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Review: Moonsorrow - Voimasta Ja Kunniasta
Voimasta Ja Kunniasta

Label: Spikefarm Records
Year released: 2001
Duration: 48:38
Tracks: 6
Genre: Viking Metal

Rating: 5/5

Review online: September 26, 2009
Reviewed by: PowerMetal59
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Voimasta Ja Kunniasta


Let me preface my opening remarks by stating that it was this album which paved the way toward my deep appreciation of Viking Metal. Moonsorrow began their journey in 1995, releasing three EP's prior to the release of their full-length debut Suden Uni in 2001, which was quickly followed up by the subject of this review, Voimasta Ja Kunniasta (Of Strength and Honour).

The epic journey begins with a short instrumental introduction entitled "Tyven", which immediately segues into the heavy "Sankarihauta" complete with thick, heavy riffs, the sound of neighing horses and a brutal, guttural scream compliments of front man and bassist Ville Sorvali, all of which sets the stage for the most bombastic thrill ride into the world of epic Viking/Folk metal that one will ever have the pleasure of experiencing. Throughout the entire 48 minutes all of the elements that one would expect from a Moonsorrow release are present; heavy guitars, fantastic and diverse song structures, huge sweeping choirs, beautifully layered keyboards, folksy melodies, blood curdling screams, screeching Black Metal-like vocals and of course lest we forget the intense atmosphere of mythic northern warriors engaging in fierce competition on a bloodstained battlefield. Of course the common word that is most often used to describe a work of art this grand is "epic" but as it relates to Moonsorrow's sophomore effort it is completely apropos. Every song is awesome, however "Aurinko Ja Kuu" is so brilliant that it deserves special recognition, beginning with a short intro which consists of strumming acoustic guitar accompanied by a mouth harp, this enchanting piece then explodes into action building momentum until the final thrilling climax at the 6:36 mark, at which time the goose bumps never fail to stand at full attention.

In short Voimasta Ja Kunniasta is an album for the ages, special in that over the course of time it never exhibits signs of growing stale, a hallmark of something that is truly majestic.

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