Moonsorrow
Verisakeet


4.5
superb

Review

by Apocalypticon USER (3 Reviews)
December 16th, 2006 | 191 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An essential to any folk/viking metal fans collection. Moonsorrows best and the album that really deffined them as a band.

Moonsorrow, what comes to mind when this band name is mentioned. To people who haven't heard the band before they would probably picture a tr00 kvlt black metal band with album names like Ravens from Forests Dark, or something to that effect. This would of course be a gross misconception of a very high quality band. The band really started out as a straight up viking/folk metal band with the release of their debut album Suden Uni. It is hard to say if Moonsorrow were really a very original band at that point in time. Around the realease of their self titled album they really hadn't begun to craft their own style and sound. However with the release of their second album, Voimasta Ja Kunnista, fans began to see the beginnings of a new sound and hints or a changing band, in terms or originality and influences. Songs became longer and more epic, moving away from the very Bathory - Hammerheart style viking metal which was seen on Suden Uni. With the release of there fourth album, Verisakeet, in 2003 they really cemented themselves as band with a very distinctive sound.

There is no better way to describe the album Verisakeet other than epic. Featuring only 5 songs and coming in at over an hour and ten minutes this album isn't suited for people who get bored with long songs. geaturing three songs at 14 minutes, one at 19 and a fifth at 8 minutes the songs seem unbarebly long when you are only looking at the album information. However this is another misconception people who haven't listened to Moonsorrow would proabably make. The music on this album is anything but boring. It deffinately features alot of atmosphere and emotion which when coupled with the sheer epicness of this album produce what is Moonsorrow's best album to date.

The epicness of this album is something that is pretty hard to describe. Anyone who has heard Moonsorrow before know that the have a very "battlish" feeling to them. Similar to that of bands like Turisas. This album really sounds like the soundtrack to an epic journey filled with many a viking battle. I know that sounds cliche and lame for a folk/viking metal band but trying to describe it like that really doesn't do the music justice.

The best way I can try to describe the epicness of the songs is with a balloon. Yes that also sounds lame but it makes sense. Everyone has blown up a balloon so big that it exploded in their faces. Well that is what the songs on this album are. They are all big balloons which from the very beginning build, get bigger and bigger and bigger, and eventually they get to a point where they are so full you know they will pop right in your face. But this never stops you from continuing to inflate them. You know then will explode any minute but you have no way of telling when. This is exactly what the songs do, they keep you guessing, thinking "when is the song gonna crack? when is it gonna breakout into one giant epic explosion".

This was one of the things that I liked best about the album. It kept you interested the whole way throught. It never got to a point where it was just so good that it stopped and just kept on repeating. It would always change, it was always moving. It would slow down, speed up, change vocals styles and sometimes just stop altogether, but never once did it get boring. All these constant changes could become a very big problem for other bands, who have terrible flow between slow to fast, acoustic to aggressive, who just couldn't nail those transitions. Not Moonsorrow. They manage to craft such smooth and natural changes that it sometimes leaves you wondering how they were able to write a whole album worth of quality stuff like this.

All together this is a very good album, and one of my favourites in the folk/viking genre. It doesn't have a bad song on it(due to the fact that there are only five) and it always keeps the listener on their toes. The one downfall I see with this album is that it is pretty inclusive to the folk/viking genre. Moonsorrow aren't the kind of band that break down the walls between genres. They know what they're good at and they don't step outside that, so to anyone besides folk/viking fans I can see this album as being nothing more than mediocre.


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Eakflanderyof
December 16th 2006


2143 Comments


It was an okay review I guess. You could have described the actual music in the album a lot more.

I do need to check this out because I love folk metal.

Blue Collar Man
January 10th 2007


16 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Totally sick album. One of my favorites and also one of my favorite bands. I love how they take such a huge step from thier first three albums and create a truly unique sound.

plane
Staff Reviewer
October 22nd 2007


6094 Comments


I liked their latest album a lot, so I've been working through their discography. So far, I like their latest the most, but this album is really awesome as well. Maybe in the 4 range.

Decent review. There are some grammatical mistakes and odd phrasings.

SchrodingersCat
November 25th 2007


5 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0



This album was awesome. Would recommend to anyone who likes folk metal.

Thor
December 9th 2007


10194 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pimeä is amazing.

Zoo
December 9th 2007


3759 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^Infuckingdeed^

This, along with Havitetty, is my second favorite Moonsorrow album(s?). The first being Kivenkantaja.

Thor
December 9th 2007


10194 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This was my first taste of the band and I'm definitely going to check out more of their stuff in the future. I'll probably pick up their newest release next.

Yazz_Flute
April 16th 2008


18786 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Virgin Records in NYC fucking kicks ass. they have [ractically everything there (except the new mirrorthrone ='(

I just picked this, Swamplord, and The Illusion of Safety up there. Psyched to hear this. If it's half as good as Havietty, I'll be thrilled.

Digging: Finch (US) - Say Hello to Sunshine

jrowa001
April 16th 2008


8750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

you should like it, its pretty awesome

Yazz_Flute
April 16th 2008


18786 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I just listened to the first 2 minutes of the first track and I was honestly blown away...I'll give this a full listen soon (trying to let the earth disc sink in to me first)

Poet
April 16th 2008


5934 Comments


I honestly wished I had enough time to sit down and really listen to Moonsorrow. I listen to a song every now and then by them, but I am unable to fully grasp the whole song because I need to really listen to it.

AngelPhoenix
April 16th 2008


2764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It's true, Moonsorrow is one of the most demanding bands I've ever listened to. They're also my favorite
edit: Their new EP owns face. This Message Edited On 04.16.08

jrowa001
April 16th 2008


8750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yes it does

Yazz_Flute
April 17th 2008


18786 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

......

*_*

I must have shit myself 6 times listening to this....i'm gonna go ahead and give it a 5/5. One of the best albums i've ever heard, and the most epic for sure. Everything is so perfect in it. I love all of the natural sounds going on in the background. This makes me want to visit Norway/Sweden/Finland even more than normal.




Thor
April 17th 2008


10194 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I don't really like the last song that much. Otherwise it's a killer album, Pimeä especially. The vocals in that song are amazing.

AngelPhoenix
April 17th 2008


2764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

lol yeah, the last song is cool, but pretty useless. Unlike V: Havitetty where nothing is useless

Yazz_Flute
April 17th 2008


18786 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I agree that the last song is a bit useless, but the first four are beyond perfect.

With only 2 listens, I prefer this to Havitetty. Havitetty lacks the more symphonic, "mistrel" instrument parts that make this seem so epic.

AngelPhoenix
April 19th 2008


2764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I got you, but for me, the continual build up and layering and re-layering of sound elements makes that my favorite album like ever. This seems like the warm up to that album for me.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
June 19th 2008


16410 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album owns. OWNS.

Digging: Blut Aus Nord - Memoria Vetusta III ? Saturnian Poetry

Yazz_Flute
June 19th 2008


18786 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I know, one of those albums that is really close to a 5 for me ( i actually had it as a 5 for a while but it does drag a little)



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