Finntroll
Ur Jordens Djup


3.0
good

Review

by Crimson USER (60 Reviews)
September 4th, 2007 | 18 replies | 6,051 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Finntroll have slightly faltered with this album, but it still remains an enjoyable listen in it's own right. I just hope that on their next release they go back to their older, more polka inspired sound.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

To anyone outside of metal, anyone, Finntroll come off as an absolutely ridiculous band, but to us, the clever and handsome long haired part of society who listen to this most fabulous of music, well, they're still ridiculous, but in a good way! Whats not to love about a band with a member called 'Beast Dominator'! Mixing 'polka' with 'black metal' certainly provides an... interesting sound, and one that they do reasonably well, but it sometimes comes off lacking.

Finntroll:
Vreth - Vocals
Skrymer - Guitars, backing vocals
Routa - Guitars
Tundra - Bass, backing vocals
Trollhorn - Keyboards, acoustic guitars, banjo, mouth harp, backing vocals
Beast Dominator (!) - Drums and Percussion, backing vocals

Ur Jorden Djup starts off with an extensive intro, which seems mandatory in most metal albums. It sets the atmosphere for the rest of the album, sounding like something from a fairytale with some of the most bizzare troll sounds and horses trotting thrown in for good reason. It then kicks in with the first proper song, Sang, it's clear from the get-go that Finntroll have slightly set aside their polka and gone for a more raw black metal sound, make no mistake, they still have the amusing bouncy atmosphere and the keyboards in their songs, but it's not as prevalent as in their past albums. At times, Ur Jordens Djup can be a heavy, brooding monster; while at other times it sounds like something you would hear at a drunken metal party, and that's exactly where this should be played. It certainly invites silly dancing and singing along while spilling beer, you get the feeling that at the albums craziest moments, the band do seem absolutely wasted, and it's hilariously great!

Technically this album isn't great, there are a lot of simple riffs played throughout the album which barely manage to keep your attention, and the drumming; while being fine, is certainly not amazing in any way. I like the bass player on this album, while barely audible at points when you do manage to hear a glimpse of him he certainly does his job well, weaving between the drumming and guitars with a lot of groovy bass lines. The vocals are done in the traditional black metal shriek, he does his job adequately, neither great nor bad. The only thing which makes the album a good listen technically are the interesting and completely unsubtle keyboards which set the base for a lot of tracks and create the unique and bouncy mood Finntroll create in their songs, a perfect example is in the track En Maktig Har, which is probably the lightest and most traditional Finntroll song on the album, combining the dark vocals and the bouncy keyboards perfectly.

The best parts of this album are when the band let themselves get really loose and let out the polka trying to take over the sound, while the black metal part of the album sounds slightly uninspired and unoriginal the craziest parts of Ur Jordens Djup really shine and make this album enjoyable, if not great. I only wish that there were more songs with the bounciness of En Maktig Har, easily the albums best song and a throwback to their older sound. You can sense that Finntroll are trying to get more serious but keep their polka sound, it just doesn't really work unfortunately.

The main problem with Ur Jordens Djups the lack of stand-out tracks. Most of them are simply average while only a few manage to stick in your head and invite repeated listens (Slagbroder and En Maktig Har come to mind here), a few of the songs sound familiar on the first listen and others are just plainly filler, without any real good moments. Also, the band are clearly at their best when they write crazy, polka anthems with black metal influences, while this album is more of a black metal album, and unfortunately the band don't manage to capture the anger of black metal nor the craziness of Polka but instead languish somewhere between, without any real purpose. While Ur Jordens Djup is hardly a bad album, it would be much better Finntroll itself a little less seriously on this album and didn't restrict the Polka sound that breaks through every so often.

Finntroll have slightly faltered with this album, but it still remains an enjoyable listen in it's own right. I just hope that on their next release they go back to their older, more polka inspired sound.



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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
September 4th 2007



16310 Comments


Finntroll always makes me laugh, they take some hilarious band pics.

Digging: Ulver - Bergtatt

Crimson
September 4th 2007



1935 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Added in another paragraph because the review seems so short
it's really hard to write about this band...

ZapatoDiablo
September 4th 2007



167 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I think that this album has a few memorable moments (Nedgang, Ur Djupet) but I agree that there is mostly average material here. Good review.

Crimson
September 4th 2007



1935 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Ur Djupet is another one of the good songs but yeah, mostly average.

rattlehead42147
September 4th 2007



1345 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

i was wondering if someone was going to do this, this album is too cheesy to be taken seriously.

masscows
September 4th 2007



2236 Comments


Good review. I really wish they would make straight folk metal all the time because their black metal songs aren't very good, and their folk metal is simply amazing.

sevasXtra02
September 5th 2007



14 Comments


"To anyone outside of metal, anyone, Finntroll come off as an absolutely ridiculous band" so true. No polka influence?! That was the best part of Fintroll

Crimson
September 6th 2007



1935 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

There is still some polka influence, just not as much as their past albums.

Heavy_Meta
September 19th 2007



10 Comments


i've only listened to it once so far but it seems pretty good; more "black metal" than Nattfod. not sure if i really like the new singer as much, but he does the job well.

BallsToTheWall
April 26th 2008



44164 Comments


My first Finntroll album. I like it so far. I could see myself giving this a 3.5 or a 4. I guess I should listen to past albums that are supposedly stronger though.

Tyler
Emeritus
April 26th 2008



7926 Comments


Jaktens Tid is their only good album.

BallsToTheWall
April 26th 2008



44164 Comments


Alright, i'll do that. What would you reccomend from Falkenbach, got their newest release and it's pretty good but wondering if it was their best.

Tyler
Emeritus
April 26th 2008



7926 Comments


Hard to go wrong with Falkenbach

Bulletbeast
July 6th 2010



5 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album grew onto you on the long run. Could be their best. Although many people will of course have a hard time with it being a quite serious album. Finntroll is known for it's humour, yet Ur Jordens Djup is dark, epic and serious.

Hawks
July 27th 2010



35603 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Does Slagbröder remind anyone else of Dimmu Borgir?


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ArrowOfDarkness
October 1st 2010



12 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

@Bulletbeast that may be, but at least the intro to this album, Gryning, is probably the most hilarious and ridiculous intro I've come across yet. For some reason it sounds a hell of a lot like a soundtrack from Harry Potter to me.

A good album, but nothing special.

linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
April 7th 2012



1860 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Finntroll with this album seemed to embrace their progressive and experimental side more, as on 'Kvallning' and 'Ormhaxan', which are some of the deepest and more enciting material throughout their back catalogue. To me it doesn't sound boring, even without their trademark 'polka' sound, but on 'Nifelvind' they returned to a more straightforward approach anyway.

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jamai36
November 17th 2012



4 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I always took it as Finntroll paying homage to their black metal roots, and maybe discovering they
weren't as grand as they remembered them to be. I can see them going to this album thinking 'We're
going to do a black metal album and it's going to awesome' and then coming out 'We're going back to
the polka and never looking back'



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