Album 0414: Moonsorrow – Suden Uni

Moonsorrow-SudenUni

Release Date: 2001
Genre: Folk Metal

Tracklisting:

1. Ukkosenjumalan Poika (Son Of The God Of Thunder) (06:10)
2. Köyliönjärven Jäällä (Pakanavedet II) (On The Ice Of Köyliönjärvi (Pagan Waters II)) (06:30)
3. Kuin Ikuinen (As Eternal) (07:20)
4. Tuulen Koti, Aaltojen Koti (Home Of The Wind, Home Of The Waves) (04:02)
5. Pakanajuhla (Pagan Feast) (06:46)
6. 1065: Aika (1065: Time) (11:01)
7. Suden Uni (Wolf’s Dream) (01:23)
8. Tulkaapa Äijät! (Come Along, Fellows!) (03:14)

Total Length: 46:25

Ukkosenjumalan Poika doesn’t waste any time starting, and berates you with riffs throughout. The vocals work pretty well, but aren’t as endearing as they are on the band’s later albums. There is also still a heavier emphasis on the black metal parts of their sound, like in the last minute or so on this track. Köyliönjärven Jäällä (Pakanavedet II) also gets quick into the song, something the band rarely does later on. It is a fun song, and changes gears in a sense quite a few times even in the first few minutes. The only thing is that I really want to love these songs, but it’s not quite there. It’s not as polished as even their second album, let alone the behemoths past that one.

Kuin Ikuinen gives me that same feeling. Enjoyable but not memorable. I don’t find myself drawn to this album like I do their others. Tuulen Koti, Aaltojen Koti slows things down a bit in a very nice way. This instrumental does what it needs to and leaves before things get boring in any way. Pakanjuhla continues the trend of solid songs that just don’t click with me. 1065: Aika is a pretty large song, kind of a sign of things to come. It still doesn’t hit the right spot though.

Suden Uni is a short instrumental that capped off the original album. It’s atmospheric but kind of useless. Tulkaapa Äijät! was actually recorded after their second album on its own, but placed on here when this album was re-released in 2003. It’s a fast paced, fun track. It honestly kind of sounds like another band, in a way. It could be easily placed on some other folk metal act’s record and not be out of place, and so for that it is refreshing. This album is solid, but just pales knowing what the band is capable of.

Final Rating: 7/10

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