BERRY | 2007-01-15 >>>
"Fifteen Years Fast Like Bikila"
7" EP (2004-01-25 Bastard Records, Radiation Noise Production,
View Beyond Records, Zero Budget Production)
Not only with CDs is the band alive
Exactly three years ago was
released the first offical 7" EP of Czech old thrash metal band V.A.R.
It was a kind of a birthday gift. That also explains the title "15
Years Fast Like Bikila". The edition is nearly sold out and we are
happy to get a copy to review.
Exclusive 4-tracks were recorded in Hacienda studio and it was
produced by Miloš Dodo Doležal (one of the most important person in
Czech metal history). That is a guarantee of higher than average sound
quality. After translation of the English song names back to Czech we
find out, that they are English versions of some tracks from their 4th
and 2nd albums ("Rozdvojen ale schopen" and "Závislost"). In fact,
these four songs are the only songs recorded in English. The band
seems to try if their music is interesting for foreign fans.
If I am to compare these version to those original Czech ones, "Like
Bikila" (Jako Bikila), "Split but Capable" (Rozdvojen ale schopen), "Requiem"
(Requiem pro prasečí hlavu) and "A Few Words" (Pár slov). All of them
bring merciless thrash metal with somehow flowing vocals. The English
lyrics sound very unusually, but as a whole it is still the old good
V.A.R. Personally I accept all this EP as a bonus, because the band
offeres its best when singing Czech. In English it is very interesting,
but hardly better.
The vinyl is put into an 8 page booklet, with many photos, lyrics and
detailed band history. Vinyls collectors who still do not have this in
their collections may later regret…