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Svet – The Truth

The Truth
by Dave "That Metal Guy" Campbell at 22 May 2022, 7:26 AM

SVET, meaning "light" in Russian, is a Hellenic Black Metal solo-project formed in 2018 by Athanasios Papangelis. His music is mostly atmospheric with melancholic and depressive melodies. The lyrics are based on the spiritual journey of man from darkness to light, towards self-knowledge and freedom, having as main idea the allegory of Plato's cave and the ancient Hellenic philosophy in general. The album contains seven tracks.

“Helicon” leads off the album. It’s a two-minute instrumental, featuring clean guitars and solemn tones. “No External Source Can Save You” begins with a more familiar Black Metal sound…a wall of muddy guitars, screechy vocals, and thunderous drums. The bass guitar is practically mixed out, as if often the case in the genre. Melodies are a bit more subtle here as they are within the layers if you peel them back. “I Am the Star” begins with a slower opening that is expanded with faster moving and depressive sounds. Some bells ring out in the background, giving some melody to the entrancing sound.

“Odysseus (Divergent Path)” opens with a desperate sounding, slow and steady pace. The walls around you are beginning to close in, and there is no way out. The mesmerizing sound continues throughout the song, really driving home that despondent feeling. “Where The Sun Does Not Exist” is a harrowing statement of an area that must be devoid of life, for without the sun, life cannot exist. The opening clean guitar tones are as solemn as the title of the song. From there, the sound waxes and wanes between several passages, trading off hopelessness with resolve. “A Wizard’s Spell” begins with more slow and gut-wrenching tones. I am not hearing a lot of variation from song to song, and the titles don’t really stick out as they should.

“Everything is Just a Dream” closes the album. More tones of misalignment with the world abound, instead of acceptance into the light. Overall, I didn’t quite get the transition I was expecting based on the album’s description. “From darkness to light” entails a journey from dark and depressing tones to more smooth and easy tones with some hope. But that is not what you will get here. Depressive tones are driven hard on the album, and never let up. It’s s shame, because the songs are very well written.

Songwriting: 5
Musicianship: 6
Memorability: 3
Production: 7

2 Star Rating

1. Helicon
2. No External Source Can Save You
3.I Am the Star
4. Odysseus (Divergent Path)
5. Where The Sun Does Not Exist
6. A Wizard's Spell
7. Everything Is Just a Dream
Athanasios Papangelis – Everything
Record Label: Northern Silence Productions


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