As the world of folk metal continues ever onwards in its strange yet satisfying way, it's always a pleasure to find yet another band trying to come up with new sounds. Verjnuarmu are that band, and for those (like me) who'd missed out on them, they take traditional Finnish folk music and mix it with some pounding death metal. And when I say Finnish, I actually mean Savo, as they are actually using the East Finnish dialect)! Mad.
This is their second album, following on from "Muanpiällinen Helevetti" back in 2006, and it's a rather good romp through what is predominately a set of melodic death metal. Because, despite the billing, there isn't actually much folk going on here. If anything, they've actually thrown in some Amorphis like prog twists to their sound. But when they're good, they're very good, as on 'Kuu Paestaa, Kuollu Aijjaa' and 'Tulesta Pimmeyvven'. The Savo vocals are actually fairly inconsequential. After all, who can work out what the hell is going on when death vocals are in English!
There are some nice Bathory and Slayer type influences dotted about, but when they get the balance right as on the melodic and bleak 'Huaskalinnut', it's good stuff. 'Kirkkomuan Kansoo' is one of the tracks where you can actual hear their cultural influences and I wish they'd spend more time investigating that side of things.
A good, solid album that promises much for future records.