Moonsorrow
V: Havitetty


5.0
classic

Review

by Vak USER (12 Reviews)
June 29th, 2013 | 20 replies | 1,092 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Quite simply, one of the best combinations of black/folk metal you'll ever hear.

8 of 8 thought this review was well written

First off, take every preconception you have about the folk metal genre. Cheesy lyrics? Get rid of them. The happy, upbeat dance around the tavern melodies? Throw them under a car. The often ridiculous and over the top inclusion of symphonies and all sorts of other instruments? Yeah, away with it. But with all that gone, where would it leave us? Well, replace the cheesy lyrics with ones written with some meaning, replace the upbeat melodies with moving and often jaw dropping melodies, and the inclusion of other instruments kept to a mature level, and you'd have the basic sound of V:Havitetty. It's a stunning journey filled with twists and turns that leave their impact well after the album has finished, and begs to be listened to over and over again.

Two songs both reaching over the 25 minutes mark (Jaasta Syntynyt / Varjojen Virta clocks in at 30 minutes, while Tuulen Ajettu Maa reaches 26 minutes) it can be a daunting album to listen to. For the first 7 minutes there isn't much going on. Sounds of a fire crackling, an acoustic being plucked away at, ominous keyboards played low in the background and light percussion all ease into the scene and slowly build up until around the six minute mark when the distortion kicks up and the drumming starts picking up the pace, an anguished howl makes its self noticed and before long the music in in full swing. It's a great build up that never really stops, through out the album you can tell something is brewing, some sort of huge emotional release and climax that'll make the journey worth it, and you'd be right. To get there however you'll have to stay with it, listening closely for the subtle changes in the scene and the numerous melodies played out. The attention to detail is staggering, really. The guitar tone sounds desolate, the drumming has a little echo to it and the howled/screamed vocals sound full of anguish. There is also a huge emphasis on atmosphere and emotion, one minute you'll imagine yourself in a snow covered, desolate wasteland and the next you'll be climbing a crumbling mountain.

It's the last few minutes to Tuulen Ajettu Maa however that really shine on through. Everything kicks up a notch, creating a huge and encompassing atmosphere, the melodies played are just simply stunning and the climax is something truly special. It eases itself out with the sounds of the fire dying, ending one of the best combinations of black and folk metal to date. Devastating, fulfilling and totally engrossing, Moonsorrow have no doubt created a once in a life time album, one that bands all crave but only a few really achieve.



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Vakarian12
June 29th 2013



3723 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

So yeah, I really like this album. One of my favourites and I hope I did it some justice.

feedback is always welcome!

Digging: Sepultura - Arise

Hawks
June 29th 2013



35603 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice review man. Album rules.

Digging: Engraved - Before The Tales

Vakarian12
June 29th 2013



3723 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

thanks Hawks! wanted to review this for a while now, so glad I finally got it out.

Hawks
June 29th 2013



35603 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

No problem. I personally think Verisakeet is better, but to each his own. ;]

Vakarian12
June 29th 2013



3723 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I got Verisakeet a while ago but have yet to listen to it all the way through, which is what I'll do now.

Hawks
June 29th 2013



35603 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good idea! I still need to listen to the first 3 albums by these guys.

Vakarian12
June 29th 2013



3723 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I've heard the first two, Sudens Uni and Voimasta. Really good stuff. More folky and upbeat than this. Alot like Verisakeet, from what I've heard so far anyway!

Hawks
June 29th 2013



35603 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

In that case, I'm sure I'll enjoy them.

FrozenVain
June 29th 2013



2405 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hell yes! This album is so damn sweet. Really good review. This is a pretty hard album to write a review for but you managed to do it quite well. pos'd

@Hawks

All Moonsorrow albums rock hard.

I still think both Kivenkantaja and Verisäkeet are better than this but whatever this rules

Vakarian12
June 29th 2013



3723 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

thanks man! I was stumped on what to write for a while but tonight some stuff came to me and I ran with it. Glad you enjoyed it =)

PumpBoffBag
June 29th 2013



327 Comments


quality review man, great job. Will definitely check this out

Vakarian12
June 29th 2013



3723 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

thank you!

I hope you enjoy it! Really is that good

Shuyin
June 29th 2013



11465 Comments


great review, this is by far my favorite folk metal album

Digging: Integral - Sercosa

DotEight
June 29th 2013



5482 Comments


I love concise reviews like this.

Vakarian12
June 29th 2013



3723 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

@shuyin & dot

thank you!

Dodecahedron
June 30th 2013



970 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I still think both Kivenkantaja and Verisäkeet are better than this but whatever this rules [2]

Dodecahedron
June 30th 2013



970 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Last sentence of the first paragraph, you used the incorrect 'their' though.

Vakarian12
June 30th 2013



3723 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

thanks for pointing that out, will fix it now

CrimsonLies
July 1st 2013



2020 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fantastic review for a fantastic album. Have a pos, man!

Vakarian12
July 1st 2013



3723 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

thanks man! =)



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