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Review: Vainaja - Kiviristi

Label: Independent
Year released: 2020
Duration: 21:38
Tracks: 2
Genre: Doom/Death

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: May 17, 2020
Reviewed by: Mjölnir
Readers Rating

Rated 4.29/5 (85.71%) (7 Votes)

Vainaja (roughly "deceased" in Finnish) are a Doom/Death band that have been around since 2011, but this is the first I've heard of them thanks to Luxi recommending their most recent EP with only minimal threats of violence. I can't speak for earlier output, but Kiviristi goes the Runemagick route of leaning more on the Death Metal with brutal heaviness and a crushing guitar tone played at a Doom pace. The two songs are pretty good overall, with solid riffs and a punishing sense of atmosphere, and the opening track "Alistuneet sielut" has some cool tribal chants and beats to give it a shamanistic atmosphere, though they also added sound clips that are more distracting than anything. The second song "Polku" is less distinct, but still carried by the band's ear for riffs and heaviness. I don't know if this is representative of the band or how it measures to earlier stuff, and it overstays its welcome near the end, but this is just good enough to convince me to give this band my attention.

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