat het hier een undergroundband betreft kun je alleen maar respect hebben voor deze mannen! Liefhebbers van het genre kunnen dit kleinood tegen een zacht prijsje via Evil Distribution aanschaffen. Ik heb dat al gedaan, maar meer in het kader van 'Support the underground.' De goedverzorgde digipack versie ziet er overigens erg mooi uit...

Conclusie:
Bestia heeft overduidelijk werk gemaakt van deze release. Van de productie tot aan het artwork. Daarvoor krijgen ze van mij een dikke voldoende!

http://www.metalkrant.net/?message=288&page=5




Bullet Music Explorer (Germany)

8/10

Am 31.Januar 2009 wurde Bestia´s 2. Werk "Ronkade parved" oder auch "Des Rabensschar" veröffentlicht. Wer Bestia nicht kennt, sei kurz angemerkt, das die 5 Herren aus Estland ihre Formation unter dem Deckmantel des epischen Pagan-Blackmetals gründeten und das schon seit dem Jahre 2000. Allerdings dürften sich die Einflüsse des Pagan-Metals auf ein Minimum begrenzen, denn wirklich viele Elemente sind davon nicht rauszuhören, finde ich persönlich auch gut so. Stattdessen frönt man eher dem Blackmetal und hier gespickt mit Violinenparts, Flötengedudel, sowie Saxophoneinsätzen, die die eingängige Musik gekonnt auffrischen. Die Produktion lässt sich sehen bzw. hören, hier wurde nicht gegleckert, druckvolle Kompositionen. Die Songs sind abwechslungsreich gestaltet, Mid-Tempo-Passagen lassen eine düstere Atmosphäre erschaffen, um anschließend gekonnt mit Up-Tempo und Blastbeats keinem eine Verschnaufpause zu gönnen. Für meinen Teil ein grundsolides Werk, nichts außergewöhnliches, abgesehen von Saxophoneinlagen, aber hörbar und weiterzuempfehlen. Gesanglich gehts auch in Ordnung, Herr Arckharum macht seinen Job "well done", unterstützt auch von der Gitarrenfraktion, die alle 3 ihre Backvocals beisteuern. Wer also mal reinlauschen will, findet unter der Myspace-Seite Hörproben. Erschienen ist das Album auf Evil Destribution im Mai, mit einer Auflage von handnummerierten 300 Stück als Digipack. Die erste Edition mit 99 Exemplaren ware als Digipack mit CD-R auf Hexenreich-Records rausgekommen.

http://www.bullet-music-explorer.de/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=307%3Abestia-ronkade-parved&catid=56%3Acds&Itemid=54&lang=en




Noise.fi (Finland)

Loitsin maanseudun melankolia, Must Missan vauhkoontunut aggressio... Eteläisen naapurimme äärimetalliorkestereita koristaa usein omintakeinen kotikutoisuus. Sympaattisen kotikutoiselta kuulostaa myöskin Bestian eestinkielinen pakanabläkkis, joskin omaperäisyydessä riittää vielä hakemista. Bestia on parantanut otettaan huomattavasti viiden vuoden takaiselta debyytiltään Hallutsinatsioon. Ronkade Parved (korppiparvet) on laaja-alaisempi ja tuotannollisesti laadukkaampi albumi. Hieman yllättäen levylle löytyy vertauspintaa Nemesis Divinasta. Viime aikoina kun Satyriconin uudemmat ovat olleet yleisesti inspiraation lähteenä. Hyvä metallinen draivi ja ajoittaiset eeppiset kohtaukset sekoittuvat vaivattomasti. Muutamat irtiotot, muun muassa saksofonisoolot, ovat hienosti onnistuneita. Kun kitaroissa tuntuu vielä nostalginen tuulahdus 90-luvun Norja-blackista ja kärinälaulusta löytyy mukavasti vaihtelua, on peruskivi vahvalla pohjalla. Pakanametalli alkaa kuitenkin olla sitä myöten koluttu taiteenlaji, ettei pelkkä idea ja vahva pohjatyö riitä. Tarvitaan suvereenia suorittamista, ja se Bestialta vielä puuttuu. Täyspitkän levyn kuluessa kotikutoisuus kääntyy helposti köykäisyydeksi, eikä Ronkade Parved tosiaan ole mikään uusien ideoiden lähde. Silti tuntuu, että tässä bändissä riittää potentiaalia. Pari levyä vielä alle, niin täysosuma voi olla jo huomattavasti lähempänä - kunhan vaan kaavoihin ei kangistuta.

http://www.noise.fi/levyarvostelut/?id=10423




Lords of Metal (Holland)

Roel de Haan: The Estonian Bestia are back after a long while with some new music. The new album is called ‘Ronkade Parved’. Compared to its predecessor ‘Hallutsinatsioon’ the new stuff contains more black metal resulting in a more grim tone.

Stylistically they remind me of ‘The Shadowthrone’ by Satyricon. Bestia adds some more folk elements to this (why do people always use a stupid flute?) which are less appealing to my tastes due to their derivative character. The use of a saxophone is also misplaced in my view. As a whole ‘Ronkade Parved’ is quite okay but not really outstanding at all.

Rating: 68/100

http://www.lordsofmetal.nl/showreview.php?id=14614&lang=en




Schwermetall.ch (Switzerland)

7/13

Estland ist jetzt nicht gerade eines der Länder, die man als Metal-Hochburg bezeichnen würde. Umso seltsamer, dass Bestia ihre Musik als "True Estonian Pagan Black Metal" titulieren. Noch seltsamer (wenn auch nicht unpassend!) finde ich die Saxophon-Einlagen die ich auf "Ronkade Parvet" das ein oder andere Mal zu hören bekomme.

Diese lockern den recht bekannt vorkommenden Stil der Truppe doch erheblich auf. Ansonsten gibt es leider eher standard Black Metal zu hören, wenn auch gut gemacht. Die Vorbilder von Bestia sind wohl in Norwegen beheimatet, zumindest klingen grosse Teile von "Ronkade Parvet" so. Ein wenig Satyricon hier, etwas Darkthrone da - fertig ist der wahre estländische Black Metal.

Die Aufnahmen klingen etwas dünn, vor allem das Schlagzeugspiel ist etwas leise aufgenommen worden. Da es sich hier um eine Underground-Band handelt, geht das allerdings in Ordnung. Leider haben Bestia ihr Pulver bereits nach den ersten Stücken verschossen, ab der Mitte wird es doch ziemlich langweilig und vorhersehbar.

Es bleibt eine nette Black Metal Scheibe mit einigen "Fremdeinflüssen" zu Beginn. Der Rest ist brauchbar, stellt aber nichts Besonderes dar. Somit kann ich hier nur eine halbe Kaufempfehlung aussprechen. Wer aber mal hören will wie Black Metal aus Estland so klingt, kann sich die CD ja mal zulegen...

http://www.schwermetall.ch/cdkritiken/kritik3248.php




Antichrist Magazine (Ukraine)

4\5

New release on this Latvian label. BESTIA is coming from Estonia , and I think there aren't fans who didn't heard even this band name, since they are well-known upon UG metal scene. The music they plays is very worth stuff for all the fans into Pagan black metal. All made on high level, with good raw and ancient atmosphere and interesting performance. Musically here's black metal carcass, but… but you also will be able to find some death metal touches as well, mainly in rhythm-section and some riffs as well. Music sounds tight and freezing, with enough of different motives and tempo-changes, together with screaming vocal. The rhythmical structure is made with variations as well, so you will able to enjoy by both fast and mid tempos. I can't say their music is pretty original, nevertheless BESTIA stuff sounds fresh when we speak about some non metal instruments during some songs. Thus we have worthy stuff, which will be great gift for fans of such SKYFORGER for example (yes, there are some similar moments there in BESTIA stuff). So if you are into such kind of music, “Ronkade Parved” worth your attention!

http://deadshop.info/reviews/BESTIA.htm




Hateful Metal (Germany)

Estland ist spätestens seit Loits auch auf der Metallandkarte kein unbekannter Fleck mehr, auch Sõjaruun konnten durch einen Gemeinschaftstonträger mit den Deutschen Odal etwas Bekanntheit erlangen. Bestia stammen ebenfalls aus Estland und schmeißen mit Ronkade Parved bereits ihr zweites Album auf den Markt. Es ist gleichzeitig das erste Lebenszeichen, welches ich von den Esten vernehme. Einen vollständigen Eindruck über dieses konnte ich mir leider gar nicht machen, denn die Promoscheibe wartet ungefähr ab der Halbzeit nur noch mit Liedausschnitten auf. Da erübrigen sich dann auch Kommentare zum Spannungsaufbau. Es reicht aber selbstverständlich, um mir einen Eindruck von Ronkade Parved zu verschaffen.

Prinzipiell sind Bestia in einer ganz gewöhnlichen Umgebung zu Hause, ihr Fundament sind Elemente aus Black- und Pagan Metal, Anreicherungen aus Death- und Thrash Metal soll es auch vereinzelt geben. Etwas Eigenwilligkeit besitzen Bestia aber durchaus – das macht sich unter anderem durch den Einsatz verschiedener Instrumente bemerkbar. Die Kombination von Blasinstrumenten und Black Metal gab es schon, soviel ist klar. Die Wahl der Esten ist dennoch interessant – denn sie verwendeten nicht etwa Posaune, Trompete oder ein Horn – nein, sie wählten das Saxophon. Weiterhin entschied man sich für den Einsatz von Viola und Flöte. Diese Instrumente sind nicht allgegenwärtig, sondern nur an markanten Stellen eingefügt. Sonst bieten Bestia passablen Black Metal mit oben genannten Anleihen, der in verschiedenen Geschwindigkeitsbereichen (von gemäßigt bis zügig) angesiedelt ist. Produktionstechnisch wählte man schon einen recht professionellen Klang, bei dem alle Instrumente gut zur Geltung kommen, auch die Bassgitarre. Eine weitere Eigenheit stellt der estnische Gesang dar – ich hoffe, sie behalten die Verwendung der eigenen Sprache bei. Damit die Texte auch Hörer weltweit erreichen, müßte man sie zwar übersetzen, aber mir gefiel der estnische Gesang schon bei ihren Landsleuten Loits sehr gut und ich halte es für eine gute Möglichkeit, sich etwas Eigenheit für die Zukunft zu sichern. Dieser ist nämlich neben dem eigenwilligen Zusammentreffen von hartem Metal und den anderen Instrumenten das prägnanteste auf Ronkade Parved.

Bestia können mit Ronkade Parved ein gar nicht mal schlechtes Album vorweisen, dem aber die großen Momente noch fehlen. Auf diesem Fundament läßt sich aber aufbauen und genau das sollten die Esten tun. Mit dem Einsatz oben genannter Instrumente haben Bestia angedeutet, daß sie auch einer experimentellen Note zumindest nicht abgeneigt sind und daher könnte es noch interessant werden, inwiefern derartige Einflüsse künftig zurückgeschraubt oder ausgebaut werden. So richtig zünden will die Musik bei mir zwar nicht, aber meine Punktevergabe fällt trotzdem wohlwollend aus.

6,5/10
Der Einsiedler

http://www.hateful-metal.de/magazin/betia_ronkade.html




Brutalism (Holland)

“Ronkade Parved” is Bestia´s second full length output after releasing several demos, a Split CD and a compilation. These Estonian guys signed a deal with Hexenreich Records to present you 42 minutes of true underground Pagan / Black Metal with slight Thrash Metal influences and Folk elements. So expect some rather unusual instruments like flutes, etc. This shows the versatility of Bestia, but shouldn´t hide the fact “Ronkade Parved” contains basically Black Metal. The production suffers the typical lack of the bass guitar, but everything else sounds angry enough to satisfy your need for a blackened and raw evocation of the ancient times. As mentioned before, Bestia´s music is also inspired by Pagan Metal and therefore not only permeated by blast beats, but some nice drum variations. The vocals range from normal Black Metal screaming to darker and hoarse chanting. This full length album contains some epic and superior moments with recognition value, but sometimes also mediocre riffs and predictable structures. I won´t say it ruins the good impressions, but with just a few more sophisticated guitar works, it would have surely been better and even more enjoyable. But that´s open to dispute. “Ronkade Parved” is suitable for open-minded listeners as well as fans of Folk inspired Pagan / Black Metal. 3 / 5 points for true underground dedication.

http://www.brutalism.com/wb/pages/reviews/reviews-b/bestia.php




Metal Revolution (Taani)

Bestia is an Estonian black metal band that is ready with brand-new album called Ronkade Parved. It is raw, but also epic and pagan black metal with some elements of thrash, folk and death metal. Lyrics are mainly dealing with ancient times, mythology and Nordic nature. But the best thing about this release is the fact that it is sung in their native Estonian language, adding this mysterious and dark atmosphere about this whole recording.
Another good thing about this unusual record is the fact that aggressive and melancholic typical black metal parts are perfectly mixed together with tempo varying from slow to chainsaw-speed blasts.

This new album contains a great deal of folk music influences and I’m not really fan of this sub-genre but black metal parts save the whole thing with this grim tone and chilling atmosphere. Also the use of saxophone (luckily enough it is just occasional) is misplaced a bit, but as a whole Ronkade Parved is very decent and solid piece of black metal that will please all true followers of the genre.

Esp. recommended for the fans of old Satyricon, but also the likes of Shining, Satanic Warmaster, Arkona and similar dark and depressive black metal acts with whom they have shared the stage recently.

71/100

http://www.metal-revolution.com/plugins/content/content.php?content.2545




Shapeless Zine (Itaalia)

Gli estoni Bestia si sono formati alla fine degli anni '90, da un'idea di Andres, gi? attivo all'epoca nei Pluribus Impar. Nel giro di qualche mese, l'artista ? riuscito a riunire attorno a s? un numero sufficiente di musicisti, tanto da riuscire a suonare dal vivo gi? nell'autunno del 2000. L'anno successivo ? stato pubblicato il "Demo 2001", al quale sono seguiti un "Promo 2002" e un terzo demo, "Suremise Teine Tee", del 2003. Questi lavori hanno mostrato un progressivo interesse da parte dei musicisti verso le tematiche epiche e pagane. Messi sotto contratto dall'etichetta tedesca Perverted Taste, nel 2004 i Bestia hanno esordito con il loro primo album: "Hallutsinatsioon". Nel 2005, la band ha potuto sostenere questa pubblicazione anche con il suo primo tour all'estero, in Lituania ed in Finlandia. Tra il 2006 (anno nel quale ? stato realizzato il demo "Õiglaste Tulek") ed il 2007, una serie di defezioni ha portato Andres ha mettere il gruppo in ibernazione, continuando s? a scrivere canzoni, ma non producendo nulla di concreto, tanto che molti hanno sospettato che la storia dei Bestia fosse giunta al capolinea. In realt?, alla fine del 2007, il gruppo ? tornato sulle scene con una nuova formazione, dando alle stampe uno split con gli Urt, "Tagasi Tumedaima Saarele". A seguire, i Bestia si sono dedicati ad una serie impressionante di concerti, suonando anche come spalla a gruppi di caratura internazionale. Un piccolo tributo alla band ? stato realizzato dall'etichetta messicana No Christ Records, che nel 2008 ha pubblicato la cassetta antologica "Kord Vabana Tuleme Tagasi". Il resto, ? storia recente. Infatti il nuovo lavoro dei Bestia, "Ronkade Parved", risale proprio al 2009. Questo lavoro ? stato pubblicato anche in versione lusso, con digipack A5, limitata a 99 copie numerate a mano. Il digipack normale ? invece limitato a 300 copie. La formazione che ha inciso "Ronkade Parved", che per la cronaca significa "Stormi Di Corvi", vede Andres alla chitarra ed ai cori, Reivo al basso ed ai cori, Kaval Ants alla chitarra ed ai cori, V. Arckharum alla voce e Rain alla batteria. La qualit? di registrazione di questo CD ? davvero buona, anche se non ho trovato indicazioni sugli studi, nei quali questa registrazione ? stata effettuata. La copertina del promo ? a colori, e su uno sfondo grigio metallico, vediamo un cavaliere in armatura su di un cavallo, nell'atto di combattere. Altre figure di combattenti decorano il paesaggio dietro al cavaliere, mescolate ad alte fiamme color scarlatto. Sul cielo, dei corvi stanno volando in circolo. "Ronkade Parved" contiene undici canzoni per un totale di 44 minuti di musica. Un po' meno di tre quarti d'ora di intrattenimento oscuro e battagliero. Oscuro, perch? stilisticamente i nostri si esprimono con un linguaggio mutuato dal black metal pi? classico; battagliero, considerati i temi epici dei testi ed alcune trovate musicali, dal piglio eroico e virile. I Bestia definiscono il loro stile semplicemente come pagan metal. Pagan metal s?, ma con qualche riserva. In effetti, ritengo che la loro estetica musicale sia rimasta legata agli anni '90, quando la distinzione tra sottogeneri quali black, pagan o viking non era cos? netta, i quali potevano talvolta risultare addirittura intercambiabili. Questo non significa che la loro musica sia, a conti fatti, datata. Voglio soltanto dire che, nel corso degli anni, il pagan metal ha preso strade molto diverse, e si ? evoluto, prendendo spunti s? dal passato, ma mescolandoli cos? da ottenere delle formule espressive uniche e facilmente distinguibili. Nel caso dei Bestia, senza i testi sottomano (testi in estone, ma i cui titoli sono comunque tradotti in inglese), alcune composizioni suonano decisamente pi? black che pagan. Gli esempi pi? tipici di questo sono, ad esempio, la violenta e velocissima "F.S.", "Verine Koldik" o, addirittura, "Malestus Kustutab Leegi", i cui riff iniziali ricordano molto da vicino una canzone dei DarkThrone, facendosi per? pi? lenta negli sviluppi successivi. Ecco, la sola musica di queste canzoni non ha connotati schiettamente pagan. Per trovarne dobbiamo rivolgerci ad altri brani, dei quali il pi? evidente ? "Tasumise Paev", dove un flauto e dei cori ci immergono immediatamente in determinate atmosfere, cos? ben conosciute dagli appassionati. Pi? vecchio stile, ma sempre vicino a sonorit? epiche ? poi "Taeva Tourastaja", tipico esempio di pagan/black. "Viimne Lahing", poi, ? un discreto esempio di black battagliero, che riporta veramente davanti ai nostri occhi i combattimenti tra soldati e cavalieri. Non per nulla, il titolo tradotto in italiano significa "L'Ultima Battaglia". Bisogna comunque fare una considerazione. Per black che suonino, i Bestia utilizzano delle chitarre molto ribassate. Il suono che ne risulta ? pieno, e molto cupo. Tutto questo, si evidenzia in quelle composizione che fanno dei ritmi lenti il loro punto di forza, arrivando a toccare lentezze quasi doom. Mi riferisco a "Silmis Harmatis" (che per? nel finale accelera) ed alla marcissima "Oiglaste Tulek". Come si pu? intuire dando una scorsa alla line-up, i Bestia suonano con una formazione classica a cinque elementi, dei quali due sono chitarristi. In realt?, la musica contenuta in "Ronkade Parved" presenta un campionario pi? ricco di timbri: abbiamo gi? citato il flauto di "Tasumise Paev", ma si pu? ascoltare anche un sintetizzatore (il cui lavoro arricchisce la lenta e deprimente "Arg Sodalane"), e poi - incredibile - in due canzoni ? stato utilizzato anche un sassofono tenore ("Ronkade Parved" e "Malestus Kustutab Leegi"). Un'outro ambient, "Pooripaeva Lummuses", chiude questo CD. Dunque, che giudizio dare a questi Bestia? Io mi sento di promuoverli. Perch? "Ronkade Parved" mi ? piaciuto. Il fatto che il loro stile sia ibrido, da un lato li potrebbe penalizzare nei confronti del pubblico, dall'altro rende la loro proposta davvero varia e curiosa. In pi?, e questo ? un merito, le canzoni hanno tutte un minutaggio accettabile: i Bestia hanno cos? evitato di rendere il loro disco pesante e noioso, perch? talvolta nel black e nel pagan si tende ad esagerare con minutaggi eccessivi ed insensati. Quello che forse limita un minimo il mio giudizio ? l'utilizzo di alcune banalit? tipiche dei generi: ad esempio, non mi ? andata molto gi? la melodia del flauto, davvero troppo scontata, di "Tasumise Paev". Cos? come i riff iniziali di "Malestus Kustutab Leegi" che ricordano pericolosamente da vicino quelli di "Natassja In Eternal Sleep". Insomma, certi similitudini andrebbero evitate, in un gruppo underground. Comunque sia, i Bestia sono un gruppo capace, tecnicamente professionale. I paesi baltici stanno sfornando anno dopo anno delle band sempre pi? interessanti, e sicuramente i Bestia potranno tenere alto il nome dell'Estonia nel panorama metal europeo. Possono ancora crescere, anzi... visto che i Bestia sono gi? a buon punto, mi auguro che crescano davvero. Cos? da poterci regalare ottima musica in futuro. (Hellvis - Ottobre 2009)

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http://www.shapelesszine.com/recealbum/bestia-ronkadeparved.htm




Oblivion (Germany)

Die estnische Truppe Bestia hat seit ihrem Bestehen in 2000 schon zahlreiche Demos und Promos eingespielt, die in dem 2004 auf Perveted Taste veröffentlichten Longplayer „Hallutsinatsioon“ gipfelten. Irgendwann danach legte die Band sich wegen Line up-Problemen auf Eis, bevor Andres (Gitarre, Gesang) neue Mitstreiter an Bord zog und einen neuen Anlauf versuchte. Nach erneuten Promos, Splits etc. gibt es mit „Ronkade Parved“ nun einen neuen Full Length-Output, der gleich auf zwei Labels herauskommt. Auf dem ebenfalls in Estland beheimateten Label Hexenreich ( http://hexenreich.estmetal.ee ) gibt es eine auf 99 handnummerierte Kopien limitierte DIN A5 Digipack-CD-R, während das lettische Label Evil Distro ( http://www.evildist.com ) eine auf handnummerierte 300 Stück limitierte reguläre Digipack-CD veröffentlicht.

Der estnische Fünfer bewirbt seine Musik zwar als rohen, epischen Pagan Black Metal, aber die Beschreibung wird nicht besser nur weil sie möglichst viele Adjektive und Subjekte enthält, denn im Grunde genommen spielen Bestia Standard-Black Metal, der mit einigen Riffs und Rhythmen aus Death und Thrash Metal angereichert wird. Zudem gibt es Einsätze von Flöte, Violine und Saxophon. Gerade letztgenanntes Instrument klingt sehr ungewöhnlich in dieser Melange, aber dadurch eben auch durchaus gewöhnungsbedürftig. Ansonsten ist auffällig, das Bestia – wenn man andere baltische Gruppen wie etwa Skyforger und Loits kennt – auch diesen üblichen baltischen Klang aufweisen, der in seinen Roots wiederum stark vom norwegischen Black Metal der Marke Satyricon und Darkthrone beeinflusst wurde. Nett, aber nicht unbedingt essentiell. Es sei denn, man ist Sammler! Eine abschließende Bewertung fällt schwer, da auf meiner Promo ab Lied 5 die Songs mittendrin gekappt wurden. http://www.myspace.com/hallutsinatsioon http://www.obliveon.de/pn-om/modules.php?op=modload&name=tplcdimport&file=index&req=showcontent&id=14006&cfletter=B




Maelstrom (USA)

Bestia’s Ronkade Parved makes their Hallutsinatsioon album sound like crap. One of the biggest thing Ronkade Parved has going for it is its excellent, tempered recording, which allows the music to breathe its sinister vibe in a comfortable way. The low end in particular sits especially well, the mid range and high end never gets tiresome, and overall this is one of the most palatable recordings heard in black metal.

The music is good, too. Bestia hangs around mostly in mid-paced, groovy territory, and their music conveys know how and conviction. Bestia’s sound comes across as greatly balanced and grounded, not only because of the night-and-day production difference, but because of the more solid drummer they hired for this album.

There are lots and lots of memorable milestones along the album’s journey, not least by the implementation of guest musicians on uncommon instruments such as violin, flute (which solidifies comparisons to Skyforger), and the unlikely saxophone, which in particular ramps up the creepiness. Whenever these parts show up, it’s always to the album’s benefit, endowing it with wonderful twists and turns that seem right at home despite coming out of left field.

Ronkade Parved would have rated higher if more of these type of elements had been present throughout. They tend to be confined to the first few songs. Not that the rest of the tracks are lame — they maintain the fine groove, solid riff writing, and excellent multi-vocaled amalgamation (and of course, the great sound quality) — but they are tame, kind of bare bones, in comparison.

Finally, the hidden track, which reminds of the stomping, marching intro to Skyforger’s Latvian Riflemen, finishes off the album with a fun, energetic variance on the enthusiasm with which the rest of the album was made. With Ronkade Parved, Bestia has become a quality band worth taking note of. (7.5/10)

http://www.maelstrom.nu/ezine/review_iss68_5324.php?sid=9e8623bbc91f9cbce3fe8760b17ea699&page_rs=2&osCsid=9e8623bbc91f9cbce3fe8760b17ea699




Atmospheric (Poland)

4/5
Pewnego razu, siedzàc sobie przy stole ze znajomymi, rzekùem do siedzàcego obok towarzysza: „Popatrz pan, cóý to za metalowa horda zwana bestià? Czy ty równieý, drogi kolego, nosisz jej znamiona? Czy wiesz, ýe to moýe ta najstraszniejsza z najstraszniejszych piekielnych kreatur?” Kolega tylko ùypnà okiem, kæs budyniu z owocami przeùknàù i rzekù: „Byã moýe...”. BESTIA to nazwa kojarzàca siæ raczej z potworem, satanistycznym wytworem podpisujàcym siæ, zamiast imieniem i nazwiskiem, liczbami trzech szóstek (666). Jednak nie tym razem, albowiem na okùadce „Ronkade Parved” - rycerz (Krzyýak), tuý pod nim poganin z toporem... Takie to maskarady, takie metafory. To, co na pewno mocno wyróýnia skùad BESTII, to uýycie tu i ówdzie tràbo-podobnego instrumentarium, a nawet piszczaùek krasnoludków. Przyznam, ýe fajnie siæ to komponuje z nawaùnicà siermiæýnych riffów i krzyków poranionego wokalisty, którym chyba od czasu do czasu wstrzàsajà przedúmiertne spazmy. Materiaù BESTII „Ronkade Parved” prezentuje siæ nadzwyczaj dobrze... [Sabian] http://atmospheric.pl/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2935&Itemid=2




Bleeding4metal.de (Germany)

6,5/10
Schwierig, schwierig, was die Esten in ihrem Album 'Ronkade parved' vorlegen. Zunächst die Warnung: die CD ist mit einem stilisierten Sonnenrad bedruckt. Die Schrift Sütterlin. Was man davon ableiten will, möge man tun. Ich sehe keine Hinweise auf eine entsprechende Ausrichtung der Band, überlasse die Bewertung dieser Tatsachen jedoch dem Fan.

Zur Musik: simpler, roher Black Metal, paganistisch angehaucht, mit signifikanter Satyricon-Schlagseite, was ihn für Fans derselben auch durchaus attraktiv macht. Leider verharrt die Band all zu oft all zu lange im Midtempo, und wenn es dann mal schnell wird, fehlt die Gewalt. Unübliche Instrumente werden eingesetzt, darunter ein Saxophon und ab und zu schimmert ein melodie-dienliches FX auf.

Alles in allem also ein 'geht-so-Album', von dem ich mir mehr erhofft hätte. Kann aber auch an mir liegen. Fans, die mit obiger Beschreibung etwas anfangen können, müssen den Esten allerdings dringend eine Chance geben. Das hier könnte exakt das Richtige für euch sein!

http://bleeding4metal.de/index.php?show=review_de&id=2515




Nordic Vision (Norway)

Bestia from Estonia fuse together a mixture of Black Metal with Folk melodies and a little touch of some Thrash elements, and without inventing a new genre or being too original, the music is composed well and with variation. The Folk parts seem a bit out of place when they hammer away on their Black Metal paths, but these days are open for all kinds of fusing, and with a decent amount of ok riffs and parts, Bestia have come up with an album this is nice, if you´re openminded when it comes to Black Metal. Unholy
http://www.nordicvisionmag.com/cdseven.html




Metal Sound (Serbia)

No, it's not cool being the 1984297725th Darkthrone clone in existence, even less so by putting out an album which is such a blunt rip-off that it's almost embarrassing to listen to. Every single thing on here is direct “Transilvanian Hunger” worship, only worse (as if the original was good in the first place, but that’s another topic). The riffs, the structures, everything is a carbon copy of their most obvious influence. Apart from a few interesting riffs here and there, this is a totally passable release. Pathetic, even, since this is not a group of kids making their debut full-length at the age of 16. Vladimir Gojkoviã (2)

http://www.metal-sound.net/reviews.php?read=465




The Metal Observer

6,5/10

The name BESTIA looks surely very promisingly especially for every fan of Black Metal art. After a closer approach one will discover that the aesthetics they are touching with their second full-length are focused on Pagan themes rather than on the character of the one living “South Of Heaven”. One will also see very quickly that the adjective “pagan” I have just used does not refer to any humppa-umppa upbeat drinking chants so if you are looking for these ones you should probably carry on with your search leaving this band aside as the work they came up with at the beginning of this year shows BESTIA’s affinity for a relatively raw and ascetic music performance.

“Ronkade Parved” or a bit easier – “Raven Flocks” consists of 10 compositions written exclusively in Estonian language, which does not obviously come as any surprise in the context of Pagan Metal. All of them create a sound monolith whose main substance are dissonant abrasive guitar sequences, strong bass lines and variable drumming. While there is not anything extraordinary about the first mentioned component – the guitars simply seem to fulfill their role as a typical medium for conveying Black Metal not offering any intriguingly complex or even plain though catchy riffs – it is worth noticing that the bass lines have been remarkably accentuated, something not that typical of underground BM releases. It contributes considerably to the album being a tight and hermetic piece of music. Even if one is aware of the presence of certain instruments (keyboards, some wind instrument – saxophone?) and influences (Jazz) that do not theoretically have much in common with the genre, it is evident that it is the usual BM set of instruments that plays major role here. As for the drums, there are numerous interesting passages that they create and the man behind the kit exerts himself to deliver something more than just mediocre solutions filling the space designated for the rhythm section. These passages are of both ferocious and slightly calmer, mid-tempo nature. One of the most prominent examples of a faster and more aggressive moment on “Ronkade Parved” can be found in the second track under an almost nothing saying title “F.S.”. The temperature and speed of this composition is seemingly highest throughout the whole track-list and the sound of the guitars brings me to mind some of the latest efforts from Swedish ARCKANUM. No breaks, no intricacies, just full speed ahead. Just an additional comment as far as the drums are concerned is that it would not hurt if their sound was a bit more organic.

Talking of those non-Black Metal traces in BESTIA’s music, they appear here and there making an interesting, though, not revolutionary change in the feeling the Estonians’ music bears. The few saxophone parts can be easily compared to the ones one could cherish on the latest SOLEFALD’s efforts and just as in the case with the Norwegians, this instrument brings forth a breeze of Avant-garde here. Also the keyboards emerge just for a while in the beginning of “Frost In The Eyes”, during which any potential associations with early ENSLAVED are surely caused by something more than merely the title of this tune. Perhaps the most relevant additional instrument contribution comes in the form of a long flute sequence (a real one or generated by the keys) featured on “Day Of Revenge” thanks to which this track appears as the best one here for me. It is a pity that the promo offers an incomplete version of this song (it refers actually to the majority of tracks on this promotional CD). And again, even if these more diverse moments are present, the music is still rather ascetic in its form.

To sum it up BESTIA’s second album is a well-made piece of sound art intended apparently mainly for the fans of Pagan-flavoured Black Metal. However, the final result could have been much better if the band forged more Folk-influenced melodies like the one in “Day Of Revenge” and if the guitar section could impress the listeners by more distinctive and memorable riffs. Without these prerequisites “Ronkade Parved” ends up somewhere among the albums that are only a bit better than the very average ones. Sebastian

http://www.metal-observer.com/articles.php?lid=1&sid=1&id=16713