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Review: Moonsorrow - Verisäkeet

Label: SpineFarm Records
Year released: 2005
Duration: 70:37
Tracks: 5
Genre: Viking Metal

Rating: 4.75/5

Review online: January 25, 2007
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating

Rated 4.78/5 (95.68%) (37 Votes)

I may differ from some people in that I think this, Moonsorrow's fourth album, is their best one. Kivenkantaja, their previous disc, gets all the good press as their finest hour, but in truth I like this one a bit better, though it is very different from what came before.

Listening to this closely, it's hard to pin down what exactly has changed. Overall Verisakeet ("Blood Verses") is slower and more epic than previous albums, also a bit less blatantly folky, and a definite Bathory influence can be more clearly heard than ever. As noted before, the songs on this album are much longer than was true on previous Moonsorrow albums, and while they do overstay their welcome here and there, after many spins I find this a more involving album. There are fewer readily accessible melodies, and fewer clean vocals, so overall Verisakeet is far less friendly than its lauded predecessor, and requires more investment of time to really reap its pleasures. If you give this album a fast scan, you won't really be getting it, and you'll think it's a mediocre album. But time and attention will yield a truly encompassing musical experience.

Moonsorrow never rest on their laurels. It would have been easy to just make Kivenkantaja II and coast, but instead they have become darker and more seriously artful with each album since. If you like Windir or Ensiferum for Folk Metal, then I recommend you stay away from this, but fans of more serious bands like Skyforger or Pagan Reign will find much to love. Impressive and highly recommended.

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