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Review: Vuolla - Blood. Stone. Sun. Down.
Blood. Stone. Sun. Down.

Label: Schwarzdorn Productions
Year released: 2016
Duration: 66:07
Tracks: 8
Genre: Doom/Death

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: March 17, 2017
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating
Blood. Stone. Sun. Down.

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

Let's face it: Finland is the best-known country for its vast Doom/Funeral Doom Metal scene. Thergothon started it all with their groundbreaking Fhtagn-nagh Yog-Sothoth demo back in 1991. After that, many disciples of that sound followed...

Vuolla was founded in January 2009 and after some smaller releases, they took their time to record their debut album, Blood. Stone. Sun. Down. What separates Vuolla from many Doom acts is definitely female singer Kati Kallinen, who uses her clean and fragile sounding vocals in a nicely balancing way among the band's otherwise doomy and heavy Doom/Death Metal delivery, with some flirting nuances from Post-Rock's side as well. Kalle Korhonen brings in those typical death growls on this opus, creating a clever contrast with Kati's almost dreamlike and soothing vocal harmonies that overall lighten the album's in many ways oppressive, desolate and dark soundscape. The songs are also kind of cinematic, structure-wise, constantly occupied by some deep, dark floating energies and cutting all kinds of incipient hope away.

The album's a perfect soundtrack for your miserable and lonely winter nights, sounding somewhat minimalistic but still giving away a lot. Undoubtedly fans of such names as Swallow the Sun, Shape of Despair, Katatonia, etc. will find Vuolla's debut worth their interest, as that's what it truly is all about: an interesting slab of tastefully done Doom/Death.

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