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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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