Release date: 25 February 2005
Style: Viking folk metal


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01. Karhunkynsi
02. Haaska
03. Pimeä
04. Jotunheim
05. Kaiku

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Lyrics (5)

Ville Seponpoika Sorvali - vocals, bass
Marko "Omega Meggadeath" Tarvonen - drums, 12-stringed acoustic guitars, backing vocals
Mitja Harvilahti - guitars, backing vocals
Henri Urponpoika "Trollhorn" Sorvali - guitars, keyboards, 6-stringed acoustic guitars, accordion, mouth harp, recorder, tin whistle, backing vocals
Markus Eurén - keyboards

Session musicians
Janne Perttilä - backing vocals
Jukka Varmo - backing vocals
Jaakko "Hittavainen" Lemmetty - fiddle, jouhikko, recorder
Kuuraparta Frostheim - kantele
Blastmor - backing vocals

Additional info
Spikefarm released a European edition of where the entire jewel case is black (non-transparent) and the front has a golden Moonsorrow logo printed on the plastic. The track list is printed on a sticker on the back side of the jewel case.

The album title means ''Bloodverses'', and the track titles:
1. ''Bearclaw''
2. ''Carrion''
3. ''Dark''
4. ''Jotunheim''
5. ''Echo''

Recorded in Tico Tico Studio in September 2004 and partly in The Stable.
Overproduced by Moonsorrow.
Mixed by Ahti Kortelainen and Henri Sorvali.
Mastered at Finnvox Studios by Mika Jussila.

Cover art and layout by Tero Salonen. Photograph of the cross by Hunaja-Pasi Moilanen. Band photo by Tanja Ahtila.

Staff review by

Moonsorrow is back with their fourth full-length album, the chances that you don't know this band are very rare, because these Finns have obtained quite a share of popularity in the past years with their Blackish Viking/Folk Metal. This time things are a little different, while they still hang out in the Viking genre and they still sing in Finnish, the approach of the music is more Dark, and at the same time, Progressive and mostly of all, Epic.

published 17.02.2005 | Comments (15)

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Astorethein - 28.02.2010 at 18:48  
  An extremely great and magnificent album full of raw blackness and touching beauty. Probably the best album of the band.
Ellrohir - 28.02.2010 at 22:08  
  For me those songs are quite long for me to enjoy them (though in general i like long songs)...maybe i need more and more careful listenings...
Astorethein - 01.03.2010 at 12:11  
  In my opinion the main idea of the album is expressly to listen to it very carefully so that the listener could enjoy it as much as possible. Because the atmospheres of the album are quite "deep" and "large" it takes more than few listenings to get into it. Patience is the key word.
Night Sight - 31.08.2011 at 12:40  
  I am not a fan of folk metal at all.but this release has some black metal some enslaved stuffs and also it is very atmospheric.haaska is one of the best songs.
MetalSpider - 07.11.2012 at 23:18  
Rating: 10 This is still their best album to me!
DreadfulYgg - 08.11.2013 at 18:39  
Rating: 9 My favorite Moonsorrow album.
NorthernDickhead - 07.02.2014 at 15:03  
Rating: 10 Best Moonsorrow album for me...
qlacs - 12.12.2014 at 21:18  
  For me it's the Moonsorrow album that's hardest to rate. Stylistically it's closer to their latest, but reflects more depth than the rest of the albums and it really takes time for all details to sink in. Astonishing work nevertheless.

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