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Manala [Import]

Korpiklaani Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (14 Aug 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Nuclear Blast Americ
  • ASIN: B008DVJM8O
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 266,594 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Korpiklaani and the Kalevala 24 Sep 2012
By Riffan
Format:Audio CD
Folk Metal bands usually orient around different themes and have different roles within the genre. The Swiss Eluveitie are very much the Gaul historians, Ensiferum are the battle anthem and after-battle ballad songwriters, Turisas, the Varangian adventurers and Korpiklaani a band with priorities involving drinking. Korpiklaani, famous for the song "Vodka" and others combines the usual folk metal set-up of folk melodies combined with metal to create the ultimate binge drinking experience with albums coming out almost yearly. This has a cost, as recently albums were becoming generic, repetitive, dull and plain stupid in some respects. So for their 8th album, Korpiklaani follow the footsteps of other Finnish acts such as Amorphis and go into their nation's mythology, the Kalevala. For anyone who doesn't know, Manala is the Finnish underworld.

Right from the opening note of "Kunnia" this album feels stronger, tighter and more focused with more restraint and time spent on its compositions. Abandoning the drinking songs which were getting stupid in favor of epic mythology and heavier songs. We get the heaviest songs of their careers as well as a continuation of much of their own work with the folk melodies combined with the riffing guitars and the excellent clean vocals. Violins play a more prominent part with a new band member, and the accordion slides back out of focus. The vocals are powerful, strong and enjoyable to listen to and the songs are in general, stronger with tightness and strength added on as a result. Songs are more agressive here such as the song translating to "Predator's Saliva." Following the discourse of the Kalevala, we get loads of great imagery, musical works and as mentioned earlier, the violins play a part, particularly in the very Northern "Husky Sledge" track.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Xmas music for Nephew 8 Jan 2014
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He seems to like it and it fits the bill as it was requested. I now have a happy nephew.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Such a bloody brilliant band! 25 July 2013
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Such an amazing and fun band whose music you can drink and dance to. Another album, and I hope they would make much, MUCH more! Korpiklaani NEVER FAILS to disappoint!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars finnish rock 20 Sep 2012
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Excellent release from this Finnish band folk/meyal works has you singing along cd 1 in Finnish cd2 in English have best of both heavy and in your face production clear and raw highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Different, but still fantastic folk metal 20 Oct 2012
By AB - Published on
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When I first listened, I thought meh, a few OK songs, but not as good as the other albums. But it seems to get better every time I listen. Ievan Polkka was probably my favorite track, but especially after seeing them live a couple months ago, I've been loving Tuonelan Tuvilla. An awesome heavy song to bang your head to.

This CD is definitely heavier and not so much about drinking like the other albums were, but it's still great (but it may take a little bit of time to get used to). Other great songs from the album are Kunnia, Rauta, and Ruumiinmultaa.

There's a release of this CD with an English version on a second CD, but it's just not as good. I don't know Finnish (aside from the few words I've learned from listening to Korpiklaani...), but the English versions of the songs just feel forced IMO. I'd give 4.5/5 stars, but I'll round up to 5.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Treading water 28 Sep 2013
By Daryl Wayne - Published on
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This is not a necessary album. A lot of the other discs are interesting and vibrant; this one honestly sounds like they're phoning it in. They've mined the relatively fertile folk metal ground in the same spot too long, though, one somewhat speedily abandoned by Turisas and one already passed by both by Ensiferum and Cruachan, though the latter quite some time ago. When the vocals sound this bored, it's probably time to do something else. It's not a bad album, per se, but not a very good one, either.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful bouncy folk metal. 30 Jan 2013
By T. - Published on
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Definitely a bit heavier than Korpiklaani's other albums, but if anything better off for it. It's still got some deliciously cheerful songs such as Rauta and Ievan Polkka which make me torn between headbanging and dancing. If I had to recommend any one Korpiklaani album above all others, I'd recommend this one, no question. There are not only Korpiklaani's trademark happy-go-lucky songs, there are also heavier, more growling songs. A song to fit your every mood! I only have one caveat about this album - You don't really need to buy the special edition. I never listen to the English disc, because although the songs are still awesome this album was clearly made with Finnish in mind.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Folk metal at it's best! 17 Oct 2012
By Lumikko - Published on
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Yet another example of outstanding Finnish folk metal. Amazingly talented band who have not yet produced an album that isn't fun to listen to. If you haven't seen this band live, make a point to!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Myths, not polkas 15 Oct 2012
By Urraca - Published on
The mp3 tracks for this album includes "disc 2" with English versions of all the songs. (This is the only time Korpliklaani has produced a dual album like this.) Unfortunately, the English lyrics are hard to make out. The songs refer to legends from the Kalevala, so unless you are familiar with that, you won't understand the lyrics anyway, so you might as well just listen to the Finnish versions of the songs.

Although there doesn't seem to be a continuous story, this is more like a concept album than like the dance party music that Korpliklaani is known for. The most impressive tracks are not "fun", they are effective at evoking a mood. Rauta, even if you don't understand that the lyrics refer to the Sampo, is clearly about forging metal. In Husky-Sledge, the violin creates the sound of runners squeaking over snow in a way that might set your teeth on edge, but is an impressive musical feat. Synkka/Dismal, about the bitter Joukahainan, is indeed gloomy.

I gave this album three stars because I think that many of Korpliklaani's fans won't care for it, but for those who are interested in the mythic side of this band, Manala may be the album they have been waiting for.
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