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Einvigi - Yö Kulje Kanssani review




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Band: Einvigi
Album: Yö Kulje Kanssani
Release date: April 2022


01. Meren Otteessa
02. Yö Kulje Kanssani
03. De Profundis
04. Veresi
05. Takauma
06. Kaunis On Maa
07. Hirviöiden Valtakunnassa


Tired of waiting for a new Alcest album? Why not try Finnish Alcest?

Einvigi are a Finnish blackgaze band most well known for their classic Muistoja Toisesta Maailmasta and Kuun Vaa'at albums. The band’s Bandcamp page mentions that the founder, Petteri Granberg, “had a vision of mixing the themes of nature and Finnish folklore with the musical styles and atmospheres from metal to lighter rock music”. But one quick listen to Yö Kulje Kanssani reveals pretty quickly what the band is using as its foremost source of inspiration. Blackgaze definitely doesn’t hold as big of a share of metal’s market as it used to five years ago, so maybe I’m exaggerating the influence of the world’s biggest blackgaze band, but when even the drumming patterns remind you of Winterhalter, it’s a wee bit weird.

Now why in the world would I be reviewing an Alcest clone if I’m already complaining about having way too many records to review and such a blatant rip-off would generally be the first off my list? Well, for one, I love Alcest, and by extension, I loved this. And secondly, a lot of Einvigi’s moments that felt to go counter to their Alcest influence were what really made me even more invested in the band.

It’s quite telling of the band’s songwriting skills that they were able to make such a believable Alcest-core album. When that tremolo-picked guitar explosion in “Yö Kulje Kanssani” happened I knew I was instantly hooked. Though the production, especially how the drums sound in some of the blastier sections, does hold them back, this genuinely felt rewarding both as a substitute for and as an addendum to Alcest until there’s a new one from them.

But also there are some aspects of their sound that feel unique. For example, Alcest could’ve never made a song as post-punky as “Veresi”, and the closer replaces the Alcest vibes with Sólstafir ones. I guess it shows the “lighter rock” music side that’s a common influence to both bands, but Einvigi can be a bit versatile with it. The clean vocals are probably the most unique aspect, being a bit more in a Finnish folk/rock, while the harsh vocals are more meaty than usual for blackgaze. The bass is also a bit punchier. And though blackgaze is generally quite a melancholic genre, and you’d expect Finnish blackgaze to be exponentially even more melancholic, a lot of Yö Kulje Kanssani is quite bright and hopeful.

So despite being a bit too blatant in their main influence, I see how Einvigi could carve an even more impressive niche by acting even more upon those folk leanings. I assume the better production will come with a bigger budget, so I’ll not hold that against them. Please, when the follow-up drops, make me not have to namedrop Alcest every other sentence.






Written on 07.05.2022 by Doesn't matter that much to me if you agree with me, as long as you checked the album out.


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Comments: 6   Visited by: 56 users
07.05.2022 - 23:25
Nejde
Philosoraptor
"Einvigi are a Finnish blackgaze band most well known for their classic Muistoja Toisesta Maailmasta and Kuun Vaa'at albums." First I was like but then I saw what you did there. Clever
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07.05.2022 - 23:32
RaduP
CertifiedHipster
Written by Nejde on 07.05.2022 at 23:25

"Einvigi are a Finnish blackgaze band most well known for their classic Muistoja Toisesta Maailmasta and Kuun Vaa'at albums." First I was like but then I saw what you did there. Clever

Hehe, was wondering whether anyone would notice.
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08.05.2022 - 10:15
Nejde
Philosoraptor
Written by RaduP on 07.05.2022 at 23:32

Written by Nejde on 07.05.2022 at 23:25

"Einvigi are a Finnish blackgaze band most well known for their classic Muistoja Toisesta Maailmasta and Kuun Vaa'at albums." First I was like but then I saw what you did there. Clever

Hehe, was wondering whether anyone would notice.


I'm not gonna spoil it. Let's see if anyone else will figure it out too
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08.05.2022 - 11:12
Rating: 7
musclassia

I did like this album, but with the mentions of 'folk' in relation to it that I saw in several places, I thought there might be a bit more of that in there rather than straight generic blackgaze

And as Nedje pointed out, very clever
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08.05.2022 - 20:35
metalwolf

Muistoja Toisesta Maailmasta, eh? You cheeky little ...
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Cthulhu for President! Why settle for the lesser evil?
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11.05.2022 - 20:22
Kalma

As a huge Alcest fan and a Fin. I gotta say that this is pretty effing awesome.
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