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Review: Moonsorrow - Tulimyrsky

Label: SpineFarm Records
Year released: 2008
Duration: 68:18
Tracks: 5
Genre: Folk/Viking

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: August 30, 2008
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
Readers Rating

Rated 4.45/5 (88.97%) (29 Votes)

The Finnish Viking horde has landed home once more, leaving another great series of compositions on this recent EP. Their previous crusade brought a full length, which contained only two songs, and was lasting over an hour. On Tulimyrsky , we have five tracks, for again over an hour of great Nordic music.

The title track itself is well worth the money asked to get this EP. Not only does it last nearly half an hour, but it is an outstanding and elaborate epic opus. Folk/Viking Metal par excellence! Superb acoustic/ambient/folksy parts connect the heavier and more powerful segments. Always nice to hear mouth harps, accordion, 12 strings, wind samplings, clean arpeggios, mandolin, foreign language and choirs blending so well with tremolo picking, distorted guitars, beefed up riffs, rasps, deep growls and blast beats. Of the other four "shorter" tracks, "Taistelu Pohjolasta" and "Back to North" are the ones I enjoyed the most. The first one is more of a Black Metal composition with some acoustic parts, while distorted arpeggios and crushing riffs are closing the song. The last song is somewhat like the title track, a shorter version though, still filled with ambient/acoustic/folksy vs. powerful guitar work.

Tulimyrsky is more than worthy spending your Viking metal money on.

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