Aran
Maahan Laskettu


4.0
excellent

Review

by Sunnyvale STAFF
July 2nd, 2024 | 10 replies


Release Date: 06/28/2024 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It’s only black metal (but I like it)

Despite atmospheric black metal being one of my go-to musical styles, I generally find releases under its umbrella challenging to write about. Primarily, this is because separating the wheat from the chaff is often dependent upon very narrow margins which determine whether a particular album manages to be effective at making me “feel” its vibe and ethos, and it’s not easy to put into words how an artist was able to pull that off (or not). Aran, a one-man act hailing from northern Finland, is now three for three in navigating this delicate dance and gaining the atmo bm Sunnyvale stamp of approval, though. The project’s mastermind, Juhani K, reliably churns out black metal odes mixing somber and melancholic feeling with the more aggressive style his country is known for, and both of his first two albums (in 2020 and 2021) were effective representations of his chosen subgenre. Third LP Maahan Laskettu doesn’t aspire to reinvent the wheel, but does nonetheless mark Aran’s most introverted and thoughtful effort yet. The album’s key accomplishment, achieved over five tracks totaling nearly forty-nine minutes, is its impeccable sense of balance - on the one side, stretches of calm leaning upon a brooding sense of lingering mystery - on the other, towering segments of metallic wrath augmented by powerful shrieks at the front of the mix. Together, the whole piece manages to capture something of the archaic and sleeping, but very much alive, power of nature which the whole atmospheric black metal scene is so fond of idolizing. In short, it’s a very well-crafted, and feels like an engrossing venture once more into the frigid woodlands on the Arctic periphery. Maahan Laskettu’s evocations of midwinter solitude aren’t the most obvious listening companion for our current height of summer backdrop, but the record’s quality level can’t be denied. Hey, is it just me, or is it getting cold in here?



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Sunnyvale
Staff Reviewer
July 2nd 2024


6028 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

One of my favorite June releases, deserved a quick writeup.



Not a normal summer staple, but I expect some folks here will enjoy it.

Pho3nix
July 2nd 2024


1640 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Awesome rev!



I gave his previous effort a generous 2.5, but I'll give this dude another shot. I really like the album cover.

kevbogz
July 2nd 2024


6160 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

last 2 tracks are incredible

PortalofPerfection
July 3rd 2024


3299 Comments


Definitely checking this. Nice writeup.

NightOnDrunkMountain
Contributing Reviewer
July 3rd 2024


701 Comments


Epic

Hawks
July 3rd 2024


90597 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Will be jamming this for sure.

ScuroFantasma
Emeritus
July 4th 2024


12104 Comments


Nice little review, might spin this

kevbogz
July 4th 2024


6160 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

highly req if ur tryna scratch an atmo bm itch. i personally get a v heavy diadem of 12 stars vibe here

Hawks
July 4th 2024


90597 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Gonna turn this on in a minute.

Hawks
July 5th 2024


90597 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This was meh. Not terrible but nothing stands out to make this anything other than just another atmospheric bm album.



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