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5.0 out of 5 stars GREATEST MOONSORROW ALBUM EVER!, 27 Feb 2011
This review is from: Varjoina kuljemme kuolleiden maassa (Audio CD)
If Ennio Morricone had been brought up by ravenous wolves on the frozen Tundra, he would probably have made music like this! Not to be missed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Seconded, 28 Feb 2011
This review is from: Varjoina kuljemme kuolleiden maassa (Audio CD)
As the man said this is awesome. Heavy and melodic at the same time. Long songs that you wont dare turn off. Trouble is it's hard to live with. What to play before or after? John
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5.0 out of 5 stars a journey through the darkest hells of Viking-dom, 29 Mar 2011
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Hedon (Eternal Night) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Varjoina kuljemme kuolleiden maassa (Audio CD)
Finlands finest Viking Metal band Moonsorrow are back with their first proper album in ages, and let me tell you friends, this is likely to blow the socks of every folk metal album released in 2011. Oh yes, it's that bloody good.

Moonsorrow have always been light years ahead of the competition in terms of originality, experimentation, composition, artistic vision and sheer boldness when it comes to metal music. How many other bands could release an hour-long album containing just two tracks like they did with V: Hävitetty and still pull it off with no pretention? Their epic, original and frankly mindblowing combination of folk music, black metal and proggressive rock has set them as one of the premier bands in all of extreme metal, not just folk metal, and Varjoina Kuljemme Kuollediden Massaa (Like Shadows we Walk through the Valley of the Dead) not only continues their trend of making exciting and challanging music but also consolidates them as one of the greatest metal bands of their generation.

Varjoina is pretty much the musical equivilent of trudging through the mines of Moria in the Lord of the Rings films, yet darker, more oppressive, and without any stupid hobbits or pointed hats. Like its predecessors, Varjoina... unwinds in a way more akin to an epic musical composition then a rock album. The songs converge to construct a glorious and concise whole, and, as such, the real rewards come in listening to the album as a whole. And what an album this is! Like a firm middle finger to modernist trends Ipods and shuffling and 'favourite playlists', Varjoina unfolds in magestic manner. It's a eerie and haunting journey through the darkest and bleakest of hells punctuated by rays of light in the form of soaring and beautiful folk melodies. And its that darkness and bleakness that really sets this apart from other Moonsorrow albums. This has got to be some of the heaviest and harshest material to date, bordering on Death Metal intensity at times. Turisas this certainly is not. But rest assured, their trademark melodies and thick, ethereal atmosphere remain as fresh and as vital as ever, and as such the album never boarders on becoming noise for the sake of noise itself, but some of the most enchanting yet painful noise you'll here all year.

Really, lets cut to the chase here. This album is a sheer offering of beauty, the kind that will warp your fragile mind and stay with you for hours and hours after each listen, and the kind that will only yeild its sweetest fruit after many, repeated listens. Please, do set aside time for this, as background music it ain't. There are very few bands that push the creative boundries of folk metal these days; Moonsorrow pretty much chop the boundaries to cinders, pour petrol all over them and let the flames eat up the night sky. If you're looking for an engaging, challanging and irresistably compelling musical experience, I urge you to walk with Moonsorrow like a shadow through the Valley of Death. It'll scare the crap out of you at times, but it'll be the kind of experience rarely had listening to music. Mark my words, this will be one of the best albums of the year! All Hail the mighty Moonsorrow!
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