Album 0405: Korpiklaani – Ukon Wacka


Release Date: 2011
Genre: Folk Metal


1. Louhen Yhdeksäs Poika (Louhi’s Ninth Son) (03:23)
2. Päät Pois Tai Hirteen (Bad Boys Are Here) (03:14)
3. Tuoppi Oltta (A Pint Of Beer) (03:35)
4. Lonkkaluut (Hip Bones) (05:39)
5. Tequila (02:42)
6. Ukon Wacka (05:09)
7. Korvesta Liha (Wilderness Meat) (04:32)
8. Koivu Ja Tähti (The Birch And The Star) (04:18)
9. Vaarinpolkka (Grandfather’s Polka) (02:20)
10. Surma (Death) (06:20)
11. Iron Fist (02:52)

Total Length: 44:03

Louhen Yhdeksäs Poika has an extremely fun, fast-paced intro to kick the album off. Even when the verse ‘slows things down’ it’s still definitely not slow and the vocal rhythm is catchy as hell. Songs like this are what the band excels at. It’s almost pop in a sense, but with the folk metal senses around it. The string solo is incredibly upbeat too. Päät Pois Tai Hirteen is actually a cover, and it’s got a cool riff that helps carry the song.

Tuoppi Oltta has another fun vocal line, though the song isn’t as memorable as the first track. Still very solid though. Lonkkaluut has a couple cool moments in it, like the ending with the wailing sounds and that one vocal line that gets stuck in my head, but the song is just a touch long. Tequila is fast and kind of fun, but honestly pales compared to their other alcohol themed songs. It just doesn’t stick in my head like the others do.

Ukon Wacka falls under the trap of being a bit too long. It’s not that the band can’t do slower songs, it’s just not what they excel at. This one has some nice riffs and moments, but it’s not enough to hold my attention. Korvesta Liha has a pretty great chorus but it almost takes too long to build up to that. If the song didn’t contain the two verses (or they were just shorter or different) there could be something really special here.

Koivu Ja Tähti is very cool, I really like the picking and such used for the song throughout. Just a ton of fun. Vaarinpolkka is one of the band’s necessary instrumentals. These are always pretty amazing, they are upbeat and just a joy to listen to. Surma actually works fairly well as a longer song, which is a nice change of pace. Iron Fist is a Motörhead cover, and kind of furious. Never been a big fan of them, and this is a decent version. This album has a lot of strong moments, and some things that don’t work. I can’t say I love it, but it might be worth a listen every now and again.

Final Rating: 7.5/10


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