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Moonsorrow – Varjoina Kuljemme Kuolleiden Maassa (2011) Review

Release Date: February 21, 2011
Genre(s): Folk/Black Metal
Rating: 9.3/10
LittleViking's Score
9.3
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10.0

Moonsorrow – Varjoina Kuljemme Kuolleiden Maassa (2011) Review

This band makes some seriously beautiful music.  I admit I hadn’t given their discography much of a listen until recently, but I think I can pretty safely say that these guys are one of my top bands.  Their music is sweeping and intense, and every song takes you on an epic adventure.

I really like the vocals on this album.  The black metal screams are raw but fitting with this album’s “warmer” sound (when compared to traditional black metal).  The instrumentals on this album are really interesting.  The music is really melodic, and sometimes it’s the guitar carrying the melody while at other times it’ll be a folk instrument or a keyboard.  As for the rest of the instruments, they’re neatly tucked away under the melody, creating incredible intricacy without feeling overly ambitious.  This is difficult music that is not difficult to listen to, which takes an immense amount of compositional skill to pull off.

The songs on this album are long (over ten minutes) but they don’t feel like they drag.  I would definitely recommend taking an hour out of your day to just listen to this album the whole way through.  It’s well worth it.

Moonsorrow - Varjoina Kuljemme Kuolleiden Maassa (2011) Review, 10.0 out of 10 based on 3 ratings

1 Comment

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    tranquilstorm
    05 Apr 2011, 6:48 am

    Viking your review is excellent!! I find myself in a similar situation. I’ve only recently discovered Moonsorrow’s other albums as well and I agree with you completely. This album is truly awe inspiring stuff from the lands of ice and snow (cheap Immigrant Song rip off). So few people appreciate good melodic metal when they hear it let alone experience something as symphonic and complex yet easily playable. Great review for a great album: too bad Moonsorrow has received bad press in the past over the silly viking rune issue and allegations of anti-semetism… music is music and these guys are amazing (especially on this particular album). If you like progressive, folk or melodic death or black metal do yourself a favor and listen to this album… Kivenkantaja, Metsa, Suden Uni all top of their game. But this album delivers.

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