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Review: Sotajumala - Raunioissa

Label: Independent
Year released: 2015
Duration: 40:26
Tracks: 8
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: March 31, 2015
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating

Rated 4.25/5 (85%) (8 Votes)

Finnish Death Metal champions Sotajumala are back with a new record titled Raunioissa (which translates to In Ruins in English, if you were wondering) and it is their fourth studio album in five years. The band faced label problems almost right after their third record, Kuolemanpalvelus, was released back in 2010 and they went underground. Those days are behind them now and Sotajumala is free from all label issues as they decided to release their new album completely on their own, which is a brave thing to do.

As expected they still love the power of their native language to get their sullen Death Metal message through. With Raunioissa, Sotajumala have decided to stick with their usual crushing riffs and also give lots of space for bubbling and farting bass sounds this time around. Overall, they have toned down some of the faster tempos and have added mid-paced riffing similar to that found on Morbid Angel's "Where the Slime Live" from the band's high-caliber Covenant album. It all works really well by bringing some different, ominous atmospheres to the album as well as a few extra layers here and there that give more depth to the songs. "Saattajat" and "Veljensä Viha" are great examples. To balance all these mid-paced and/or slow numbers, there must be a few eardrums-raping, speedy cuts on every Sotajumala album that are loaded with sheer brutality and the enjoyment of pure speed. They serve their fans of this style with songs like "Kuolemanmarssi" and "Elävänä Omassa Haudassaan," both giving off a stench you might get from Cannibal Corpse's infamous nest. The last song off Raunioissa, "Päivä Jolloin Aurinko Sammui," is a bit more experimental and progressive by Sotajumala's standards and reminds me of the later era Demigod.

Welcome back from the deep shadows Sotajumala. The world has been waiting for your return and now, having heard Raunioissa, it's safe to say that the world has not waited in vain. Sotajumala has ruled in the ruins once again. Great fuckin' Death Metal stuff here!

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