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Release date: 21 February 2011
Style: Viking folk metal

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01. Tähdetön
02. Hävitetty
03. Muinaiset
04. Nälkä, Väsymys Ja Epätoivo
05. Huuto
06. Kuolleille
07. Kuolleiden Maa

The best Pagan / Viking / Folk Metal album of 2011

Reviews (2)
Lyrics (7)


Additional info
Translations:

01. Starless
02. Ravaged
03. The Ancient Ones
04. Hunger, Weariness And Despair
05. The Scream
06. To The Dead
07. The Land Of The Dead

Release dates:
February 21: UK
February 23: Finland
February 25: Germany, Switzerland, Austria
February 28: Rest of Europe

Ville Sorvali - lead & backing vocals, bass, fretless bass
Henri Sorvali - lead & rhythm guitars, keyboards, 6-stringed acoustic guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, accordion, mouth harp, recorder, backing vocals
Marko Tarvonen - drums, percussions, 12-stringed acoustic guitar, backing vocals
Mitja Harvilahti - lead & rhythm guitars, slide guitar, saw, autoharp, backing vocals
Markus Eurén - keyboards, backing vocals

The Valhalla Choral Ensemble:
Markus Eurén, Mitja Harvilahti, Janne Perttilä, Henri Sorvali, Ville Sorvali, Marko Tarvonen, Jakke Viitala & Olli Vänskä

Marching Band Of The Post-Apocalyptic Army:
Mitja Harvilahti, Teemu Suominen, Ville Sorvali & Marko Tarvonen

Additional Backing Vocals:
Riku Katainen, Mathias Lillmåns, Jules Näveri, Knut Sorvali & Jukka Varmo

Violin played by Olli Vänskä

Music by Henri Sorvali, except #7 by Henri Sorvali, Marko Tarvonen & Ville Sorvali
Lyrics by Ville Sorvali, except #5 by Ville Sorvali & Marko Tarvonen
Translations by Kasper Mårtenson
Recorded at Finnvox Studios / Sonic Pump Studios & on Jive Mobile by Jukka Varmo
Mixed at Tico Tico Studio by Henri Sorvali & Ahti "Kaffemeister" Kortelainen
Mastered at Finnvox Studios by Mika Jussila
Lead vocals produced by Jules Näveri
Photography by Juha Helminen, layout by Mikko Virtanen

Staff review by
Demonic Tutor

Rating:
9.0
The wait is finally over. Finland's premier band Moonsorrow released their latest album in early 2011. And like a ton of bricks hitting you in the gut, the sharply-named Varjoina Kuljemme Kuolleiden Maassa is most likely going to take your breath away. In line with its precursors, this album features epic compositions of pure Viking Folk Metal. Where the album differs is mostly in the mood. This time around the atmosphere is darker, more insidiously poignant, and overall heavier - as in more oppressive - than it has ever been. The gloomier tone of the album doesn't strip away much of the trademark Moonsorrow spirit though. In doing so, it remains true to the core while still offering something previously uncharted by the band; namely a nice little trip to the blackened death territories.

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published 25.03.2011 | Comments (32)

Guest review by
Loathera

Rating:
8.8
This album is dense. Really dense. So dense, in fact, you could cut the sound waves with a knife. Or a Viking axe, whatever you'd prefer.

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published 27.09.2012 | Comments (2)

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virtual-x - 19.03.2011 at 23:57  
Rating: 7 Previous albums are still better, i expected much more from this album.
AnGina-- - 20.03.2011 at 00:50  
  I gave it a fair and square 9. Moonsorrow are one of few bands who stay true to their origins yet always adapt their sound, and therefore I haven't been able to say I'm disappointed in any of their release so far. I especially enjoy Muinaiset, can't really say why, that song just sticks with me. And I'm glad this albums has more than 2 songs, as much as I loved the previous album, it's easier to concentrate on songs that are less than 15 minutes long. And also, seeing them on Wednesday for the first time, can't wait.
Death To Posers - 25.03.2011 at 22:21  
Rating: 8 Listening to muinaset now.. it is indeed epic!
Averus - 26.03.2011 at 19:56  
Rating: 8 Nothing so far has topped Voimasta Ja Kunniasta for me... but this is definitely my second favorite release by them. Good shit, Moonsorrow.
HateSpark - 30.03.2011 at 23:09  
Rating: 9 9.5 for me ... I enjoyed every second .
it was ... intense
MétalNoir - 31.03.2011 at 17:28  
Rating: 7 What I hate with this band is that they can't seem to write normal-length songs... They play long tracks with some highlight moments within, so that on the whole, you can't rate the songs as average, even though 50% of them have been boring to death. For example, Tähdetön takes more than 5 minutes before staring to be interesting. In the end, I rate the album 8-9 but in fact long parts are very uninteresting.
Kenos - 05.04.2011 at 01:56  
  I can't say that I'm a fan of pagan/viking metal and I usually don't listen to it but... Holy shit, This is pretty fucking excellent. All the praises are deserved.
Carl Berg - 15.04.2011 at 00:12  
Rating: 10 Fucking amazing. This is how black metal should sound like : mystical, energetic, dark, and epic.
Víctor - 25.04.2011 at 07:08  
Rating: 9
Written by Carl Berg on 15.04.2011 at 00:12

Fucking amazing. This is how black metal should sound like : mystical, energetic, dark, and epic.


Agreed completely. This album is great
Saeed_P - 02.05.2011 at 00:24  
  AWESOME
moe5512 - 06.05.2011 at 03:42  
Rating: 7
Written by MétalNoir on 31.03.2011 at 17:28

What I hate with this band is that they can't seem to write normal-length songs... They play long tracks with some highlight moments within, so that on the whole, you can't rate the songs as average, even though 50% of them have been boring to death. For example, Tähdetön takes more than 5 minutes before staring to be interesting. In the end, I rate the album 8-9 but in fact long parts are very uninteresting.

I agree, moonsorrow songs are mostly boring execpt some parts that are just orgasmic
Nocturno-Inculto - 07.05.2011 at 21:35  
  One question, Can I already get this album in Mexico??? Ther is a release date for America?
LeChron James - 10.05.2011 at 10:13  
  Alright, so the parts of this album that are actually songs are fucking sick. But, i cannot, for the life of me sit down and listen to 11-16 minute songs anymore. I believe i a topic was posed in some forum where it asked if multiple 3-5 min. songs were favored over "epic" 11-16 minute long songs. I can now firmly say that i would take the shorter (I believe the comparison was to old Ensiferum and Moonsorrow), Ensiferum route. My opinion does not discount the quality of this album, don't get me wrong.
Fallen - 16.05.2011 at 01:15  
Rating: 9
Written by LeChron James on 10.05.2011 at 10:13

Alright, so the parts of this album that are actually songs are fucking sick. But, i cannot, for the life of me sit down and listen to 11-16 minute songs anymore. I believe i a topic was posed in some forum where it asked if multiple 3-5 min. songs were favored over "epic" 11-16 minute long songs. I can now firmly say that i would take the shorter (I believe the comparison was to old Ensiferum and Moonsorrow), Ensiferum route. My opinion does not discount the quality of this album, don't get me wrong.



After a while one tends to not even care about the time unless of course your talking about "Rundgang Um Die Transzendentale Saule Der Singularitat" - Burzum which is some 26 minutes long. That sir is were I draw the line. I have no real problem with 11-16 minute songs but it all comes down to opinion; some song lengths are not for everyone.
Zaphod - 31.05.2011 at 12:45  
  I like long songs, but this album just has so many boring moments in it that the real epic moments aren't that epic anymore. My opinion.
BehzadSh - 03.06.2011 at 15:07  
Rating: 5 Was not so interesting....!
Megi - 11.06.2011 at 19:42  
  Long songs? NONSENSE.
Edge of Sanity - Crimson II.......43 minute song.
Anyway, this album is intense. I love how they incorporate ambiance and noise into the music, and then come in with an uplifting yet unique folk melody. The contrast that works just so well. Definitely a great album by Moonsorrow, but lets see how they pull these songs off live.
JÄY - 24.06.2011 at 10:34  
Rating: 8 When you start getting into these really long tracks youve got to start thinking of them not as "songs" put peices of music. Crimson II is not one song...its many songs on one track.
Night Sight - 11.07.2011 at 20:11  
  I think moonsorrow is very boring band
i found no interesting moments in this release
Array - 11.07.2011 at 20:15  
Rating: 10
Written by Night Sight on 11.07.2011 at 20:11

I think moonsorrow is very boring band
i found no interesting moments in this release

You still might like their earlier material like the album Suden Uni. It's more 'getting to the point' and 'less boring'. Or Voimasta Ja Kunniasta.
Metal_4Ever - 14.07.2011 at 04:31  
Rating: 9
Written by Night Sight on 11.07.2011 at 20:11

I think moonsorrow is very boring band
i found no interesting moments in this release

Folk Metal in general isn't interesting or epic, I feel so strange for who listen to that genre
tea[m]ster - 07.08.2011 at 20:17  
Rating: 8 Gotta love it, 4 songs 50 minutes plus...
Prometheus - 17.08.2011 at 15:27  
Rating: 10 Really perfect album but they should put more songs in their albums
kaspair - 16.09.2011 at 21:45  
Rating: 8 Huuto is definitely their best song (close to Sankaritarina, though) ever.
Death - 27.09.2011 at 00:43  
Rating: 9 Very interesting that not many people favored the album.

It's actually as good as Moonsorrow's previous work.
Vikingr - 08.11.2011 at 16:19  
Rating: 9 Excellent album, I really dug it
Verdun_sc - 26.11.2011 at 03:16  
Rating: 10 Best Moonsorrow album, IMO. Well, along with Havitetty and Verisakeet.
Sojgenske - 02.01.2012 at 12:55  
Rating: 10 This is the best thing I've heard in this lame 2011 year.
Pandore - 16.02.2012 at 21:01  
Rating: 9 Not their best album, but it's still excellent. At first I was really disappointed (maybe I was expecting too much) even after several listenings, but after listening to it some months later, I love it. I took me 15+ listenings, but I now consider it to be the best release of 2011. And Huuto is one of their best songs.
errorcode99 - 13.05.2012 at 21:59  
Rating: 9 Huuto what a great song
Gopherhawk - 28.03.2013 at 05:02  
Rating: 9
Written by errorcode99 on 13.05.2012 at 21:59

Huuto what a great song


HUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUTOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!
SUHAYL - 11.08.2013 at 01:48  
  I WASNT REALLY HAPPY WITH THIS ALBUM,VOIMASTA JA KUNIASTA IS STILL THE BEST ALBUM
Vombatus - 25.08.2013 at 18:27  
  Well, the terms viking/folk/pagan are very loosely used when describing these kind of bands...
God Buster 鬼 - 12.05.2014 at 22:10  
Rating: 5 A very weird album.
Sounds like a soundtrack album, the folk rhythm is so "futuristic/ digitalised".
I can feel thousands of aliens landed at a small village and started killing the villagers...

Moonsorrow has gone down hill...

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