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Review: Korpiklaani - Spirit of the Forest
Spirit of the Forest

Label: Napalm Records
Year released: 2003
Duration: 48:12
Tracks: 14
Genre: Folk Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: January 12, 2005
Reviewed by: ShadowsFall
Readers Rating
Spirit of the Forest

Rated 2.89/5 (57.78%) (9 Votes)

I stumbled into this band by accident, but I'm kind of glad I did. This is a band from Finland which plays the traditional folk metal. I see a lot of talent in this band; this album just doesn't excite me all that much. They remind me a lot of the band In Extremo with the exception being they play more metal, speak English, and are all around more talented. There are a lot of different folk elements that they use which sound pretty cool considering I am a fan of that type of music. The best songs on the album are the ones when it is just the instruments playing. The vocals don't suck, just aren't all that enjoyable. Jonne Yoik uses a style of semi-harsh vocals that sound similar to In Extremo, Ironsword, Turisas, Doomsword, or Battlelore. They are a lot slower than say a band like Ensiferum which just pounds your ass full of folk creativity.

I do not dislike this album by any means; it just doesn't keep my interest all the way through, and at times is a little repetitive. I think this band has a bright future as long as they improve and stick to the good old folk metal style of metal that they play. I recommend this to any fan of folk or viking metal looking to discover more good stuff.

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