(8/10) The only walls I can accept nowadays are walls of sound. Actually I love them. This time it's Finnish pagan powerhouse that builds those walls on their new longplayer "Jumalten Aika".
The guys from Helsinki, Finland do not need a lot of songs to create this sound monumemt. The current album is limited to five tunes whereof four come with an epical length.
Easily crossing the 10 minutes boarder Moonsorrow created musical masterpieces that reflect black metal roots as well as a lot of folk and tradition. It's impressive how much power these guys bring up to surface.
Just take "Mimisbrunn" as an example. The start is silent with gurgling water and an acoustic guitar. It's such a beginning that already starts create pictures in your mind. After a while a harsh riff rips up the romantic vibe and the tune turns into a heavy but wistful metal track that is kept in midpace. The riffing is almost hypnotic with Ville Sorvali's plangorous vocals. Some choir sections give this tune even more intensity and in the end "Mimisbrunn" is more than just a song. It's storytelling by using the entire spectra of emotionalizing music.
I picked this song because I think it's the best. But actually the other four tracks are no slouch either and are on the same high level.
"Jumalten Aika" is an excellent longplayer that combines many influences to a total that is thrilling from beginning to end. Hot stuff from the cold North.
- Jumalten Aika
- Ruttolehto Incl. Päivättömän Päivän Kansa
- Suden Tunti
- Ihmisen Aika (Kumarrus Pimeyteen)
Label: Century Media
Genre: Pagan Metal
Release Date EU: April 1st, 2016