Havukruunu
Kelle Surut Soi


4.0
excellent

Review

by Arche USER (89 Reviews)
May 8th, 2017 | 121 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Grab your longsword, we're going barbarian hunting.

As much as I love 2015’s Havulinnaan, there is admittedly a case for it falling foul of a certain degree of homogeneity. With obvious influence from Immortal and Bathory, the Finns created a satisfying chunk of epic riffy black metal, evoking imagery of long-past battles in the snow; however, they certainly developed a formula and stuck with it, and so picking highlights out was (and remains) undeniably tricky. Kelle Surut Soi’s immediate introduction, however, hints that they might have made some changes, as gutsy acoustic fingerpicking adds a stunning (if, as it conspires, sparingly used) new weapon to Havukruunu’s songwriting arsenal. Overall though, opener ‘Jo Näkyvi Pohjan Portit’ more-or-less continues where Havulinnaan left off, and furthermore offers a reasonable insight into the way much of its runtime plays out. Beyond its neo-folk beginnings, the more familiar hail of bass drum blasts, tremolo-picked leads and unmistakeably Viking-influenced chorus come forth, eventually accompanied by Stefan’s sickening rasp (using the coarseness of the Finnish language to maximum effect). The duo seem content to play around with these components to create a distinctly pagan aesthetic throughout, developing an atmosphere as haunting as its forefather. Galloping riffs, moments of apoplexy and stern Norse chants all commingle as par for the course, on basically every track; consequentially, definite similarities emerge from track to track.

However, more than a cursory listen reveals it’s harsh to see Kelle Surut Soi as just the same song recycled eight times over. The vocals on ‘Vainajain Valot’ stand out, closer to howls than any other performance on the album; after the first three tracks of Stefan’s thick, confident delivery the switch to a faltering shriek makes for a particularly harrowing highlight. In a bid to break up its pacing, the more deliberate ‘Vaeltaja’ sits between ‘Vainajain Valot’ and the equally furious ‘Myrskynkutsuja’ (which, as an aside, has a stupendous lead section), and the omission of harsh vocals during most of the self-titled closer works well with its slower pacing, adding a fitting sense of sobriety as the journey approaches its end.

Kelle Surut Soi is epic, but not in the way that tales of glistening dragonslayers are; as opposed to the shining knights of old, this one’s weather-bitten, dresses in matted furs and has almost certainly bitten another man’s throat out at least once. While criticisms regarding homogeneity can be levelled, as towards predecessor Havulinnaan, Kelle Surut Soi is above all monstrously good fun - managing to successfully do away with my concept of time in the process. For (apparently) a little over 50 minutes, there’s a genuine sensation of transportation as I feel as though I’m part of, even as a bystander, Havukruunu’s unforgiving yet magnificent world.



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Archelirion
May 8th 2017


5863 Comments


It's a small improvement on the debut, which of course means it slays face. Hope you guys like it, check it out here ->
https://naturmachtproductions.bandcamp.com/album/kelle-surut-soi

As always, any comments, corrections or suggestions welcomed :]

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
May 8th 2017


11739 Comments


Damn this looks awesome, can't wait to jam. Great review man, you made this sound quite appealing indeed.

"However, more than a cursory listen reveals it’s harsh to see Kelle Surut Soi as just the same song recycled eight times over" - might just be me, but I was not sure what this meant? The harsh to see bit is throwing me a little :P

Edit: Nevermind I get it now (:

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ZippaThaRippa
May 8th 2017


10529 Comments


Would pos if I could < 3

ComeToDaddy
May 8th 2017


1803 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Major props for reviewing this, great rev and album. I just love that the album is so solid front to back, didn't find a second of it dull

ramon.
Contributing Reviewer
May 8th 2017


3384 Comments


Would feature if I could

Rastapunk
May 8th 2017


1355 Comments


Saw this on youtube as suggested and wasn't disappointed! Have a pos, good rev

Rastapunk
May 8th 2017


1355 Comments


Or no pos, you're contrib :D

InFlamesWeThrash666
May 8th 2017


9229 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great album even though i'm not a huge fan of the production

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Archelirion
May 8th 2017


5863 Comments


Thanks my dudes :] Yeah Daddy, that was something I got from it. Really engaging stuff.

manosg
Staff Reviewer
May 8th 2017


11745 Comments


Great review Archelirion. Was thinking of writing something about this one but you did a great job.

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Archelirion
May 8th 2017


5863 Comments


Thanks fella :] It was your review for Havulinnaan that got me into these guys originally so appreciated.

manosg
Staff Reviewer
May 8th 2017


11745 Comments


That's awesome, dude. Heard this one only a couple of times but I think I like it even more than Havulinnaan.

ZippaThaRippa
May 8th 2017


10529 Comments


Do Sielunvihollinen next. God knows they could use some positive press here

Hawks
May 8th 2017


73697 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice review, album rips.

ZippaThaRippa
May 8th 2017


10529 Comments


Oh you're back

Archelirion
May 8th 2017


5863 Comments


"Do Sielunvihollinen next."
Was planning on it. I've backed myself into a bit of a corner for the next few days with an essay, but I'm hoping to having something done by the end of this week at the latest :]

Hawks
May 8th 2017


73697 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Are you talking to me Zip? Lol I never left buddy.

Nazzadan
May 8th 2017


2289 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm on the last track and I really don't want this to end



Edit: Darn, and then it did.

Archelirion
May 8th 2017


5863 Comments


Well, you can always listen to it again :] I know what you mean though, it's really engrossing.

dbizzles
May 8th 2017


13480 Comments


Summary is great.



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