Suden Uni Import
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Digitally remastered and expanded two disc (CD + NTSC/Region 0 DVD) edition of the Finnish Pagan Metal band's 2000 debut album including one bonus track ('Drinking Music') plus a bonus DVD containing video clips and live footage. Spinefarm.
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So how did things turn out? While I can't say it was smooth sailing right out of the gate, I have to say the album won me over. I can't really say that patience was the key, but it took quite a few listens for things to click, especially when it came to some of the moments within the first three tracks. Solid as those tracks are, it's the second half of the album that gives one the inside skinny on what Moonsorrow is all about. While the lyrics do their fair share of lifting, a song like "Tuulen koti, aaltojen koti" (Home of the Wind, Home of the Waves) comes off more as an instrumental than a typical song. In other words, the music is at the forefront of the experience here and, quite honestly, I wouldn't want it any other way.
Of course, there are songs where the exact opposite holds true. As important as the folkish influences are to the aforementioned "Pakanajuhla" (Pagan's Feast), it's the ferociousness of the vocals that really ties the track together and makes it the centerpiece of the album. A different yet equally important vocal approach can be heard in 1065: Aika (1065: Time) where a medium between the two extremes makes an eleven minute monster fly by in the blink of an eye. Haunting as this number truly is, the chill it leaves behind is quickly subdued by a short reprise that lays this beast of burden to bed.
All in all, Suden Uni is about risks. While such a statement may seem a given when a band attempts to merge two styles of music together, it's really the nonchalant challenge the album poses to the listener that's the main draw. Good as the music is in its own right, there's more than a solid debut here - there's a lesson. That lesson? Take more chances, at least when it comes to music.
The music is a blend of metal with folk music which include using folk instruments like acoustic guitar, mouth harp, the accordion and some handclapping. There are also small parts where they throw in viking battle sounds like swords clashing. The vocals are harsh and at times he sounds like an animal because I don't understand Finnish. There are also some clean vocals and the other bandmembers sing chorus's. The songs themselves are usually long with the longest being 11 minutes and the shortest 3 and a half which is actually a remake of a Finnish drinking song and they really sound like Finntroll on that track. There are also English translations inside the booklette.
This cd also comes with a dvd but the description above doesn't mention that. It has music from 2 of their other cd's and none from this one. It has a music video which features vikings being attacked by Christians. There are also four other songs being played live in concert. I also believe that the disc is in Pal format.
If you like great epic sounding metal with some folk metal thrown in and with pagan lyrics then you should get this cd and their other ones as well.