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“Korven Kuningas” by Korpiklaani

Artist: Korpiklaani
Title: “Korven Kuningas”
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Release Date: 3/25/2008
Genre: Pagan Folk Metal
Rating: 4.5/5

The opening riffs of this CD might deceive the listener into thinking that they are in store for a Thrashing experience but be aware that once that passes by a decidedly different ride comes into play care of Finland’s masters of Folk Metal – Korpiklaani. The bands name is translated into “Forest Clan” and personally I have been a fan of these guys since their second album “Voice Of Wilderness” and have followed them into their continued work all of which was available on Napalm Records. With this in mind it was to be expected that higher levels of enjoyment would be mine for the taking when I played their newest album “Korven Kunigas” – a release which comes to the world care of their new label Nuclear Blast Records. If you are a fan of this type of Metal already then you should know full well about these guys since this is album number five but if you are a newbie here is the whole folking background for reference sake. The band has origins in the band Shaman, but their desire for change led them to Kopiklaani where they would direct their Finnish Folklore styles into a highly entertaining and energetic aspect of Metal music. While they perform songs in English there is a good majority of their material sung in their native Finnish so there will be times that you will not actually catch what he is singing about and yet the energy level of the music will allow this to not bother you at all.
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“Voice Of Wilderness” by Korpiklaani

Artist: Korpiklaani
Title: “Voice Of Wilderness”
Label: Napalm Records
Release Date: 4/5/2005
Genre: Folk Metal
Rating: 8/10

Folk Metal was something entirely new to me and only recently had caught my attention when I heard the music of Finntroll. When a writing colleague suggested that I should also give a listen to Korpiklaani I decided to give it a sample. As I began to play “Voice Of Wilderness” I pretty much expected something like Finntroll or an exact replica of their style. However, I can inform you that this Finnish band handles this genre with a different and more accessible feel than Finntroll puts forward. Korpiklaani has more band members and as a result are able to give you a fuller and more authentic Folk sound. This is done by having full-time players who utilize more Folk oriented instruments like the accordion and flutes alongside various percussive devices. Can you recall the last time that you heard an accordion was a prevalent instrument in Heavy Metal music? There is a good chance you haven’t until now and I am very happy to report that the group uses all of these added pieces to a degree of success. At eight core members the band certainly has a full lineup which is made up of Jonne (vocals, guitar), Hittavainen (violin, jouhilkko, flutes), Matson (drums), Ali (percussion), Honka (guitars), Arto (bass), Cane (guitars), and Juho (accordion). This mass amount of players takes traditional Finnish Folk melodies and combines them with a great blend of Heavy Metal music. The efforts are nothing short of incredible and just go to show you how any different directions Metal music can be set in. Korpiklaani music makes you feel as though you are enjoying tales and ale with Friends at some outdoor celebration while the band jams in the background.
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