December 26, 2013
Release Date: 2001
Genre: Folk Metal
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
September 27, 2013
Release Date: 2007
Genre: Folk Metal
1. Jäästä Syntynyt/Varjojen Vita (Born Of Ice/Stream Of Shadows) (30:10)
2. Tuleen Ajettu Maa (A Land Driven Into The Fire) (26:19)
Total Length: 56:29
Note: The title translates to Chapter V – Ravaged.
Jäästä Syntynyt/Varjojen Vita begins with a lengthy intro, though that seems obvious from the track’s enormous length. The song builds up wonderfully to a sort of mini-climax, before slowing things back down. The song kind of gets to the heaviness first around six minutes, and doesn’t slow down for another ten after that. It’s just a wonderful mixture of the transcendental qualities of black metal that I love with this band’s heavy laden production and textures. The whole track is amazing for the entire length, and it only gets better the more times I hear it.
Tuleen Ajettu Maa opens in a familiar manner for the band, with what sounds like a few men sitting around a campfire. A chant begins and grows, until the song about explodes. This track is just as big and dense despite the four minute difference. The whole album is ridiculous to try and understand the first or even fifth time through. The compositions are so well done, never boring and always keeping you engrossed. It’s kind of unbelievable.
Final Rating: 9/10
November 26, 2012
Release Date: 2011
Genre: Folk Metal
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
May 15, 2012
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Folk Metal
1. Karhunkynsi (Bearclaw) (14:01)
2. Haaska (Carrion) (14:42)
3. Pimeä (Dark) (14:08)
4. Jotunheim (19:28)
5. Kaiku (Echo) (08:20)
Total Length: 01:10:39
Karhunkynski has a very brief fade in, leading into a very coo riff by all accounts. Everything about the first few minutes of this song is just awesome. I love how dense this band’s sound is, and how much is going on. This band can sometimes be a good kind of repetitive, but the songs also evolve and add new parts and make the long track times seem to fly by. Speaking of, this album is 5 songs and over 70 minutes long which is just fantastic. The full on black metal assault at almost 9 minutes is pretty great as well. The transition at the end of the song leads us into Haaska, which opens with some great melodies to get stuck in your head. The second set of riffs and melodies is very haunting. I love their use of synths, it never feels out of place. This is a great song overall.
Pimeä is amazing as well. It has all the qualities of Moonsorrow that I like. Jotunheim is the longest song on here and has a ton going for it. The intro is beautiful, and it is always fun to listen to. The main bulk of the song ends at around 16 minutes, and some nice atmospheric sounds glide us into the last track, Kaiku. This is a beautiful song that is supposed to sound as if it’s being played around a campfire. Only about half of the track is the actual song, which is semi-disappointing. This album is about the darkest the band got as far as I can tell. Everything on it is big and heavy. It’s a great album when all is said and done.
Final Rating: 8.5/10