Album 0365: Kiuas – The Spirit Of Ukko

Kiuas-TheSpiritOfUkko

Release Date: 2005
Genre: Power Metal/Melodeath

Tracklisting:

1. The Spirit Of Ukko (05:52)
2. On Winds Of Death We Ride (04:22)
3. No More Sleep For Me (04:06)
4. Warrior Soul (05:49)
5. Until We Reach The Shore (04:28)
6. Across The Snows (05:59)
7. Thorns Of A Black Rose (04:49)
8. And The North Star Cried (06:59)

Total Length: 42:23

The Spirit Of Ukko has an amazing amount of riffs in the intro that completely catch your attention. The vocals are a bit out of place in my opinion, but they still work fine and the music continues to be awesome. The song hits a good stride in the last few minutes as well, the chorus kind of catches my breath at one point. On Winds Of Death We Ride is great as well, just wholly catchy and fun. The chorus especially can get stuck in my head.

No More Sleep For Me is cool too, just a solid song. It’s a bit slower but works good. Warrior Soul doesn’t entirely set itself apart but works really well. Until We Reach The Shore kind of adds some new elements and is entirely enjoyable. Across The Snows has a great intro, very Wintersun-y. I really enjoy the mixture of styles here, this band is like Nevermore but European instead of American.

Thorns Of A Black Rose takes a few different directions and is overall pretty fun. And The North Star Cried doesn’t work quite as well, the stop-start riffs kind of kill the momentum for me. This is an album that gets better each listen as you find new things to listen for, though.

Final Rating: 7.5/10

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