Wyrd
Kalivägi


1.5
very poor

Review

by rasputin USER (196 Reviews)
June 29th, 2009 | 32 replies | 6,838 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: inexcusably bad.

5 of 5 thought this review was well written

Wyrd’s 2007 release Kammen was not the masterpiece that some may have been led to believe, but it definitely did not falter with the task of incorporating folk elements into a general black metal aesthetic, something which is often nothing short of terrible. Their unique hollow sound coupled with their amalgamation of pagan themes and black metal gave them a certain level of profundity, and it is the complete lack of this profundity which ruins their latest record, Kalivägi. Opener ‘Verisurma’ is the album’s proclamation of its total swing and a miss atmosphere, with an irritating ‘folk’ melody under monotonous riffing and distasteful vocals. The simple fact that the song keeps repeating the particular inane and ridiculous melody immediately leaves one wondering if Wyrd are still the same band they were two years ago.

The biggest setback to an album that relies on a particular atmosphere is when the band fails to achieve the atmosphere required. With Kalivägi, Wyrd do not even come close. After the dreadful title track which does nothing more than add to the woes of the opener, Wyrd toss up ‘Hämarän Soutajat’, the first song to prominently feature clean guitar passages. Those who have listened to the band before will agree with me when I say that the aforementioned ‘profundity’, if not in the black metal sections, should hopefully be found in the clean. ‘Hämarän Soutajat’ starts off rather well, but then lo and behold! Mumbled vocals that should sound depressing but actually sound awful come into the frame, before an appalling chorus seals the song's fate. The rubbish clean singing coupled with the mediocre guitar chords leaves the song sounding like a bastardized version of a shitty folk metal band trying to sound epic (Ensiferum, Wintersun, Moonsorrow - take your pick). ‘Loitsulaulu’ also conforms to this mediocrity that has pervaded the band’s sound, adding to its obnoxious tone and unoriginality.

Perhaps the only part of the record which offers anything resembling emotional complexity would be the longest track ‘Talviyö’. Much like Kammen’s best track ‘October’, the song opens with a beautiful clean passage, which is then built upon in an elegant fashion. However, the song is still far too long for the amount of goodness it actually has, and by itself does not warrant even a second listen. To elaborate on that point, there is nothing on this album which would make one even consider giving it a second listen. Awash with generic folk metal nonsense, and devoid of the necessary attraction that makes any black metal album appealing, Kalivägi is nothing more than a total flop of an album. It seems that Wyrd have had their day.



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rasputin
June 29th 2009



14538 Comments


i was gonna give this a 2 but then i was like nah it's shit enough to give a 1.5 so there you go

joshuatree
Emeritus
June 29th 2009



3743 Comments


won't get this ever and gud revue


rasputin
June 29th 2009



14538 Comments


yeah yeah


review in short: dont get this ever

jingledeath
June 29th 2009



7104 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

inexcusably bad album

great review

fireaboveicebelow
June 29th 2009



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I'm glad I'm not alone in not liking this, I thought I wasn't cool enough :[

BallsToTheWall
June 29th 2009



44164 Comments


Never liked this band.

foreverendeared
June 29th 2009



14678 Comments


damn, i liked Kammen quite a bit. i'll avoid this. good review

gaslightanthem
June 29th 2009



5209 Comments


that's wyrd i thought you would have liked this rasputin lolol

Wizard
June 29th 2009



19306 Comments


version of a shitty folk metal band trying to sound epic (Ensiferum, Wintersun, Moonsorrow - take your pick)

OH NO YOU DIDN'T!!!!! hahahaha (Wizard does a hair flip)

Really surprised this is that bad. I liked their last album (3/5). You're one of the best neg reviewers on this site sexy rasp.

Digging: Downer - Downer

Turtlelephant
June 29th 2009



168 Comments


this is probably the best black metal album ever.
rasputin is just angry he didn't write it first.

rasputin
June 29th 2009



14538 Comments


bad metal makes me ANGRY

masterofcum
June 29th 2009



428 Comments


i missed this.

i will read

masterofcum
June 29th 2009



428 Comments


Opener‘Verisurma’

there should be a space between these.


...and i dont really like this part tbh

The rubbish clean singing coupled with the mediocre guitar chords leaves the song sounding like a bastardized version of a shitty folk metal band trying to sound epic (Ensiferum, Wintersun, Moonsorrow - take your pick).

other than that this is nicer dicer

jrowa001
June 29th 2009



8750 Comments


yeah this is horrible. a shame considering i like their other albums

masterofcum
June 29th 2009



428 Comments


hey jbrowa wats your last fm

foreverendeared
June 29th 2009



14678 Comments


Edited

masterofcum
June 29th 2009



428 Comments


stop spamming rasputins review

foreverendeared
June 29th 2009



14678 Comments


what's he gunna do ban me? oh snap

masterofcum
June 29th 2009



428 Comments


i have put in a request for your banation

jrowa001
June 29th 2009



8750 Comments


http://www.last.fm/user/jrowa001



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