Moonsorrow – Varjoina Kuljemme Kuolleiden Maassa
text: Lykle Thijssen
Three years after the ‘Tulimyrsky’ EP, Moonsorrow is back! The Finnish masters of epic heathen metal celebrate their return with a post-apocalyptic concept album “Varjoina Kuljemme Kuolleiden Maassa.” Meaning ‘ As shadows we walk in the land of the dead ‘ a very poetic and melancholiac title.
Despite of the slightly heavier production, the album will sound very familiar to Moonsorrow fans. With strong references to the highly acclaimed albums ‘Verisäkeet‘ (2005) and ‘Viides Luku-Hävitetty’(2007). Obviously you could blame the band for lack of progress, but when it comes to making epic-atmospheric metal, these guys are simply in a league of their own. “Varjoina Kuljemme Kuolleiden Maassa” tells its story in four chapters, bound together by three short intermezzos.
When the album begins with ‘Tähdetön’ I had my doubts when I listened to it for the first time, but after the whole album it changed into admiration. The way the music builds up through ‘Muinaiset’ and the phenomenal “Huuto” to reach its climax in “Kuolleiden Maa” is simply outstanding. It deserves a lot of respect when a band manages to keep your interest during one song of fifteen minutes. Excellent songwriting and production.
More than ever Moonsorrow has succeeded in creating a consistent album, on which the songs reinforce eachother. The band also didn’t lost their folk elements on this new albums, without making things cheesy or remotely danceable. In my opinion, “Varjoina Kuljemme Kuolleiden Maassa” is the third amazing full-length album in a row for Moonsorrow, which will satisfy the fans and everyone who enjoys epic metal. Highly recommendable!
1. Tähdetön (12:44)
2. Hävitetty (1:34)
3. Muinaiset (11:43)
4. Nälkä, Väsymys Ja Epätoivo (1:12)
5. Huuto (15:58)
6. Kuolleille (1:35)
7. Kuolleiden Maa (16:23)