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Tulimyrsky
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Kivenkantaja
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Voimasta Ja Kunniasta
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Suden Uni
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Varjoina Kuljemme Kuolleiden Maassa
CD



Band Biography

‘EPIC HEATHEN METALLERS’ Moonsorrow – the five-strong outfit formed in Helsinki in 1995 – have issued their brand new studio album titled ‘Varjoina Kuljemme Kuolleiden Maassa’ (‘As Shadows We Wander In The Land Of The Dead’), this 60 minute-plus opus sees the band delivering their heaviest, most ambitious, most intense offering to date, carving out truly monumental swathes of sound.

Whether pushing boundaries in the studio or bare-chested, ‘blood’-strewn and going for broke onstage, Moonsorrow require no added motivation to pull down very hard on the levers marked ‘over the top’ & ‘heroic’ – although even by their own heady standards ‘Varjoina…’ (produced by Moonsorrow themselves and mixed by Henri Sorvali and Ahti Kortelainen) is a dark body of work designed to stir the senses and take away the breath…

“The concept behind the album is ‘life after the end of the world’,” explains bassist/lead vocalist Ville Sorvali. “This is the story of desolate, bleak landscapes and faint, fading hopes; a story seamlessly followed by the songs and the interludes, and by the pictures in the booklet.”

DRAWING INFLUENCES from the folk, progressive, black metal and classic rock scenes, and favouring the Finnish language and culture, Moonsorrow are truly a force of nature to be reckoned with. Since releasing their debut album (‘Suden Uni’/’A Wolf’s Dream’) in 2000, the five have chosen to pursue a path that has nothing to do with being obviously commercial or playing the corporate game; instead, their musical output has become increasingly challenging, conceived on the very grandest of scales with certain songs easily breasting the half-hour tape.

Coming on like Ennio Morricone if he’d been brought up by wolves on the frozen Tundra, ‘Varjoina…’ has just seven individual interludes yet successfully brings the hammer down from first chest-beating note, atmospheric violin sweep and rousin’ choral passage to last, proving that true Viking power is very much alive an’ well and ready to burn and pillage on command.

AT THE moment, plans are being laid for the band to return to these shores, where their profile has been consistently on the rise (assisted by selected appearances at the high-profile Bloodstock Festival), but until then, ‘Varjoina…’ should be more than sufficient to keep the Moonsorrow legend burning on the hill-tops.

 

Official Site: www.moonsorrow.com

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