Review: Moonsorrow – Jumalten Aika – Century Media – Release: 01-04-2016.
Folk music in metal is often associated with partying big time. Not so with the music of Moonsorrow. Whilst sometimes reminiscent of the darker no-humppa parts of Finntroll songs, which is no surprise as keyboard & guitar player Henri plays a major role in both bands.
The entire album has a very earthen feel to it, taking from the more melancholic and sad folk tunes instead of the upbeat party themes. Coupled with raw black metal the band has managed to create big landscapes of music, with songs spanning more than ten or even fifteen minutes. If you can say that a seven minute song on the new album is one the shortest songs you’ve ever done, people surely can’t blame you of rushing things. And with their previous album release dating back to 2011 it’s easy to see that Moonsorrow like to take their sweet time.
What I enjoy most about this album is how it really feels like a musical journey, without ever getting boring. There is so much detail in the music. To that end I also have to give extra props for not getting a clear as glass production. The sound is very raw, with the guitar riffs especially sounding as if you could cut through a body with them.
Moonsorrow might not be for everybody, but that’s clearly not their aim. Immerse yourself in the musical landscapes the band has created and join the pack!
Score: 4.3 out of 5
Text by: Robert Popovic