- Audio CD (April 4, 2006)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Naula
- ASIN: B00009AEVE
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #449,960 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Kivenkantaja is Moonsorrow's latest release and while 2003, for me, was a year of disappointing followups, this did not disappoint. Kivenkantaja, which means Stonebearer is another majestic recording in the same vein as their first two releases featuring long extravagant, bombastic, symphonic metal music based on Viking folklore delivered with a ferocity which would make Christofer Johnsson (Therion) envious and when the warriors join in on the chorus's it's magnificent.
Moonsorrow plays Viking Metal which is loosely termed as a sub genre of Black/Death Metal. I'll tell you right now if this were truly like Death Metal you wouldn't catch me writing about it. I like to think of it as Life Metal because it's so full of life. There are several other Viking Metal bands. This and Finntroll are the only ones I like.
Now, if you're waiting for me to describe the music, good luck. I could easier describe a magnificent sunset. The music is somewhat homogenous but each song is quite different. It has wildly variety tempos and intensities.
"Rauniolla" (meaning "At The Ruins") starts with some ghostly background voices, then all Hell breaks loose with heavy bass percussion leading the explosion into an immensely epic and melodic song with measured tempo and both excellent clear and also harsh vocals, plus great choirs and the typically folkish melodies. An outstandingly brilliant opener.Read more ›
The first track is the best by far. It features clean and harsh vocals and a great chorus, probaly their best one. Towards the end it slows and and moves to the second song. This song is my least favorite but it's still good.
The third song is my second favorite because it has a great energenic feel to it and everytime I listen to it I feel like going out on a viking raid or something.
Songs 4 and 5 seem to be the most folksy on the album. They both contain quite a bit of violin and accordion. Song 4 has harsh vocals,clean volcals and a chorus. Song 5 is mostly instrumental ,with the first 3 minutes being acoustic, and their is only a little folk singing and a chorus.
The last track is purely a slow folk song. It only uses acoustic instruments and it features a female singer with a chorus. This song is the slowest one but it has a hauntingly beautiful sound to it.
If you like black/ folk/ epic metal or just epic music in general then you should get this cd.
All of the songs on this record are much longer than your normal radio rock or metal songs and are all between 7-14 minutes and most of them take their time building slowly until they explode with epic bombast. "Unohduksen Lapsi" is best example of this with it's beautiful choruses and even heavier and epic bridge with choir and huge Viking chanting and growling.
Moonsorrow is very unique compared to all of the other prominent Viking metal bands(Ensiferum, Finntroll, Enslaved, Turisas, etc...) in the fact that they are a little more somber in tone and thier music is alot slower and more plodding than thier faster, thrashier counterparts. In my opinion, they are the Opeth of the Viking/Folk Metal genre.
If you like anything remotely black, pagan, folk metal, than you must own this!!!!
2. Unohduksen Lapsi
3. Jumalten Kaupunki/Tuhatvuotinen Perintö
5. Tuulen Tytär/Soturin Tie
6. Matkan Lopussa
The only down-side to this CD is that it's import only (from what I can tell) and only a few record stores carry it over here in the states. It's still within a reasonable price range, however, for an album as good as this one is.
If you love original folk/viking metal, then you need to buy this!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an album you want a hardcopy of on either CD or vinyl; the mp3 version is good but this album is so amazing you need to listen front to back on really good speakers in the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by GuitarZen203
Moonsorrow is a group that deserves way more due. Aside from Enslaved, these guys pump out some of the best progressive folk metal out there. Read morePublished 12 months ago by flightoficarus86
Rauniolla is an incredible song - buy it just for that but everything on here is all great - this is really special like Tulimyrsky - folk metal doesn't get any better than this... Read morePublished on September 26, 2013 by me2
After buying Suden Uni, I decided this would be my next Moonsorrow cd. Everything great about Suden Uni is presented here, only bigger and better. Read morePublished on July 2, 2011 by Rob Norman
i really love this band! good album and this album comes in those really good jewel cases you know what all good bands should put their albums inPublished on June 2, 2011 by Dale G. Koch