Moonsorrow - Varjoina Kuljemme Kuolleiden Maassa review
|Album:||Varjoina Kuljemme Kuolleiden Maassa|
|Release date:||February 2011|
04. Nälkä, Väsymys Ja Epätoivo
07. Kuolleiden Maa
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.
Varjoina Kuljemme Kuolleiden Maassa opens with the pounding, rumbling intro of "Tähdetön", then opens up into a wide, folk melody, broken up by heathen chants. That is what to expect of the whole album. It takes you by the balls and never let go.
Did I mention the sound was huge? Because it is. If you want ambiance, if you want vast pounding rhythms, if you want choir (not too heavy, just right), this is the album for you. Don't like your folk metal with a lot of Parmesan? Here is where you should start. WIth Moonsorrow.
The music itself is not complicated, but the sound is very complex and intricate; there is a lot going on. While the guitarist might be strumming power chords, there might be a keyboard melody, coupled with a violin, and with some background choir, or with a guitar playing a folk melody on top of it. And this is in constant transition. Just when you think you have a grasp on the song, where it's going to go, it changes. You can't stop yourself from thinking, "Wow, that was unexpected".
Instruments flow in and out as the song moves along. The drums in particular are very impressive; though not complicated, it is a very unique style of drumming. Very low and deep sounding, very riff oriented in that they move often with the melody as opposed being stuck with the rhythm. It's all very well combined into a uniform piece of music.
How could they have topped it? Fewer intros. While the intros are interesting and do add a certain something-something to the album, it just feels like a bit much. A lot of heavy breathing and footsteps in the woods and/or snow. However, the bloodcurdling scream in "Kuolleille" did send shocks down my spine upon hearing it for the first time.
If you were on the fence about listening to Varjoina Kuljemme Kuolleiden Maassa I would strongly recommend hiking up your big boy pants and putting in the damn CD already!
|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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