Moonsorrow - Voimasta Ja Kunniasta 2-LP (Black vinyl)
Epic folk metal at its finest! It is breath-taking, creating that mighty and heroic feeling. Blended skillfully with effective metal components to create a tense ancient and heathen atmosphere!
The second full-length album of the great Finnish epic Folk/Black metal band Moonsorrow, “Voimasta Ja Kunniasta”, is truly an awesome piece of art. It was a step away from more straightforward sound Moonsorrow had on their first album towards more heroic and grandiose atmosphere. “Voimasta Ja Kunniasta” is a formidable work also because of the fact that it was released the same year as “Suden Uni”. Two great albums within such a short time! That is not an easy achievement to any band and it tells to us how talented these guys are.
“Voimasta Ja Kunniasta” (Of Strength And Honour) could be best described as epic folk metal. The black metal-side of earlier and later Moonsorrow is present but it’s quite subtle throughout the album except in Ville Sorvali’s vocals. Breath-taking, mighty and heroic feeling is the primary element on the album. It is blended very skilfully with effective metal components to create a tense ancient and heathen atmosphere. A strong Nordic, mainly Finnish, touch is always present through the melodies, folk instruments and ofcourse, lyrics. The lyrics on “Voimasta Ja Kunniasta” deal with legendary tales, Finnish and Nordic myths, heroic battles and such. The music supports that kind of lyrics perfectly and Ville’s emotional vocals finishes the overall image.
Almost everything on “Voimasta Ja Kunniasta” is bombastic. Strong riffs, a couple of solos, pounding bass and drums, flowing synth layers and beautiful folk parts, everything is well planned to make the album exceedingly enjoyable and to honey the music towards astonishing perfection. As a whole, the album holds an awesome variety within it but still the guys of Moonsorrow have managed to keep the music consistent.
You will enjoy this if you like: Finntroll, Thyrfing, Falkenbach, Kampfar, Wintersun