Rating:
9.0
Moonsorrow - Varjoina Kuljemme Kuolleiden Maassa
21 February 2011


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


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 [Like Shadows We Walk through the Land of the Dead] 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.

The concept of journeying is well proposed with interlude tracks of a character walking and suffering through some kind of a snowy hell. Folk elements are incorporated as usual. All the vocals remain in their native tongue. But what render the album brilliant are again the huge melodies, grand building atmospheres and the fact that those songs seem to take a life of their own long after the music stops. Haunting chants add a disturbing vibe at the right moment. Crushing guitar riffs seem to sprout from the abyss whenever you least expect it. Without going into too many details, you need to be aware that the killer track is no doubt "Huuto" with its recurring folk theme and a vocal intensity rarely showcased by Ville Sorvali. As with any of their albums, greatness can be detected at first listen but genius takes several intense listens to unearth.

There is no denying the brilliance of this band. The term musical genius doesn't make them justice. It seems they cannot put a foot wrong whatever they set to accomplish. Varjoina Kuljemme Kuolleiden Maassa is a darker album still full of nuances and brilliance; another grower record for the world to cherish. Moonsorrow continue to pave the way for Viking Folk lovers with a penchant for Black Metal influences and truly they sent a real message to the competition. This latest blackened opus is sure to shape the musical landscape of 2011 and beyond.

Performance: 9
Songwriting: 9
Originality: 8
Production: 9


Band profile: Moonsorrow
Album: Varjoina Kuljemme Kuolleiden Maassa


 


written by Demonic Tutor | 25.03.2011

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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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Enemy of Reality - 25.03.2011 at 09:08  
Great record, no doubt. For me is their best release so far.
Mikyz - 25.03.2011 at 10:14  
It's their weakest release imo, after listening to this, the only thing I looked forward to was Huuto, this might be what the fans are looking for but not as good as I wanted it to be, even after several listens. Overall it's solid, but they did much better before.
Luneth - 25.03.2011 at 11:18  
This album is absolutely breathtaking, equal to Kivenkantaja...possibly greater? Either way, it's one amazing release.
Mindheist - 25.03.2011 at 11:28  
I wouldn't say it's their weakest release, but it's definitely not their strongest either. I have listened to all of Moonsorrow's records, none of them has ever let me down. But this one, it seems like they have taken a step backward, because clearly, except for Huuto, the remaining songs didn't quite meet the expectations of the fans, or at least mine. I'd give it a 7.9 instead, but again it's a matter of taste.
Twilight_of_Oden - 25.03.2011 at 12:07  
Epic .... Epic ... Epic .. Epic .
midland_don - 25.03.2011 at 13:06  
Finland's premier band??!!! I think you'll find that is Rotten Sound...
Angel_Lament - 25.03.2011 at 16:56  
Definitely an awesome album...especially the journey concept...
Marcus - 25.03.2011 at 17:35  
Ehh, if it's like their other releases I'm gonna stary away. I think your review is more interesting than the average Moonsorrow album
Enemy of Reality - 25.03.2011 at 21:31  
Written by midland_don on 25.03.2011 at 13:06

Finland's premier band??!!! I think you'll find that is Rotten Sound...



I think it's Nightwish
Powerslavex - 25.03.2011 at 22:23  
Shit how did i miss this one? wallet prepare for invasion
Apothecary - 26.03.2011 at 05:16  
Written by Enemy of Reality on 25.03.2011 at 21:31

Written by midland_don on 25.03.2011 at 13:06

Finland's premier band??!!! I think you'll find that is Rotten Sound...



I think it's Nightwish


Probably, I'd say that too. And only because the whole symph metal thing is, to a certain degree, more popular than whole "epic pagan metal" genre.
Both are badass though
DarkSwan - 26.03.2011 at 16:44  
These guys just don't know how to do a bad or even mediocre album
MétalNoir - 26.03.2011 at 17:37  
Moonsorrow is a great band indeed, but they've been playing the exact same thing ever since Verisäkeet... I do like what I'm listening too, but 5-6 for originality seems more appropriate.
MétalNoir - 26.03.2011 at 17:44  
Written by midland_don on 25.03.2011 at 13:06

Finland's premier band??!!! I think you'll find that is Rotten Sound...


Yes, an obscure grindcore band (with 25 fans on MS) is probably Finland's #1 band...
Windrider - 26.03.2011 at 20:17  
Kuolleiden Maa is the best track imo...
Berfones - 26.03.2011 at 22:36  
Written by Enemy of Reality on 25.03.2011 at 21:31

Written by midland_don on 25.03.2011 at 13:06

Finland's premier band??!!! I think you'll find that is Rotten Sound...



I think it's Nightwish

I think it's Darkwoods My Betrothed, being the band where Nightwish founders met...
Both Bears - 27.03.2011 at 12:48  
Well its quite boring compared to previous albums
IronAngel - 27.03.2011 at 12:54  
Written by Berfones on 26.03.2011 at 22:36

Written by Enemy of Reality on 25.03.2011 at 21:31

Written by midland_don on 25.03.2011 at 13:06

Finland's premier band??!!! I think you'll find that is Rotten Sound...



I think it's Nightwish

I think it's Darkwoods My Betrothed, being the band where Nightwish founders met...


Seriously? If you ever come to Finland, I'll sell you their first two albums for a beer. Bought them second hand for 1 apiece, I barely listened to them once.

I've yet to hear this new Moonsorrow. Not sure if I'm excited or not. I kinda lost interest years ago, but they're still a solid band. It might be a good listen.
ErnilEnNaur - 27.03.2011 at 21:10  
Written by Enemy of Reality on 25.03.2011 at 21:31

Written by midland_don on 25.03.2011 at 13:06

Finland's premier band??!!! I think you'll find that is Rotten Sound...



I think it's Nightwish


I'd say Nightwish or Ensiferum. Holopainen is the best songwriter though.
Troy Killjoy - 27.03.2011 at 21:26  
Written by Guest on 27.03.2011 at 21:10

Written by Enemy of Reality on 25.03.2011 at 21:31

Written by midland_don on 25.03.2011 at 13:06

Finland's premier band??!!! I think you'll find that is Rotten Sound...



I think it's Nightwish


I'd say Nightwish or Ensiferum. Holopainen is the best songwriter though.

No WINTERSUN?!

Nah, seriously; I'd say their most popular metal band is Nightwish, with - not in any ranking order - Amorphis, Moonsorrow, and Ensiferum not far behind.
ErnilEnNaur - 27.03.2011 at 21:48  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 27.03.2011 at 21:26

Written by Guest on 27.03.2011 at 21:10

Written by Enemy of Reality on 25.03.2011 at 21:31

Written by midland_don on 25.03.2011 at 13:06

Finland's premier band??!!! I think you'll find that is Rotten Sound...



I think it's Nightwish


I'd say Nightwish or Ensiferum. Holopainen is the best songwriter though.

No WINTERSUN?!

Nah, seriously; I'd say their most popular metal band is Nightwish, with - not in any ranking order - Amorphis, Moonsorrow, and Ensiferum not far behind.


We totally forgot about CoB. I'm cool with that But yeah, Nightwish is easily the most popular Finnish band, "Amaranth" alone has over 40 million views on Youtube.
Troy Killjoy - 27.03.2011 at 21:52  
Written by Guest on 27.03.2011 at 21:48

We totally forgot about CoB.

Forgetting and ignoring are two different things.
iceland_Norway - 27.03.2011 at 22:27  
This Album is really strange. we can't compare it with the other works by Moonsorrow.
the best songs are for sure Huuto and Kuolleiden Maa for the epicity of the theme of the songs. And the little intro near the end of the tracklist is beautiful sign of the depression of the man's wallking on the snow.
Boxcar Willy - 28.03.2011 at 02:46  
Written by Enemy of Reality on 25.03.2011 at 21:31

Written by midland_don on 25.03.2011 at 13:06

Finland's premier band??!!! I think you'll find that is Rotten Sound...



I think it's Nightwish

+2 for nightwish
Boxcar Willy - 28.03.2011 at 02:48  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 27.03.2011 at 21:52

Written by Guest on 27.03.2011 at 21:48

We totally forgot about CoB.

Forgetting and ignoring are two different things.

DAMN straight!!!!!!!!
enumaelis - 28.03.2011 at 05:57  
Written by Boxcar Willy on 28.03.2011 at 02:46

Written by Enemy of Reality on 25.03.2011 at 21:31

Written by midland_don on 25.03.2011 at 13:06

Finland's premier band??!!! I think you'll find that is Rotten Sound...



I think it's Nightwish

+2 for nightwish


+3 for nightwish, though I think I found first Tarot (but the one I found that I really liked from that country was Amorphis with "Tales from the Thousand Lakes", even that I didnt know they were from Finland till years later XDD)
Uller - 28.03.2011 at 23:23  
I think that this album is awesome, in deed darker than other moonsorrow work, and different.
If you focus in just one song, then maybe just Huuto is the memorable one, but the greatness of this work is the whole album, when all the songs combined they fit to make a fantastic experience, an epic journey, the progression of every song fits whit the progression of the story told, with an epic prelude for every part of the story.

I would say to those who didn't like it, that give this album another chance and listen to it from start to end, the whole 1hour long album, like if you were reading a book, don't read the chapters independently, read the complete book.

That's just my opinion
Magere Tijn - 30.03.2011 at 00:12  
Written by Uller on 28.03.2011 at 23:23

I think that this album is awesome, in deed darker than other moonsorrow work, and different.
If you focus in just one song, then maybe just Huuto is the memorable one, but the greatness of this work is the whole album, when all the songs combined they fit to make a fantastic experience, an epic journey, the progression of every song fits whit the progression of the story told, with an epic prelude for every part of the story.

I would say to those who didn't like it, that give this album another chance and listen to it from start to end, the whole 1hour long album, like if you were reading a book, don't read the chapters independently, read the complete book.

That's just my opinion

True story. The songs apart aren't that amazing, although Huuto does stand out, but the album as a whole is pure earcandy.
Arlei - 30.03.2011 at 02:09  
This album is too strong, a great work.
Shadowcross - 04.04.2011 at 14:47  
Killer album - some tracks I think are among the best stuff they have done.
Dark Cornatus - 22.04.2011 at 09:19  
I just love how it says Varjoina, kind of like how one of those American shows attempting an Australian accent saying Vagina
Powerslavex - 23.05.2011 at 12:24  
Kuolleiden maa mesmerizing

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