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Review: Kalevala - Luna I Grosh
Luna I Grosh

Label: Sound Age Productions
Year released: 2013
Duration: 49:17
Tracks: 12
Genre: Folk Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: August 23, 2013
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
Luna I Grosh

Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (4 Votes)

A Russian band named after the Finnish National Saga? When you consider the long and often contentious relationship between the two countries and the lengthy border they share (who says you can't learn new things listening to Heavy Metal?) it makes sense there would be cultural "cross-pollination."

OK, enough with the geography lesson. Kalevala are a Folk Metal band and a quite good one at that. Their third album, Luna I Grosh (which means The Moon and Sixpence) skillfully mixes Heavy Metal's guitar, drums and bass, with Folk melodies and instruments like hurdy gurdy, bagpipes and accordion. Kalevala avoids sounding like a Heavy Metal band that grabbed a random flute player off the street or a Folk band that thought they could cash in by electrifying their guitars. Their music is less serious than, say, Arkona's, but nowhere near as "hey, the sun came up, let's get shit-faced!" silly as Korpiklaani's can be. It's not so focused on "heavy" that you can't appreciate the folk instruments and not so folky that it would be more appropriate for a barn dance. All the performances are excellent, from Ksenia Markevich's (she of the Finnish heritage and source of the band name) singing to Nikita Andriyanov's solos (yes, there are real guitar solos) to the guest musicians. The album sounds great. There aren't any standout tracks, but Luna I Grosh is a solid example of the style and Kalevala are a band you'll want to seek out if Folk Metal is your thing.

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