|Review: Stormheit - Chronicon Finlandiae|
Label: No Sign of Life
Year released: 2010
Genre: Folk Metal
Review online: January 11, 2011
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
I had heard about this band, but never actually heard them, despite that this is their 4th album. Stormheit are an offbeat band from Finland playing a variety of folky metal that is unique, if not really, you know, good.
I don't know what it is about certain types of progressive-minded musicians to want to be Pink Floyd, but Stormheit are pretty obviously in that mold. These songs are big, ambitious, groovy and rather trippy. There is no trace of a BM sound at work here, as all the singing is clean and of a dubious quality, sounding like Quorthon but without the emotion that made his singing palatable. There is obviously influence here from mid-period Bathory, and sometimes the riffs are pretty damned good, but too much of this is loose and formless, with poor recording values, bad singing, and too damned much art rock in the mix where a reasonable listener might expect some fucking metal. This is different, but still pretty poor.
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