|Review: Verjnuarmu - Ruatokansan Uamunkoetto|
Label: Dynamic Arts Records
Year released: 2008
Genre: Melodic Death Metal
Review online: August 16, 2008
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 4/5 (80%) (4 Votes)
Verjnuarmu play "Savo Metal", which essentially means Melodic Death Metal (and a few other genres mixed in) with lyrics sung in Savo, which from what I understand is a Finnish dialect spoken in an Eastern part of Finland. The basic genre here is Melodic Death Metal, but with a lot more thrown in - there's a hint of Folk influences, some Black-ish passages as well as more doomy parts. The mood of the music varies greatly throughout the album, from very upbeat, beer-drinking anthems (well, at least they sound like that), to much darker and aggressive numbers. The vocals vary accordingly, mostly clean, almost happy-sounding vocals for the upbeat stuff, and Black-ish rasps/growls for the more obscure parts. Interestingly, some songs successfully marry both approaches, seamlessly switching back and forth. Overall Ruatokansan Uamunkoetto sounds like Folk/Viking meets Rhapsody (minus all the symphonic stuff — don't worry ;)). This stuff is all over the place, which keeps the interest up through most of the album. Some songs could have been left out, as they pale (read: boring) compared to the others, but then people would be complaining that the album is too short. If you're craving for some Melodic Death Metal but don't want yet another band that sounds just like a few hundred others, this is definitely worth checking out.
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