Tunturia   Maps
Release Date: 2007

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3.5 greatFlawedPerfection EMERITUS | January 17th 08

Tunturia's Maps is too confusing to guide any listener through any path. Its nearly hour length and meandering focus only hints at coming full circle in the middle with the "Sputnik" sequence: "October 4, 1957" (the satellite Sputnik's launch date) and "Satellites." Otherwise, however, no concept flows throughout the album, despite the album's seamless sonic structure. Anyone with the slightest post rock experience knows how this sounds, beginning with unimposing guitar melodies that dramatically crescendo into huge, chugging chords. Luckily, they're one of those bands that do it well.

Production wise, the album is very interesting. The band loaded it with vocal samples, including one that satirizes the entire post rock genre in a conversation between an old man and a young man recording ambient sound at the end of "Panic Attack." By the end, however, this technique goes on overload, especially when most of the samples are not understandable. "Satellites" reaches a climax only to turn down the master volume five notches to generate "dynamic effect." It sounds more like a last second attempt to make things more interesting.

Either way, Tunturia's Maps is a great listen, especially the uptempo "Panic Attack."


4.0 excellentGawetB | January 27th 16
4.0 excellentDabaens | September 25th 14
3.5 greatmartinofx | January 23rd 13
3.5 greatWarpt | March 1st 12
3.5 greatDonniSharK | November 20th 11
4.0 excellentdingster | February 20th 11
3.5 greatNostigex | December 10th 10
4.5 superbAntiquity | August 16th 10
2.5 averageiranscam | February 22nd 10
3.5 greatEskate87 | September 5th 09
3.0 goodThe What | July 19th 09
4.0 excellentTheIronWeasel | March 12th 09
4.0 excellentmarchevski | February 18th 08

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