Moonsorrow – Jumalten Aika (2016)
FLAC (tracks+.cue) | Tracks: 5 | Playtime: 01:07:05 | Size: 457 MB
Genre: Viking, Folk, Pagan, Black Metal | Label: NO
Moonsorrow is an enigmatic band whose fame and status in metal defy expectations. A band whose songs tend toward the 15-minute mark, who sings in Finnish, and who obeys no label’s release schedule is not a band that I would expect to be releasing one of the most anticipated albums of 2016. The first album in 5 years—follow-up to Varjoina kuljemme kuolleiden maasa (henceforth Vkkm because lol), which was my Record o’ the Year in 2011—Jumalten aika is a 5 track, 67 minute journey down the path cut by Moonsorrow in the years since their first releases. And it’s a simultaneously difficult and comfortable release from one of Finland’s premiere acts.
Jumalten aika is very much cut from the same cloth as the band’s later material. The scope is sweeping, the development is slow. Long, slow introductory riffs, songs audibly padded out by atmospheric soundscapes—crackling fires or, like on Vkkm, footfalls through snow—and a wall of sound that sounds like no one but Moonsorrow. Jumalten aika continues the tradition, too, of being an engaging album in spite of the length of the songs. Unlike any other band I can think of, Moonsorrow is capable of holding the listener’s attention while producing sounds and songs that push on the boundaries of songwriting. Jumalten aika demonstrates time and again the depth of the band’s ability to be engaging despite pushing the 15 minute mark on nearly all of their tracks; seeming to know precisely when enough is enough and changing gears.
01. Jumalten aika 12:43
02. Ruttolehto incl. Päivättömän päivän kansa 15:21
03. Suden tunti 07:06
04. Mimisbrunn 15:55
05. Ihmisen aika (Kumarrus pimeyteen) 16:00
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