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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 2, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B001E454Q6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,476 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The first track is the best by far.
Der Hammer des Kuchens
Here we go again with the big sound featuring heavy percussion, huge choirs plus the accordion, some fiddle and arpeggios, astounding!
Mr D.
The production is fantastic and Moonsorrow excel over their "folk metal" counterparts.
Rob Norman

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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Mr D. on February 4, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I don't know if I can think of a band that has a bigger sound than Moonsorrow, maybe Blind Guardian, not because their music is similar it isn't. Their sounds are both larger than life. What the Hell am I talking about? I don't really know. Maybe it's the kind of music you could associate with a epic movie. Their songs are certainly epic.
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.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Der Hammer des Kuchens on September 7, 2006
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This is by far the best moonsorrow cd of all, it makes all their earlier ones look like trash. If you were going to get only one of their cd's then it should be this one. On this album they have a great epic sound throughout which is just amazing. The metal and folk elements are still there but they were somehow able to harness them to make this album very epic, at least in my opinion. All the songs seem to start out slow and acoustic and then pick up pace and end just as they began until the next song starts.

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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mike Wright on May 4, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is the best Moonsorrow record and Moonsorrow is one of the top Viking/Folk metal bands in the world. Everything about this record is epic and beautiful and moving. The flow and length of the songs and the awesome orchestration and instrumentation make this a record that needs to grow on you and plod along until you are completely enveloped into the myths and history of the Vikings that Moonsorrow is all about.

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!!!!

1. Rauniolla

2. Unohduksen Lapsi

3. Jumalten Kaupunki/Tuhatvuotinen Perintö

4. Kivenkantaja

5. Tuulen Tytär/Soturin Tie

6. Matkan Lopussa
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James Hall on May 7, 2009
Format: Audio CD
This album is a must own for all fans of folk-metal. Period. Some of the catchiest and hair swaying riffs I've had the pleasure of listening to are locked away in this audible treasure trove of northern songs. Moonsorrow are a band that changes their sound almost every album and this, for me, is my favorite by far. I own most of their other albums as well, but this one has sooo much atmosphere and harmony that it would be sheer blasphemy for any self-proclaimed folk-metal fan to not own this disc over their others.

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!
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