Album 0174: Moonsorrow – Varjoina Kuljemme Kuolleiden Maassa

Release Date: 2011
Genre: Folk Metal

Tracklisting:

1. Tähdetön (Starless) (12:44)
2. Hävitetty (Ravaged) (01:34)
3. Muinaiset (The Ancient Ones) (11:44)
4. Nälkä, Väsymys Ja Epätoivo (Hunger, Weariness And Despair) (01:12)
5. Huuto (The Scream) (15:58)
6. Kuolleille (To The Dead) (01:35)
7. Kuolleiden Maa (The Land Of The Dead) (16:23)

Total Length: 01:01:11

The album’s title translates to As Shadows We Walk In The Land Of Dead which appropriately kind of gives you the idea of the tone of the album. The album’s structure is also pretty simple, four large songs with three interludes between. Tähdetön starts this beast off with its first half being a bit slower, kind of dreary. I consider it a kind of extended intro for the whole album. After that point the rest of the song gets back to the style I really love from these guys, catchy riffs and melodies and a huge amount of different instruments and layering to pay attention to. You could always try listening for something new and it would work. The riff and melody at 8 minutes is pretty much perfect.

Hävitetty is, as I said, purely an interlude. It’s just the sounds of some dudes walking. Muinaiset is the next bigger track, and it continues the trend of being awesome. There are great moments in this one as well, I just love kinda spacing out to this band. Also I should note that I really like the band’s vocals in all forms, even one or two varieties that I would hate in other forms or instances. Nälkä, Väsymys Ja Epätoivo is the sound of more walking.

Huuto has some very, very cool keyboard stuff going right from the start. This song is just the tiniest bit more of what I love from the band than the other tracks so far, just brilliant over all and a very quick 16 minutes for me. Kuolleille ends the walking and a dude screams his lungs out. Kuolleiden Maa ends the album with yet another great track. The end is great, just the same riff slowed down over and over, kind of like the band is foraying into doom metal. Despite what I just said, it’s hard to specify good moments or any specific points in these songs, as Moonsorrow’s tracks are big, evolving beasts and they are much better to be kind of just experienced. I love it every time though, and this album was tough to get into at first, and their others have been as well. Once you get to the point I’m at though, the album is just this lovely thing you put on for an hour.

Final Rating: 9/10

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